How did life begin? What is time? Consciousness? How much do we know?

CIFF Selects continues with exclusive screening of ‘The Most Unknown’

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CAMDEN — The Points North Institute and the Camden Opera House  will continue CIFF Selects series May 30 at 7 p.m. with an exclusive screening of The Most Unknown by Emmy nominated and Peabody award-winning filmmaker, Ian Cheney (The Search For General Tso, The City Dark, King Corn)

Synopsis: The Most Unknown is an epic documentary film that sends nine scientists to extraordinary parts of the world to uncover unexpected answers to some of humanity’s biggest questions. How did life begin? What is time? What is consciousness? How much do we really know?

The film, which was advised on by world-renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog, premiered at the prestigious CPH:Dox Festival in Copenhagen in March, and will be opening theatrically this month. The film is co-presented by Hurricane Island Foundation and is followed by an in-person Q&A with director Ian Cheney, as well as other special guests.

By introducing researchers from diverse backgrounds for the first time, then dropping them into new, immersive field work they previously hadn’t tackled, the film pushes the boundaries of how science storytelling is approached. What emerges is a deeply human trip to the foundations of discovery and a powerful reminder that the unanswered questions are the most crucial ones to pose.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share Ian’s latest work with our audiences on the big-screen prior to its national rollout” said Ben Fowlie, Executive and Artistic Director of the Points North Institute, in a news release. “Ian’s work has been captivating audiences at CIFF since we screened King Corn in 2007. We’re honored to have him in attendance to discuss some of the complex and compelling questions he unearths in the film.” 

Additional CIFF Selects titles will be announced shortly. Upcoming screening dates includeJune 27, July 25, August 29, September 26, October 24, and November 28. Q&As with filmmakers, either in person or via skype, will follow select screenings. 

Tickets are $10 for adults and can be purchased on the day of show at the Camden Opera House box office. All screenings are free for students under the age of 18, or who present a valid college ID. CIFF Selects is a program of the Points North Institute, and is sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank.

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About the Points North Institute:

Established in 2016, the Points North Institute is a launching pad for the next generation of nonfiction storytellers. Building on the success of the Camden International Film Festival, which is now entering its 13th season, the Points North Institute’s mission is to bring together a unique, interdisciplinary community of filmmakers, artists, journalists, industry leaders and local audiences, forming a creative hub on the coast of Maine where new stories and talent are discovered, collaborations are born, and the future of nonfiction media is shaped. Programs include the annual Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum, as well as a year-round calendar of artist development initiatives that nurture the careers of diverse nonfiction storytellers and help them develop a stronger artistic voice.


Founded in 2005 and recognized as one of the top documentary film festivals in the world, the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) brings the finest non-fiction cinema to the coast of Maine, showcasing nearly 80 documentary films from around the globe each fall. Running concurrently with CIFF, the Points North Forum provides filmmakers and media artists with opportunities for professional development and creative inspiration. Past industry participants include representatives from HBO, A&E, BBC,CNN, Discovery, PBS, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Institute, Vimeo and Kickstarter.


The 2018 Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum will take place September 13 - 16 in Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine. For more information please visit our website at


About Hurricane Island Foundation:

The Mission of Hurricane Island Foundation is to integrate science education, applied research, and leadership development through year-round educational programs and a seasonal, environmentally-sustainable island community. Hurricane Island is 10 miles southeast of Rockland and two miles southwest of Vinalhaven in the Fox Islands archipelago, Penobscot Bay, Maine. The island measures about one mile by one-half mile, totaling 125 acres. It has an interesting history as a granite quarry company and the base for the Maine Outward Bound School, which you can read about at

Event Date: 
Wed, 05/30/2018 - 7:00pm