A nonprofit performing arts venue, cinema, and community gathering space

The 1932 Criterion Theatre is a nonprofit performing arts venue, cinema, and community gathering space in the heart of Bar Harbor, Maine.

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We Were an Island - Film Premiere

Run Time: 23 min

Inspired by the book We Were an Island: The Maine Life of Art and Nan Kellam, the film imagines the Kellams' life on Placentia, an uninhabited island off the coast of Maine beginning with their arrival in 1949. Whether in response to the horrors they witnessed in international news during World War II or from a desire to take on a life project that was utterly unique, the couple built their own home and lived in near isolation for the ensuing four decades.

The Kellams experienced both independence from society and a connection with nature that seem nearly impossible today. Their story is a metaphor for what it means to enter a life partnership, what is gained and what is sacrificed. Ultimately, it is a grand accomplishment just to remain on that ‘island’ of our own design.

The June 15th World Premiere Screening will include a talk back with the film's creative team.


  • $10 Orchesta
  • $12 Balcony
Earlier Event: June 14
Pokémon Detective Pikachu
Later Event: June 16
CANCELLED - David Crosby & Friends

1932 Criterion Theatre
35 Cottage St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207) 288-0829