ROCKPORT — The Points North Institute will end its 2020 drive-in series with a special two-night Halloween double feature on Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24. Film titles include the remastered edition of The Shining, Tim Burton’s family classic The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Blair Witch Project, and Midsommar.
Shown at The Shotwell in DCP, The Nightmare Before Christmas follows the misadventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the "real world." When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colors and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life – he plots to bring Christmas under his control by taking over the role of Santa Claus. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry. A festive, magical take on the myths of Halloween – featuring stunning handmade claymation and the music of Danny Elfman – this film is a perfect spooky treat for the whole family, according to Points North, in a news release.
Screening at the drive-in with a remastered edition, the Stanley Kubrick adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining “is a cinematic legend, with brilliant visual storytelling meant for the big screen,” said Points North. Starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, a father becomes a winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel, in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer's block. He settles in along with his wife and son, who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack's writing goes nowhere and Danny's visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel's dark secrets and begins to unravel.
“Told through found footage, The Blair Witch Project upended the entire horror genre, telling the tale of three film students who travel to a small town to collect documentary footage about the Blair Witch, a legendary local murderer,: said Points North.
Over the course of several days, the students interview townspeople and gather clues to support the tale's veracity – but the project takes a frightening turn when the students lose their way in the woods.
“A remarkable masterwork from horror’s newest genius, director Ari Aster, 2019’s Midsommar is a visually stunning fable ideal for the big screen and a night under the stars,” said Points North.
A couple travel to Sweden to visit their friend's rural hometown for its fabled midsummer festival, but what begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Presented as two double features, The Blair Witch Project will play at 6 p.m., and Midsommar at 8:30 p.m., on Friday, October 23.
The Nightmare Before Christmas will play at 6 p.m., and The Shining at 8 p.m., on Saturday October 24
Tickets can be purchased for individual films, or for the whole double feature each night.
“We are absolutely thrilled to bring these films to the big screen here in Midcoast, and to create a way for our community to be together and celebrate, even during these unprecedented times,” said Ben Fowlie, Founder of CIFF.
The Shotwell Drive-In was developed, designed, and constructed during the months of May and June, and screened documentary films and classics throughout July, August, and September, followed by nightly screenings during the 2020 Camden International Film Festival in October. 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 $20 per vehicle and only available online at camdenfilmfest.org.
“Located conveniently just off of Route 1 in Rockport, The Shotwell Drive-In is our newest adventure,” said Points North. “Space is extremely limited and due to COVID-19 safety precautions, we will be limiting attendance.”
All screenings are pre-registration only, with no tickets sold at the door. Concessions are provided by Big T, 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.
For more information please visit www. pointsnorthinstitute.org.