Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fest rolls out red car­pet

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRIS POLK cpolk@star­

EAS­TON — Keep an eye out — you just might spot a movie star walk­ing down Har­ri­son Street or on the golf course at the Tal­bot Coun­try Club Sun­day. There are plenty of them to be found dur­ing this Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val week­end.

Fri­day night, Oct. 27, the fes­ti­val opened with a re­cep­tion at Troika Gallery, where film buffs hob­nobbed with Hol­ly­wood great­ness such as John O’Hur­ley, who flew in from Hol­ly­wood, Calif., just for the fes­ti­val.

O’Hur­ley is one of the stars of “Swing Away,” a “dram­edy” filmed in Greece about the power of love and golf.

He also is widely known from his long­time role on the TV show “Se­in­feld” as Elaine’s ec­cen­tric boss J. Peter­man.

He was joined by sev­eral of the film’s pro­duc­ers and writ­ers on the red car­pet Fri­day evening.

Pro­ducer Ge­orge Elias Stephanopou­los, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and writer Paul Robert Lin­gas and pro­duc­ers Sta­ma­tios Tom Hi­o­tis and John Pat­er­akis were in Eas­ton, too.

“Swing Away” was the open­ing film of the fes­ti­val, which or­ga­niz­ers said was a light-hearted of­fer­ing, but the gen­eral tone was set to get more se­ri­ous on

Satur­day, when the fes­ti­val treated view­ers to an en­tire day of films on cli­mate change.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s film that he pro­duced and nar­rated, “Be­fore the Flood,” gives a sci­en­tific per­spec­tive on the enor­mity and im­pli­ca­tions of the warm­ing of planet earth.

The Eastern Shore was show­cased in films such as “High Tide in Dorch­ester,” “Water­man” and “The Bal­lad of Hol­land Is­land House.”

View­ers also got a chance to see the se­quel to Al Gore’s 2006 film “An In­con­ve­nient Truth” ti­tled “An In­con­ve­nient Se­quel: Truth to Power,” which is not yet avail­able for li­cens­ing.

“Our mes­sage this year is global,” said Cid Collins Walker, artis­tic di­rec­tor of the fes­ti­val. “We’ve brought Leonardo DiCaprio’s film in this year, which is from Nat Geo.”

“We’re fac­ing huge prob­lems en­vi­ron­men­tally,” Walker said. “Se­ri­ous ris­ing tides, it’s af­fect­ing Dorch­ester. It’s af­fect­ing peo­ple. How do we solve it?”

She talked about the film “High Tide in Dorch­ester” with lo­cals Tom Hor­ton writ­ing, David Harp di­rect­ing and Sandy Cannon-Brown pro­duc­ing.

“This is a re­ally im­por­tant film for this re­gion,” she said.

On this, the 10th an­niver­sary of the fes­ti­val, fes­ti­val or­ga­niz­ers are cel­e­brat­ing the fes­ti­val’s pop­u­lar­ity and what seems to be a steady sup­ply of artis­tic ge­nius in the medium of film lo­cally, as well as na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

“A film fes­ti­val is about the sil­ver screen,” Walker said. “And it arches back to the ‘20s. It’s re­ally, re­ally im­por­tant for Amer­i­can his­tory. Not only for younger artists but for the fu­ture of cin­ema. All of these films are en­dur­ing. They are in­deli­ble marks.”

The films on cli­mate change will be re­peated for view­ers to watch dur­ing Sun­day’s sched­ule of the film fes­ti­val.

While the re­al­ity of planet earth’s predica­ment is cer­tainly pro­found, film has a way of sat­is­fy­ing the needs of many types of view­ers and the Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val has some­thing for ever yone.

Along with en­vi­ron­men­tal films, the lineup Sun­day fea­tures a smor­gas­bord of shorts and fea­ture-length films, such as sci­ence fic­tion, fan­tasy, ad­ven­ture and doc­u­men­taries.

Some of the area’s most ar­dent film­mak­ing wannabees will be hav­ing a de­but Sun­day, as a whole block of stu­dent work will be shown at the Academy Art Mu­seum at 1:30 p.m.

