January 27, 2023
Contact: Mary Ellms, [email protected]

Maine Film Center Announces “Love Makers + Rule Breakers” Film Series

WATERVILLE, Maine – Every Tuesday and Thursday in February, the Maine Film Center will host its “Love Makers + Rule Breakers” series, featuring eight date-worthy films about passion, transgression, and sex. From high-brow to low-brow, arthouse to chick flick, the series features spicy stories and characters who challenge the status quo.

The eight films include the Academy Award-winning “Moonlight” and the wildly popular “Fifty Shades of Grey.” With proof of ticket purchase (e.g. an online receipt), filmgoers can redeem 10% off their meals at Silver Street Tavern in downtown Waterville. In addition, filmgoers who buy one dozen roses at Robin’s Nest and bring in a coupon or receipt will receive the member price on their film tickets. Draft beer, wine, and, of course, fresh popcorn are available for purchase at the cinema.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets and trailers are available at MaineFilmCenter.org.

“William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet” | Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7pm
Baz Luhrmann’s highly-stylized take on Shakespeare’s tragic romance stars Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio as the star-crossed lovers. The story is reimagined, 1990s punk style, in Verona Beach with the Montagues and Capulets as rival gangs that divide the city.

“Magic Mike” | Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7pm
Channing Tatum plays Mike, an experienced erotic dancer who takes a talented youngster, Alex, under his wing. With Matthew McConaughey as the dance group’s leader, this film’s choreography is not to be missed.

“Girl 6” | Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7pm
Spike Lee’s film stars Theresa Randle as a struggling young actress dealing with the daily misogyny of the industry. Quentin Tarantino plays a version of himself as a chauvinistic male auteur.

“Moonlight” | Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 7pm
Little comes from a domestic life scarred by the crack epidemic of the 80s, and finds a father figure in Juan, a drug dealer (Mahershala Ali). As he grows up, he tries to find his identity as a closeted gay Black man.

“Only Lovers Left Alive” | Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7pm
Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) are cooly captivating as centuries-old vampires who have fallen in love with each other. Their romance spans such a long period of time that it’s not unreasonable to think they may have been the originals.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” | Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7pm
Dakota Johnson stars as college junior Anastasia Steele, who meets billionaire Christian Grey while interviewing him for a class. Mutual attraction quickly progresses into a spicy affair, where Anastasia realizes the depth of Christian’s kinky desires.

“Mississippi Masala” | Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7pm
Mina (Sarita Choudhury), the daughter of Indian immigrants who own a motel in rural Mississippi, and Demetrius (Denzel Washington), a Black American carpet cleaner, develop a star-crossed relationship against the conventions of their respective cultures and families.

“Eyes Wide Shut” | Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7pm
Tom Cruise plays Dr. Bill Harford, who becomes plagued by jealousy and sexual frustration when his wife (played by his then-wife Nicole Kidman) confesses to her fantasies about another man.

About the Maine Film Center          
The Maine Film Center (MFC) brings world-class independent film to Maine through the only Sundance Art House Project cinema in the state; the annual Maine International Film Festival, a 10-day celebration that attracts filmmakers and film lovers from around the world; and by delivering impactful, accessible exhibitions and education programs. MFC is a division of Waterville Creates. For more information visit MaineFilmCenter.org.