ELLSWORTH — The stars will be onscreen and overhead this summer as Ellsworth Arts presents the open-air film series “Ellsworth Under the Stars.”
Movies will be shown on a portable 16-foot-by-9-foot screen at various sites throughout the city and outlying communities each Thursday evening at dusk from July 16 to Aug. 27.
As a community-based effort to offer free family entertainment at some of the area’s most beautiful open-air sites, “Ellsworth Under the Stars” is relying on community financial support to purchase the equipment needed to screen the movies outdoors.
Funding is coordinated through the nonprofit Ellsworth Arts, and more than $3,000 has been raised toward the goal of raising $15,000 by June 1.
The money would purchase an outdoor cinema system from Open Air Cinema, an outdoor-cinema production company. The system allows alternate video sources, such as laptops or video game systems, which Ellsworth Arts hope to use to create multimedia events for the community that could include creative projects from local artists and students.
“We really want to support and promote art in the area,” said Ellsworth Arts member Benjamin Speed.
Current community partners in the project include The Ellsworth Public Library, Ellsworth Downtown Business Association, City of Ellsworth Parks & Recreation Committee, Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, The Grand, The Maine Grind, Atlantic Art Glass and Pyramid Studios Jewelry Design.
Contributions to “Ellsworth Under the Stars” can be made online at www.ellswortharts.org or mailed to Ellsworth Arts, 10 State St., Ellsworth, ME. 04605.