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ART SHOW AT EASTON LIBRARY TO CELEBRATE MILESTONE ANNIVERSARIES OF ARTS IN TALBOT COUNTY

The Talbot County Arts Council and the St. Michaels Art League are jointly sponsoring an art exhibition during October at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton.  This event is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Maryland State Arts Council and the 40th anniversary of the Talbot County Arts Council—both of which over the years have provided millions of dollars in arts funding to organizations and schools in Talbot County.

Maryland is currently ranked 4th in the United States for money allocated to arts spending. Talbot County boasts many talented artists who live, work or sell their art here. This is a great opportunity to see local talent in the disciplines of drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and various other visual art forms. Many of the works are offered for sale by directly contacting the artist.   

The exhibition is open October 1-31 and takes place at the Easton Branch of the Talbot County Free Library located at 100 W. Dover St. in Easton, MD. Library hours are Monday and Thursday 9am-8pm; Tuesday and Wednesday 9am-6pm and Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm.

The event is judged by Julie Madden of Howard County and St. Michaels.  Julie recently completed a term on the board of directors of the Maryland State Arts Council followed by six months as MSAC’s interim executive director.   

The public is invited to a free reception on October 5th, 5-7pm at the library where awards will be announced and presented.  Refreshments will be served.

For further information check the bottom of the home page of the Arts Council’s website (talbotarts.org); or visit smartleague.org.

Easton Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast to be Held on October 26

 

 

On Friday, October 26, 2018, from 7 to 9 a.m., Easton’s 36th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held at the Tidewater Inn in Easton.  This year’s breakfast will feature Stephanie Saunders, First VP, Wealth Management, The Hill Group at Morgan Stanley, and Bruce Strazza, Manager, Gratitude House for Men and Christ Church Easton.

 

Stephanie Saunders is a passionate lover of Jesus, burning with compassion to share His love wherever she goes whether here locally or to the nations. Her heart is for releasing true identity as she wants people to live in freedom and gracefully step into all that Father God created them to be – Be Love. In her job as First VP, Wealth Management, The Hill Group at Morgan Stanley, Stephanie helps clients navigate through life transitions with personalized strategies and practical solutions. She combines careful listening, extensive knowledge and experience and rigorous analysis to create goal-based financial plans with straightforward action steps. She began her financial services career in 1997 and has been with the Hill Group since its founding. She is a thought leader among women advisors, and a passionate advocate for women clients and advisors. Stephanie was honored to be selected for the Women’s Leadership Summit, which strives to empower women in their everyday lives. In 2017, she was selected to Working Mother magazine’s inaugural list of “Top Wealth Advisor Moms.” Stephanie graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Finance from the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. She has also earned two prestigious designations – Senior Investment Management Specialist and Senior Portfolio Manager – which demonstrate her ability to integrate the vast resources of Morgan Stanley within her sophisticated wealth management strategies. As a cancer survivor, Stephanie feels blessed to serve on the board of directors for the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen where she finds joy in offering hope and courage to others.  She believes strongly that financial literacy should start young and is a volunteer and advocate for Junior Achievement. Stephanie enjoys raising her family here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where she spends time kayaking, reading and being outdoors.  She is actively involved in her faith community and believes that “we are blessed so that we can be a blessing to others.”

 

Bruce Strazza was born the son of an alcoholic father and a hard-working mother, which some would say was the perfect storm to breed an addict.  Although he became involved in sports as a form of escape, his introduction to drugs and alcohol came at the early age of 12.  After his brother Mark had died of a heroin overdose, he turned to drugs to mask the pain.  Abusing crack cocaine everyday, all day, eventually led to a near death experience.  In February of 1997, Bruce found himself in a treatment center in New York City.  He then became engaged with his recovery and helping others, built a career, went back to college and attended Microsoft school.  After over a decade of clean time, Bruce relapsed, first turning to alcohol then back to prescription medicine, and eventually to heroin and crystal meth amphetamine.  He went to live with his oldest sister in Long Beach, Long Island, NY, but was unable to get clean. In 2013, homeless and at the end of his road, he found himself walking out into the Atlantic Ocean, leaving his pocket full of cash and stash of drugs on the beach, with no intention of ever coming back.  Something happened in the middle of the ocean that night which can only be explained as the voice of God, whom he had tried to ignore and pushed away so many times.  God was not ready to let him go.  Bruce’s brother-in-law drove him from Long Island to the Eastern Shore of Maryland to his other sister’s house.  After his detox and recovery at a local treatment facility, he moved into the Mid-Shore Fresh Start Program in Easton and began his road to recovery. Over the next several years, Bruce found himself using his experience to help others.  In 2015, he sat on a panel for the Mid-Shore Opioid Task Force, giving recommendations to Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford on the opiate crisis.  Bruce is an active member of the addiction ministry of Christ Church Easton, where he also sings with the Alive at Five band.  Today, Bruce sits in with many advocacy groups, such as Recovery for Shore, and supports and manages the Gratitude House for Men in Easton. He can also be found sponsoring and mentoring men, speaking at local addiction rallies, and carrying 12 step meetings into local jails and rehabilitation centers.  If you have ever met Bruce, you will often hear him say, “Yes is my answer, how can I help?”

