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Featuring

A Special Preview Screening

of the Soon-to-be-Released

John G. Avildsen | King of the Underdogs

a Derek Wayne Johnson Film

Special Appearances by:
John G. Avildsen
Sylvester Stallone
Ralph Macchio
Martin Scorsese
Burt Reynolds
Jerry Weintraub
Talia Shire
and many more…

Awards ceremony seating is included in All-Access Pass and Film & Feast Menu purchases, or with a Single Screening ticket.

The 2016 Chesapeake Film Festival Schedule


OCTOBER 27, 28, 29 and 30


Click the event block title for more detail and to purchase tickets.

Avalon Theatre Easton Cinemas Academy Art Museum Talbot County Library Hospitality
Opening Night Gala
Wine & Cheese Reception
5:30 pm
Opening Ceremonies
The Magic & Mystery of Sable Island
A new film by Gary Jobson
6:15 pm
$10
Ted Turner's Greatest Race
The 1979 Fastnet
7:00 pm
The infamous boat race that claimed 18 lives.

$10
Gary Jobson Q&A
Watch • Think • Discuss
7:15 pm
Vanishing Sail
A Film by Alexis Andrews
7:30 pm
Stories of trading and smuggling by sail told by some of the last old Caribbean sea characters weave through the film like the currents of the Grenadines.

$10
Alexis Andrews Q&A
Watch • Think • Discuss
9:00 pm

Avalon Theatre

Avalon Theatre Easton Cinemas Academy Art Museum Talbot County Library Hospitality
The Magic & Mystery of Sable Island
A new film by Gary Jobson
6:15 pm
$10
Ted Turner's Greatest Race
The 1979 Fastnet
7:00 pm
The infamous boat race that claimed 18 lives.

$10
Vanishing Sail
A Film by Alexis Andrews
7:30 pm
Stories of trading and smuggling by sail told by some of the last old Caribbean sea characters weave through the film like the currents of the Grenadines.

$10

Avalon Theatre

Avalon Theatre Easton Cinemas Academy Art Museum Talbot County Library Hospitality
Gary Jobson Q&A
Watch • Think • Discuss
7:15 pm
Alexis Andrews Q&A
Watch • Think • Discuss
9:00 pm

Avalon Theatre

Avalon Theatre Easton Cinemas Academy Art Museum Talbot County Library Hospitality
Ted Turner's Greatest Race
The 1979 Fastnet
7:00 pm
The infamous boat race that claimed 18 lives.

$10

Avalon Theatre

Avalon Theatre Easton Cinemas Academy Art Museum Talbot County Library Hospitality
Opening Night Gala
Wine & Cheese Reception
5:30 pm
Opening Ceremonies

Avalon Theatre

No events available!
Avalon Theatre Easton Cinemas Academy Art Museum Talbot County Library Hospitality
Arreo
The fading practice of transhumance in Argentina.
4:00 pm
$10

Lifetime Achievement Award
John. G. Avildsen, Director
6:00 pm
Rocky • The Karate Kid • Lean on Me • Save the Tiger • Joe

John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs
Documentary
6:15 pm
SPECIAL PREVIEW

$10

Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation
7:30 pm
Moderator, Chris Kaltenbach, Entertainment Editor, the Baltimore Sun with John G. Avildsen and Derek Wayne Johnson.
Horror Shorts
Three Shorts
8:45 pm
Awakenings: Two children are haunted by mysterious entities. Awakening: What lurks in the depths of a well intentioned mind filled with disturbing visions? Night, Night: Little Santiago is having nightmares about a creepy clown that is stalking him.

$10 for all 3
Runoff
New reality for a farm family
9:30 pm
Betty goes to desperate lengths to save her family when they are forced from their land. $10

Avalon Theatre

No events available in classics category!
Avalon Theatre Easton Cinemas Academy Art Museum Talbot County Library Hospitality
John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs
Documentary
6:15 pm
SPECIAL PREVIEW

$10

Avalon Theatre

Avalon Theatre Easton Cinemas Academy Art Museum Talbot County Library Hospitality
Arreo
The fading practice of transhumance in Argentina.
4:00 pm
$10
Runoff
New reality for a farm family
9:30 pm
Betty goes to desperate lengths to save her family when they are forced from their land. $10

Avalon Theatre

No events available in panels category!
Avalon Theatre Easton Cinemas Academy Art Museum Talbot County Library Hospitality
Horror Shorts
Three Shorts
8:45 pm
Awakenings: Two children are haunted by mysterious entities. Awakening: What lurks in the depths of a well intentioned mind filled with disturbing visions? Night, Night: Little Santiago is having nightmares about a creepy clown that is stalking him.

