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Free film festival coming to Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — BikeMaine and the Maine Outdoor Film Festival will offer a unique theater experience in Fort Kent next month when they feature six short films at Riverside Park.

The BikeMaine 2018 ride, which the Bicycle Coalition of Maine sponsors, will take place the week of Sept. 8-15.  At that time 450 bicyclists will traverse hundreds of miles of Aroostook County roads and trails. The bicyclists will arrive in Fort Kent on Sept. 12, where they will lay over for a two-night break from their journey. The film festival will take place on Thursday, Sept. 13, during the bicyclists’ stay.

The festival, which offers free admission, will feature six short films, including the Maine-based  “EPISODE SIX: Growing a regional food economy.” With a running time of 11:51, the movie chronicles a downstate family’s development of  the Crown O’ Maine Organic Co-op, which “has grown to link over 300 family farms to market and has become a key driver for regional food sovereignty,” according to the movie synopsis.

“Their operations have grown to include food processing as well — (operating) Northern Girl, which washes, chops, and prepares fresh Maine vegetables for hospitals, institutions, food service, and wholesale distributors, reducing food miles and increasing cash flow for New England’s northernmost growers,” the synopsis stated.

Other movies to be featured at the film festival include “One Week at a Time,” about a New England sea kayak adventure, and the very short, at less than three minutes, “Jimmy Smith,” titled after the professional BMX and mountain bike athlete.

The film festival will take place on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m. at the Lions Pavilion at Riverside Park. Admission is free for all members of the public.
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