Robert Shetterly at work in his studio from the new documentary “Truth Tellers.”
Robert Shetterly at work in his studio from the new documentary “Truth Tellers.”
“Truth Tellers,” a new documentary film about artist and activist Robert Shetterly directed by Maine filmmaker Richard Kane, will have its world premiere online as part of the Camden International Film Festival Thursday, September 16, through Monday, September 27.

An in-person screening with the filmmaker and Shetterly will be held at the Strand Theatre on Main Street in Rockland on Sunday, September 19, at 1 p.m, followed by a conversation with Kane, Shetterly, Maine legislator Rachel Talbot Ross and a guest who appears in the film.

The film premiere is being launched simultaneously with Shetterly’s latest book, “Portraits of Racial Justice: Americans Who Tell the Truth,” and will by followed by a book signing and reception at Caldbeck Gallery, located at 12 Elm Street in Rockland.

Director, producer and cinematographer Richard Kane is an independent director whose work is focused on the intersection of art and contemporary American life.

Shetterly has painted 255 portraits of Americans, past and present, who confronted issues of social, environmental and economic justice, including Bayard Rustin, Bill McKibben, Sherri Mitchell, Maulian Dana, Fannie Lou Hamer, John Lewis, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and others. The film is both a story of Shetterly’s art and activism and a history lesson in what it means to be a citizen of a democracy.

Visit for tickets to view the film online or in person.