Grab your popcorn and cozy up at home for a Friday movie night. Join the Saddleback Family in a Virtual Watch Party and be some of the first to see the new film "More Than a Mountain." Filmed and produced by Maine Mountain Media, "More Than a Mountain" is a 40 minute documentary that tells the resort’s comeback journey and Saddleback’s vision for a vibrant future.
Facebook Live stream will kick off at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 5th with a brief intro to the film. The full viewing link will be posted at 7:15 p.m. and you can enjoy the show! Live stream will remain open for comments and questions about this project.
A Note from Andy Shepard
The story of Saddleback Mountain, in the historic high peaks and lakes district of Western Maine, is a story that has played itself out in communities across the Country; a rural community loses its largest employer and suffers from a predictable set of vicious cycles—outmigration of its workforce, a significant drop in housing valuations and tax base, and an equally devastating hit to the retail sector.
The remarkably resilient communities of Rangeley and Oquossoc and the Saddleback mountain family suffered through five long years of false promises and false starts. When a visionary impact fund (Arctaris Impact Fund) emerged, together they have chosen to rewrite the typical script. The result is an exciting future for both the mountain and the region—and a new model for economic development in rural communities.
Coming off a successful first year in which we invested over $18 million, our plans are to dive into a host of new projects including a new lift, building a mid-mountain lodge that will define responsible development in an alpine environment, a new residence village, employee housing and a 5-megawatt solar farm. We’re excited about our future and want you to be a part of it.
About Maine Mountain Media
With a background in sports video and photography, Paul Friedman and Spencer Mendell met in college and hit it off early. They found their style and personalities matched both behind a camera and otherwise. After years as co-workers at Saddleback's marketing department, Paul and Spencer decided to team up to work behind the lens year-round. Since, the pair has developed MMM's video and photo skills across all categories from landcape, real-estate, and wedding photography, to event coverage and corporate video. More than a decade after working at Saddleback, Paul and Spencer couldn’t be happier to be invited to work on such a special, full-circle project and to be shooting on skis again.