The Department of Media Studies at the University of Southern Maine will sponsor a screening of the film “When You’ve Got It, You’ve Got It” on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in Talbot Auditorium on USM’s Portland campus.
“When You’ve Got It, You’ve Got It,” about a reclusive painter finding his way to the edge of his solitude, is a collaboration between USM faculty, alumni and Maine artists.
Dennis Gilbert, lecturer in Media Studies at USM, worked with a group of colleagues to write, direct and produce the film. “The group has been working on collaborative art projects together as a cooperative for the past thirty years,” Gilbert said. The collective is comprised of artist and USM Professor Emeritus Juris Ubans; notable Maine landscape painter and USM Art program alumnus Alan Bray; and Peter Eldredge, a Maine artist who plays lead in the film.
The film was also photographed, edited and scored by two USM alumni, Aaron Curran and Casey Ledoux. Curran, the film’s cinematographer and a former student of Alan Bray, was inspired also by Juris Ubans to pursue film school at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He currently does freelance film work in New York City.
Ledoux, who wrote the film’s original score, is a graduate of USM’s Communication and Media Studies program and now works closely with Side x Side through an education grant they were awarded in conjunction with the USM Art Department.
“Working with Aaron and Casey, especially, was a wonderful experience for us,” Gilbert said. “The film wouldn't have been produced without Aaron, and Casey's work in post-production surpassed all expectations. If you would like to see education at work beyond the classroom, look no further than our screening next week. It's a really sweet movie.”
When You've Got It, You've Got It
Thursday, November 2
USM Portland campus
Free and open to the public