MOUNT DESERT ISLAND
are proud to present
Friday, October 7, 2011
7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30)
Jesup Memorial Library
34 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, Maine
A donation at the door is requested (no advance reservations).
Dancing at the Mill depicts life on Mount Desert Island from the mid-1700s
through the late 1940s. It begins with Abraham Somes' founding of the earliest colonial
settlement on the island and blossoms into a presentation about island history,
culture, and community.
A unique feature of the film is footage shot by island native Charles Savage from
1927 to 1930, whose present-day descendants wanted to see his remarkable work
shared with a larger audience. To create the film, we used short excerpts Charles
Savage's moving pictures, along with historical photographs and paintings. Materials
were drawn from area historical societies, libraries,archives and private collections.
In addition, many early scenes were recreated through digital technology.
The film was written by Gunnar Hansen, who has authored and directed numerous
documentary films and who wrote Mount Desert: An Informal History. Production is by Jeff Dobbs
and Bing Miller of Dobbs Productions, known throughout the state for their outstanding
films about Maine's communities and history, including Gift of Acadia and Maine:
This project is made possible through the support of generous donors and through
fundraising events such as this showing.