Film Fest to Mock Maine Woods Celebs
MILLINOCKET -- Opponents of a Maine Woods National Park outlined plans for the first Maine Woods Film Festival.
To be held on June 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Big Moose Inn on Millinocket Lake, the event will feature home videos and photographs from people who live, work, and play on Maine’s woods, according to festival organizers.
Film stars who agreed to be named on the advisory committee for the proposed 3.2 million acre park, extending from Millinocket west to the Quebec border, have been invited to attend.
Actors and actresses on the Maine Woods National Park Committee include Jeff Bridges, Ted Danson, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Laura Linney, Robert Redford, Christopher Reeve, Meryl Streep, and Sam Waterston.
Eugene Conlogue, Millinocket’s town manager, said of the invitation, “I hope they come. I’m sure we can convince the Hollywood activists to give up their idea of a Maine Woods National Park by having them come to Maine and meet face to face with the people whose lives they want to change.”
Critics of the North Maine National Park maintain that curbs on logging and restraints on development in the areas affected would lead to economic ruin in a region already suffering from hard times.
RESTORE: The North Woods, the parent group of the national park concept, claims that they project would provide economic benefits.