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Live-Virtual Chesapeake Film Festival Underway

The Chesapeake Film Festival is officially underway on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Easton-based festival opened Friday evening with a VIP reception for filmmakers, sponsored by the Festival’s Board of Directors. The festival was staged as a live and virtual event, and there is still time to view the films online. 

During 2020’s COVID-19-driven uncertainty the Festival committee found itself in watch and wait mode. Adjustments had to be made. Nancy Tabor, Executive Director, described the planning process this way: “If it could happen it would happen.” Limited live showings were held over the weekend, and virtual viewings will continue through Oct. 10, making the films widely available and extending their reach well beyond the Shore and its neighboring communities.

 A total of 58 films will be available, at no charge. The phrase is too often a cliché,, but among the choices of what to watch, there is really something for everyone.

If your preference is stories focused on Maryland or the Chesapeake Bay,  the following films may be of interest.

“Flag Camp Horror” was written by 11-year-old Fynn Malkus and produced at FLAG Camp in Cambridge. The highlight just might be the Jurassic Park-style monster showdown. It also features a film school sponsored by the Chesapeake Film Festival.

“True North: Sailing to Salvation” tells the story of a group of alienated war veterans who find healing and connection on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

“Saving San Domingo” highlights the efforts of Talbot County’s 200-year-old free African American community to preserve its history and traditions.

“Power of the Paddle” features Chris Hopkinson who literally took a stand to save the Bay from overfishing and pollution by attempting to paddleboard the length of the Chesapeake (with CBM as proud media sponsor).

“Crisis on the Half Shell” highlights the challenge of restoring the Bay’s oyster population.

Along with films classed in the “Made in Maryland” category, the viewing selection includes thrillers, sci-fi, stories centered around hope and tragedy in some of the nation’s largest cities, horror and comedy. Who can resist werewolves on the run or anything with the title Yawndemic?

If you watch and enjoy any of the selections offered, the Festival asks that you make a donation to offset their expenses.

Even if you’re unable to visit the town of Easton in person this year, sign up for Festival emails to receive information about next year’s event. Make plans to visit, enjoy the work of talented filmmakers from across the country, treat yourself to the region’s world-famous seafood, artwork, waterside towns and historic sites.

For more information on the Chesapeake Film Festival, its virtual lineup, and how you can contribute, visit Happy viewing!

Niambi Davis