All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Thursday, March 02, 2006


The Sundance Grand Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking went to two shorts this year, and one of the winners was filmed in Maine. Bugcrush, directed by Bowdoinham-bred Carter Smith, was shot last June at his alma mater in Topsham. Here's how Smith describes his film:
It's about a high school crush (that one student has) on a new kid at his school. Anyone can relate to a high school crush. When you read anything set in high school, you picture your own high school, so I pictured Mt. Ararat. We actually shot the film at Mt. Ararat, so that was cool, and we used students as extras, and we had one who had a role.

The story is set in a rural area, and it has the dark and sinister tone I look for; I love anything scary and creepy. It's about a crush that goes wrong, worst-case-scenario. It's about being lured into a world where you don't know where you're going, but you're willing to go because you think you're in love.

And there are bugs. [Link]
Bugcrush may be viewed online at the Sundance website.
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