The Song of the Broad Axe

A documentary about creating something from nothing. 

Screening Times at Maine International Film Festival

The Song of the Broad Axe will be screening on Thursday, July 14th at 3:30pm at the Opera House and Saturday, July 16th at 9:30pm at Railroad Square. Erin will be participating in a panel discussion about the process of making short films at 11am on Saturday the 16th. 

We hope you can make it out!

More details about the festival and the schedule can be found on their website

Maine BBQ

This doesn't really have anything to do with anything, but I came across this video while I was searching the Internet Archive of material about axes in Maine. Just another example of how people use the work barbecue liberally in New England. 

https://archive.org/details/6127_Maine_Barbecue_00_25_19_22

Northeast Historic Film

Northeast Historic Film in Bucksport, Maine is an amazing repository of archival footage. We found some gems to use in the film. From footage of lumberjacks in the North Woods, to instructions on how to take care of your axe, to 1970s Woodsmen competitions. The archive let us spend an afternoon digging through this footage. I really can't wait to get back and find an idea for my next project...

Here is a still from the Colby Woodsmen 1977 collection.

We didn't get any photos in the archive, but we did stop on the way back to take a photo of this lake and the fall trees near Union, Maine. Part of the reason we wanted to shoot this documentary was to get out into parts of Maine we've never been to or parts we wanted to explore more. 

Pick up shots

The last shoot for the film involved a casino, a river, a tall statue of Paul Bunyon, the Oakland Historical Society and tacos in Bangor. Oh, and a tractor. 

Shoot with a home builder

This past week we visited Mike Beaudry at his home in Montville. He showed us how he hand hews logs to build homes. He took us to a small camp he is building and showed us his axe collection in the barn he built himself. We've enjoyed all of our shoots, but this one was particularly amazing. 

Here's a candid shot of Mike after his interview. More photos to come.

And that's an axe...

We had the final shoot in the forge today and Sam made us an axe! The final product will be in the film, but you can see a shot below of a work in progress. It took all day to make the axe, with a few breaks for pizza in between. 

Axe Women Loggers of Maine

Oh my black fly. I've heard people talk about black flies in Maine, and thought I even experienced them...our shoot with the Axe Women Loggers of Maine took my experience with black flies to a new level. They were crawling inside my camera, our subjects were choking on them as they talked, some even followed us back to Portland in my car and equipment bag. 

Thanks to Alyssa and Michelle for spending an afternoon with us throwing axes.