Maine film festival gives college students a chance to show their work


    A Maine film festival is giving community college students the chance to take their work from the classroom to the theater. (WGME)

    PORTLAND (WGME) -- A Maine film festival is giving community college students the chance to take their work from the classroom to the theater.

    For two students, it's a rare opportunity to get experience usually reserved for seniors.

    Breanna Penney and Bodhi Ouelette are both second year students at SMCC, but they've been given an opportunity usually reserved for seniors at most colleges, the chance to make their own films.

    "It offers a huge opportunity, technically this is a senior thesis, so to get to do it sooner is pretty cool," Penney said.

    But it didn't come without some challenges.

    Both students are coming off Kickstarter campaigns, to help fund their separate projects.

    For Penney, the subject is personal.

    She was just a child when her parents divorced.

    For many years, she didn't even realize the impact it had.

    "It was interesting, because I grew up having these weird panic attacks," Penney said. "And I never realized that I never realized I was subconsciously affected by something like that."

    Penney says her film explores how kids and teens are affected by divorce, and what it means to overcome broken love.

    Ouelette's film, though less realistic, also tackles some tough issues. It's a superhero crime thriller, with the main character facing a major life readjustment.

    "One, or one night, I should say, she ends up losing her powers while she's in a house saving people,” Ouelette said.

    Ouelette says he hopes people can relate to how the story evolves.

    "It's all about finding the courage and finding the strength to rise up from that low point and become a better person in the progress," Ouelette said.

    The films will premiere at the Maine Mayhem film festival in Portland.

    This year's Maine Mayhem film festival takes place at the Nickelodeon this May. It will feature the work of other SMCC students, as well.

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