Movie-Maker Magazine recently select Portland, Maine, as one of the "Top Five Towns - Best Places to Live and Work as a movie maker 2015."
"Five Nights in Maine," a Maine in Maine film, will hold its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Described as "an intimate feature film about love, loss, and compassion", "Five Nights in Maine" was written and directed by Maris Curran, and filmed in Phippsburg, Brunswick, and South Portland during October 2014.
The film, which stars David Oyelowo ("Selma" and "The Butler"), tells the story of a young African-American man, reeling from the tragic loss of his wife, who travels to rural Maine at the invitation of his estranged mother-in-law who is herself confronting guilt and grief over her daughter's death.
"The director grew up visiting Pemaquid. She grew up in Philly and was always struck by the contrasting environments and continues to feel a draw to the natural beauty of Maine," said Carly Hugo, one of the producers of the film, along with Matt Parker, Curran and Oyelowo. "I have family from Portland, so I knew the region well, and it's one of the things that originally attracted me to the project. Maine is breathtakingly beautiful, and it's not a landscape that you often see on film."
The selection of FIVE NIGHTS IN MAINE by the Toronto Film Festival is good news for film-making in Maine, and will help to showcase the advantages offered by the state's beauty and relatively affordable production costs put in place by the Baldacci administration, and active and welcoming film community. Maine offers tax incentives of up to 17 percent, with a $75,000 minimum spend.
"We were committed to filming in Maine and using Maine crew members as much as possible," said Hugo. "We weren't sure initially if we would be able to find the talent pool we needed, but we discovered there is an amazing professional community in Maine, as good as any we could have brought with us. And the local community embraced us and was so supportive. It was amazing. We put the whole crew up in summer rentals, and everyone bonded over big lobster dinners."