2018 Chesapeake Film Festival Dates:
Friday-Sunday, October 12-14

Chesapeake Film Festival presents
The Reel Gems Film Series

Arc of Light: A Portrait of Anna Campbell Bliss

Friday, March 16
Doors at 5:30pm; film at 6pm.

From the aesthetic influence of her early childhood and her groundbreaking career as a Harvard-trained architect to her emergence as a cutting-edge artist, the broad spectrum of this important artist’s life is traced in this film. Her work is inspired by poetry and math, as well as nature and constructed environments, fusing together such elements as computer technology, painting, printmaking and calligraphy.  The film received its East Coast premiere at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC in March 2012 as part of the Environmental Film Festival.  It was further screened at many museums in the U.S. and ultimately was televised on PBS. Watch the trailer.

Filmmaker in Attendance: Cid Collins Walker, Director, will be present to discuss her inspiration for the film and take questions from the audience. She resides in Oxford, MD and is currently producing Almost Maine for Tred Avon Players.

Location: Oxford Community Center, 200 Oxford Rd, Oxford, MD, 21654.

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Flash of Genius

Thursday, March 22
Doors at 5:30pm; film at 6pm.

When college professor and part-time inventor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) develops an intermittent windshield wiper, he believes he, his wife (Lauren Graham) and their children will be set for life. Though the invention is a big hit with automakers in 1960s Detroit, Kearns finds himself forced out of the picture. Determined to collect the recognition and financial reward due him, he wages an arduous legal battle with the auto industry. Watch the trailer.

Filmmaker in Attendance: Tim Kearns is the son of Robert Kearns who is the featured subject of the film. The Kearns family reside in Oxford and provide a wonderful Q&A about the actual invention as well as the making of the film.

Location: Oxford Community Center, 200 Oxford Rd, Oxford, MD, 21654.

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Friday, April 20
Doors at 5:30pm; film at 6pm.

Shot entirely on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Swimmers is an inspiring story of human frailty and individual strength in the face of a fracturing American dream – as observed through the eyes of an 11-year-old daughter of a Chesapeake Bay waterman. Watch the trailer.

Filmmaker in Attendance: Doug Sadler, Writer & Director. Born in New Orleans and raised in Oxford, son of Ken and Sarah Sadler, Doug filmed this movie in Oxford and sold the rights to Netflix to enjoy a successful career as filmmaker and professor at Johns Hopkins/MICA. Founding Artistic Director of CFF, he currently runs The Pocket Media Group, a creative media marketing & production company in NYC.

Location: Oxford Community Center, 200 Oxford Rd, Oxford, MD, 21654.

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Friday, April 27
Doors at 5:30pm; film at 6pm.

Natalie, an ultrasound tech with a history of not finishing things, is inspired by a cancer patient to sign up for a Triathlon. Natalie is introduced to the strange (and aerodynamic) world of triathletes and meets a colorful cast of characters as she trains for the Nation’s Triathlon. With the support of her new teammates, she digs deep to discover just how far she can push her mind and body. The journey of triathletes overcoming obstacles to achieve their dreams was written by Theodore A. Adams III and Monica Lee Bellais, who were joined on the screenplay by Jai Jamison, who directed the film.  Watch the trailer.

Filmmaker in Attendance: Co-Producer and Casting Director Kimberly Skyrme will be on hand. Kimberly is a Chesapeake Film Festival Board Member and frequently films on the Eastern shore. She is a Casting Director – Producer – Writer – Director – in short, A STORY TELLER! Her work includes Independent and Hollywood Feature Film, Television Series, Government Agency Content and Commercials. She recently completed directing “Proof of Concept” pieces for The Domesticators and Ward 8, two series that are in development with storylines and plans to shoot on the East Coast.

Location: Oxford Community Center, 200 Oxford Rd, Oxford, MD, 21654.

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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 11th 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!

Friday-Sunday, October 12-14. Full schedule coming soon!

More Info:
Board and Staff

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

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The festival takes place at five venues:

Avalon Theatre
40 E. Dover Street, Easton, MD 21601

Academy Art Museum
106 South Street, Easton, MD 21601

Easton & Cambridge Premier Cinemas
210 Marlboro Avenue Easton, MD 21601
and 2759 Dorchester Square Cambridge, MD 21613

Talbot County Free LIbrary
100 W. Dover St., Easton, MD 21601

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

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. Learn more.


Tour Talbot County
11 South Harrison Street
Easton, MD 21601

Nearby Accomodation

The Inn at Perry Cabin

308 Watkins Lane
St Michaels, MD 21663

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The Tidewater Inn

101 E Dover St.
Easton, MD 21601

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The Bartlett Pear Inn

28 S Harrison St.
Easton, MD 21601

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