An ongoing film series featuring some of Maine’s most distinguished artists
sponsored by the Union of Maine Visual Artists













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Natasha Mayers:
An Unstill Life

Help fund a new film about this longtime UMVA activist/artist See the film trailer for our new project on Indiegogo and please SHARE, even if you can’t donate.

Now, more than ever, people want to see truthful, creative role models like Natasha Mayers, who is known as the “best activist artist” in Maine and who Senator George Mitchell called a “state treasure.”

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J. Fred Woell: An American Vision

J. Fred Woell
Come Alive, You’re in the Pepsi Generation, 1966, J. Fred Woell
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J. Fred Woell: An American Vision captures the essence of a political artist who believed deeply in the power of the creative spirit. As a patriot he had profound beliefs in our democratic ideals yet saw the flaws in our politics. He used art to make satirically searing commentary often on the dark side of history. An inspiring, humble and humorous artist and teacher, Woell opened the door to a new way of seeing.

Upcoming Screenings:

Upcoming Screenings:

March 24, 2018   3pm   Frontier Café, Brunswick, ME
Double Feature with I Know a Man … Ashley Bryan  
Q&A with director Richard Kane

May 24, 2018     noon    Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)
Portland, OR  Introduction by Haystack Director, Paul Sacaridiz

July 20, 2018   7:30pm  Stonington Opera House, Q&A with director Richard                
Kane, artist Pat Wheeler, and producer Robert Shetterly

August 2018   tba           Schoodic Arts for All, Q&A with director Richard Kane



I Know a Man … Ashley Bryan

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Now available for home use only on
Video on Demand

A new documentary I Know a Man ... Ashley Bryan is said by some to be an antidote to the hatred, racism and division that our country is experiencing today. The film is about this 94-year-old creative wonder who skips and jumps in his heart like a child. Born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx, Ashley’s talent was nurtured by artist Romare Bearden. Ashley was drafted out of Cooper Union into the segregated US army at age 19. He served in an all-Black battalion during World War II and preserved his humanity by drawing, stowing supplies in his gas mask. Ashley now lives on the remote Cranberry Islands, Maine, and has been using art his entire life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith, and create loving community. He is a poet/illustrator of over 50 published children's books, and makes magical puppets and sea glass windows from found objects inspired by his African heritage. The film explores his world from the time his father “was given the mop and the broom”, (a reference to the Gordon Parks famous photograph). He quotes Marian Anderson admonishing “to keep another down you have to hold them down, and therefore cannot … soar to the potential within you.” He spreads beauty through his linocut prints exhorting “Let My People Go”. His life story and the art he makes from this wellspring of experience is an inspiration to people of all ages.


Upcoming Screenings:

January 21, 2018  5pm        St. James Episcopal Church, Cambridge, MA, private screening

February 25, 2018  1pm      Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
Q&A with Nick Clark, Founding Director of the Ashley Bryan Center

March 21, 2018   7:30pm    Colby College Museum of Art, screening at Railroad Square Cinema,
                                           Waterville, ME Q&A with director Richard Kane                                               

March 24, 2018  7:30pm     Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, Q&A with director Richard Kane



Imber’s Left Hand

Wins FOUR Best Film Awards
Gets Rave Reviews

“A Great Triumph”
                 Edgar Allen Beem, art critic

“This beautiful film … takes the wind out of you.”
                 Sebastian Smee, Boston Globe art critic

“A masterpiece of intimacy in the face of tragedy … extraordinary.”
                 Daniel Kany, Maine Sunday Telegram

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Now Available on DVD
Soon available on Video on Demand
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Imber’s Left Hand is a love story between two artists faced with one’s death and how art and love transform the tragedy into the brightest affirmation of life. Imber’s switch to painting left handed and the black humor with which he dances with his dying is a celebration of life and community.

photo of Richard Kane filming Jon Imber's first left handed painting
photo by Jill Hoy

Richard Kane filming Jon Imber’s first left-handed painting. 

Imber’s Left Hand Coming Soon to
Video On Demand


Joseph Fiore: The Nature of the Artist

premiered at the Camden International Film Festival, September 29, 2013
Screened November 7-10, 2013 at the Asheville Cinema Festival, Asheville, NC
Screened December 14 and 15, 2013 at the Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC

Now available on DVD
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image of Joseph Fiore DVD cover

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photo of Joseph Fiore c. 1987

Joseph Fiore by Peggy McKenna, 1986

David Driskell: In Search of the Creative Truth

Now available on Video on Demand

Winner of The Shaw Family MPBN Community Films Award, Best Film broadcast on MPBN Community Films in 2015. See preview here.
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photo of richard kane, david driskell, and Johnetta Cole
Photography by Heide Fischer Wessels
Film Director Richard Kane, Artist David Driskell, and Director of the
National Museum of African Art Johnetta Cole.

On April 20, 2013 Dr. David Driskell was introduced by the charismatic Dr. Johnetta Cole, director of the National Museum of African Art to an audience of nearly 400 people who came to the National Gallery of Art to watch the Washington, D.C. premiere of David Driskell: In Search of the Creative Truth.

photo of Curlee Holton, David Driskell, and Richard Kane
Photography by Heide Fischer Wessels
Master Printmaker Curlee Holton joined David Driskell and Richard Kane
for a Q&A with the audience.

Ashley Bryan: Maine Master in Production

photo of Ashley Bryan at school with children
Photograph by Henry Isaacs
Ashley Bryan and students at the Ashley Bryan School on Little Cranberry Isle.
Ashley Bryan introduced students of the Ashley Bryan School on Little Cranberry Isle to the galleys of his newest book, Can’t Scare Me. Looking on are teachers Donna Isaacs and Lindsay Eyesnogle with grip, Jacob Kane, director Richard Kane (at camera), and executive producer, Robert Shetterly (standing right).
See footage in production here.

November 2013 Film Shoot in Boston and New York

Director Richard Kane and Co-producer Carl Little travel to Boston and New York to interview subjects for four Maine Masters projects. Interviewees include ALS Researcher Lee Rubin at Harvard, MOMA curator Deborah Wye, and artist Phil Allen (Jon Imber film); art critic John Yau and Yvonne Jacquette (Yvonne Jacquette film); Caitlyn Dlouhy, Editorial Director at Simon and Schuster (Ashley Bryan film); and scholar and authority of the modern craft movement Helen Drutt (J. Fred Woell film).

Completion Funds Needed

Funds are still needed for the completion of projects on the following artists: Yvonne Jacquette, Carlo Pittore, and J. Fred Woell.

Production Funds Needed

Funds are needed to begin projects on the following artists: William Irvine, Natasha Mayers, Emily Nelligan, and Abby Shahn

Maine Masters Archives

We have begun posting interviews and other clips from ongoing projects: See Ashley Bryan, Abby Shahn, J. Fred Woell, and Yvonne Jacquette.

Maine Master Legend Beverly Hallam dies at age 89

Beverly Hallam was one of Maine’s treasures and we were fortunate to record a portrait of her life and art in Beverly Hallam: The Artist as Innovator. For her obituary in the Portland Press Herald, click here.

Review of Maine Masters series in Yankee Magazine
by Edgar Allen Beem

Maine Masters Nominated for Emmy Award

April 12, 2011  Boston  Stephen Pace: Maine Master was nominated for an Emmy Award by the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the Outstanding Arts/Entertainment category.  The film portrait premiered at the Sony Wonder Technology Lab in New York City in 2009 and was broadcast as part of the MPBN Community Films series in 2010.   


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