A profile of Carlo Pittore, a larger-than-life artist who spent his latter years teaching art in a converted chicken-processing barn in Bowdoinham, where he and his students painted and sculpted live models, is among the 14 films featured in the 2016 Maine Short Film Festival at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport and at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Schoodic Arts for All’s Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor.
Organized by the Maine Film & Video Association, the festival includes films with local ties such as Surry filmmaker Richard Kane’s “The Raw Essence of Carlo Pittore.” The film is a portrait of a joyful yet vulnerable artist who led a generation of younger artists in Maine to form the Union of Maine Visual Artists.
The festival also features Lamoine filmmaker Mike Perlman’s “Clothes Encounter,” a whimsical commercial for Ellsworth’s Water Street thrift shop. Shop owners Suzanne Wood and Kristen Brown are front and center in the short film that parodies hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s hit song, “Thrift Shop.”
Other featured films range from Huey’s “Maine Heritage Orchard” to “Penobscot River” by Justin Lewis, Michelle Stauffer and Laura Rose Day.
Admission to the Bucksport showing is $7 general admission and $5 for students. For more information, call 469-0924.