Film Festival focuses on Wildlife

Filmmakers went on location to film the award-winning documentary, “The Last Elephants in Thailand,” which is part of the Maine Wildlife Conservation Film Festival coming to Bar Harbor.

BAR HARBOR — Endangered animals take pride of place on the silver screen when the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival debuts in Maine this month at Reel Pizza Cinerama.

The festival is scheduled at Reel Pizza Cinerama on Friday through Monday, May 18 to 21. More than 30 films about conservation, natural history and wildlife will be screened, including several world premieres.

“We looked at what the programming was and it looked interesting, something our audience would appreciate” said Chris Vincenty, co-owner of Reel Pizza. “There was a lot of diverse subject matter – habitat loss, rehabilitation, conservation, tons of different aspects and stuff from all over the world.” Several people associated with the films will be at the screenings and available at question-and-answer sessions afterward.

Tickets are $8 per person for each series, or $7 for senior citizens and students. A festival pass good for all the films is $75 per person or $65 for senior citizens and students. Tickets can be purchased at the theater 30 minutes prior to show time, or in advance by contacting the film festival organizers at 610-895-4776. For a complete schedule and descriptions of the films, visit www.MaineWCFF.com or www.reelpizza.net.

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Melinda Rice

Melinda Rice has been a journalist since her teens when she worked on her high school newspaper. She’s worked as a reporter and copy editor at newspapers and magazines, written a travel book and four middle-grade novels and become a Registered Maine Guide.