Summer Access Mixer with Maine Film Association

PMC and ME Film co-host a summer Happy Hour at Bunker Brewing

PMC and ME Film co-host a summer Happy Hour at Bunker Brewing

Join the Maine Film Association, Portland Media Center, Maine filmmakers, film professionals and students for a casual networking happy hour at Bunker Brewing. Meet/catch up with others in the industry, enjoy a cold brew, and take advantage of the summer weather.
All are welcome! Bring your business cards and enter to win a free year-long MFA membership.

All PMC Access Producers, Volunteers, and Friends are welcome! Consider this our summer Access Mixer, so if you want to find inspiration or support for your project, this could be a fun and sociable way to make some new connections, and enjoy good company with like-minded folks. Hope you join us!

Please check out the Facebook event , and join us from 5-7pm, Wednesday, August 14, at Bunker Brewing, 17 Westfield St Unit D, Portland, Maine 04102!

Volunteer in Focus: Frank Carroll


Frank by Frank!

Frank by Frank!


Born and raised in Philadelphia, Frank Carroll lived there for 50 years on and off but first left in 1975 to attend NYU film school. He left NYU after a year because he became distracted by punk rock. He went back to Philly and played in bands, keyboards and base. He was also a stagehand at the University of Pennsylvania for a while. Also, through the 90’s he was also a graphic designer, and ran his own adult website. For personal reasons, he relocated to Provincetown in 2000 and helped to establish their first public access station, reconnecting with his visual media roots. They started off doing town meetings and other programs on the government side of PEG. It was fun. He felt that he was doing something that was really important. There were so many artists there, it was great to give them an outlet. He eventually got priced out of town and returned to Philly. He continued to maintain his website and did videography and graphic design for adult videos.


A relationship brought Frank to Portland. Within a year of moving to Portland, he came to PMC (then CTN) to volunteer in order to take classes. What caught his attention at first was watching Lighthouse Jubilees. He enjoyed them and thought they were sweet, “a pleasure to work with… and easy.” He first started off sitting at the front desk. Reception was a volunteer position at the time. That year he received CTN’s Volunteer of the Year award. He had many interesting conversations people who walked off Congress Street. After a few months, he started to work on Anne Haskell’s show, Haskell from the House. He found those shows very interesting and informative. He has mostly worked audio, which is what he did as a stagehand in Philly. He worked on most of the long-time shows, such as Derry Rundlett, Harold Pachios, Bob Baldacci and the Mayor’s shows. He remembesr having to turn down F. Lee Bailey’s mic because he started to snore while on the show. Things have come almost full circle now that he is working on Anne Haskell’s new show, Mainely Vets. As more big money comes into town, Frank feels that people become marginalized and “public access is a way to be heard.” Frank likes working here because it gives him a chance to be creative, he believes in the importance of free speech and it’s fun. “Mostly it’s fun,” he said. “If it weren’t fun, I wouldn’t do it.”

Philip Thompson Remembered

Philip Thompson and Dr. William MacVane: photo Lesley MacVane

Philip Thompson and Dr. William MacVane: photo Lesley MacVane

We are saddened by the news of Dr. Philip Thompson's death on June 19, 2019 at the age of 102. Philip was a long time supporter of Portland Media Center and believed in our mission of media access and free speech for all. He attended our annual meetings on a regular basis and always had something to contribute to the discussions, which took place during those meetings. Not only did Philip contribute as a member and supporter, he also, along with Dr. William MacVane, another long time supporter of Portland Media Center, acted in a rather humorous PSA for our station, which was filmed in Merrill Auditorium. The original script for the skit was edited and rewritten by Philip, to the surprise of the producer, who only found out about it during filming! That was Philip! We shall miss him.

You can watch a memorial to Philip presented by the West End Community Association (Portland ME), or on our website WATCH page.

UMVA August Show: Julia Durgee, From Illustrations to Paintcations

Julia Durgee: poster for August UMVA exhibit

Julia Durgee: poster for August UMVA exhibit

This show is great! Such a variety of imagery and styles. There’s something for everyone! Come and watch Julia paint a portrait of a friend on weekend afternoons in August.

8/10 Meg S. ME. Democratic Socialists of America

8/11 Becca ME. Public Health Assoc.

8/17 Aram Renewal in the Wilderness

8/18 Patrick Woodfords Family Services or Asylum Seekers

8/24 Kathryn The Locker Project

8/25 Mary-Theresa The Maine Women’s Conference

PMC Class Schedule: August and September

Studio Classes

Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 6PM in the Studio

Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 6PM in the Studio

Monday, Aug. 19 at 6PM in the Studio

Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 6PM in the Studio

Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 6PM in the Studio

Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 6PM in the Studio

Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 6PM in the Studio


Field Camera Classes

Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 6PM in the Studio

Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 6PM in the Studio

Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 6PM in the Conference Room

Monday, Sept. 2 at 6PM in the Conference Room

Monday, Sept. 9 at 6PM in the Studio

Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 6PM in the Studio

Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6PM in the Studio

June and July Classes at PMC

Scarborough middle school students watch Brian working the camera switcher in our control room

Scarborough middle school students watch Brian working the camera switcher in our control room

Here’s a line-up for Field Camera and Intro to the Studio Classes at PMC. Please note some changes in day and time.

Field Camera Classes

Tuesday, June 11 at 4PM

Wednesday, June 19 at 4PM

Friday, June 28 at 5PM

Tuesday, July 2 at 5PM

Wednesday, July 17 at 6PM

Monday, July 22 at 6PM

Tuesday, July 30 at 6PM

 

Studio Classes

Friday, June 14 at 5-7PM

Saturday, June 22 at 4-6PM

Tuesday, June 25 at 6-8PM

Tuesday, July 2 at 6-8PM

Monday, July 15 at 6-8PM

Wednesday, July 24 at 6-8PM

Monday, July 29 at 6-8PM