Ben Fowlie launched the Camden International Film Festival in 2005 to showcase the bounty of stellar documentary films from New England and beyond. The Maine festival is now recognized as one of the top 25 international documentary festivals, and one of the 12 best small-town film festivals in the United States. Running Sept. 26-29, this year’s CIFF presents more than 70 features and shorts. “All use a myriad of both new and old techniques to do one thing: share a compelling story,” says Fowlie, who also programs The DocYard series at the Brattle Theatre.
Director Zachary Heinzerling will be at the CIFF with the opening-night film, “Cutie and the Boxer,” a revealing portrait of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and artist Noriko Shinohara, who many years ago left Japan for New York and still struggle to make a living, stay true to their creative voices, and juggle their 40-year marriage and careers.