Sun­day’s films will take place at the Academy Art Mu­seum, Cam­bridge Premier Cin­e­mas and Eas­ton Premier Cin­e­mas.

Those be­ing shown at the Academy Art Mu­seum on Sun­day be­gin with “Emily Ma­son,” 11 a.m.; “Al­pha GO,” 11:30 a.m.; a show­case of stu­dent films, in­clud­ing those from Eas­ton High School, 1:30 p.m. fol­lowed by a panel dis­cus­sion at 2:45 p.m.; “Wil­liam Wyler: The Films and the Mu­sic,” 4:30 p.m.; and a 6 p.m. fes­ti­val awards ceremony and re­cep­tion.

Sun­day’s films at the Cam­bridge Premier Cin­e­mas start at 10 a.m. with a group of shorts: “When I Plant a Tree,” “Fish­er­men With­out a Sea,” “The Next Epoch Seed Li­brary” and “Last Boat Out.”

En­vi­ron­men­tal films will con­tinue all day in­clud­ing “Be­fore the Flood,” 11:15 a.m.; “From the Ashes,” 1:15 p.m.; a 3 p.m. clus­ter of shorts “Water­man,” “The Bal­lad of Hol­land Is­land House” and “High Tide in Dorch­ester;” “Oys­ter,” 4:30 p.m.; “The Wild Ponies of Chin­coteague,” 6:15 p.m.; and the last film in Cam­bridge is “An In­con­ve­nient Se­quel: Truth to Power” be­gin­ning at 7:45 p.m.

Sun­day’s fes­ti­val lineup at Eas­ton Premier Cin­e­mas is “The Race of Gentle­men” and “Tin­ker,” both shown si­mul­ta­ne­ously at 10 a.m. in two au­di­to­ri­ums, fol­lowed by “Voices Be­yond the Wall: Twelve Love Po­ems,” 11:30 a.m.; “An In­con­ve­nient Se­quel: Truth to Power,” 1:30 p.m.; “Be­fore the Flood,” 3:30 p.m.; the four en­vi­ron­men­tal shorts, 5:30 p.m.; three en­vi­ron­men­tal shorts, 7:30 p.m.; and be­gin­ning at 8:30 p.m., the last film “The Wild Ponies of Chin­coteague.”

The Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val is spon­sored by the Mary­land Film Of­fice, Mary­land State Arts Coun­cil and Tal­bot County Arts Coun­cil.

Other spon­sors in­clude the Tal­bot County Free Li­brary, UMCES Horn Point Lab, Fair­field Inn & Suites Mar­riott, Premier Cin­e­mas Tri­ton Entertainment, Academy Art Mu­seum, Black Opal Pro­duc­tions, W. C. & A. N. Miller Real­tors, Kim­berly Skyrme Cast­ing, Mid-Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion Artis­tic In­sight Fund, Rave­nal Foun­da­tion, Town Creek Foun­da­tion, Ted and Jim Pedas, and Mr. and Mrs. An­gelo H. Ma­gafan.

Media spon­sors in­clude Dis­cover Eas­ton, The Tal­bot and Ch­ester­town Spy, What’s Up? Mag­a­zine, At­trac­tion Mag­a­zine, The Star Demo­crat and WCEM Ra­dio.

Award judges were La­mont Easter, Bon­nie McDaniel and the pro­gram­ming com­mit­tee.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.chesa­peake­film­fes­ti­val. com.


John O’Hur­ley, left, one of the stars of “Swing Away,” poses for the cam­eras with Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val Artis­tic Di­rec­tor Cid Collins Walker dur­ing the open­ing re­cep­tion Fri­day at Troika Gallery. O’Hur­ley flew in from Hol­ly­wood and was in Tal­bot...


Some of the prin­ci­pals who worked on the movie “Swing Away” smile for the cam­eras dur­ing the Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val. From left: pro­ducer Ge­orge Elias Stephanopou­los, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and writer Paul Robert Lin­gas, Mary­land Sen. Ad­die Eckardt,...

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