ROCKPORT — In anticipation of the 16th Camden International Film Festival, which will be held October 1-12, the Points North Institute will continue its 2020 summer drive-in film series on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m., with a special pre-release screening of the documentary, The Way I See It.
The screening will be followed by a live Virtual Q & A with Dawn Porter, the director of the film, and other special guests.
Dawn Porter’s film John Lewis: Good Trouble screened in July at the drive-in.
Inspired by the New York Times #1 bestseller, The Way I See It is an unprecedented look behind the scenes of two of the most iconic Presidents in American History, Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan, as seen through the eyes of renowned photographer Pete Souza. As Official White House Photographer, Souza was an eyewitness to the unique and tremendous responsibilities of being the most powerful person on Earth.
The movie reveals how Souza transforms from a respected photojournalist to a searing commentator on the issues that were faced as a country and a people. The film is a collaboration between Focus Features and MSNBC Films.
“We are incredibly excited to share this film with our community just one day after it has its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival,” said Ben Fowlie, founder of CIFF, in the release. “Presenting work as timely as this film is, as new as this film is, and by such an incredibly talented director is a rare opportunity. It will no doubt be a very special evening at the drive-in.”
The Shotwell Drive-In was developed, designed, and constructed during the months of May and June, and has been screening documentary films and classics throughout July and August. Selected weekly screenings will continue through September, followed by nightly screenings during the 2020 Camden International Film Festival from October 1-12.
The new theater is named in honor of longtime friend and supporter of CIFF, Bob Shotwell, who passed away just before the festival in 2018.
Tickets are just $20 per vehicle and only available online at camdenfilmfest.org. Located just off of Route 1 in Rockport, The Shotwell Drive-In is CIFF’s newest adventure. Space is extremely limited, and due to COVID-19 safety precautions, CIFF will be limiting attendance.
All screenings are pre-registration only, with no tickets sold at the door. Concessions 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.
The 2020 Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum will take place October 1 - 12 at The Shotwell Drive-In and virtually. For more information please visit our website at www. pointsnorthinstitute.org.