Film festival to focus on environmental issues
10th annual event set for Oct. 27 to 29
EASTON — The upcoming 2017 Chesapeake Film Festival will highlight the environmental and social issues of the times with a full day of film and expert discussion focused on the topic of climate change on Saturday, Oct. 28.
“The high public interest intensified by the contradiction between the denials of climate change by President Trump’s administration and recent disastrous weather events and rising temperature against keeps the topic in the news and a part of nearly any conversation,” CFF stated in a press release.
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and Town Creek Foundation formed partnerships with the film festival to bring expertise to the panel discussions and informal gatherings.
Called “Climate Change — Perils, Challenges, and the Future,” several films and panel discussions are planned as part of the event, which starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Avalon Theatre and runs until after the final film screening at 8 p.m.
The day starts with four environmental short programs at 10:30 that morning before moving into a viewing of “Before the Flood,” directed by Fisher Stevens, and produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, at 12:15 p.m.
A panel discussion starts after the film and runs until 2:30 p.m. The panel includes Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles and outgoing University of Mar yland Center for Environmental Sciences President Dr. Donald Boesch. It will be moderated by Town Creek Foundation Executive Director Stuart Clarke.
After the panel discussion, there will be a viewing of “From the Ashes,” directed by Michael Bonifiglio.
A second round of environmental short programs will start at 4:30 p.m., followed by another panel discussion and question-and-answer session. The second panel at 5:30 p.m. will consist of UMCES Professor Emeritus Dr. Bill Boicourt, writer Tom Horton, director David Harp and director Jess Jacklin, and will be moderated by Eastern Shore Land Conservancy Coastal Resilience Manager Brian Ambrette.
A reception at the Academy Art Museum will follow the panel at 6:30 p.m. The final film of the day, “Oyster,” directed by Kim Beamish, will start at 8 p.m.
“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” directed by Bonnie Cohen and Jon Shenk, will be shown three times throughout the weekend — at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at Easton Premier Cinemas, and 7:45 p.m. Sunday at Cambridge Premier Cinemas.
The 10th Chesapeake Film Festival will take place from Oct. 27 to 29, with its home base at the Avalon Theatre in Easton. Satellite screening locations are the Talbot County Public Library, Easton Premier Cinemas, Cambridge Premier Cinemas and Academy Art Museum.
A scene from “Before the Flood” is shown.