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Has camera, will travel

Filmmaker Richard Kane is all over the Maine map, painting moving portraits of
noteworthy artists and the state's natural wonders.

By BOB KEYES, Staff Writer October 11, 2009


SEDGWICK — 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.
    
Meanwhile, 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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