Posted March 20, 2015

Annapolis Film Festival

March 26-29, 2015


Annapolis Film Festival’s Environmental Showcase to Highlight

Plight of Coastal Towns and Cities Plagued by Rising Seas

The Annapolis Film Festival’s Environmental Showcase, scheduled for Saturday, March 28 at  10:00 am at Maryland Hall, spotlights America’s coasts, where life on the edge of the rising sea has placed our towns and cities on the front lines of climate change. The Showcase, sponsored by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, will feature a panel comprised of leading environmental and scientific experts who will address the critical issues of climate change and shoreline erosion following the showing of the thought-provoking Shored Up. The panel will be moderated by the Alliance’s Executive Director, Al Todd.  

Shored Up, directed by Ben Kalina, takes viewers to the heart of the climate change controversy where politics, economics and science collide amid human efforts to literally beat back the sea along the East Coast. The film explores tough questions about coastal communities and their relationship to the land. What will a rising sea do to homes, businesses, and the survival of coastal communities? Can we afford to pile enough sand on our shores to keep the ocean at bay? In Long Beach Island, New Jersey and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, surfers, politicians, scientists and residents are racing to answer these questions.

Preceding Shored Up is the nine minute short, Isle de Jean Charles, directed by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee. Two remaining residents of a tiny island deep in the bayous of Southern Louisiana face a future where rising seas, coastal erosion and storms threaten to wash their homes away.

Environmental Showcase Panelists include: 

Peyton Robertson, Director, Chesapeake Bay Program Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA);

Dr. William Sweet, Oceanographer, National Ocean Service;

Matt Fleming, Director, Maryland DNR, Chesapeake and Coastal Service (invited);

Frank Biba, Chief of Environmental Programs, City of Annapolis, Maryland; and

Karla Raettig, Director, Maryland League of Conservation Voters. 

Following the film screening and panel in the Gym at Maryland Hall for the Performing Arts, the conversation will continue over lunch at the John Barry Pub, O'Callaghan's Hotel on West Street with guests receiving an AFF lunch discount. Lunch reservations are required.

Annapolis Film Festival tickets can now be purchased on the website at Adult tickets are $12; senior and student tickets are $8. The four-day Festival Passes are $105. Four-day student passes are $40.  All four-day passes includes the Opening Night film, the After Party and unlimited films and panel discussions. One-day festival passes are available for $40. are a limited number of passes available, once sold out, they are gone.

See for times and locations of all events. 



Hagerstown Internation Film Festival

March 26-28, 2015


Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown Says this Year's Fest Offers World Premieres, After Parties, and Films from Around the World


World premieres and over 70 films will be screened at the film festival March 26-28! Opening night features Joe Carnahan's newest film Stretch starring Chris Pine, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker and Patrick Wilson. Joe Carnahan is an A-list Hollywood director that has directed some of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood today. He is know for The Blacklist, State of Affairs, The Grey and the A-Team to name a few. He will be answering your questions after the screening. Also, Hollywood Star and Stuntman Ben Bray will be in attendance on the red carpet and for the Q & A.


(Hagerstown, MD) --  The fourth annual Maryland International Film Festival, Hagerstown has received over 250 submissions, and the judges have announced the selections. Over 70 films will be shown in Hagerstown during the festival from March 26-28, 2015.


The festival Executive Director, Tracie Hovey said, "We have really grown this year and we're very excited to see the filmmaker talent. The board is anticipating a sensational event that will be well attended. We are incredibly thankful for all the community support that we continue to receive and look forward to another successful festival!”


The Maryland International Film Festival, Hagerstown (MDIFF-H) is scheduled to run March 26-28, 2015 2015 and will be screening more than 70 films from around the globe. Several world premieres will be screened, including two major features “In God We Trust” and “Writer’s Cramp.”


The festival has grown. Tom Riford, MDIFF-H President said, “We have added a fourth venue this year, with films being shown in the Downtown Hagerstown branch of the Washington County Free Library, along with the other three theaters. We are proud to be able to keep the festival in venues in downtown Hagerstown. We want visitors to see Hagerstown and give them a reason to return. Offering the screenings downtown will encourage festival attendees to explore all Hagerstown has to offer.”


Opening night Thursday, March 26 is at the Historic Maryland Theatre. Other venues on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 2828 include the Academy Theater and the Bridge of Life Center, along with the Washington County Free Library Fletcher Branch. After parties are scheduled every night at various venues!


Tickets are on sale, through the Maryland Theatre box office, and information is found online at best deal is the all-festival pass!


Also, trailers for many of the films are on the web site.

Films include documentaries, short, animated films, features and student films. New this year for the high school student films, MDIFF-H has asked that participating students include a Maryland landmark while shooting their scenes as part of the contest. Several films have been submitted.


Filmmakers and film lovers are coming from around the world to experience the festival! Tracie Hovey said, "We have film makers from Canada, New Zealand, California, New York, Florida, throughout the Mid-Atlantic, and from many other places. We are pleased to welcome again the award-winning Joe Carnahan who will be screening his new film 'Stretch' on opening night! Carnahan is the director of producer of several major films and television projects, including 'Blacklist' and 'State of Affairs.'


There are After Parties at local Downtown Hagerstown venues every night of the festival!


The 2015 Board Members are as follows: Tom Riford (president), Tracie Hovey (executive director), Heather Guessford, Mary Anne Burke, Bob Bruchey, Bev David, Joseph Marschner, Dan Poyner, Karen Giffin, Nicole Houser, Stephen Miles, and Francine Donachie. Hollywood Director Joe Carnahan is the Creative Director.


Sponsors include the City of Hagerstown, Washington County, the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Volvo Powertrain, Columbia Bank-Hagerstown Trust Division, Northwestern Mutual, Big Cork Winery, Ovation PR & Advertising, Kaplan University, Hagerstown Community College, Washington County Arts Council, the Historic Maryland Theatre, Herald-Mail Media, Tom Riford, and Jay Frantz.


The MDIFF-H mission is to be a platform for independent filmmakers to engage audiences, collaborate with other filmmakers and educate the community with the celebration of film. For more information about MDIFF-H, and venues and times, see: