‘Rhythms of the Heart’ to open Native film series

MOUNT DESERT — A three-part film series focusing on Native American subjects will open with the film “Rhythms of the Heart” at the Northeast Harbor Library on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 5 p.m.

The documentary screening (78 minutes) will be followed by a discussion with filmmaker Thom Willey, Mount Desert Island native and resident of Southwest Harbor.

The film documents the life and work of David Moses Bridges, a Passamaquoddy man from the community at Pleasant Point. Those who have seen the birch bark canoe at the Abbe Museum, made by him, can appreciate the extraordinary gift the man had for excellence and beauty. Together with his friend, who knew how to harvest the bark, he was reviving an important art tradition of his people.

During the time the film was made, Bridges was diagnosed with cancer. The film documents the way his family and community rallied around him, showing what community means to the Passamaquoddy.

Willey has been making films since 1990, including “Dan in Real Life,” “Courage under Fire” and multiple Stephen King film adaptations. He is currently making a documentary about a group of grammar school right whale conservationists in Maine.

This film, “Rhythms of the Heart,” was funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.


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