Pull-Start Pictures

Aging on an Island (2016, short)

For the 2016 Aging on Islands Conference, we interviewed several residents of our hometown, North Haven, Maine, an island 12 miles off the Maine coast. We wanted to know "What's different about aging on an island?" Here are their answers.

Prison Hospice project (in production)

Inmates at the Maine State Prison—a "supermax" facility—care for the dying.

Betting the Farm (2012, feature documentary)

Our first feature documentary, Betting the Farm premiered at the 2012 AFI Silverdocs film festival and went on to a nationwide festival run. It won the Audience Award at the 2012 Camden International Film Festival.

A screening tour of Maine brought the film to 25 cities and towns around the state—many of which had rarely hosted theatrical screenings of a documentary before.

Meet Your Farmer (2010, web series)

Meet Your Farmer is a collaboration with Maine Farmland Trust, the premiere farmland preservation group in Maine. The web series—consisting of eight short films about Maine farmers—showcased the diversity of farming operations in the state.

For more on the individual farms, see the series website: Meet Your Farmer.

About Us

  • Cecily Pingree

    Cecily Pingree is a director, producer, and cinematographer of non-fiction films. Cecily got her BA in studio art from Lewis & Clark College and went on to work in film for Big Mouth Productions in NYC. In 2009, she formed Pull-Start Pictures with her brother-in-law, Jason Mann.

    Cecily has worked all over the world covering a wide variety of environmental, social, and humanitarian topics. She was invited to participate in the Sundance Creative Producer Labs and was the recipient of the Maine Arts Commission’s Media and Performing Arts Fellowship.

    Cecily lives on an island 12 miles off the coast of Maine. In 2012, she renovated a 100-year-old dance hall—which she converted into an active community space called Calderwood Hall.

  • Jason Mann

    Jason co-produced & co-directed Betting the Farm, a feature documentary about struggling Maine dairy farmers, which premiered at the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Film Festival. He was director of photography and co-producer of Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas), which aired nationally on Independent Lens. Jason lives in Maine with his wife, two children, and cantankerous black Lab.

    When he's not producing films for Pull-Start, he works as a documentary editor and screenwriter.

  • Lindsay Mann

    As a director, cinematographer, and editor, Lindsay has worked with The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone Magazine, and PBS. He has filmed Bruce Springsteen in Asbury Park, operated for Haskell Wexler, ASC., and assisted on Martin Scorsese's "Shine a Light." Lindsay studied film at Boston University. He lives and works in Portland, ME and Brooklyn, NY with his wife and daughter.

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