Maine International Film Festival July 13-22 | miff.org
It might be a little early for skiing, but a trip to Waterville, Maine, will reward those looking for cinematic as well as natural attractions. The opening night film, Jamie Hook's Vacationland, offers some of each; shot entirely in Maine, it's a family comedy set in the Western mountains of the state, starring Karen Black. Black will be just one of the celebrity guests, which also include multi-hyphenate Jim Stark and Martin Scorsese's perennial editor, Thelma Schoonmaker. Other features not to miss: Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi, creator of the brilliant animated memoir Persepolis, and the rapturous Samsara by Ron Fricke (Chronos).