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  • Mid-Life Achievement award from Maine film festival will go to Gabriel Byrne

    The Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) will present its annual Mid-Life Achievement Award to actor Gabriel Byrne at a special ceremony held at the Waterville Opera House on the evening of July 15. Most recently, Byrne was nominated for a 2016 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in the Broadway production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

    “We are thrilled to honor Gabriel Byrne with the 2016 Mid-Life Achievement Award,” said MIFF programming director Ken Eisen. “Gabriel is a truly brilliant actor with a career that spans over four decades and includes over 100 film, stage, and TV credits. We can’t wait to welcome him to MIFF.”

    Byrne has appeared in over 35 feature films, including Excalibur,Miller’s CrossingThe Usual Suspects, and Stigmata. Byrne co-wrote The Last of the High Kings and has also produced several films, including the Academy Award-nominated In the Name of the Father. One of Byrne’s most identifiable roles is that of Dr. Paul Weston in the HBO drama In Treatment, for which he won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for two Emmy Awards and two Satellite Awards.

    The award presentation will be held after a screening of The Usual Suspects, a neo-noir mystery crime thriller directed by Byran Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie, on Friday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Waterville Opera House. Tickets are $14 and are now available online. The film centers on five criminals (played by Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak, and Stephen Baldwin) who meet in a police lineup and decide to pull off a heist together. Byrne will be in Waterville July 14 and 15 with screenings of Miller’s CrossingJindabyne, and Louder Than Bombs. 

  • Waterville, Maine's revitalization: a real recipe for success

    Photos by Ramona du Houx

    I grew up South of Augusta in Hallowell and Waterville, when I was young, was the town you went to to buy things. It had a vibrant downtown and a lot of retail and a lot of traffic. I think that over the past 20 to 25 years, like many downtowns, that has slowly shifted away and moved out to the periphery to other places.

    But what we’re seeing now in Waterville is this incredible resurgence, which is the function of many things. Colby’s investment, the town’s longterm planning, and the Chamber of Commerce has played a major role. What it’s done for people like me—those in redevelopment—is it’s attracted us to look to a town that doesn’t just have buildings that can be developed, but to a town that is in favor of going in that direction. It’s looking toward a vision to fulfill. And with all of these players involved—any I haven’t yet mentioned Thomas College, and many others—have come up with a vision of what they hope to see in the town.

    Add to this the magic of the aforementioned investment by Colby and you have a real recipe for success.

    Waterville is now at an accelerated growth mode because of all of the planning they have done and now there is the realization of capital to accompany that planning. What I think you will see is infill development. So you look at downtown and there are old buildings that will be renovated, but then there will be new buildings that are constructed within that fabric. That will continue and stretch to the peripheries of downtown.

    wrote about this particular moment for the Kennebec Journal a few months back, and my colleague Tom Siegel, who is developing a project for us on the old Seton site in Waterville, also wrote at length about the significance of this moment.

    What Waterville has done well is they have planned for this growth. A lot of communities will go through a long planning process but then it comes time to actually grow. Waterville has done that planning and attract investment and so now the growth is occurring. So I think in 5 years, you’re going to see changes in traffic patterns, how people live, how people get to work and everything that comes with development as it exits the planning phase and enters one of growth. It will have a remarkable impact on the community at large.

    Kevin Mattson

    About Kevin Mattson

    Kevin Mattson is the Managing Partner of Dirigo Capital Advisors. Having entered the field of commercial real estate in 1997, he has since overseen the execution and development of many large scale, award winning projects. Mattson has been appointed to positions by Governors King and Baldacci, and he has served on the board of the Maine Children’s Home in Waterville, Maine. Prior to his career in real estate development, Mattson worked for the Maine Legislature as the Chief of Staff for the House Majority Leader. He was awarded a BA in Accounting from Skidmore College and received an MBA from the University of Maine. He resides in Freeport with his wife Jeannie, and their two sons, Fionn and Ronan, and is an unabashed lover of King Crimson.

    The Hathaway Center was renovated using newly established Historic renovation tax credits, which leveled the playing field for devlopers. So they could renovate historic properties at a simalar cost to building new ones. Photo by Ramona du Houx