CAMDEN — August means Andre at the Camden Opera House – the annual free screening of Andre: The Seal Who Came Home, that is, Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. Doors will open 6:30 p.m.
The anticipated general admission showing is part of the Community Thank You Films series, sponsored by the Community Arts Fund.
Originally presented by PBS’ My Wild Affair series, the 55-minute film depicts the true story of Andre, a two-day-old wild harbor seal who was rescued by the Midcoast’s Harry Goodridge in 1961. When Andre was older, he was free to leave the Goodridge home to live in the ocean as a wild seal … but for 25 years, he came back each summer.
Andre and Harry’s interspecies friendship weathered every kind of challenge including at the end, Andre’s blindness. While their story has been adapted into various documentaries and even a feature movie (starring a sea
lion), this work by Blink Films UK reflects the family’s perspective and collective memory bank.
A Canadian production team and director Kim Harris came to Maine and shot hours of interviews with Harry Goodridge’s surviving children; filmed harbor seals; and used a GoPro camera underwater to try to see the world
through Andre’s eyes. The result is an unequaled look into the life of Harry and Andre.
The Community Arts Fund is Camden Opera House’s way to express its appreciation for the support the Midcoast community and Town of Camden have shown it over the years.
For more information, visit camdenoperahouse.com/communityartsfund.