Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val con­tin­ues to­day

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

EAS­TON — It’s big week­end in the area for movielovers, celebrity fol­low­ers and name-drop­pers.

The 11th an­nual Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val has film buffs duck­ing in and out of the­aters in Cam­bridge, St. Michaels and Eas­ton, and the fun con­tin­ues through Sun­day.

A record 48 films over four days are be­ing shown, 38 of which have never been screened in Mary­land be­fore. There also is one sneak pre­view.

Thurs­day evening, the fes­ti­val opened with a gala re­cep­tion at the Academy Art Mu­seum and film show­ing at the Avalon The­atre that fea­tured a few Hol­ly­wood di­rec­tors and movie stars.

And it was all about food — the re­cep­tion, the guests, the stars and the open­ing movie. Movielovers noshed on gourmet treats and sipped on cock­tails from Bistro St. Michaels, Fly­ing Fork Cater­ing, Gourmet by the Bay, Li­mon­cello, Stars

Restau­rant at the Inn at Perry Cabin, Scossa Restau­rant and Lounge, Wy­dler Ho­tel and Hair o’ the Dog.

The open­ing night movie in Eas­ton was “New Chefs on the Block,” a Mary­land premier show­ing. Chef Drew Adams and restau­rant founder Frank Linn were among the film’s celebri­ties present in the au­di­ence.

The film’s di­rec­tor, Dustin Har­ri­son-At­las, fol­lowed the show­ing with a spe­cial ap­pear­ance and dis­cus­sion.

“We are very for­tu­nate to have the film­maker here,” said Jack Gerbes of the Mary­land Film Of­fice. “You’re not go­ing to get that op­por­tu­nity sit­ting in your liv­ing room. So take ad­van­tage of this.”

“He had an op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­view Barack Obama this evening,” the fes­ti­val’s artis­tic di­rec­tor Cid Collins Walker said, “but he elected to be here with all of us.”

Ac­tress Robin Wright, who most re­cently starred in the Net­flix se­ries “House of Cards,” also was in the au­di­ence. The se­ries is film­ing its last sea­son.

Since “House of Cards” is filmed in Mar yland, Gerbes gave some Mar yland Film Of­fice sta­tis­tics about how much money movie pro­duc­tion can bring to an area.

He said dur­ing its six sea­sons, “House of Cards” has had an eco­nomic im­pact in the state of more than $740 mil­lion, cre­ated thou­sands of jobs, and pur­chased goods and ser vices from over 25,000 Mar yland busi­nesses.

Wright has had a long, var­ied ca­reer with prob­a­bly her most fa­mous roles be­ing Princess But­ter­cup in the 1987 film “The Princess Bride” and Jenny in the 1994 film “For­rest Gump.”

But it’s re­ally the film buffs that the week­end is all about, Walker said.

“I also like to say that the sil­ver screen is a dif­fer­ent di­men­sion than watch­ing Net­flix,” she said, “as much as I like Net­flix.”

“Film is mag­i­cal. It’s pow­er­ful, it brings us to­gether, and I think more than any­thing, for me, it brings a di­men­sion of emo­tion that no other medium has the abil­ity to do,” Walker said.

“This is a four-day fes­ti­val, and we have been for­tu­nate to sup­port the fes­ti­val since its in­cep­tion,” Gerbes said. “But its not just four days.”

He said fes­ti­val Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Karen Foot­ner, Walker, Pres­i­dent Ge­orge Nil­son and the rest of the board work 365 days a year to make it hap­pen.

Collins spe­cially thanked the fes­ti­val part­ners Academy Art Mu­seum, Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum, Dorch­ester Cen­ter for the Arts and Cam­bridge Premier Cin­e­mas.

Sun­day, Oct. 14, the view­ing will con­tinue with movies be­ing shown start­ing at 1 p.m. through the din­ner­time hours at the Academy Art Mu­seum, Cam­bridge Premier Cin­e­mas and Avalon The­atre.

At the Academy Art Mu­seum, the of­fer­ings will be a smor­gas­bord of short films with a ques­tion-and-an­swer seg­ment un­til about 4:30 p.m., then the fea­ture film “Five Sea­sons: The Gar­dens of Piet Ou­dolf,” end­ing at about 6 p.m.

At Cam­bridge Premier Cin­e­mas, an en­vi­ron­men­tal shorts pro­gram with a panel dis­cus­sion will be­gin the af­ter­noon, fol­lowed by a fea­ture and shorts com­bi­na­tion of “The Ele­phant’s Song” and “Into the Oka­vango” with dis­cus­sion. The fi­nal film in Cam­bridge will be the fea­ture film “Sav­ing Sea Tur­tle: Pre­vent­ing Ex­tinc­tion” start­ing at 5 p.m.

At the Avalon The­atre, the short films “I Mat­ter” and “River­ment” will start at 1 p.m. with ques­tio­nand-an­swer seg­ments, fol­lowed by shorts “Voices/Peace” and “Boko Haram: Jour­ney from Evil” with dis­cus­sion.

At 5 p.m., the fes­ti­val’s only show­ing of the two-hour film “Bomb­shell: The Hedy La­marr Story” will cap the week­end.

A fa­mous ac­tress of the 1940s, most do not know Hedy La­marr also was an in­ven­tor. The film will be fol­lowed by a dis­cus­sion with the nephew of Ge­orge An­theil, a friend of and co-in­ven­tor with La­marr.

The fes­ti­val’s clos­ing re­cep­tion and awards will be­gin at 7 p.m. at the Avalon.

The Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val is made pos­si­ble by the Tal­bot County Arts Coun­cil, Mary­land State Arts Coun­cil, Mary­land Film Of­fice and Tal­bot County De­part­ment of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and Tourism.

For in­for­ma­tion and tick­ets, visit www.chesa­peake­film­fes­ti­


Cid Collins Walker, artis­tic di­rec­tor of the Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val, helps in­tro­duce the first film on Thurs­day evening, Oct. 11, at the Avalon The­atre.

Jack Gerbes of the Mary­land Film Of­fice helps in­tro­duce the first film of the Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val on Thurs­day evening, Oct. 11, at the Avalon The­atre.


Vol­un­teers Carol Peach-Woods, left, and Vic­to­ria Wil­lits are all smiles on open­ing night of the Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val, dur­ing the Academy Art Mu­seum’s gala re­cep­tion.

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