Hands-On Exhibitions and Virtual Reality Rule at MIFFONEDGE at Common Street Arts July 14th – 21st

Volume 6 of this popular companion exhibition to the Maine International Film Festival brings back the popular digital projections and visual artistry of Brazil’s VJ Suave

WATERVILLE, MAINE This year the Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) will pull back the curtain of the cinematic experience with an all-ages, interactive art exhibition exploring the world of film. MIFFONEDGE will once again be held at the Common Street Arts gallery in downtown Waterville, this year’s exciting exhibition features a suite of immersive sensory experiences including a trip through a virtual reality forest. The exhibition will be open daily from Saturday, July 14 through Saturday, July 21 from 12:00 – 7:00 pm. For more information about MIFFONEDGE visit

Headlining MIFFONEDGE is the popular Brazilian new media artist duo VJ Suave, returning once more to MIFF with an exciting new virtual reality exhibit, Floresta Encantada, featuring a magical Virtual Reality (VR) forest that will respond to gestures and movements. Maine artist Susan Bickford adds to the experience with her project (Stillness) 18, which asks participants to meditate on the nature of water as they explore an entrancing cycle of a reversing falls.

New to MIFFONEDGE in 2018 is a collaborative series of pop-up art activities with The Children’s Discovery Museum that will challenge families to experiment, tinker, and get a bit messy. Additional associated MIFFONEDGE programming with Waterville Creates! will invite Festival goers to create their own forest, learn about photography by making cameras in Castonguay Square, MIFF Art Happy Hour, and more!

“We’re thrilled to offer a reimagined MIFFONEDGE experience with Volume 6 at Common Street Arts, our community’s standalone collaborative art space,” explains Festival assistant director and MIFFONEDGE curator, Jessica Shoudy. “There are so many incredible workshops and educational opportunities for all ages happening there over the course of MIFF’s ten days.”

NOTE TO EDITORS: Media outlets interested in covering the Maine International Film Festival can request credentials for the 10-day event, which runs from July 13- 22 in Waterville, Maine. To make arrangements for credentials, please contact Nathan Towne at or (207) 616-0292. Please submit requests prior to the festival opening.

About the Maine International Film Festival
The 21st annual Maine International Film Festival will be held in Waterville, Maine from July 13-22 at Railroad Square Cinema and the Waterville Opera House. During the 10 days of the festival, MIFF features nearly 100 films, representing the best of American and International independent cinema and spotlighting some of Maine and New England’s most innovative filmmakers. The full MIFF schedule is available on the festival’s website, Passes start at $95 and are on sale now. The Maine International Film Festival is a project of the Maine Film Center, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to enrich, educate and entertain the community through film and art.

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MIFFonEDGE: Lavender

Audrey Harrer’s “Lavender” is a multi-sensory song cycle that celebrates how memory shapes and guides us. Audience members will receive a “Sensory Program” with 6 sealed envelopes that correspond with each piece. With projections created by cinematographer Michael Pessah, Harrer performs her works on harp/vocals/electronics with cellist Jesse Christeson, complimented by dancers Lonnie Stanton and Tony Guglietti (choreography by Kristin Wagner and Tony Guglietti). From customized refreshments to essential oils to experiments with light, “Lavender” is a meditative journey that encourages audiences to place their own narrative in this immersive experience.

1 Post Office Square
(Corner of Main St. and Elm St.)
Waterville, ME 04901


This year, MIFFONEDGE invites us to expand our perceptions regarding disciplinary boundaries as we engage with 6 artists and multiple interactive performances. How does sensory memory influence our futures? What is the relationship between natural history, myth, and individual story?

We will take a ceremonial journey that blends nature, music, dance, storytelling and performance art. We will explore longing, loss and vulnerability, experience a radical act of rebellion where the artist maintains agency while offering a platform to explore touch, and we will contrast digital and analog media with a modern, abstract visual take on the first Cape Verdean novel. With an incredibly experimental group of artists sharing deeply personal work, the 2019 program promises to be unforgettable.

Saturday, July 13 – Sunday, July 21

July 13: 12-9 pm + MIFFonEDGE Vol. 7 Opening Reception at 8 pm
July 14: 12-7 pm
July 15: 2-7 pm + Narcissa Gold’s Consent, Intent, & Boundaries pt. 1 at 8:30 pm
July 16: 2-7 pm
July 17: 2-7 pm + Narcissa Gold’s Consent, Intent, & Boundaries pt. 2 at 8:30 pm
July 18: 2-7 pm + Narcissa Gold’s Consent, Intent, & Boundaries pt. 3 at 8:30 pm
July 19: 2-7 pm
July 20: 12-7 pm + Audrey Harrer‘s MIFFonEDGE: Lavender at 8 pm
July 21: 12-close

Old Waterville Post Office
1 Post Office Square
Waterville, ME 04901

Free and open to the public.

Free Community Workshops at #MIFF22:

July 14 at 11 am: MIFF Bioblitz at the RiverWalk
July 18 at 4 pm: Art in the Park: Popcorn Art Works

22nd Maine International Film Festival (MIFF)

The Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) showcases 100 premier releases of American independent and international cinema, classic revivals, inspiring performances, exhibitions, and community workshops in Waterville, Maine. Over the course of 10 exciting days, our audiences have the unique opportunity to connect with directors, producers, writers, actors, and musicians who travel to Waterville from across the globe. More information to come soon!

Full Festival Pass: $200

Partial Pass: $95

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