~ by Paul Dervis
Sunday was Richard Gere day at this year’s Maine International Film Festival (through July 19): the prolific actor starred in two decidedly atypical Gere movies. Wedged in between these showcases was a new, locally filmed music video written and directed by MIFF favorite Ernest Thompson, the writer of On Golden Pond as well as West Side Waltz. Thompson has been running an Artist Collaborative in New Hampshire for the last several years.
“Your Are Loved” was conceived as a love poem for Thompson’s wife, Kerrin, but it has developed into so much more. Using locals, who draw heart images on paper and in the air, the song, performed by singer/composer Justin Jaymes, starts off with a small child putting a paper heart in a bottle and then tossing it off the coast of Maine. Eventually, the message finds its way into the open guitar case of a street performer, but not before it has travelled from one person to yet another. It is quite an affecting portrait of the good in all of us.
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