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Torchlight Media hosts Final Exhibition at the Colonial Theatre

June 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Belfast, Maine—Torchlight Media, a community-based multimedia arts and production studio for local youth and adults in downtown Belfast, announces their Final Exhibition of media work made since the pilot program launched in January of this year. The event is free and takes place on Tuesday, June 11 from 6:30-8pm at the Colonial Theatre and the entire community is invited to attend, thanks to the support from event sponsors Belfast Community Co-Op and GO Logic.

Inspired by the format for the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies at Maine College of Art & Design Final Exhibition, 12 high school students from the inaugural class of the Youth Multimedia Mentorship program—the ‘Torchlight Creatives’—will share and present work made during more than 40 hours of after-and-out-of-school sessions, from January through May. Projects include audio postcards, interviews on the street and in-studio, high school sports highlights from spring, and a newly-minted student news show. There will be a Q&A with students after the screening of work.

In addition to the final show, this event doubles as a fundraiser for the fledgling program. Torchlight has partnered with the Belfast Area High School’s (BAHS) Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) program to work with students, and with Belfast Community Radio (WBFY) as their 501c3 fiscal sponsor to receive tax-deductible donations and seek grant funding. Belfast Community Co-Op and GO Logic have helped sponsor the event to ensure anyone from the community can attend for free—but donations will be accepted at the door to support future, yet-funded programming.

Torchlight’s downtown storefront studio, sandwiched between the Observatory and new Rockweed Center, has allowed its students to meet weekly off-site in a working multimedia studio since launching at the start of the year. Chris Battaglia, the program’s director and lead mentor, has been working with students to teach storytelling, audio, photo, and video production throughout. Throughout the semester, working filmmakers, audio producers, and community partners have joined the program as “drop-in mentors” to work with students on production of audio, photo, and video work.

Any rising high school freshman, sophomore, or junior from Waldo County who is interested in the free after school mentorship program are invited to attend the event to see work made, and to hear from the students themselves about their experiences in the program.

To learn more about student participation in, mentoring with, or donating to Torchlight, visit, email, or stop by the downtown headquarters at 158 High Street by chance or appointment.

The Colonial Theatre is located at 163 High Street in Belfast, and is operated by the Hawthorne Theatre and Arts Collaborative, a newly-incorporated not-for-profit center that provides community access to the cinematic & performing arts to those from Waldo County, Maine, and beyond.

About Torchlight Media

Torchlight Media is a community-based multimedia arts and production studio for local youth and adults in downtown Belfast, operated by Chris Battaglia, Michele Christle, and Eli Kao. Torchlight aims to provide access to production tools and skills, build long-term sustainability for local public broadcast media outlets, create new education and mentorship opportunities, and improve community connection through storytelling and social connection. Located at 158 High Street in Belfast, Torchlight is open during normal business hours or by chance/appointment. Reach Torchlight at


June 11
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Torchlight Media


The Colonial Theatre
163 High Street
Belfast, ME 04915 United States
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