John Ford: Remembering Maine's Native Son and Celebrated Director

Jan 29, 2019

Credit Illustration by Edward Kinsella

Famed director John Ford was born in Maine on Feb. 1, 1894. To mark this 125-year milestone, the Maine Film Center is sponsoring a nine-city festival of major Ford films Feb. 1-10, involving collaboration among 12 arts and education organizations. Our panel of experts looks back at the career of one of the most celebrated film directors of all time and his earlier years in Maine.


Michael C. Connolly, author of "Ford in Focus," professor of history and political science, St. Joseph’s College

Jonathan Cavallero, associate professor of rhetoric, film and screen studies, Bates College

Michael Perreault (by phone), executive director, Maine Film Center

Tricia Welsch (by phone), professor of cinema studies, Bowdoin College

Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko (by phone), CEO, Abbe Museum