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a fo­rum and a venue,” said Eve­lyn Hunger­ford, chair­woman of the In­dian Head Cen­ter for the Arts (IHCA). “That’s what the Black Box is re­ally about — pro­vid­ing venues for chil­dren all the way to se­niors for dif­fer­ent forms of art.”

The July 15 event will fea­ture a block of short films for view­ers of all ages from 4 to 6 p.m., fol­lowed by sec­ond block of movies from 7 to 9 p.m. con­tain­ing more adult themes and mild lan­guage. The se­lec­tion con­sists of 2015 and 2016 SMFF award win­ners as well as com­mit­tee fa­vorites from the past two years.

“While the mini-fest is a fundraiser for the 2018 Fest, the goal of both or­ga­ni­za­tions is to pro­mote the arts — to in­tro­duce au­di­ences to some­thing new and dif­fer­ent and make lo­cally-made films easily ac­ces­si­ble to as many au­di­ence mem­bers as pos­si­ble,” said SMFF Steer­ing Com­mit­tee mem­ber Heather Husk in a press re­lease.

Tick­ets for each show­ing are $3 re­gard­less of age, or $5 for both screen­ings. The the­ater will be sell­ing re­fresh­ments be­tween the two shows and lo­cal food trucks will be on site. The com­mit­tee en­cour­ages adults to at­tend both blocks of movies as the fam­ily-friendly films were a hit at the Calvert County mini-fest, held June 24 as part of the week­end-long North Beach Amer­i­can Film Fes­ti­val.

The Black Box opened in 2004 with large-scale ren­o­va­tions com­pleted in 2015. The 90-seat the­ater has hosted per­for­mances of “Franken­stein,” “Driv­ing Miss Daisy” and “Steel Mag­no­lias,” among oth­ers. The mini-fest func­tions not only as an SMFF rev­enue source but also as a pro­mo­tional de­vice for the lo­cal es­tab­lish­ment.

“We like the idea of of­fer­ing dif­fer­ent pro­gram­ming to our com­mu­nity and hope this event will draw some peo­ple who may not have vis­ited us pre­vi­ously,” said IHCA ad­min­is­tra­tor Pam Frank in a press re­lease.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased on the fes­ti­val web­site at www.smdff. org.


Tick­ets now avail­able for the South­ern Mary­land Film Fes­ti­val mini-fest at the Black Box The­atre on July 15.

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