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

Chesapeake Film Festival presents
The Reel Gems Film Series


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. 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!

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

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Cafeteria Man

Friday, May 11
Doors at 5:30pm; film at 6pm.

Cafeteria Man is a story of a positive movement that shows what’s possible in our nation’s schools. It’s about the aspiration of activists and citizens coming together to change the way kids eat at school. It’s about overhauling a dysfunctional nutritional system. And, it’s the story of what it takes, and who it takes, to make solutions happen. Watch the trailer.

Roundtable Discussion afterward will include “larger than life” Tony Geraci, the star of the film; director, cinematographer and coproducer Richard Chisolm; and Deanna Deese Kilmon of Chesapeake Harvest in Easton.

Location: St. Michaels High School, 200 Seymour Avenue, Saint Michaels, MD, 21663.

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Heavy Weight Paint

Friday, May 11
Doors at 5:30pm; film at 6pm.

Heavy Weight Paint is a feature length documentary film about four figurative painters: Jerome Lagarrigue, Joseph Adolphe, Tim Okamura, and Taha Clayton. They are at different points in their careers, but share the struggle to survive the difficult, often grueling challenges of the art world. Each artist faces unique obstacles, but the painters’ uncommon friendship provides the moral support to spur them onward. Watch the trailer.

Director: Jeff Martini has been involved in Film, Television, Music & the Web for over 15 years. He has worked as director, editor, producer, music composer, cinematographer, sound engineer, web developer, Foley artist and an instructor for artists, agencies, TV stations, indie film houses & schools in and around New York City. He has recently relocated to Capitol Hill, Washington DC.

Location: Academy Art Museum, 106 South Street, Easton, MD, 21601.

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Wild Ponies of Chincoteague

Friday, May 18
Doors at 5:30pm; film at 6pm.

As the auctioneer yells “sold!” Sabrina Dobbins breaks down, with tears streaming down her face. She hugs friends and family as reality hits her: Dobbins is now the proud owner of a Chincoteague pony, her dream come true. But her filly is more than just a pony, it’s also a blessing. Watch the trailer.

Director: Kurt Kolaja is an independent, documentary, filmmaker. He has completed four films with a fifth currently in production. His documentary style is also used for corporate clients who wish to have the their story told through an honest lens. Prior to this role Kurt worked in broadcast news and production. When not shooting, editing, or writing, find Kurt exploring hidden corners with his wife Elise.

Post Film Discussion will include Sabrina Dobbins, the young woman featured in the film.

Location: St. Michaels High School, 200 Seymour Avenue, Saint Michaels, MD, 21663.

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The Art of the Steal

Friday, June 22
Doors at 5:30pm; film at 6pm.

“The (2009) documentary The Art of the Steal explores the  controversial plan to move the Barnes Foundation’s $25 billion collection of modernist and post-impressionist art from its longtime home in the Philadelphia suburbs to a new downtown gallery — against the wishes of its founder. Directed by Don Argott: ‘We wanted to tell the story from the ground up, which is what we did.’”— Joel Rose, All Things Considered. Watch the trailer.

Director: Don Argott is a director and cinematographer, known for Last Days Here (2011), Sex Drive (2008) and The Girl Next Door (2004).

Location: Academy Art Museum, 106 South Street, Easton, MD 21601.

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Guest of Cindy Sherman

Friday, June 29
Doors at 5:30pm; film at 6pm.

Analyzing his relationship with the reclusive artist Cindy Sherman leads filmmaker Paul Hasegawa-Overacker to confront his own identity in this personal and unexpectedly humorous documentary. Armed with a video camera, he attended art gallery openings, intriguing many with his candid, witty assessments and winning fans in the process. Among the latter was Cindy Sherman, the press-shy art superstar, who invited Paul to her studio for a series of exclusive filmed interviews. In these sessions, he gains insight into her artistic process and a romantic relationship blossoms as they fall in love. Featuring Cindy Sherman, John Waters, Eric Bogosian, Danny DeVito, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Molly Ringwald and Carol Kane. Watch the trailer.

Director: Paul Hasegawa-Overacker is a director and producer, known for Guest of Cindy Sherman.

Location: Academy Art Museum, 106 South Street, Easton, MD 21601.

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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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