$10 for all 3

Avalon Theatre

Avalon Theatre Easton Cinemas Academy Art Museum Talbot County Library Hospitality
Lifetime Achievement Award
John. G. Avildsen, Director
6:00 pm
Rocky • The Karate Kid • Lean on Me • Save the Tiger • Joe

Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation
7:30 pm
Moderator, Chris Kaltenbach, Entertainment Editor, the Baltimore Sun with John G. Avildsen and Derek Wayne Johnson.

Avalon Theatre

No events available!
Avalon Theatre Easton Cinemas Academy Art Museum Talbot County Library Hospitality
Karate Workshop
9:00 am
FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
Screening of "Karate Kid"
Touching story of a unique relationship.
9:45 am
A fatherless boy learns how to cope in new surroundings with the help of an elderly gardener.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
The Angel Within
An unexpected romance.
10:00 am
A distraught young woman learns to reconnect with life.

$10
City of Trees
A story about one solution to urban poverty.
11:45 am
A deeply personal story about the struggle for good jobs and environmental justice in one American city.

$10
Crashing the Party
A political documentary.
12:00 pm
The inside story of the resurrection of the Democratic Party and the origin of the Clinton legend.

$10
Q & A with Actor Chris Dyer, moderator
12:15 pm
FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
Cardboard Dreams (Short)
A whimsical tale of friendship.
12:45 pm
Two children try to rebuild their broken families by rebuilding a neglected, old playhouse in the woods.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
Hungry (Short)
A story of courage.
1:15 pm
An idealistic grade school teacher overcomes her fear of speaking in public for an important cause.

$10
Black Captains of the Chesapeake
Chesapeake black boat captain documentary.
1:15 pm
Explores the lives and work of a group of African American Head Boat Captains sailing out of Kent Narrows.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
Avildsen "Lean On Me"
Inspirational true story.
1:45 pm
A once successful high school has deteriorated due to drugs and poverty. A former teacher is hired to fix it as principal.

$10
Sharks of War: Truth, Tales & Terror
A true shark tale.
1:45 pm
After WWII diving pioneers sought out sharks, expecting the worst because of the shark attack stories. Instead, they found an animal less to be feared than understood.

$10
In the Name of the Moon: A Sailor Moon Documentary
Nostalgic nineties documentary.
2:45 pm
Nine college friends relive the nostalgia of their first group cosplay debut.

$10
Breaking Through the Clouds
The first women's national air derby documentary.
4:00 pm
A unlikely group of women were flying in the face of anyone who believed women belonged on the ground.

$10
Priceless
A dramatic thriller.
4:15 pm
Explores the themes of class, entitlement, and the divide between the haves and have nots in modern America.

$10
Shorts Progam: Zoo (Volkerschau), The Ride, Tick Tock Clock, Thornbird
Four shorts
5:00 pm
Zoo: Two girls prepare for a fun day at the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels; The Ride: Facing a shortened life, Zach learns to ride a bike; Tick Tock Clock: Texas teenagers in the 1950s; Thornbird: A young girl finds a magic mask.

$10
Q&A with Shorts Filmmakers
Monda Webb, Callie Cagwin, Gail Reaben and Jonathan Stutzman.
5:45 pm
Nighthawks on the Blue Highway
Documentary in progress as it follows the band.
6:15 pm
The Nighthawks inhabit the soul of blues music, thriving on its direct link to the great blues masters.

$10
TRI
Inspirational story.
6:30 pm
An ultrasound tech with a history of not finishing things is inspired by a cancer patient to sign up for a Triathlon.

$10
Need Change
Introspective Short
7:45 pm
A day in the life of a pizza delivery driver.

$10
Runoff
New reality for a farm family
8:30 pm
Betty goes to desperate lengths to save her family when they are forced from their land.

$10
The Runaway
A tale of redemption and consequences.
8:45 pm
A lifetime outlaw, after 30 years in isolation, experiences a new life and faces the law.

$10
Avalon Theatre Easton Cinemas Academy Art Museum Talbot County Library Hospitality
Screening of "Karate Kid"
Touching story of a unique relationship.
9:45 am
A fatherless boy learns how to cope in new surroundings with the help of an elderly gardener.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
Avildsen "Lean On Me"
Inspirational true story.
1:45 pm
A once successful high school has deteriorated due to drugs and poverty. A former teacher is hired to fix it as principal.