 

Tickets to the 2018 Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast may be purchased at Sears in Easton, the Easton Town Office, and the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce beginning October 1.  The cost is $12 a person and seating is limited. Tickets should be purchased ahead of time. For further information, contact Kathy Ruf at 410-822-2525.

DWELLING & DESIGN HELPING WITH AVALON THEATRE RENOVATIONS PROJECT


Dwelling & Design is pleased to announce their involvement in the Avalon Foundation’s 2018 Critical Renovations
Project. The local business, co-owned by interior designers Don Wooters and Fiona Weeks, has been hired to
provide interior design recommendations and to oversee new work on the interior spaces of the historic Avalon
Theatre.

“The Avalon Theatre Critical Renovations project includes multiple architectural, engineering and design
teams. Don Wooters of Dwelling & Design was brought in by the Foundation to ensure that the finished product
was consistent across project elements and resulted in a significant design improvement that both respects and
enhances the building’s historically important art deco aesthetic,” says Al Bond, President and CEO of The Avalon
Foundation.

New interior design plans for the venue have it returning to its appearance circa-1930’s, when it was a Vaudeville
Theatre. “Many of the art deco elements in the Theatre remain from that era, while others have been lost over the
years,” states Don Wooters. “We’ve carefully researched old photographs of the interior from the Talbot County
Library’s Maryland Room historical archives. There is strong emphasis being placed on keeping everything as
authentic and cohesive as possible, all of which has gone before the Maryland Historical Commission and received
final approval,” he adds.

Fresh decorative painting shall see many of the recognizable elements brightened up and adorning a few new areas
within the Theatre as well. The artisans involved will not only refurnish the existing art deco finishes but also apply
protective coatings to preserve them for years to come. The overall scope of improvements includes: Theatre stage,
seating, balconies, lobby, hallways, downstairs bathrooms and second floor facilities.
“We are excited to participate in this update, and know that it will create a positive experience for the
audience…and all who enjoy use of this valued community asset,” says Wooters.

Work has been underway since August, following the Avalon Foundation’s 14th annual Plein Air Festival. The
project is expected to be completed by October 2018. For more project information, visit
www.dwellinganddesign.com and www.avalonfoundation.org.

Avalon Theatre photograph by H. Robins Hollyday, from the collection of the Talbot Historical Society. Special
thanks to the Maryland Room at the Talbot County Public Library.

Dwelling & Design recently won 2018 Best Furniture Store and Best Interior Design Services by What’s Up
Magazine Eastern Shore. In 2017, they were named Small Business of the Year by the Talbot County Chamber
of Commerce.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon to Host Grand Opening of New Community Center

 

Londonderry on the Tred Avon will host the Grand Opening of its new Clubhouse on Tuesday, September 18th from 4:00 – 6:00pm. Londonderry residents and the pubic are invited to attend and enjoy food, drinks and live music. An advance RSVP is required

“All of us at Londonderry are excited to celebrate this important milestone,” said Irma Toce, Londonderry on the Tred Avon CEO. “After several years of planning and construction, the wait is finally over. We are thrilled to present this new space to our residents and offer even more amenities and gathering spaces within our community.”

The 5,000 square foot space features as fitness center, salon, large multipurpose room, catering kitchen, meeting room, outdoor deck and with seating and overlook tower. The Sales and Marketing Office has also moved into the new space.

Please RSVP for the event by visiting www.londonderrytredavon.com.

