The 10th annual Damnationland showcase of dark and disturbing Maine films is upon us, screening at theaters around the state before infecting festivals and conventions the world over. As is tradition, Damnationland is kicking off this year’s festivities at The State Theatre with a global premiere on Friday, October 11th.
This year’s horde of Maine film includes short features by Remy Brecht, Derek Brigham, Jill Harrigan, Sarah Kennedy, Stacey Koloski, and Michael J. Tobin, with interstitial segments by RJ Wilson.
Welcome Back is a meditation on loss and the path toward healing. Grieving the death of their parent, Riley seeks out some unconventional therapy– but what happens when it opens a door that should have remained closed? Welcome Back represents the directorial debut of Remy Brecht and is the initial film offering from Beagle Brigade Productions.
Fast paced mayhem, British sex farces and co-dependent relationships: master chef Derek R. Brigham is serving it up hot with a new film from Through the Door Productions LLC. FOX + ROSE IN: EXES-ISM features an esteemed-team of Portland film legends– this isn’t one to miss!
Laynie Needs a Light shares the experience of two queer people at a time when such stories are rarely represented in media. Inclusivity was a core value of production so the film’s cast & crew included an array of genders, races and identities. Laynie Needs a Light takes place in one thrilling night when a woman pops into a local speakeasy for a drink only to become the object of a stranger’s menacing affection.
Welcome to the 1984 Miss Blueberry Beauty Pageant! Where the girls are a feast for the eyes and as sweet as honey. Follow these three finalists as they navigate the twists and turns of a pageant that reveals a much more sinister secret.
GENESIS 23 is a sinister tale that begs the question: have you really read the fine print of an at-home genealogy test? When an at-home DNA screening company invites customers to meet genetically-linked relatives for the first time at a “family reunion”, Sarah Jones jumps at the chance… but her quest for family connection yields a startling result. How much is the search for our ancestry worth? GENESIS 23 explores the consequences of the insatiable need to discover our roots. In our eagerness to learn who we are, we’ll have to learn what we’re really made of.
Using an old Ouija board, a group of friends celebrating Halloween in Portland, Maine, decide to conjure up the spirit of John True Gordon, a convicted murderer they just read about. Gordon was convicted of the June 1873 axe murder of his brother Almon, his brother’s wife Emma, and their infant daughter, Millie, in Thorndike, Maine. He denied any knowledge of the crime and maintained his innocence through two trials. When the courts found him guilty, Gordon attempted to cheat the gallows by stabbing himself in the heart. But the Supreme Judicial Court upheld the verdict and he was hanged. John True Gordon is buried in Sayward Cemetery in Thorndike, Maine. But now, 146 years later, he’s back– and the Ouija board forgot to tell this group of friends one thing: he’s angry as hell and wants revenge. (Based on the True 1873 Story of John True Gordon and the Thorndike Murders. The 2019 part of the story is fiction. We hope.)
Move over Dawson’s Creek, there’s a new 90s teen drama in town… Gossip Ghouls tells the story of five high school girls who all have weird and macabre paranormal abilities, and must learn to work with each other, despite their social status. It’s like 10 Things I Hate About You, but with more blood and murder.