At Hillport Maine Productions we believe
there's no difference between a good film
and a good filmmaking experience.

We strive for excellence in both our finished product and the means by which we get there.

We are proud to announce the impending completion
of the third independent feature from director Morgan Nichols.

Shot in Biddeford, Maine and surrounding areas during the summer of 2011, this film is three things at once: The movie hopes to inspire and empower people wherever it is shown, because
your new favorite movie is the one you're about to make.
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The Message Connects

"We envision a future where [micro-budget] films are seen by millions of eyes and we think we're just one movie away [from] making that happen."

"The film is meant to both glorify and educate about truly independent, community cinema instead of shiny Hollywood hubbub."
-AOL Switched

"Holy Crap, super impressive, now I want to make a movie just to see if I have the finesse that Morgan has..."
-Dispatch Magazine

Local Maine Media

Morgan Nichols talks with Good Day Maine's Jeff Peterson about why this movie, why Maine and why now...
-Good Day Maine

"Biddeford is trying to develop and grow a creative arts industry in addition to industrial and recreational development, [Biddeford City Manager John Bubier] said. "The key for us is we'd love to have additional indie films come to Biddeford."
-Biddeford-Saco Courier

"While Biddeford is no Hollywood, Economic Development Director Daniel Stevenson said ... this is a start "to build longer term, sustainable relationships with other people who want make a movie."
-Journal Tribune

Additional Press

Eight Great Reasons to Shoot Your Movie in a Small Town

Home Movie: Filmmaker Returns to Shoot Feature
Kennebunk Post

Who We Are

Morgan Nichols

Morgan Nichols

is a director, editor, and general cinema craftsman.

His first feature, Jesus Freak, premiered at The Los Angeles Film Festival in 2003, and won the Milagro Award - Best Southwest Film at the Santa Fe Film Festival. the little Death followed in 2006, premiering as the closing night gala film at the Atlanta Film Festival and going on on to garner awards for best actor, best actress, best screenplay and best cinematography as it traveled the festival circuit. Morgan has also directed several dozen short films, many of which he shot and edited himself, going back to his first super-8's as a kid in his home state of Maine. Morgan is co-creator of lo-film, a specific method of improvised filmmaking. Dozens of lo-films have been made by different groups that have taken up the process, but the record is still 17 lo-films made on 17 consecutive Saturdays in 2001. In the last decade, Morgan has worked his cinema craft for for various subsidiaries of Viacom, Warner Bros. and Disney. He holds an MFA in Cinema from The University of Southern California and a BA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University.
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Amy Palmo

Amy Palmo

has a passion for independent film.

It was this passion that led her to produce Morgan Nichols' first feature film, the award-winning Jesus Freak. She studied Theater at Texas Tech University and has a background in feature film, television and voice casting. She is currently producing How to Make Movies at Home & resides in the picturesque countryside of upstate New York where she enjoys spending time with her husband and son.

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Lisa Dowda

Lisa Dowda

earned her producing chops in Chicago's late '90s theatre scene.

She rallied a city-wide town hall meeting to save the Voltaire Theatre from demise in a real estate development boom, raising $45K in matched foundation funds, individual contributions, and a benefit thrown by Second City's producer emeritus Joyce Sloane. She was on the team (where she and Morgan met) that launched the wildly successful TMZ. Recently, her photo book and exhibition project on the lives of the Sanitation Workers of New York, CHASING SANITATION, garnered $58K in crowd-funding and sponsorships, and was generously covered by the New York Times, NY1 local news, Marie Claire, Glamour and New York Daily News. A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, Lisa is an awardee of the Dramatists Guild Fund and fiscally sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, she's firmly rooted in Brooklyn, New York, where she happily lives, writes and produces whatever distracts her.

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