About Londonderry on the Tred Avon

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62+, offering a variety of housing options from convenient apartments to spacious cottages among 29 acres, including 1500 feet of waterfront shoreline. For more information, visit www.londonderrytredavon.com

See skipjack Stanley Norman in St. Michaels Oct. 15-18

The skipjack Stanley Norman, May 2012.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation are inviting the public to see and climb aboard the skipjack Stanley Norman during her Oct. 15-18 stay at CBMM in St. Michaels, Md.

On Thurs., Oct. 18, you can climb aboard Stanley Norman, with dockside tours offered from 10-2:00 pm. Dockside tours are free for CBMM members or with regular museum admission. 

Built in 1902 in Salisbury, Md., Stanley Norman is a single-masted, Bay-built sailing vessel designed to harvest oysters with a pair of dredges dragged across the bottom of the Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation acquired the skipjack to play a unique and active role as CBF’s most distinctive floating classroom.

During the balance of her stay, Stanley Norman will be either dockside at CBMM, or out on the Miles River conducting educational programming. The pungy schooner Lady Maryland will also be at CBMM Oct. 21-25, with dockside tours and a special cruise offered on Oct. 21.

For more information, go to cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

No Matter What. . . You Matter Campaign Targets Suicide Prevention

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) every 13 minutes someone dies by suicide and for every suicide, 25 suicide attempts are made. This fall, to help create awareness about this community mental health issue, For All Seasons kicks off its 2nd Annual NO MATTER WHAT . . . YOU MATTER Suicide Prevention Campaign the week of October 5 through 13, 2018.

The Campaign kicks off on Friday, October 5, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Bartlett Pear Inn at 28 South Harrison Street in Easton. The free event will include champagne and hors d’oeuvres and live music. The event is part of the First Friday stroll through the local galleries and shops in Easton and provides the opportunity to learn more about what For All Seasons is doing to help those in crisis. The Campaign is being organized by For All Seasons Committee Members Diane Flagler, Allie Prell, and Amy Steward. All are welcome.

In 2017, the campaign raised $20,000 from 26 participating Easton businesses. Again this year, a number of Easton businesses are participating in the weeklong event, donating a portion of sales on specific dates during the campaign week to For All Seasons’ suicide prevention work. To date, these businesses include: Bon Mojo (October 6), Crackerjacks (October 10), Doc’s Downtown Grille (October 8, 5–10 p.m.), Dragonfly Boutique (October 12), Easton Acupuncture (October 10), Ebbtide Wellness (October 9), Frugalicious (October 7), Hill’s Café & Juice Bar (October 12), Krave (October 12), La De Da! (October 6), Lizzy Dee (October 10), Marc Randall (October 12), Out of the Fire, (To Be Announced), Piazza Italian Market (To Be Announced), Salisbury Gift & Garden (October 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13), Shearer the Jeweler (October 10), Sonny’s of NY Pizza (To Be Announced), Trade Whims (October 12), and Vintage Books and Fine Art (October 12).

Sponsors of this year’s event include A Time to Heal Physical Therapy, Ashley Insurance, Baird Wealth Management, Bartlett Pear Inn, Bay Pilates, Berrier, Ltd, Chuck Mangold Jr. of  Benson & Mangold, Computers of Easton, Curlicue, Fitness Rx, Hair o’ the Dog, Hill’s Drug Store, Kevertin Pet Resort, Kiln Born Creations, Laser Letters, Mid-Shore Community  Foundation, Near & Far Media, Rise Up Coffee Roasters, Shore United Bank, Studio 2 Salon, The Trippe Gallery, Troika Gallery, West Wing Salon, and YMCA of Chesapeake. Special thanks goes to Easton Business Alliance.

Suicide does not discriminate, affecting people of all genders, ages, and ethnicities. Many different factors may contribute to someone making a suicide attempt. For All Seasons hopes that by discussing the signs and symptoms associated with suicide that it can raise awareness about the issue in our community.  Because family and friends are often the first to recognize the warning signs of suicide, they can be critical to helping an individual find treatment with a provider who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), for every suicide, 25 suicide attempts are made. For All Seasons wants people to know that If they think a friend or family member is considering suicide, they should reach out and start a conversation. Talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life. The following are three steps to help people begin the conversation:

1)            Ask directly – “Are you having suicidal thoughts?” – Let them know you care.

2)            Stay and Listen – Let them share their thoughts and feelings.

3)            Get help – Connect them with a friend, family member or a therapist at For All Seasons.

