Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val closes with cer­e­mony

Dorchester Star - - REGIONAL - By CHRISTINA ACOSTA ca­costa@ches­

EAS­TON— The 11th an­nual Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val ended its four-day fes­ti­val with a clos­ing re­cep­tion and award cer­e­mony at the Avalon Theatre on Sun­day.

Ac­tress Marla Aaron Wap­ner and ac­tor Vin­cent De Paul pre­sented 13 awards on Sun­day evening to cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal, and best ac­tor and di­rec­tor. Dur­ing the four-day event, the Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val had many peo­ple from the film in­dus­try go­ing to the­aters in Cam­bridge, St. Michaels and Eas­ton.

“I want to say thank you so much for ev­ery­thing,” said Shayne Pax af­ter win­ning the Best Di­rec­tor award. “(Cid Collins Walker, artis­tic di­rec­tor for the Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val) thank you so much for ev­ery­thing. Al­though I met you a few days ago, I im­me­di­ately con­nected with her, so thank you for all the work you did on this I would also like to thank ev­ery­one who came to­day and all week­end, who came and sup­ported not only our film, but other in­de­pen­dent films, its re­ally im­por­tant.”

A to­tal of 48 films were shown, 38 of which were Mary­land Pre­mieres, and one was a sneak pre­view. The long week­end was a cel­e­bra­tion of stor ytelling and film­mak­ing in­clud­ing work­shops, guest speak­ers, di­rec­tor Q&A’s and jam­packed cin­e­matic dis­cov­ery.

“I would like to thank the pa­trons for com­ing in, en­joy­ing and shar­ing this jour­ney in these flick­er­ing lights, which is known as film,” said De Paul. “I would also like to thank my co-host [Wap­ner] for al­ways writ­ing my comedic sketches. We are ready to give out these great awards.”

The win­ners evening were:

Best En­vi­ron­men­tal

“Sav­ing Sea Tur­tles: Ex­tinc­tion”

Jen­nifer Ting, Gomes and

Cheryl Ot­ten­rit­ter Best En­vi­ron­men­tal Short “Cur­rent Revo­lu­tion” Roger Sorkin

Best En­vi­ron­men­tal Short An­i­ma­tion





Michele “The Ele­phant’s Song” Lynn Tom­lin­son and Sam Saper

Best An­i­mated Short “Shadow”

Lei, Lei

Best Edit­ing

“The Ex­e­cu­tioner’s Shadow”

Mag­gie Stogner and Rick Stacks


“Mov­ing Sto­ries” Cor­nelia Rave­nal and Mikael So­den­sten

Best Nar­ra­tive Short “Othello – San”

Ted Adams, III

Best Sound De­sign


Fea­ture “The Ele­phant’s Song” Lynn Tom­lin­son and Sam Saper



“I, Mat­ter”

Llysa Rie and Shayne Pax Best Emerg­ing Film­maker Shayla Rac­quel “River­ment”

Best Ac­tress

Llysa Rie Ieska

“I, Mat­ter”

Best Ac­tor Tim­o­thy Troy

“Hold My Horse”

Best Di­rec­tor Shayne Pax and Llysa Rie Ieska

“I, Mat­ter”




Llys Rie Ieska wins the 2018 Ch­e­sa­peake Film Fes­ti­val Best Ac­tress for her work in “I, Mat­ter,” at the Clos­ing Re­cep­tion and Awards on Sun­day.

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