Film fes­ti­val to fo­cus on en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues

10th an­nual event set for Oct. 27 to 29

Sunday Star - - LOCAL -

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.

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