Short documentaries Finding Our Voices featured in MIFF screenings

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Matt Siegel and Jim Boutin, filmmakers; Patrisha McLean, Founder/President of Finding Our Voice; and Christine, framing store owner and subject/star of one of two short documentaries Finding Our Voices set to premiere July 16 at the Maine International Film Festival. Photo submitted

Two films featuring survivors of domestic violence in Maine will premiere at the 25th annual Maine International Film Festival on Saturday, July 16 in Waterville. The short documentaries will share the stage with the award-winning documentary “And So I Stayed”, about women serving long prison sentences for killing their attackers.

Courtney, hairstylist from Midcoast Maine and star of one of two short documentaries Finding Our Voices, which premieres July 16 at MIFF Photo submitted

The Finding Our Voices films feature Midcoast Maine residents Courtney and Christine recounting how they got dragged into domestic violence situations — and how they escaped.

Picture framing store owner Christine, who stars in a short documentary Finding Our Voices premiering July 16 at the Maine International Film Festival in Waterville Photo submitted

The screening at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Courtney, a hairdresser; Christine, owner of a picture framing store; Patrisha McLean, Founder/President of Finding Our Voices; and Natalie Pattillo and Daniel A. Nelson, the directors of “And So I Stayed.”

The Finding Our Voices films were produced by acclaimed cinematographer/producer Matt Siegel, who reached out to the grassroots nonprofit with the offer to break the silence of domestic violence through film. after seeing the group’s huge posters featuring the faces and voices of 43 Maine survivors including Christine, Courtney and Governor Janet T. Mills. Filmmakers who have also lent their talents to both films are Jim Boutin, Josh Gerritsen and Neil Shelley.

Maine International Film Festival Executive Director Mike Perreault said the festival “is honored to partner with Finding Our Voices, who do important and impactful work to raise awareness and provide support for survivors of domestic violence. The films that will be shown highlight how abuse affects the whole family – and for generations. We are proud to help bring this conversation to the fore.

Tickets for the afternoon program on Saturday, July 16 are $12 and can be purchased at miff.org/program.

Finding Our Voices brings together the voices of survivors and the creativity of the community to break the silence, stigma and the cycle of domestic violence, with two pillars of bold advocacy and tangible peer support, including direct funding to women victims to be and stay safe and to get and keep their children safe. good. For more information on Finding Our Voices, visit findourvoices.net.


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