ROCKPORT — The Shotwell Drive-In’s Summer Series continues with a special sailing feature for Camden Classics Cup, The Race to Alaska, on Thursday, July 29, and Thelma and Louise directed by Ridley Scott on Saturday, July 31. Both screenings will start at 8:30 p.m.
Zach Carver’s The Race to Alaska is a documentary following the visceral experience of racers as they compete in one of the most difficult endurance challenges in the world. Described as “the Iditarod, on a boat, with a chance of drowning or being eaten by a grizzly bear,” it’s amazing anyone enters at all, according toPoints North Institute, in a news releae. There are no motors and no support – and nobody finishes without a story. It’s an adrenaline-fueled, 750-mile boat race through the dangerous and spectacular wilderness of the Inside Passage to Alaska, one of the most complex and beautiful race courses on the planet.
Through vast aerials, in-depth interviews, and raw racer-shot footage, The Race to Alaska tells the story of the race's improbable inception and the journey of those who answered the call to action. This film is co-presented by the Camden Classics Cup regatta, taking place from July 29-31, and Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors.
In Ridley Scott’s unconventional American road trip film, Thelma and Louise, housewife Thelma (Geena Davis) joins her friend Louise (Susan Sarandon) on a short fishing trip. However, their trip becomes a flight from the law when Louise shoots and kills a man who tries to assault Thelma at a bar. Louise decides to flee to Mexico and Thelma joins her. On the way, Thelma falls for sexy young thief J.D. (Brad Pitt) and the sympathetic Detective Slocumb (Harvey Keitel) tries to convince the two women to surrender before their fates are sealed.
“Simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and peppered with action, Ridley Scott's Thelma & Louise is a potent, well-acted road movie that transcends the feminist message at its core,’ said Points North.
This film is rated R.
The Shotwell Summer Series is sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank.
Tickets are $20 per vehicle and are available online at pointsnorthinstitute.org/shotwell/. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.
Doors open at 7:30pm. Please arrive by 8:15. Late entry may not be permitted.
The Shotwell is conveniently located off of Route 1 in Rockport.
Concessions – including Cold Toes Tacos – and restrooms are available on site.
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 16th 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.