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5th Annual International Maritime Film Festival
September 18 - September 27
The 5th annual International Maritime Film Festival will be held entirely online in 2020. The festival will run from Sept. 18-27 with live Q&As with filmmakers scheduled throughout.
The Grand Prize Feature Film is “We, the Voyagers” (Anahola, Hawaii), directed by Marianne “Mimi” George, Heuionalani Wyeth and Jacob Penchansky. The living crew of Lata, the Polynesian culture hero who built the first voyaging canoe and navigated across the Pacific, tells the story of ancient designs, materials and methods as a means to reconnect with ancestors and sustainable lifeways. “We, the Voyagers” tells of an isolated Polynesian community living the story of their ancestor, Lata. To make a voyage Lata needs crew. He welcomes men, women and children, hard workers with skills and applicants of dubious character, including a sailing anthropologist. The community learns to sail the open ocean in Lata’s arms, interacting with wind, waves, stars and other signs that their ancestors show them when they are needed. When they arrive at their destination we learn what happened to family members since their last voyage, generations earlier. It is a story of reconciliation, love for community, and a collective looking forward toward a future together.
The International Maritime Film Festival is a project of Main Street Bucksport and World Ocean Observatory with media partners WoodenBoat Publications and Maine Public and community partners Island Institute, Front Street Shipyard, and Yachting Solutions.
Festival information can be found at maritimefilmfestival.com. Festival passes are $10. The films can be accessed at any time throughout festival dates and a final schedule of Q&As will be announced soon.