New film dives into lives of courageous Americans through Robert Shetterly’s eyes

‘Truth Tellers’ documentary, a focus on activist Robert Shetterly, to premiere in Waldo County

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Truth Tellers, a new documentary feature directed by veteran Maine filmmaker Richard Kane, will have its local premiere in the Colonial Theatre in Downtown Belfast, November 21 - 23.

A special, in-person screening with the filmmaker, and subject Robert Shetterly, will take place in the storied Dreamland Auditorium on Tuesday, November 23.  After the 6:30 p.m. screening, there will be a live Q & A with director Richard Kane, subject Robert Shetterly by a special guest moderator. This final showing will require on-site proof of vaccination.

Artist and activist Robert Shetterly has painted over 250 portraits of Americans, past and present, who had the moral courage to confront issues of social, environmental and economic justice. These .Americans Who Tell the Truth have been exhibited throughout the United States for almost two decades.

TRUTH TELLERS is both a story of Shetterly’s art and activism and a history lesson in what it means to be a citizen of a democracy. In bringing Shetterly’s message to a wide audience, TRUTH TELLERS will spark a national conversation on truth telling.  

Among the ‘truth tellers’ in the film are Bayard Rustin, Bill McKibben, Kelsey Juliana, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Sherri Mitchell, Maulian Dana, Bill Bigelow, Zyahna Bryant, Bree Newsome Bass, Fannie Lou Hammer, John Lewis, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Reggie Harris, and others.

TRUTH TELLERS director, producer and cinematographer is Richard Kane, an independent director whose work is focused on the intersection of art and contemporary American life. Previous film releases include: J. Fred Woell: An American Vision; I Know a Man ... Ashley Bryan; Imber’s Left Hand, and 15 others, all part of the Maine Masters collection, a New England Emmy-nominated series of portraits that airs on public television. With partner Melody Lewis-Kane, he has worked for National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the White House Office of Technology Policy among many others. Kane-Lewis produced the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s 50th-anniversary film Protecting the Nature of Maine and the classic award-winning documentary ‘M.C. Richards: The Fire Within.’

Event Date: 

Tue, 11/23/2021 - 6:30pm

Event Location: 

Colonial Theater, Downtown Belfast