Beth Anne Langrell, Director of For All Seasons, comments, “For All Seasons hopes through this campaign to create an ongoing dialogue with agencies about this growing issue in our communities.  The campaign will include dialogue circles, educational outreach and community events.  We want people to know that no matter what, they do matter.”

For All Seasons provides Trauma Certified Individual, Family, and Group Therapy; Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry; and Crisis and Advocacy Services for Child, Adolescent, and Adult Victims of Sexual Assault, Rape and Trauma. For a same-day crisis appointment, call 410-822-1018.

Throughout the year, For All Seasons brings awareness to the community about such issues as suicide, sexual assault, trauma, and mental health needs.

Follow For All Seasons on Facebook to find out how to get involved. For further information, call Monika Mraz at 410-822-1018, email mmraz@forallseasonsinc.org or visit forallseasonsinc.org/youmatter.

Red Carpet Rolls Out October 11 for the Chesapeake Film Festival

For Full Schedule and Ticket Information: Chesapeakefilmfestival.com

Easton, MD – The Chesapeake Film Festival, October 11-14, 2018 brings filmmakers and film lovers together for remarkable screenings, illuminating discussions, and tasty receptions.  Four days. Five locations. 48 films. 

The excitement begins Thursday, October 11 at the Academy Art Museum in Easton with Whet Your Appetite as Festival attendees partake of scrumptious appetizers and desserts prepared by seven area restaurants: Gourmet by the Bay, The Wylder Hotel, Stars Restaurant from the Inn at Perry Cabin, Limoncello Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar, The Bistro St. Michaels, Flying Fork Catering, and Scossa Restaurant and Lounge. (Thursday, October 11 at the Academy Art Museum 5 p.m.)

While the reception whets appetites for food, it also whets appetites for the opening night film at the Avalon Theatre, New Chefs on the Block, directed by Dustin Harrison-Atlas.   Two chefs in Washington, DC struggle to open and maintain their first restaurants. Against all odds, one becomes Bon Appetit Magazine’s Best New Restaurant in America. The other is forced to redefine success.  The film stars Aaron Silverman of Rose’s Luxury and Frank Linn of Frankly…Pizza; and the director Dustin Harrison-Atlas are expected to be in attendance at the Opening Night events. There are cameos by legendary chefs and restaurateurs Danny Meyer, Mike Isabella, and Michel Richard, and Washington Post food writer Tim Carman. (Thursday, October 11 at the Avalon Theatre 7:30 p.m.)

The Festival continues at the Avalon Theatre on Friday, October 12, with a mix of three incredible and distinctive films.  The evening begins with a journey Into the Okavango, a river basin that covers 125,000 square miles across Angola, Botswana and Namibia.  Directed by National Geographic Society filmmaker Neil Gelinas, the film features stunning wildlife photography and aerial views of rarely seen vistas. Into the Okavango draws attention to an endangered wilderness while it mesmerizes viewers with its beauty. (Friday, October 12 at the Avalon Theatre 5:00 p.m.)

From African elephants in the wild, the Festival moves to the story of Old Bet, the first circus elephant in America, as sung by her friend, an old farm dog. The Elephant’s Song is portrayed in colorful, handcrafted animation created frame-by-frame with clay-on-glass by Lynn Tomlinson, an acclaimed animator and Towson University professor. A wine and cheese reception follows. (Friday, October 12 at the Avalon Theatre 7:15 p.m.; Sunday, October 14 at the Cambridge Premier Cinemas 3:00 p.m.)

Friday night, In the Executioner’s Shadow casts a penetrating look at the consequences of the death penalty through three powerful stories: the rare perspective of a former state executioner who comes within days of executing an innocent person; a Boston Marathon bombing victim who struggles to define justice; and the Maryland parents of a murder victim who choose to fight for the life of their daughter’s killer.  Directed by Maggie Stogner, In the Executioner’s Shadow illuminates the oft-hidden realities entangled in death row, the death penalty, and the U.S. Justice system at large. (Friday, October 12 at the Avalon Theatre 8 p.m.; Saturday, October 13 at the Cambridge Premier Cinemas 1:00 p.m.)

On Saturday, October 13, the Chesapeake Film Festival expands to five venues: The Avalon Theatre and Academy Art Museum in Easton, The Dorchester Center for the Arts and Cambridge Premier Cinemas in Cambridge, and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels.