$10

Avalon Theatre

Talbot County Library

Avalon Theatre Easton Cinemas Academy Art Museum Talbot County Library Hospitality
Crashing the Party
A political documentary.
12:00 pm
The inside story of the resurrection of the Democratic Party and the origin of the Clinton legend.

$10
Black Captains of the Chesapeake
Chesapeake black boat captain documentary.
1:15 pm
Explores the lives and work of a group of African American Head Boat Captains sailing out of Kent Narrows.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
Sharks of War: Truth, Tales & Terror
A true shark tale.
1:45 pm
After WWII diving pioneers sought out sharks, expecting the worst because of the shark attack stories. Instead, they found an animal less to be feared than understood.

$10
In the Name of the Moon: A Sailor Moon Documentary
Nostalgic nineties documentary.
2:45 pm
Nine college friends relive the nostalgia of their first group cosplay debut.

$10
Breaking Through the Clouds
The first women's national air derby documentary.
4:00 pm
A unlikely group of women were flying in the face of anyone who believed women belonged on the ground.

$10
Nighthawks on the Blue Highway
Documentary in progress as it follows the band.
6:15 pm
The Nighthawks inhabit the soul of blues music, thriving on its direct link to the great blues masters.

$10

Easton Cinemas

Talbot County Library

Avalon Theatre Easton Cinemas Academy Art Museum Talbot County Library Hospitality
The Angel Within
An unexpected romance.
10:00 am
A distraught young woman learns to reconnect with life.

$10
City of Trees
A story about one solution to urban poverty.
11:45 am
A deeply personal story about the struggle for good jobs and environmental justice in one American city.

$10
TRI
Inspirational story.
6:30 pm
An ultrasound tech with a history of not finishing things is inspired by a cancer patient to sign up for a Triathlon.

$10
Runoff
New reality for a farm family
8:30 pm
Betty goes to desperate lengths to save her family when they are forced from their land.

$10
The Runaway
A tale of redemption and consequences.
8:45 pm
A lifetime outlaw, after 30 years in isolation, experiences a new life and faces the law.

$10

Avalon Theatre

Easton Cinemas

Avalon Theatre Easton Cinemas Academy Art Museum Talbot County Library Hospitality
Cardboard Dreams (Short)
A whimsical tale of friendship.
12:45 pm
Two children try to rebuild their broken families by rebuilding a neglected, old playhouse in the woods.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
Hungry (Short)
A story of courage.
1:15 pm
An idealistic grade school teacher overcomes her fear of speaking in public for an important cause.

$10
Priceless
A dramatic thriller.
4:15 pm
Explores the themes of class, entitlement, and the divide between the haves and have nots in modern America.

$10
Shorts Progam: Zoo (Volkerschau), The Ride, Tick Tock Clock, Thornbird
Four shorts
5:00 pm
Zoo: Two girls prepare for a fun day at the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels; The Ride: Facing a shortened life, Zach learns to ride a bike; Tick Tock Clock: Texas teenagers in the 1950s; Thornbird: A young girl finds a magic mask.

$10
Need Change
Introspective Short
7:45 pm
A day in the life of a pizza delivery driver.

$10

Avalon Theatre

Easton Cinemas

Talbot County Library

Avalon Theatre Easton Cinemas Academy Art Museum Talbot County Library Hospitality
Karate Workshop
9:00 am
FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

Talbot County Library

No events available!
Avalon Theatre Easton Cinemas Academy Art Museum Talbot County Library Hospitality
Tale of the Tongs
Architectural, historical and cultural documentary.
12:00 pm
Architect and students explore the connection between culture, landscape and the unique history of the inhabitants of the Irish island of Inishturk.

$10
Two Shorts: Wind Carry My Tears, Cowlick
Heart wrenching story.
12:00 pm
A woman faces the possibility of dying from cancer and takes steps to find her replacement; then, a tween faces the unpredictability of life, our desperate desire to control it, and our need to let go.

$10
The Chalkboard Chronicles
A compelling inquiry into the notion of impermanence and memory.
12:00 pm
The art show was designed as a rotating month long exhibit, with the centerpiece being three large chalkboards. Each week, three artists were invited to do their art on one of the chalkboards. After each week the boards were erased, and three more artists took their turn.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
3 Shorts: Extra School, Double Ply with Nowhere, Letters from Alcatraz
12:45 pm
A failed actor teaches aspiring actors; an experimental short; and an Alcatraz guard's child strikes up a pen-pal relationship with a prisoner.

