Environmental Films Make Waves at Chesapeake Film Festival

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) will host a day of environmental films during the 2018 Chesapeake Film Festival. At CBMM on Saturday, October 13, participants will screen films; visit the historic bugeye Edna E. Lockwood and talk to the shipwrights who restored her; chat with the filmmakers, and feast on world-famous crab cakes and multi-layer cakes from Smith Island.

Dwight Marshall crabbing off Smith Island. Photograph courtesy of Dave Harp.

“The Chesapeake Film Festival has something for everyone during its four-day run at venues in Easton, St. Michaels and Easton,” said Festival Board Vice President Sandy Cannon-Brown. “I’m especially excited about the environmental film day at CBMM, where we’ll have three film premieres and fun events associated with them.”

Filmmaker Sandy and her partners, Tom Horton and Dave Harp, will premiere their new documentary, “An Island Out of Time,” about Smith Island, Maryland. The film focuses on Smith Island natives Mary Ada and Dwight Marshall, whose families date back to settlement of the island in the 1600s. Mary Ada helped designate the Smith Island Cake as Maryland’s state dessert. She also created the recipe for crab cakes that bring salivating visitors to the Drum Point general store in Tylerton. Audiences can enjoy both taste delights during receptions associated with “An Island Out of Time.”

Sandy also will present a sneak preview of her short film, “Edna E. Lockwood: Bottoms Up!,” about the three-year restoration of an 1889 nine-log bugeye at CBMM. Edna will officially relaunch two weeks after the Chesapeake Film Festival, during CBMM’s October 27 Oysterfest.

The Festival is also proud to present a double feature of films by Roger Sorkin and the American Resilience Project, including the East-Coast premiere of a new film about the transformation of America’s electric grid, “Current Revolution.” The other film, “Tidewater,” looks at the ravages of climate change, sea level rise and erosion on the military installations in the Tidewater area of Virginia. The American Resilience Project is a non-profit organization using the power of film to help shape the narrative for practical solutions to environmental problems.

Other highlights include an opening hour of environmental shorts, including “Shad Run” about the triumphant return of a native fish, and “Zebrafish: Practically People,” about a common aquarium fish that shares 70% of the same genes as humans, making it a better research model than a lab rat. Edna E. Lockwood is paired with a beautiful film, “Restoring the Clearwater,” about the restoration of a Hudson River sloop under the visionary leadership of musician/activist Pete Seeger.

“The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is thrilled to be a community partner to the Chesapeake Film Festival,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “Our waterfront auditorium offers great venues and space for the magic of movies to further our own mission to preserve and explore the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region.”

Tickets range from $12 for a single session to $40 for the day, with discounts available for youth under 21 and seniors over 62. For more information and tickets, visit chesapeakefilmfestival.com.

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