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.