Screening of student-led documentary slated for Aug. 15 at UMM

A free public screening of “When The Chevy Breaks (How Small Towns Solve Big Problems),” a student-led University of Maine at Machias Downeast Documentary, will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 15 in the Performing Arts Center on campus.

“When The Chevy Breaks (How Small Towns Fix Big Problems)” features stories of overcoming obstacles, big and small, ranging from Machias taking on the world’s most powerful navy (on a Sunday after church), to an amputee father waiting for his son to return from Afghanistan so they can hike Mount Katahdin together. 

The documentary, produced in a class led by UMM faculty member Alan Kryszak, is scheduled to air on Maine Public this fall. A previous documentary, “Whatever Works: Exploring Opiate Addiction,” won a 2018 Excellence Award in the international Docs Without Borders Film Festival.