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SHORTS CHALLENGE 10:30 am
MARYLAND HALL | MAIN THEATER | 3/23 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
INTRODUCED BY | 2018 WINNER CHUCKWUNONSO DUREKE
PRESENTED BY | MARYLAND FILM OFFICE | ARTS COUNCIL OF ANNE ARUNEL COUNTY
For the second year running five filmmakers were selected as finalists to pitch their idea for a short film project on this year’s theme of “Truth in Storytelling.” The audience’s vote for the best pitch will serve as part of the judges final decision for the winner of the production package to make their film.
Prize sponsors are: LensProToGo, Henninger Media Group, Serious Grip & Electric, Studio Unknown,Filmsters, and Maryland Film Office.
JOSEPH PULITZER: VOICE OF THE PEOPLE
MARYLAND HALL | MAIN THEATER | 3/23 | 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
DIRECTED BY | OREN RUDAVSKY
PRESENTED BY | MYCHELLE FARMER | JAMES DEGRAFFENREIDT
Joseph J. Pulitzer, known for the journalism prizes that bear his name, is one of those inspirational American success stories that takes on even more relevance today. A Hungarian Jewish immigrant, Pulitzer came to America penniless, but he became a wealthy and influential publisher whose ground-breaking and trend-setting newspaper The World became known as “The Friend of the People.” He advocated for the poor and exposed corruption, thus incurring the wrath of President Teddy Roosevelt who tried to discredit him and threatened imprisonment. In times like now when America’s First Amendment rights are being challenged, it is imperative we don’t forget Pulitzer’s heroic battles
for the freedom of the press. Panel to Follow
Tonight's Spotlight Films
MARYLAND HALL | MAIN THEATER | 3/23 | 7:45 PM – 9:30 PM
DIRECTED BY | TOM HARPER
PRESENTED BY | DR. ANGELA PETERMAN | ANNE ARUNDEL DERMATOLOGY
Aspiring Glasgow country music singer Rose-Lynn Harlan has just been released from prison. She’s a talented, charismatic rebel who dreams of Nashville, “three chords and the truth” tattooed on her arm. And she is careless and care-free, unprepared for the real world and for adult responsibilities. When she takes a job as a cleaning woman for a wealthy family, she finds her greatest champion in the lady of the house. As she struggles to grow up, this ultimately uplifting and captivating story upends our expectations and takes us on Rose-Lynn’s journey of mother/child relationships, dreams of country music, and finding the value of home, all to the soundtrack of her mesmerizing voice.
THEM THAT FOLLOW
ST. JOHN’S COLLEGE | KEY AUDITORIUM | 3/23 | 9:00 PM – 10:45 PM
DIRECTED BY | BRITT POULTON | DAN MADISON SAVAGE
Something sinister seems to be lurking behind every rock and every beautiful shot captured in the West Virginia mountaintop community where preacher’s kid Mara lives. She is coming of age, along with her teenage sister and the young men in their church, under enormous pressure and high expectations from their parents (including Oscar winner Olivia Coleman). But their church is no ordinary congregation — they worship with venomous snakes, even as the law hounds them for their questionable rituals. The temptations they face and the decisions they make strike suddenly and with potentially lethal consequences.
The death of a Navy lieutenant who crashed in a controversial MH-53E helicopter model is the crux of this inquisitive documentary. Lieutenant Wes Van Dorn, a 29-year-old United States Naval Academy graduate and the married father of two young sons, died when the helicopter he was piloting crashed off the coast of Virginia during a 2014 training exercise. Motivated by her grief, his wife Nicole sought an explanation for the cause of the disaster. Her efforts spurred an investigation that uncovered a long history of negligence and institutional failings around the 53E helicopter, not only the model Van Dorn was piloting when he was killed, but the deadliest aircraft in the US military. (USA, 2018, 80 min., Documentary/Military)
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In Your Hands
Last year's Shorts Challenge winner, Chuckwunonso Dureke pitches her short film BRIDE PRICE.
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AFF Behind the Scenes
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