the race to preserve natural resources and livelihoods of Maine people

‘Conserving Maine’s Coast’ documentary presented as Strand virtual cinema

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 5:15pm

Story Location:
Strand Theatre
Rockland  Maine
United States

Conserving Maine’s Coast: From a Ripple to a Roar, a new documentary by local producer Mark Ireland, will be available to stream online July 3 - 9 with the purchase of a “virtual ticket” at the Strand Theatre website. 

Maine's coast, full of inviting beaches, snug harbors, bold cliffs, sheltered bays, jagged peninsulas and tidal estuaries, runs a remarkable 3,500 miles long, according to the Strand, in a news release. This film explores the complex efforts of protecting fragile habitats and threatened ecosystems, while preserving the coast's astounding beauty and unique places for recreation.

Learn what's being done in the race to preserve the abundant (but dwindling) natural resources and the very livelihoods of many Maine people.

Producer and director Mark Ireland, of MI Media, is a long-standing Maine filmmaker now focusing on documentary and educational projects highlighting conservation and Maine's environment. Along with a small crew, MI Media spent a year filming the entire Maine coast (from Gerrish Island at Kittery Point to Sip Bay in Perry Maine). Filming in all seasons from the mainland, islands, boat decks and on high (the drone cam), the film depicts hundreds of beautiful spots, some known and some very hidden.

The film's story is told entirely through interviews with land trust staff, boat builders, sailors, clammers, biologists, wildlife specialists and a 12-year-old climate activist.

The film was sponsored by Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

Tickets are available at the Strand Theatre website,, starting on July 3. Tickets are $6.99, and allow the viewer a one-week streaming period. Alternatively, the film can be purchased and downloaded for $12.99; with either purchase, the proceeds are split evenly between the producer and the Strand.

For more information, visit, email:, or call (207) 594-0070. Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841