— Richard Kane keeps showing up.
He was at the Camden International Film Festival one day and an
energy conference in Augusta the next. In between, he had a meeting
of the Maine Film & Video Association in Rockport. Before
that, he was in Portland for the opening of one of his two new
films, "Protecting the Nature of Maine." And mixed in
there was a date in Bucksport for the opening for his other new
film, "Rock Solid: The Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium."
Among all that, he managed to get some work in.
Kane, 58, may be the busiest filmmaker in Maine. He didn't necessarily
plan to release two movies at once, but they ended up on parallel
tracks. At the same time, he continues to plug away at the ambitious
Maine Masters Project, an ongoing series of film portraits about
outstanding Maine visual artists. The latest in that series is
a film about Stephen Pace, which came out last year. Kane is working
on a profile of Beverly Hallam, a York County painter, and a movie
about Carlo Pittore also is under way.
he's preparing for his next big movie, a project that will explore
Maine's foray in deriving energy from the ocean. Thus his attendance
last Tuesday at the energy conference.
But even when he's done with one project, he's never really done.
On morning last week, he was tweaking a sequence in "Protecting
the Nature of Maine" about the 50th anniversary of the Natural
Resources Council of Maine. The 30-minute film is part of a double-bill
of Kane movies Thursday night at the Grand in Ellsworth.
"Even though it's premiered, I just made a new version,"
Kane said, explaining his work on Final Cut Pro, his software
of choice. "I noticed a glitch the other night at the Farnsworth."
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