Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val rolls out red car­pet

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EAS­TON — The 11th an­nual Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val is set for this week­end, with a record 48 films to be shown.

The 11th an­nual fes­ti­val will be held Oct. 11 to 14 at the Avalon Theatre and Academy Art Mu­seum in Eas­ton; the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum in St. Michaels; and Cam­bridge Premier Cin­e­mas and the Dorch­ester Cen­ter for the Arts in Cam­bridge.

In ad­di­tion to the movies, the fes­ti­val will of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties to meet film­mak­ers, par­tic­i­pate in dis­cus­sions and at­tended re­cep­tions and other events.

Open­ing Night

The doc­u­men­tary “New Chefs on the Block” will open the fes­ti­val on Thurs­day, Oct. 11.

Two chefs in Washington, D.C., strug­gle to open and main­tain their first restau­rants. Against all odds, one be­comes Bon Ap­petit Mag­a­zine‘s Best New Restau­rant in Amer­ica. The other is forced to re­de­fine suc­cess. The film, di­rected by Dustin Har­ri­son At­las, stars Aaron Sil­ver­man of Rose’s Lux­ury and Frank Linn of Frankly ... Pizza, with cameos by chefs and res­tau­ra­teurs Danny Meyer (Shake Shack, Union Square Café) and Mike Is­abella (Bravo “Top Chef” All­star), and Washington Post food writer

Tim Car­man. The fes­ti­val will host an all-star re­cep­tion with lo­cal gourmet chefs at the Academy Art Mu­seum be­fore the screening at the Avalon Theatre. Busi­nesses pro­vid­ing hors d’oeu­vres and desserts will in­clude Gourmet by the Bay, The Wylder Ho­tel, Stars Restau­rant from the Inn at Perry Cabin, Limon­cello Ital­ian Restau­rant and Wine Bar, The Bistro St. Michaels and Fly­ing Fork Cater­ing.

Fri­day

Fri­day, Oct. 12, at the Avalon will start with a clayon-glass an­i­ma­tion, “The Ele­phant’s Song,” di­rected by lo­cal artist Lynn Tom­lin­son. From the an­i­mated short, the fes­ti­val will move to a stun­ning fea­ture-length doc­u­men­tary, “Into the Oka­vango,” which tells the story of a NATGEO ex­pe­di­tion to Botswana with a mis­sion to help pre­serve the delta, all the an­i­mals and land sur­round­ing it, and the peo­ple who live there.

The fi­nale of the day, “In the Ex­e­cu­tioner’s Shadow,” casts a look at the con­se­quences of the death penalty through three sto­ries, in­clud­ing the rare per­spec­tive of a for­mer state ex­e­cu­tioner who comes within days of ex­e­cut­ing an in­no­cent per­son. This film will be screened again Satur­day at Cam­bridge Premier Cin­e­mas. The film­mak­ers and the sub­jects of the film will lead dis­cus­sions af­ter the screen­ings.

Mak­ing Waves at the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum

The Ch­e­sa­peake Bay will be the fo­cus of a full day of en­vi­ron­men­tal film­mak­ing cu­rated by film­maker Sandy Can­non-Brown on Satur­day, Oct. 13, at the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum. The day will con­clude with the pre­miere of a new film by Tom Hor­ton, Dave Harp and Can­non-Brown, “An Is­land Out of Time,” about Smith Is­land. The ic­ing on the cake, fig­u­ra­tively and lit­er­ally, will be a re­cep­tion with Mary­land’s state dessert, the Smith Is­land multi-layer cake.

The en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­gram also will in­clude a dou­ble fea­ture of films by Roger Sorkin and the Amer­i­can Re­silience Pro­ject, in­clud­ing the East Coast pre­miere of a new film about the trans­for­ma­tion of Amer­ica’s elec­tric grid, “Cur­rent Rev­o­lu­tion.” The other film, “Tide­wa­ter,” looks at the rav­ages of cli­mate change, sea level rise and ero­sion on the mil­i­tary

in­stal­la­tions in the Tide­wa­ter area of Vir­ginia.

The CBMM lineup also in­cludes a sneak preview of a short film by Can­non-Brown, “Edna E. Lock­wood: Bot­toms Up!,” about the three-year restora­tion of an 1889 nine-log bug­eye in the mu­seum’s ship­yard. Edna will re­launch two weeks af­ter the Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val, dur­ing the mu­seum’s Oct. 27 Oys­ter­fest.

Satur­day in Eas­ton

The Avalon and Academy Art Mu­seum will of­fer a mix of sto­ries on Satur­day.