Festival participants will have three opportunities to see the Maryland premiere of the magical Moving Stories about six New York dancers who travel the world to work with youth who have experienced war, poverty, sexual exploitation, extreme prejudice and severe trauma as refugees. This motivational documentary by Wilderness Films shows how dance has the soft power to support children hurt by political and social failures.  (Saturday, October 13 at the Avalon Theatre 4:30 p.m. and Dorchester Center for the Arts 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, October 14 at the Academy Art Museum 1:00 p.m.)

Two other Maryland premieres screen in Easton and Cambridge.  The Gardener, directed by Sebastien Chabot, is a luscious summer-time tour of one of the great private gardens of the world: Frank Cabot’s 20-acre Quatre Vents in Quebec. The film is as much about the gardener as the garden as Cabot, who died in 2011, appears in archival footage to share his quest for perfection. (Saturday, October 13 at the Avalon Theatre at 2:45 p.m. and Dorchester Center for the Arts 8:00 p.m.)

 Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction is narrated by renowned marine scientist Dr. Sylvia Earle.  This inspiring documentary about the world’s rarest sea turtle, the Kemp’s Ridley, explains how humans pushed a healthy population to the precipice of extinction, and how humans now are slowly helping it recover. (Saturday, October 13 at the Avalon Theatre 1:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 14 at the Cambridge Premier Cinemas 5:00 p.m.)

Cinephiles will delight in the Maryland premiere of Searching for Ingmar Bergman. Considered one of the most important filmmakers of all time, Bergman would have turned 100 years old this year.  To commemorate his life, internationally known German director Margarethe von Trotta looks at the man and his work in a powerful new film. Actress Liv Ullman, Bergman’s lover who starred in 10 of his films and directed two of his screenplays shares personal stories.  (Saturday, October 13 at the Avalon Theatre 7:30 p.m.  An International Red-Carpet Reception precedes the film at 6:45 p.m.) Following this exciting feature presentation, Ben Simons, director of the Academy Art Musuem and Anke Van Wagenberg, senior curator will join Cornelia Ravenal and Mikael Sodersten, co-producers of Moving Stories for a panel discussion.

The Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf, directed by Tom Piper, is a gorgeous, meditative documentary that immerses the viewer in the art of a revolutionary landscape designer. (Saturday, October 13 at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 14 at Academy Art Museum 4:45 p.m.)

First time filmmaker, Rudy Valdez, tells the very personal story of his sister, Cindy Shank, and the consequences of her tangential involvement with a Michigan drug ring.  The Sentence offers an intimate look into the agony of serving a harsh mandatory minimum sentence by someone who just happened to be in love with the wrong person at the wrong time.  (Saturday, October 13 at the Dorchester Center for the Arts 3:30 p.m.)

Millions of people know the music from The West Wing, Wonder Years and thirtysomething, yet few know the journey, hardships and triumphs of the composer of those familiar songs. Infused with the music of W.G. Snuffy Walden, Up to Snuff features luminaries from television, film and music who share personal stories, laughs and insights about this generous soul who overcame the excesses of rock and roll to find success in television.  (Saturday, October 13 at the Cambridge Premier Cinemas 2:30 p.m.)

Beer lovers will savor a double feature on Saturday afternoon.  The Local Oyster Stout, an 8-minute film directed by Mark Burchick, tells the story of a collaboration between an oyster farmer, a shucker, and a brewery to create Maryland’s first farm-to-table Oyster Stout beer. Poured in Pennsylvania, a feature-length film directed by Nate Kresge, captures the history of the beer industry in the Keystone state.  It also shows how beer has created opportunities for hop farmers, maltsters, and keg manufacturers. (Saturday, October 13 at the Cambridge Premier Cinemas 4:15 p.m.)

Five Days in August, directed by Nick Ruff, follows two teams competing in the world’s largest and richest billfish tournament, the White Marlin Open out of Ocean City, MD.  With a total of 353 boats battling for an unprecedented $4.9 million, the stakes couldn’t be higher. For these fisherman, everything is literally on the line.  (Saturday, October 13 at the Cambridge Premier Cinemas 7:00 p.m.)

Saturday at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a day devoted to outstanding environmental films of regional interest. An hour of environmental shorts at 1:00 leads an impressive line-up of five diverse films, including three East Coast premieres.  

