EAC Films’ next presentation is “The Religion Move”, a documentary by Alan Kryszak which was filmed at several locations Down East, including St. Ann’s Church in Sipayik. The film will be shown free of charge at 3 pm, Saturday, February 3.

“The Religion Move” features people telling their life stories of the “following” or the “leaving” of their belief systems. Individuals and religious leaders from Maine to Boston discuss positive and negative experiences with the faiths the world follows, including a rare look at the Sipayik tribal perspective on the Catholic Church’s role in their lives with the demolition of St. Ann’s in Sipayik, Maine, in September, 2023. The film also revolves back to LGBTQ experiences with religion, and recent racially-motivated movements in Florida & the nation.

Still more lenses through which to examine religion are offered, including the unfiltered eyes of Christian, LGBTQ, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and Atheist perspectives.

Following the screening will be a talkback panel with Passamaquoddy guests and participants in the film, Dwayne Tomah and Kendra Dana Sockabasin, who will discuss the Wabanaki experience, the impact of a “Catholic residential school” on several generations, and the final demolition of St. Ann’s Church as a landmark of suppression.

Kryszak, as part of the University of Maine at Machias’ Creative Arts Faculty, guided Downeast Documentary film crew through this project, including: Lucas Boyett, Halle Brown, Lydia DeSchiffart, Henry Dunn, Graham Lee, Jana McbDonald, Joscelyn Rebello and Jo Dee White.

Documentarian Alan Kryzsak is shown with Dwayne Tomah, who is one of those interviewed in the documentary “The Religion Move”, produced last year as part of the University of Maine at Machias course Downeast Documentary. A free screening of the film will be offered at 3 pm, Saturday, February 3, at Eastport Arts Center.

EAC Films will continue with Shakespeare in Love (1998, R), on Saturday, February 10, at 2 pm and 6 pm.Distributor Swank Films summarizes the Best Picture Oscar-winner as “A fictional romance between a struggling young playwright named Shakespeare and a noblewoman who longs to act, and who inspires him to write ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ Gwyneth Paltrow won an Oscar for her role as the muse.”

Tickets for Shakespeare in Love are $7, and will be available for purchase here, or at the door.

The screenings have been supported by a Maine Community Foundation Community Building Grant.

Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by the State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. At this time, the use of masks in our building is optional.