this year’s films

The 11th annual Maine Deaf Film Festival will happen on Wednesday, April 10th, Friday, April 12th, and Saturday, April 13th 2013.  The location will be at the University of Southern Maine’s Talbot Auditorium with the exception of Wednesday evening; the location will be at the SPACE Gallery.  The reception location will be at the 7th Floor Glickman Library on Saturday. Location subject to change. Film schedule subject to change.

Wednesday, April 10th 2013
Location: SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St. Portland, ME 04101; V: 207-828-5600
7:30 PM – Mea Maxima Culpa, US, Documentary, 1 hour 45 minutes.
Admission: $8; $6 for SPACE Members and Students. FREE for USM Students with Valid ID.
Guest Speaker: Patrick Kuehn, survivor and St. John’s School for the Deaf alum.
Note: This film is NOT RATED and may not be suitable for all ages due to adult content and language.
Synopsis: [from their website, https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/mea-maxima-culpa/] MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD investigates the secret crimes of Father Lawrence Murphy, a charismatic Milwaukee priest who abused more than 200 Deaf children in a school under his control. The film documents the first known public protest against clerical sex abuse in the U.S., which led to a case that spanned three decades and ultimately resulted in a lawsuit against the pontiff himself. The investigation helped uncover documents from the secret Vatican archives that show the Pope, who must operate within the mysterious rules of the Roman Curia, as both responsible and helpless in the face of evil.

Friday, April 12th 2013
Location: Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall, University of Southern Maine Portland Campus, 92 Bedford St., Portland
7:00 PM – Lake Windfall, US, Thriller, 1 hour 50 minutes.
Admission: $10; FREE for USM Students with Valid ID.
Guest Speaker: Roger Vass, Director.
Note: This film is NOT YET RATED. Film contains profanity and mild violence. Some material may not be appropriate for children under 13.  Parents are urged to give special guidance.
Synposis: [from their website, http://www.rusticlanternfilms.com/films.html] The film is a portrait of interactions between deaf, heard of hearing, and hearing people. The plot focuses on five characters in a post-apocalyptic setting. Told with humor and emotion, this film takes an authentic look at three different types of hearing loss experiences. While navigating through this tale of awareness and survival, both hearing and deaf will realize how critical effective communication is to our collective survival.

Saturday, April 13th 2013
Location: Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall, University of Southern Maine Portland Campus, 92 Bedford St., Portland
1:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Admission: FREE for USM Students with Valid ID [Half & Full Day admission].
Half Day Admission: General: $8; Seniors, Children & Non-USM Students: $5
Full Day Admission: General: $14; Seniors, Children & Non-USM Students: $10
Guest Speaker: Arthur Luhn, Director and Writer of Conned

Afternoon Session [Family-friendly selections]
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1 pm Opening Comments


1:15 pm The Land of Oz

The Wizard of Oz, 2012, St. Augustine, Florida, US, 37 mins, family drama.
There’s no place like home for young Dorothy, a deaf girl who’s been swept away from her home in Florida to the wonderful land of Oz. She must travel to see the all-knowing wizard in hopes to find her way home. Along the journey, she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, who help her fend off the Wicked Witch of the West.


2:00 pm Deaf Education

Little World, 2012, Brixton, London, 8 mins. Animation.
In this animated short set in the Victorian era “Little Word” tells the story of a young Deaf woman called Beth. Now an adult, she visits the crumbling old Deaf school where she grew up, and she fondly remembers how it shaped her.

You, Me, 2012, Brixton, London, 24 mins. Drama.
A charming family drama set during Christmas, telling 2 intercutting stories at both ends of the age range as a little girl learns that Santa might not be Deaf, and an old teacher must find a new calling after his Deaf school is closed due to budget cuts.


2:30 pm British Comedy


Life Out There, 2012, Bristol, UK, 26 mins. Comedy/Drama.
Billy Clinton and his dad, Jack, are UFO spotters but when Billy sees himself on a TV documentary he’s shocked. Billy realizes it’s time to really find the life out there.

Still Here, 2012, Hillingdon, UK, 27 mins. Comedy/Drama.
A group of Deaf Club performers who have been together for over 30 years are thrown into turmoil when one of the group falls ill. The sudden realization that old age has crept up on them causes friction and strain within the group. Is this the end for the Deaf Club performers?


3:30 pm Family Drama

Strangers, 2012, Brixton, London, 12 mins, Drama
A Deaf teenager, in a hearing family, does not have clear communication. An interpreter arrives on her own because the social worker is held up, and suddenly the son has a voice with which to express himself, much the astonishment to his parents.

Without You, 2012, US, 9 mins. Drama.
A love triangle that’s blended of what is real and what is jealousy, regrets, and dreams. Maybe what you want is not what you want after all.

The Deaf Childhood, 2010, Saint Maur, France, 64 mins, Documentary
Elsa is a 9 year old little girl, who is hearing and speaks, yet her parents are Deaf and do not speak; her father, a sign language professor, and her mother, an artist. Elsa expresses herself in LSF and French, as well as her little brother Reno.

Reception – Open for all ticket holders – 5:00-6:30 PM – University Events Room, 7th Floor Glickman Library, University of Southern Maine Portland Campus, 314 Forest Ave, Portland ME

Evening Session [PG-13/+ selections]:

September 11th, 2012, Brixton, London, 10 mins, Drama
A personal account of the effects of September 11, 2001, on a young Deaf Muslim teenager, who faces racism from both inside and outside the Deaf community, making her question her faith.

US., 2012, Berlin, Germany, 23 mins, Documentary.
A group of Deaf, hard-of-hearing, multiply impaired, and hearing teenagers of different backgrounds come together in a drama group. In this film, they explore their backgrounds as immigrants, family history and place in society, partly by absurd actions, partly with poetic points of view.

Crossing the Divide, 2012, Brixton, London, 16 mins, Documentary.
A documentary about a love story and friendship in Belfast during the Troubles; showing how the Deaf community overcame religious and political divisions that split Northern Ireland for 30 years.

Confession, 2012, Brixton, London, 24 mins, historical drama.
Based on promoting Oralism over sign Language, while featuring historical figures of Alexander Graham Bell and Reverend Francis Maginn as they battle for the future of Deaf culture.

7:45 Break

8 pm Main Feature
Conned, 2010, USA, 1 hour 38 mins, Action/Comedy/Thriller
The Boston Underworld is too small for all of them. And there’s only one big prize left. It’s about to go under. All the smart operators have gone to jail, and all that’s left behind are the eccentric whacks and nut jobs deemed unworthy of being put behind bars. From Napolitano who runs the North End with the belief that every room is bugged, to Mr. Million, who is so insecure he needs constant reassurance, to a rampant gang that can’t take directions from anyone, simply because they can’t hear a single thing- their preferred method of communication is sign language which leaves everyone asking, just what is going on? Out of this melting pot of eccentric and dysfunctional criminals, ambitions arise and inevitably clash. With less and less up for stake, there is a sense of urgency for everyone to grab what they can and make a run for it before the underworld is shut down for good. As time runs out, attention turns to the biggest horse race which everyone knows is fixed, but just what is fixed? While everyone zeroes in on cashing out on the fixed race, they unfortunately become oblivious to the big con that is being laid out, leaving open the question of just who gets to take off with the big payday!