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Thursday, August 8, 2024

The Ghost Trap (2024)

Thursday, August 8, 2024 at 7pm

Director:  James Khanlarian Run

Time: 106 minutes

While lobster-fishing early one morning, Jamie Eugley and his girlfriend, Anja, are struck by a rogue wave that knocks Anja overboard. Jamie desperately tries to save her, but it’s too late; her brain goes without oxygen for too long. Three years later, Jamie continues to help Anja rehabilitate after her brain injury, when he discovers that his lobster traps are being tampered with. He’s not alone, as several of the local lobstermen have had their traps cut, including his father. The men make a decision to strike back at the most obvious culprits – the Fogerty family. As a trap war begins, Anja shows signs of improvement. She begins to drive and gets a job, but it’s not enough to reignite Jamie’s love for her. Despite his best efforts to be true to Anja, Jamie falls in love with Happy, a girl in town for the summer.



Join us at The Lincoln Hotel after The Ghost Trap for a Vacationland Opening Night Gala!                 



Friday, August 9, 2024

Billy and Molly: An Otter Love Story 

Friday, August 9, 2024 at 7pm

Director: Charlie Hamilton James

Runtime: 1 hour, 17 minutes

From National Geographic and Silverback Films, “Billy & Molly: An Otter Love Story” is a heart-warming story of love between a wild otter and a man set in the remote Scottish islands of Shetland.


When a wild otter in desperate need of help washes up on his jetty in the remote Scottish islands of Shetland, Billy, his wife Susan, and their devoted sheepdog Jade find themselves with a unique new member of their family. From National Geographic and Silverback Films, “Billy & Molly: An Otter Love Story” is a heart-warming story directed by Charlie Hamilton James and shot in 4K. This documentary film shows us how love can reawaken us to the beauty of nature.

Swimming Through

Friday, August 9, 2024 at 7pm

Director: Samantha Sanders

Runtime: 15 minutes

Three women forge a friendship by swimming daily at sunrise through the winter in Lake Michigan to cope with the pandemic.

As the brutal Chicago winter draws near, Deirdre, Helen and Jennefer—avid open water swimmers—make a pact to continue through the snow and ice as the pandemic rages on. This intense commitment becomes their salvation from lockdown and helps alleviate each of their personal struggles. Initially just acquaintances, Swimming Through follows their friendship as it coalesces around their commitment to the daily ritual of swimming at sunrise in Lake Michigan.

Saturday, August 10, 2024

Nice People

Saturday, August 10, 2024 at 7pm

Director: Jeff Griecci

Runtime: 96 minutes

Old lovers reunite, a friendship is betrayed, a pet is killed, a runaway discovered, and a co-worker comes back from the dead in these five interconnected tales about suffering from kindness. Shot over five-years worth of weekends featuring a massive cast and crew, this ambitious, feature-length, no-budget indie shows a side of Maine not seen anywhere else (no lobstermen here, sorry) and finds bleak comedy in a backwater state being dragged into a diverse and inclusive 21st century. For fans of Aki Kaurismäki, Jim Jarmusch, and J.D. Salinger.

Casting Kill

Saturday, August 10, 2024 at 7pm

Director: Mark J. Parker

Runtime: 15 minutes

Overworked and underappreciated Casting Director Tim is stuck holding a casting session after hours at the TV production office where he works for a last minute shoot tomorrow. Having to cancel his personal plans, he stays late to bring in subpar actors who are available on such short notice, but getting his producers to pay attention and seriously consider them is another hurdle. They’re either bored, distracted, busy, or aren’t even sure of Tim’s name. Just when he thinks he’s almost done and can book the top choices, a scream turns into a bloodbath, and Tim and only a few others are trapped at the office with a maniac he invited in. Some actors would kill for this opportunity.

Butcher’s Crossing

Sunday, August 11, 2024 at 2pm

Director: Gabe Polsky

Runtime: 107 minutes

Based on the seminal novel by John Edward Williams, Butcher’s Crossing is an epic frontier adventure that follows a young Harvard drop-out, Will Andrews (FRED HECHINGER, News of the World, HBO’s The White Lotus), into the Colorado wilderness as he joins a team of buffalo hunters lead by Miller (Academy Award ©️ winner NICOLAS CAGE) in search of a mythic herd of buffalo.

Little does he know, the journey will put his life and sanity at risk as they drive further into the Rocky Mountains. The adventure is both sublime and horrific, where a confrontation with dark truth leads to a descent into madness.

Detailing a gripping and largely untold chapter in American history, Butcher’s Crossing is a riveting commentary on human nature, obsession, masculinity, and man’s relationship to his natural environment.


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