Defending the Dark
Preserving the Night Sky in Maine
Watch The Trailer
Defending the Dark inspires and informs viewers on why it is important to preserve dark sky areas, while emphasizing the unique dark sky environment of northern Maine.
Film Festival Official Selections
We are excited to announce our official selection into these film festivals
Maine International Film Festival (World Premiere July 2022)
Bureau of Parks and Lands manages Maine’s 48 State Parks and offers telescopes for visitors to use at the 12 State Parks with campgrounds.
What they do: Promote health and nature appreciation through outdoor recreation events and programs. - Generate $100 million annually for the Maine economy. - Help over 2 million people each year enjoy Maine’s natural heritage
The International Dark-Sky Association provides guidelines for good outdoor lighting practices and oversees the Dark Sky Place program that includes Dark Sky Parks, Dark Sky Reserves, and more.
The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund Grant
The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund (MOHF) helps fund critical wildlife and conservation projects throughout Maine.
Revenue is generated exclusively by a dedicated instant lottery ticket distributed by the Maine State Lottery. Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund
Your True Nature
Your True Nature, committed to sharing the wisdom of the Earth through Advice for Life greeting cards, bookmarks, stickers and magnets.
To see their night sky themed, and other nature themed products visit: YourTrueNature.com
The Dark Skies of Maine
The wood of northern Maine is the only remaining truly dark sky region east of the Rockies in the United States, and its accessibility to a large fraction of the US population makes it a desirable destination for those seeking a nature experience. The ongoing astronomy and nature education programs in the area, including the Mountains of Stars programs at the Appalachian Mountain Club lodges and camps, and other activities and events held in the region such as the Stars over Katahdin, highlight to visitors the unique character of the Maine night sky environment - and the risks associated with losing that environment if poor and excessive lighting is implemented. The creation of the AMC Maine Woods International Dark Sky Park and the Katahdin Woods and Waters International Dark Sky Sanctuary are critical elements in keeping the area’s skies pristine - and offer the opportunity to draw new visitors to the area, build an industry of astrotourism, and promote behavioral changes among guests to reduce light pollution across the country.
About the Filmmaker
Tara Roberts Zabriskie is an independent documentary filmmaker and freelance video producer. She works with organizations to create videos for educational and promotional purposes. Some of her work includes filming a 3000 mile bicycle race across the country, covering sailing races in the Caribbean, and creating a series of videos on Leave No Trace for hikers produced for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Her latest work, Defending the Dark, is a 30 minute documentary film about why light pollution is harmful to humans and wildlife, and explains simple things you can do in your own back yard to bring back the night sky.