“By Sandra Zunino
This weekend the Chesapeake Film Festival in conjunction with the Maryland Film Festival will assemble a plethora of celluloid that is sure to appease every moviegoer’s palate. Genres from action and adventure, thriller, drama, documentaries and even family entertainment will grace silver screens throughout Easton.
The event kicks off on Friday night with a Gala at the Historic Tidewater Inn, followed by a premier screening of Universal Pictures’ “Flash of Genius,” featuring Greg Kinnear as brilliant inventor Dr. Robert Kearns in the story of one man’s decade-long battle with the U.S. automobile industry. The screening will be held at the Avalon Theatre. Cost for the gala and preferred seating during the screening is $75 per person; screening only is $25 per person.
Screenings throughout the weekend will be held at the Avalon Theatre, Academy Art Museum and the Talbot County Historical Society Auditorium at various times.
Ticket prices vary with individual tickets at $8 in advance and $10 at the door for one show, to $125 for a festival pass, which must be purchased in advance. Weekend passes and other packages are also available for various prices.
Other films include “The Fly Boys” an adventure directed by Rocco DeVilliers and Lisle Moore Jr., “Thank You, Mr. President,” a documentary on political reporting legend Helen Thomas, directed by Rory Kennedy, and 1959 thriller, “House On Haunted Hill” directed by William Castle. But this is just a mere sample of the cinematic entertainment that has been planned. For a complete screening schedule, visit www.chesapeakefilmfestival.com.
Closing night on Sunday features a premiere screening of “Appaloosa,” by New Line Cinema at the Avalon at 7:00 p.m. This Western/action film, starring Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, Renee Zellweger, Jeremy Irons, Timothy Spall and Lance Henriksen is not due for nationwide release until October 3. The film was directed by Ed Harris from a screenplay by Robert Knott and Ed Harris, based upon the novel by Robert B. Parker. “Appaloosa” is being distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
The Chesapeake Film Festival’s principal organizers are independent filmmaker Doug Sadler and Marie U’Ren representing community volunteers. It is the mission of the Chesapeake Film Festival to entertain, enrich and inspire by bringing the finest in narrative, documentary and short film to the Chesapeake Bay community.
Tickets for individual screenings may be purchased by cash or check (credit card transactions not available) at each venue, at the box office at the Talbot County Visitor’s Center on Saturday and Sunday, or in advance. For more information, visit www.chesapeakefilmfestival.com or call the Talbot County Office of Tourism at