2015-03-20 / Community

Film about lumbermen to be screened in Cape

“In The Blood,” by filmmaker and composer Sumner McKane, is a documentary film and multimedia presentation that illustrates the life, history and character of turn-of-the-century Maine lumbermen and river drivers by creating a virtual journey into the historic Maine woods. It will be screened at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 12 at the Cape Elizabeth High School auditorium.

Tickets can be bought at the door or by calling Cape Elizabeth Community Services, 799-2868.

Lumbermen began living in logging camps in the Maine woods in the early 1800s. They were the pioneers who created a successful self-contained working community in the woods and on whose backs the state’s economy and history were largely established. They were unique in their character, ethics, morals, strength and skills, and they symbolize Maine’s gritty and resilient reputation.

“In The Blood” takes the audience into this rugged environment - into the camp, onto the haul roads, landings and yards, rivers and lakes. By combining archived films, photographs, oral histories told by the men themselves, and live music by McKane and Joshua Robbins, “In The Blood” creates a vivid world and brings the lumberman’s 19th century reality to life.

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