Local filmmakers surprised by request from Sweden

11 years ago

STOCKHOLM, Maine — Officials with Crown of Maine Productions, at Madawaska Lake, had surprising news recently when they received an international phone call from the Swedish Institute asking permission

to show their film “Old Maine Swedish Farms” in two special exhibitions.
“I am curating a small exhibition called ‘United Stockholms of America – Swedes that Stayed’, that will open at the House of Sweden in Washington D.C. on April 21,” explained Anna Maria Bernitz, project manager, art, design and fashion, Swedish Institute.
“I have found your fantastic films on YouTube, and thanks to them I have fallen in love with Aroostook! I wonder if we could show your film ‘Old Maine Swedish Farms’ in the exhibition,” she added.

Brenda and Alan Jepson, the filmmakers who own and run Crown Of Maine Productions (crownofmaineproductions.com) were happy to have their work shown in Washington D.C. and in Stockholm, Sweden.
“I just love the idea of the local farming families in the film telling their stories on K Street in the nation’s capitol and in Sweden. And the thought of the sounds of a John Deere tractor being heard in these urban landscapes makes me smile,” said Brenda Jepson.
The Jepsons were also pleased to receive 1,000 Swedish Kronor to have their work exhibited and they were excited when Anna Maria Bernitz explained that Swedish Television might well be interested in broadcasting “Old Maine Swedish Farms.” Bernitz encouraged the film making team to submit the show for broadcast in Sweden and said she would provide contacts to assist with this.
“United Stockholms of America” is an exhibition that tells the story of the migration of 1.2 million Swedes who left their homes for a better future in the land of opportunity. There are hundreds of places with Swedish names in the United States, and eight of them are named Stockholm. The exhibition gives an historical background of the different Stockholms in the USA. Nowadays, the United States is home to more than four million Swedish Americans.
It turns out that two of the Stockholms in the U.S., despite their names, have not had any Swedish settlers. In addition, the Swedish photographer Charlie Bennet presents a glimpse of what Stockholm in Iowa and Stockholm in Maine look like today. One Stockholm in Texas had only a graveyard left with Swedish names.
The exhibition opened at the House of Sweden in Washington D.C. on April 21, 2013 and, after a summer break, will remain open until Dec. 8. During the summer of 2014, the exhibition will be on show at Stockholm’s Stadsmuseum (Stockholm City Museum, Sweden).