$10
Q&A with Tom Judd
12:45 pm
FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
Beautiful Swimmers Revisited
Documentary about watermen's culture.
1:15 pm
Writer Tom Horton takes up where Pulitzer Prize-winning author William W. Warner left off 40 years ago in his best seller, Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay.

$10
The Magic & Mystery of Sable Island
A new film by Gary Jobson
2:15 pm
$10
Shorts Program: For Whom The Bell Tolls, Moosehead's Wicked Good Plan, and The Bonobo Connection
Three short subjects from guerilla warfare to forest preservation to the bonobo ape.
2:45 pm
From Whom the Bell Tolls: an American is sent to join a band of guerrillas, who are fighting with the Communists and housed in a cave; Moosehead’s Wicked Good Plan: a timber company proposes two resorts and 1,000 houses in the middle of the largest undeveloped forest east of the Mississippi River; The Bonobo Connection: explores species conservation and similarities to humans.

$10
Ted Turner's Greatest Race
The 1979 Fastnet
3:00 pm
The infamous boat race that claimed 18 lives.

$10
City of Trees
A story about one solution to urban poverty.
3:30 pm
A deeply personal story about the struggle for good jobs and environmental justice in one American city.

$10
Awards Ceremony
Awards Ceremony Presentation for Best Films in the Festival
5:15 pm
Tale of the Tongs
Architectural, historical and cultural documentary.
5:15 pm
Architect and students explore the connection between culture, landscape and the unique history of the inhabitants of the Irish island of Inishturk.

$10
Captain Blood
The swashbuckling classic!
6:30 pm
After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood, an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate.

$10
Black Captains of the Chesapeake
Chesapeake black boat captain documentary.
6:45 pm
Explores the lives and work of a group of African American Head Boat Captains sailing out of Kent Narrows.

$10
Captain Blood
The swashbuckling classic!
8:00 pm
After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood, an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate.

$10
Avalon Theatre Easton Cinemas Academy Art Museum Talbot County Library Hospitality
Captain Blood
The swashbuckling classic!
6:30 pm
After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood, an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate.

$10
Captain Blood
The swashbuckling classic!
8:00 pm
After being wrongly convicted as a traitor, Peter Blood, an English physician, is sent to exile in the British colonies of the Caribbean, where he becomes a pirate.

$10

Avalon Theatre

Easton Cinemas

Avalon Theatre Easton Cinemas Academy Art Museum Talbot County Library Hospitality
Tale of the Tongs
Architectural, historical and cultural documentary.
12:00 pm
Architect and students explore the connection between culture, landscape and the unique history of the inhabitants of the Irish island of Inishturk.

$10
Beautiful Swimmers Revisited
Documentary about watermen's culture.
1:15 pm
Writer Tom Horton takes up where Pulitzer Prize-winning author William W. Warner left off 40 years ago in his best seller, Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay.

$10
The Magic & Mystery of Sable Island
A new film by Gary Jobson
2:15 pm
$10
Ted Turner's Greatest Race
The 1979 Fastnet
3:00 pm
The infamous boat race that claimed 18 lives.

$10
City of Trees
A story about one solution to urban poverty.
3:30 pm
A deeply personal story about the struggle for good jobs and environmental justice in one American city.

$10
Tale of the Tongs
Architectural, historical and cultural documentary.
5:15 pm
Architect and students explore the connection between culture, landscape and the unique history of the inhabitants of the Irish island of Inishturk.

$10
Black Captains of the Chesapeake
Chesapeake black boat captain documentary.
6:45 pm
Explores the lives and work of a group of African American Head Boat Captains sailing out of Kent Narrows.

$10

Avalon Theatre

Easton Cinemas

Avalon Theatre Easton Cinemas Academy Art Museum Talbot County Library Hospitality
The Chalkboard Chronicles
A compelling inquiry into the notion of impermanence and memory.
12:00 pm
The art show was designed as a rotating month long exhibit, with the centerpiece being three large chalkboards. Each week, three artists were invited to do their art on one of the chalkboards. After each week the boards were erased, and three more artists took their turn.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

Academy Art Museum

Avalon Theatre Easton Cinemas Academy Art Museum Talbot County Library Hospitality
Two Shorts: Wind Carry My Tears, Cowlick
Heart wrenching story.
12:00 pm
A woman faces the possibility of dying from cancer and takes steps to find her replacement; then, a tween faces the unpredictability of life, our desperate desire to control it, and our need to let go.

