“Island School,” a painting by Phil Steel. Steel’s paintings were part of the film “On the Edge,” which was shown on Maine Public Television. IMAGE COURTESY OF THE SOUTHWEST HARBOR PUBLIC LIBRARY

‘On the Edge’ to be screened

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The film “On the Edge,” which tells the story of the lobster-fishing communities on Maine’s year-round islands, will be shown at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Wednesday, April 19, at 6 p.m.

At the turn of the 19th century, there were 300 inhabited, unbridged islands in Maine; now there are 15. Islanders worry about the future for their children and grandchildren. Many are determined to maintain their communities despite complex logistics, economic uncertainty and shrinking populations.

“On the Edge” was written by Matinicus author and columnist Eva Murray and filmed by Jeff Dobbs. It stars expert storyteller and former Maine State Senator Dennis Damon, himself a former lobsterman. Music was written and performed by Steve Romanoff of Schooner Fare. Paintings by Southwest Harbor’s Philip Steel provided the set and help to show the difficulties, joys and lifestyle of the shrinking American fishing communities.

Damon will begin the program with a quote from Maine’s beloved author Ruth Moore. Murray, Dobbs and Steel will be available for comments and discussion. Call the library at 244-7065.

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