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LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A new film festival is keeping the art of cinema alive in Lewiston Auburn.

When the founder of the Lewiston Auburn Film Festival, Joshua Shea, was arrested on child pornography charges back in March, it put the future of the festival in jeopardy.

But a group got together and decided they wanted to start a new festival to prove to the filmmakers and the community how much movies mean to L-A. In ten weeks, the Emerge Film Festival was organized. There are forty films being shown this weekend at six venues in Lewiston and Auburn. The festival's president, Laura Davis, says the community stepped up to make the festival happen.

"Everyone said yes to us, from the corporate sponsors to the venues to the volunteers to the filmmakers," Davis told NEWS CENTER. "We haven't received a no in this whole process."

Emerge is also a non-profit. It's mission is to expose the Lewiston Auburn community to the art of cinema.

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