The Chestertown Spy and the Garfield Center for the Arts have announced their joint sponsorship of the Chesapeake Film Festival in Chestertown on September 25. Doug Sadler, Artistic Director for CFF, has selected five of the thirty-one films that will be screening in Easton, Wye Mills, and Cambridge to come to Chestertown as well, including local film maker Kurt Kolaja’s documentary of the Kent County Marching Band and award winning children’s films from the acclaimed New York International Children Film Festival. All five programs will be presented at the newly renovated arts center in downtown Chestertown.
Ticket information will be available shortly.
Best of New York International Children Film Festival 10 AM (Sponsors include Chesapeake Bank and Trust and Kent School)
“Kid films that have not been cooked in Hollywood’s cauldron are starting to burst into the mainstream, thanks to NYICFF.”
- New York Daily News
Bag It and Out of Pasture 1 PM (Sponsors include the Town of Chestertown, Washington College’s Center for the Environment and Society and Adkins Arboretum)
Several documentaries in recent years have made American consumers rethink the many products they purchase and… well… consume. Outrage over the seemingly irreparable harm imposed upon the planet and our personal health is compelling many to make proactive choices to rid their lives of plastic single-use disposable containers. The film Bag It, directed by Suzan Beraza, may very well prompt eco-minded consumers to make those changes permanent.
- Wend Magazine
A Cat in Paris 3:30 PM
Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli’s film “A Cat in Paris,” a gorgeous hand-drawn feature that is one of the highlights of this festival. A caper featuring a cat, a cat burglar and a girl whose mother is a revenge-obsessed cop, it’s like an animated children’s version of an Alfred Hitchcock or Roman Polanski thriller set on the rooftops of Paris.
- The New York Times
Cafeteria Man 5:30 PM (Sponsors include Colchester Farms CSA Fujita Film Project, Eve”s Cheese and St. Brigid’s Farm)
“Cafeteria Man,” Richard Chisolm’s elating movie about good-food guru Tony Geraci, is the opposite of prefab-menu filmmaking. It celebrates Geraci for his profound grasp of what healthy and enticing eating means to public-school students in Baltimore City. It also depicts his impatience and suggests his inability to grapple with bureaucracies to get things done.
- Baltimore Sun
Band Together 8:00 PM (Sponsors include Gratitude Yachting Center, Peoples Bank, and Benchworks)
“We’re not supposed to have favorites, but I can’t help it. Band Together is my favorite of the entire 2011 lineup! Kolaja’s little gem left me looking anew at ordinary people. His camera carefully and lovingly looks at a beautiful part of human nature: what people do for others. The first time I watched it, I felt like the whole band was marching through my living room just for me. How did Kolaja do that?”
- Margaret Tessier, CFF Executive Director