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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.

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Maine Woods Film Festival sponsors include Piscataquis County, the Maine Woods Coalition, the Maine Leaseholders Association, the Fin and Feather Club, and the Hourglass Alliance.

The restival will open with a performance by Matthew Heinz, the Northwoods Balladeer, who has written a song for the ocassion. Persons attending the festival are invited to bring videos and photographs depicting life in the Maine woods, and local artists are encouraged to design a poster commemorating the event.

Refreshments will include pretzels and Moxie.

-- Ken Anderson 06/06/03

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