Tidewater and Current Revolution were directed by Roger Sorkin of the non-profit American Resilience Project, an organization whose impact campaigns help shape the narrative for practical solutions to our environmental problems.  Tidewater presents a frightening look at the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, an area with 14 military installations that are extremely vulnerable to sea level rise. Current Revolution tackles the challenges of modernizing our aging power grid to make it more secure and environmentally friendly and accelerating the transition to electric vehicles.  (Saturday, October 13 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum 2:45 p.m.)

Restoring the Clearwater, directed by Jon Bowermaster, and Edna E. Lockwood: Bottoms Up!, directed by local filmmaker Sandy Cannon-Brown, follow the restoration of two historic vessels with educational missions.  The sloop Clearwater was built to save New York’s Hudson River under the visionary leadership of musician/activist Pete Seeger. Edna E. Lockwood was the last bugeye to work the Chesapeake Bay.  After a three-year replacement of her log hull, the 1889 bugeye will be back on the Chesapeake Bay to share the history, culture and traditions of watermen and their boats. Edna will officially relaunch during OysterFest 2018 at the museum, two weeks after her story debuts at the Chesapeake Film Festival. (Saturday, October 13 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum 4:45 p.m.)

The premiere of An Island Out of Time, by Tom Horton, Dave Harp and Sandy Cannon-Brown, is about an amazing couple, Mary Ada and Dwight Marshall, and about Smith Island where their family roots go back 400 years. Written by Tom Horton, the film – like his 1996 book, An Island Out of Time, is both celebration and elegy for a place beset with erosion, vanishing populations, and limited economic opportunities.  (Saturday, October 13 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum 7:30 p.m.)

An Island Out of Time is preceded by a reception (6:00 p.m.), with crab cakes made by Mary Ada Marshall on Smith Island, and followed with a dessert reception (8:30 p.m.) featuring Mary Ada’s Smith Island cakes, now the state dessert of Maryland.  The crab cake reception includes wine and additional appetizers prepared and served by Gourmet by the Bay. That reception is free for ticket-holders attending the double feature of Restoring the Clearwater and Edna E. Lockwood: Bottoms Up! and/or the premiere of An Island Out of Time. The dessert reception is available only to ticket-holders for An Island Out of Time.

The Chesapeake Film Festival continues on Sunday, October 14 at the Avalon Theatre and Academy Art Museum in Easton and the Cambridge Premier Cinemas in Cambridge.

I, Matter is a feature-length docu-drama shot entirely on an iPhone by its writer and co-director Llysa Rie Lesaka and Shayne Pax. Llysa Rie as Gabbi Jones, tells the devastating and difficult story of living with HIV. (Sunday, October 14 at the Avalon Theatre 1:00 p.m.)

I, Matter is paired with a narrative short, Riverment, directed by emerging filmmaker Shayla Racquel, about a former civil rights activist who fears for the safety of her granddaughter who is determined to follow in her footsteps. (Sunday, October 14 at the Avalon Theatre 2:30 p.m.)

Voices/Peace, about Muslim, Christian and Jewish teens from the Jerusalem and the West Bank, and Boko Haram: Journey from Evil, about Nigerians overcoming a decade of conflict, create a poignant double feature by two award-winning directors: Amy DeLouise and Beth Mendelson, respectively. (Sunday, October 14 at the Avalon Theatre 3:15 p.m.)

The closing film of the Chesapeake Film Festival proves that fact can be stranger than fiction. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, directed by Alexandra Dean, is about Hedy Lamarr, the beautiful Hollywood actress of the 1930s and 40s. At night, after shooting her scenes on set, Lamarr works on a secret radio system that will allow the Allies to torpedo Nazi U-boats with deadly accuracy.  A chance encounter with an eccentric composer, George Antheil, enables her to transform her sketches into a brilliant technology that ultimately contributes to the security of wi-fi, GPS and Bluetooth.  (Sunday, October 14 at the Avalon Theatre 5:00 p.m.)

The Chesapeake Film Festival calls it a wrap with a ticketed reception and awards ceremony. (Sunday, October 14 at the Avalon Theatre 7:00 p.m.)

The films and events listed above are only part of the total Chesapeake Film Festival experience. The Festival also features several programs of exceptional short films, and most screenings are followed by panel discussions and/or question-and-answers with the filmmakers and experts on the topic at hand. For a complete schedule and ticket information, visit chesapeakefilmfestival.com. Schedule subject to change.

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