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Making Cape Point

"Cape Point" follows the making of a single piece of art, from initial sketch of a ocean point on a remote Maine island to its hanging in a gallery. The "work" is a painted-paper collage, created by artist James Groleau, using an innovative technique he developed. The film itself is a collage, of sorts, piecing together the making of the collage, listening in as James reflects on his bohemian lifestyle, following along as he hikes and explores the Maine coast, and watching him work on his extensive and beautiful garden.

James is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, including a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2001. His mezzotints are included in the collections of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, the Portland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum of California, and Belgium's National Museum of Fine Art. "Making Cape Point" was shot, directed, and edited by the artist's brother, Rick Groleau, a Boston-based multimedia producer. James and Rick were born in Lewiston, Maine, and grew up nearby in Livermore Falls.

  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    28 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 17, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Georgia Documentary Film Festival
    United States
    November 11, 2019
    Winner, Best Director
  • Mid Coast Film Fest
    Damariscotta, Maine
    United States
    July 28, 2019
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 501 Film Festival
    Ashland, MA
    United States
    October 25, 2019
    Massachusetts Premiere
    Nominated Best Documentary
  • Maine Outdoor Film Festival
    Edgecome, ME
    United States
    September 14, 2019
    Official Selection
  • 401 Film Festival
    Warren, RI
    United States
    November 11, 2019
    Rhode Island Premiere
Director Biography

Rick Groleau is a multimedia producer who has spent most of his career at WGBH (Bostons' public television station), where he worked as a writer, web producer, project manager, and editor (of content, not film or video). He has written, storyboarded, and produced over 100 interactive features for Nova, the American Experience, This Old House, and Mystery.

Although Rick studied film and television production at Emerson College in the 1980s, it wasn't until about 2007 that he began to work on video/film production. He submitted his first film to a festival in 2013. The film, a short called "New England Surfing Excursion" -- which is about a father and son who surf 10 beaches in four states in five days -- was an official selection of the Maine Outdoor Film Festival. Since then, four other films have been shown at 17 festivals and have won Best Feature, Best Best Director, Maine Film, and Best of Festival awards. Two films have aired on local public television.

In 2015 Rick wrote his first screenplay -- a short called "The Old Yard." That script won Best Screenplay in the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival's screenplay competition. It was also a finalist at the 2016 Boston International Film Festival. Another script, "The Niagara Resolution," won Best Screenplay at the 2017 Massachusetts Independent Film Festival and was a finalist at the 2016 New York Short Film and Screenplay Festival.

Web-related projects that Rick has been involved with have received following recognition: Webby Award winner in Science category (Wyss Institute, 2012); Webby Award finalist in Education category (NOVA Online, 2001); Webby Award finalist in Education category (A Science Odyssey, 2000); Webby Award Honoree (Children's Research website, 2006); Peabody Award (NOVA Online's Elegant Universe -- program and website -- 2003); and 32 USA Today Hot Picks (way back when they did that!).

Rick was born in Lewiston, Maine, and spent his childhood nearby in Livermore Falls.

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