Image from Nassawango Legacy, a film by Tom Horton, Dave Harp and Sandy Cannon-Brown.

Take in the Chesapeake Film Festival from Home

When social distancing began, a lot of people gleefully set about bingeing on all the talked-about TV shows they hadn’t had time to watch.

But approaching two months of quarantine, the shows have started to run out, and many viewers are looking for something new and different to watch. Enter the Chesapeake Film Festival, which has just launched a subscription service.

Chesapeake Film Festival Selects is a monthly offering of films to screen from Film Festivals past. To access them, go to the Laurel Channel at and find Chesapeake Film Festival Selects under “catalog.” The films are free during a seven-day trial subscription, then the monthly subscription fee is $5.99 after that. You can watch any film anytime. Without a subscription, you can rent or buy individual films.

The Chesapeake Film Festival’s board members have chosen many of the selections. The organization says, “This is our way to connect with you, our film community, during the ongoing public health crisis.”

The films available now include High Tide in Dorchester, a film that calls Dorchester County “ground zero for sea level rise” in the Maryland portion of the Bay; Nassawango Legacy, a short film honoring one family’s multi-generational efforts to protect a Chesapeake Bay stream; Arc of Light: A portrait of Anna Campbell Bliss, showing the influences on the artist-architect’s career; The Bonobo Connection, looking at our closest and most forgotten relative, the bonobo ape; Othello-san, about a young African-American actor in a prestigious Japanese film school; and TRI, a look inside the world of triathlons that won multiple film festivals.

For more on the films and how to see them, go to

Meg Walburn Viviano