Fea­tures at the Avalon: “Boko Haram: Jour­ney from Evil,” which goes be­yond the head­lines to pro­file the ef­forts of ev­ery­day Nige­ri­ans to stand up against the ter­ror­ist group, which has killed, kid­napped and displaced mil­lions of peo­ple; “Five Sea­sons: The Gar­dens of Piet Ou­dolf” is a med­i­ta­tive doc­u­men­tary that im­merses view­ers in the work of a rev­o­lu­tion­ary land­scape de­signer; “Mov­ing Sto­ries” brings us six dancers from an ac­claimed New York com­pany who travel the world to work with youth who have ex­pe­ri­enced war, poverty, sex­ual ex­ploita­tion, ex­treme prej­u­dice and se­vere trauma as refugees; and “Search­ing for Ing­mar Bergman” is an in­ti­mate pro­file of a di­rec­tor who is con­sid­ered one of the most im­por­tant film­mak­ers of all time.

At the Academy Art Mu­seum: Two pro­grams of shorts will book­end the doc­u­men­tary fea­ture “Sav­ing Sea Tur­tles.” Nar­rated by ma­rine sci­en­tist Dr. Sylvia Earle, it high­lights the work that is be­ing done to save a species from ex­tinc­tion. The lineup of shorts in­cludes “River­ment” by Shayla Rac­quel, a government em­ployee by day and award-winning stu­dent film­maker by night. Her film is the story of a for­mer civil rights ac­tivist who fears for the safety of her grand­daugh­ter, who is fol­low­ing in her foot­steps. In “Othello-san,” a young African-Amer­i­can ac­tor is cast as the lead in Shake­speare’s “Othello” at a pres­ti­gious the­ater school in Ja­pan, but his dreams of star­dom are tem­pered by an in­tem­per­ate in­struc­tor.

At the Dorch­ester Cen­ter for the Arts and Cam­bridge Premier Cin­e­mas

At the Dorch­ester Cen­ter for the Arts, the evening fea­ture of “Mov­ing Sto­ries” will pro­vide a sec­ond venue for lovers of dance. The af­ter­noon se­lec­tions will in­clude a series of shorts and a fea­ture, “The Sen­tence,” fo­cus­ing on so­cial jus­tice. Shorts will in­clude “Othello-san” and “Jabari Keat­ing,” a firstper­son nar­ra­tive that ex­plores per­sonal re­flec­tions about life as an African-Amer­i­can in Amer­ica to­day.

The doc­u­men­tary “In the Ex­e­cu­tioner’s Shadow,” which will be screened Fri­day in Eas­ton, will come to Cam­bridge Premier Cin­e­mas Satur­day af­ter­noon. Lighter fare will con­tinue through­out the day with “Up to Snuff,” about Amer­i­can mu­si­cian and com­poser W.G. Snuffy Walden. If you don’t the name, you know his mu­sic from such TV shows as “The West Wing,” “The Won­der Years” and “Thir­tysome­thing.” “Poured in Penn­syl­va­nia” is about the re­de­vel­oped beer in­dus­try and its im­pact in Penn­syl­va­nia. And there’s “Five Days in Au­gust,” which fol­lows two teams com­pet­ing in the world’s largest and rich­est bill­fish tour­na­ment — the White Mar­lin Open in Ocean City.

Sun­day Spe­cials

High­lights of Sun­day, Oct. 14, will in­clude “I, Mat­ter,” pro­duced by fes­ti­val board mem­ber Alexis Ni­chols and di­rected by its star, Llysa Rie, who will share her story of liv­ing with AIDS on screen and on stage at the Academy Art Mu­seum.

Beauty and brains are the sub­jects of two films at the Avalon. The af­ter­noon will start with “The Gar­dener,” a walk through the gar­dens of Les Qua­tre Vents with in­flu­en­tial gar­dener and hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ist Frank Cabot.

The clos­ing night film tells a story that sounds like fic­tion but isn’t. “Bombshell: The Hedy La­marr Story” is about the as­tound­ing, but lit­tle-known, tal­ents of a Hol­ly­wood bombshell off-screen. La­marr helped de­velop a se­cret ra­dio sys­tem that al­lowed the Al­lies to tor­pedo Nazi U-Boats with deadly ac­cu­racy. The nephew of her part­ner in the in­ven­tion, mu­si­cian Ge­orge An­theil, will share anec­dotes with the au­di­ence af­ter the film.

An awards cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion will close the fes­ti­val.

Tick­ets are $12 for a sin­gle movie. One-day passes (Satur­day or Sun­day) are $40.

A pass al­low­ing ac­cess to all screen­ings is $95. New this year, the Su­per In­clu­sive Film and Re­cep­tion Pass, which pro­vides en­try to all films and re­cep­tions, is $150.

For the full sched­ule and tick­ets, visit www. chesa­peake­film­fes­ti­val.com.

“Five Sea­sons: The Gar­dens of Piet Ou­dolf” will be screened dur­ing the 11th an­nual Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val in Oc­to­ber.

“River­ment” will be screened at the 11th an­nual Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val in Oc­to­ber.

“Bombshell: The Hedy La­marr Story” is the clos­ing night se­lec­tion of the 11th an­nual Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val.

“Sav­ing Sea Tur­tles” will be screened at the 11th an­nual Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val in Oc­to­ber.

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