Bates Film Festival expands to Freeport, revives Nordica Theater

The 2022 Bates Film Festival will move to Freeport from April.

Founded in 2018, the Bates Film Festival has curated a catalog of nominated and award-winning films. Organized, programmed and executed by Bates College students, under the direction of Jon Cavallero, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Film and Film Studies, the Bates Film Festival allows students to attend, engage and lead conversations civics.

With this year’s expansion to Freeport, the Bates Film Festival has lined up a diverse slate of over 25 films which will be shown on multiple screens throughout the day and evening at the Nordica Theater on Friday April 1 and Saturday April 2, with VIP roundtables taking place at Meetinghouse Arts. The arrival of the Bates Film Festival in Freeport marks the first reopening of the Nordica Theater since the start of the pandemic. All events are free and open to the public.

Visitors to this year’s Bates Film Festival will experience all the excitement of a major film festival in downtown Freeport. Interspersed with cleverly selected films shown on the big screen at the Nordica Theatre, a series of VIP panel discussions and Q&A sessions with the audience will take place at the Meetinghouse Arts. Festival luminaries who will be present for screenings of their films in Freeport include award-winning actor/director/screenwriter John Turturro with his films “Mac” and “romance and smoking; Oscar-winning animation artist Bruce W. Smith, creator and executive producer of “The proud family: stronger and prouder » on Disney+ and director of “Baby’s children“, the first animated feature to focus on people of color; and Emmy Award-winning actor/director/screenwriter John Shea with the romantic thriller “gray lady.”

Freeport’s restaurants and shops are conveniently located along a pedestrian route between locations, with Amtrak’s Downeaster stopping opposite the cinema. The Bates Film Festival is expected to attract moviegoers from all over the world.

The 2022 Bates Film Festival lineup includes nationally and internationally acclaimed documentaries, including “Street gang: how we got to Sesame Streeta rare window into the early days of “Sesame Street,” revealing the creators, artists, writers and educators who together created one of the most influential and enduring children’s programs in television history; “Disappeared in Brooks County“, a mystery that sheds light on the immigration debate; and “Try harder!“, a humorous and heartfelt insight into the world of college admissions pressure cooker, where being the best may not be enough. The Bates Film Festival also highlights exciting narrative features such as “Memory“, an intriguing thriller starring Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton, and “24and“, the true story of the all-black 24th United States Infantry Regiment, written and directed by”BlackKKKlansman” screenwriter Kevin Willmott. To complete the offer, a list of short films.

For more information and the full schedule, visit

Advance registration is required for all events. Attendees must adhere to Bates College’s COVID-19 safety protocols, which include proof of full vaccination, including a booster for those eligible and masking for all.

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