UMFK to host film screening on Northern Maine Borderlands

7 months ago

FORT KENT, Maine — The Archives acadiennes/Acadian Archives will sponsor a screening of “La Frontière”, a documentary film on the border regions of Maine, at the University of Maine at Fort Kent on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in Nadeau Hall conference room. The event is free and open to the public.

“La Frontière” is a documentary film portraying slices of life in northern Maine’s borderlands. This beautifully shot 35-minute film takes viewers on an intimate tour of the culture of the 611-mile border between Maine and Canada. The film is a must-see for cinema connoisseurs and anyone hoping to see northern Maine through a different lens. The film screened at last year’s Camden International Film Festival in Midcoast Maine.

“La Frontière” was produced by Katy Haas and Megan Ruffe. A graduate of Smith College, Haas attended the Burren College of Art and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She was a co-producer with Florentine Films, a creation of Ken Burns, on “Benjamin Franklin” (2022), as well as an associate producer on the series “Country Music” (2019) and an apprentice editor on “The Dust Bowl” (2012). Ruffe studied film and geography at Penn State University. She too has worked on a number of Florentine Films series and, with a small team, is developing UNUM, a new digital project that uses Florentine’s library to bring historical context to current events. “La Frontière” also features cinematography by Lindsay Taylor Jackson and Jared Ames.

“We’re very grateful for the filmmakers’ willingness to share their work with our community,” said Patrick Lacroix, director of the Acadian Archives. “Katy and Megan offer us new ways of seeing and understanding our borderland region.”

A question-and-answer session with the producers will follow the screening. Snacks will be available for attendees.

For more information, contact Lacroix at the Acadian Archives at 207-834-7536.