TO KEEP THE LIGHT
Directed by Erica Fae
Category: Narrative Feature
Run Time: 88 min
Cast: Erica Fae, Antti Reini, David Patrick Kelly, Meagen Fay, Wass Stevens, Gabe Fazio, Jarlath Conroy
Synopsis: A lighthouse keeper's wife struggles with her work and her sanity as she cares for her sick husband in 19th century Maine. When a mysterious stranger washes up on shore, secrets buried in deep waters come to light, and she is forced to confront both her past and her future. Mining true stories of the lives of women lighthouse keepers, the protagonist is a composite character giving voice to their largely unknown experience. Working in isolation and under extreme conditions, these women--who inherited their jobs from infirm or deceased husbands or fathers--were trailblazers, embodying feminism long before the word existed. Shot off the coast of northern Maine, TO KEEP THE LIGHT paints a landscape of stark, aching beauty, and reveals the inner life of a woman who is, literally and figuratively, at the edge of society.
"...a gripping portrait...wonderfully mysterious...Fae's Abbie is an entrancing blend of delicacy and strength, and the cinematography is just stunning." --SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN
Screenings: WINNER: Best of Show Award, Bendfilm; Best Narrative Feature Award, Ojai Film Festival/Port Townsend Film Festival; Best Feature Cinematography Award, Woods Hole Film Festival/Las Vegas Film Festival. Woodstock Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival, Portland Film Festival, Santa Fe Film Festival