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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Mayflower Documentary Has Maine Connection

Tonight's History Channel documentary Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of The Mayflower was produced and directed by Lisa Q. Wolfinger—founder, with husband Kirk, of Lone Wolf Documentary Group in South Portland.
Wolfinger, who grew up overseas and spent much of her young life in England, hired friends who act with the Royal Shakespeare Company for the most prominent roles in "The Mayflower," and it's hugely beneficial to the film.

"There's nothing worse than cheesy re-enactments and bad acting," Wolfinger said by phone from her Maine office earlier this month. She said the use of talking head historians was purposefully limited.

"We only use experts to provide analysis and expertise. What I don't do, and what drives me crazy, is to play out a scene and then the narrator tells you exactly what happened in the scene," Wolfinger said. "It's as though the filmmaker doesn't trust the scene will give you the information." [Link]

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