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Industry Infighting, Union Turf Battles Slow Development of Back-to-Work Plan

“The entertainment industry’s efforts to develop safety protocols for restarting production is predictably becoming a brawl among the major studios and Hollywood unions that has delayed the presentation of the industry’s back-to-work plan to state and local officials. As Variety has reported, jumpstarting production amid the coronavirus pandemic will be complicated and expensive.” – Variety

LEF New England’s Moving Image Fund (MIF)

“The next LEF Moving Image Fund deadline is Friday, June 5, 2020 at 11:59pm (midnight) Eastern for applicants seeking Pre-production and Early Development funding. The submission forms are now open.

“Since its inception, LEF’s Moving Image Fund has supported over 300 independent filmmaker projects with approximately $4 million in funding. The overarching goal of LEF New England’s philanthropic investment is to help build a sustainable and strong community of support for artists and their work.” – LEF

Two Projects Are Filming Again. Here’s How They’re Doing It.

In Iceland, a Netflix series relied on testing and color-coded armbands. In Australia, the entire cast and crew of a Stephen King adaptation quarantined together.

Baltasar Kormakur, the Icelandic director best known in the United States for “Everest” and “Contraband,” turned to a color-coded armband system to get his Netflix sci-fi series “Katla” back into production in Reykjavik after the coronavirus shut it down in mid-March.

“Extra Credit Adventure Edit”

Live and Online: Finalist Films Premiere, 5/13/2020 at 7 p.m. 

The Extra Credit Adventure Edit was launched in early April by the Maine Outdoor Film Festival (MOFFs) as a way to support filmmakers and create some positivity during these weird times. The submitted films are outdoor and conservation minded and high-energy (aka really fun to watch).

Check out the list of films – and register to receive a private screening link – below.

The Pine Tree State on the big screen – Maine in the Movies

“Maine has had a connection with the movies since, well … since there have been movies. More than 80 motion pictures have been set in Maine since the first one all the way back in 1910.

“The Maine Film Center and 19 other arts and education organizations and independent cinemas have joined together to present “Maine in the Movies” from March 5-15, a statewide, 17-city festival of 35 films set in Maine. The festival serves as part of the celebration of the state’s Bicentennial.”

See the entire article – from THE MAINE EDGE – and check out the schedule of screenings below.