A two-page spread in the Bar Harbor Times in September of 1968 when the new Mount Desert Island High School opened. A documentary about the school by filmmaker Peter Logue is in the works. ISLANDER PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

Documentary about MDIHS seeks interview subjects

BAR HARBOR — The filmmakers of “Consolidation,” an upcoming documentary about the consolidation of the high schools on Mount Desert Island that culminated in the opening of the current high school in 1968, are holding an open call for community members who would like to share their memories of that time.

Interested community members are invited to meet with director Peter Logue at the Bar Harbor Historical Society Museum at 33 Ledgelawn Avenue on Thursday, May 3, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“I have a great list started of stakeholders and students of the time set to interview,” said director Peter Logue, “but am looking for more.”

The open call for the “Fire of ’47” film last year brought in several community members who ended up being stars of that documentary about the 75th anniversary of the great fire.

The “Fire of ’47” was the Bar Harbor Historical Society’s first film with Logue and was a huge success, selling out The Criterion Theatre for several screenings and selling hundreds of DVDs.

“We want to hear from students, faculty, proponents and opponents of the consolidation concept,” said Kim Swan, executive producer of the film. “I am so excited to see where the story goes.”

Students who started high school at Pemetic, Mount Desert or Bar Harbor and finished high school at MDIHS, faculty who moved from one of the town high schools to MDIHS and faculty who didn’t make the move are all encouraged to attend.

Community members with any story to share are encouraged to contact Logue at [email protected] if they are not able to attend the open call.

The film is slated to premiere this fall.


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