$10
3 Shorts: Extra School, Double Ply with Nowhere, Letters from Alcatraz
12:45 pm
A failed actor teaches aspiring actors; an experimental short; and an Alcatraz guard's child strikes up a pen-pal relationship with a prisoner.

$10
Shorts Program: For Whom The Bell Tolls, Moosehead's Wicked Good Plan, and The Bonobo Connection
Three short subjects from guerilla warfare to forest preservation to the bonobo ape.
2:45 pm
From Whom the Bell Tolls: an American is sent to join a band of guerrillas, who are fighting with the Communists and housed in a cave; Moosehead’s Wicked Good Plan: a timber company proposes two resorts and 1,000 houses in the middle of the largest undeveloped forest east of the Mississippi River; The Bonobo Connection: explores species conservation and similarities to humans.

$10
Ted Turner's Greatest Race
The 1979 Fastnet
3:00 pm
The infamous boat race that claimed 18 lives.

$10
Avalon Theatre Easton Cinemas Academy Art Museum Talbot County Library Hospitality
Awards Ceremony
Awards Ceremony Presentation for Best Films in the Festival
5:15 pm

Avalon Theatre

No events available!

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All Access Pass

pass-buy$85 advance / $95 at the door

  • All screenings & Q&A Panels
  • Opening Night Gala
  • Lifetime Award Ceremony +
  • King of the Underdogs
  • Area Coupons & Discounts
  • …and free Festival tote!

Students $45 / $55 with discount code + ID check @venue

Single Screening

$10

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  • Purchase multiples at checkout

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VIP Award Party

$50

VIP Luncheon Honoring
Lifetime Achievement
Award Winner
John G. Avildsen

John G. Avildsen is someone whose achievements not only personify the American Dream, but also celebrate the distinctly American ideal of individual achievement against great odds and adversity. He is perhaps best known as the director of Rocky, The Karate Kid, Lean on Me, Save the Tiger and Joe.

Tickets: $50 per person

8 N. Washington Street,
Easton, MD

Saturday, October 29th
12:30pm

Or, $1000 per person: A select number of individuals (6) will have the opportunity to sit at John G. Avildsen’s table for lunch.

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Watch. Think. Discuss.

With all of today’s movie viewing options, the film festival is still the only place to see great new works, discover hidden treasures, and engage with the heart of an artist.

Building on a legacy of diversity and quality, Chesapeake Film Festival’s 9th annual program will sharpen its focus on stories of particular interest and care to our region and community. Join the Discovery and share your interests!


Chesapeake Film Festival
101 Marlboro Ave, Ste 53 • Easton, MD 21601 • 410.822.3500 • info@chesapeakefilmfestival.com


Board of Directors

President
Joan Leanos

Vice President
Allen G. Tomlinson

Treasurer
Charlene Marcum

Secretary
Helen Orme

Donna Roser

Alexis Nichols

George Pogatsia

Cid Collins Walker

Kimberly Skyme

Russell P. Granger


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Destination Information

Main Venue

Situated on a square that looks for all the world like the perfect film set of historic Main Street America, the 400 seat Avalon Theater features world-class acoustics and a revered art-deco style. A destination for international performers and locals alike, the cherished landmark was crowned “The Showplace of the Eastern Shore” upon its completion in 1922.

 

Avalon Theater
40 E. Dover Street
Easton, Maryland 21601
410-822-0345

Air Travel

BWI is the largest of three major airports serving the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area, and also the nearest to the festival at 60 miles. But Easton itself also boasts one of the busiest general aviation facilities in Maryland. Need a private plane for your film festival entourage? Check out Easton Jet Service at Easton/Newnam Field.

 

Easton Newnam Field
29137 Newnam Road
Easton, Maryland 21601
410-770-8055

The Area

From waterman workboats to billionaire yachts, crab shanties to 5-star restaurants, Maryland’s Eastern Shore is among the world’s treasured destinations to those who know of it. And despite a reputation as “the Hamptons of D.C.,” the charm triumvirate of Easton, St. Michaels, and Oxford somehow maintain their relatively undiscovered feel.

 

Tour Talbot County
11 South Harrison Street
Easton, MD 21601
410-770-8000

Nearby Accomodation

The Inn at Perry Cabin

308 Watkins Lane
St Michaels, MD 21663
410-745-2200

See Map

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The Tidewater Inn

101 E Dover St.
Easton, MD 21601
410-822-1300

See Map

The Bartlett Pear Inn

28 S Harrison St.
Easton, MD 21601
410-770-3300

See Map

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