It’s Just “Bezness as Usual”

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by Charles Green This compelling documentary tells the story of a son’s struggle to connect with his father.. The director Alex Pitstra is the son of a Dutch mother, Anneke, and Tunisian father, Mohsen, who met when Alex’s mother went to Tunisia for a vacation. The relationship ended badly, and Alex, originally named Kazim, didn’t see his father again until …

Going AWOL?

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by Charles Green This is a moving film about love and the sacrifices we make for those we care about. Written by Deb Shoval and Karolina Waclawiak, and directed by Deb Shoval, it’s an incredibly sad, but beautifully told story. It follows two young women, Joey (Lola Kirke) and Rayna (Breeda Wool), living in a small town in Pennsylvania. Joey …

Check It (out) !

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Check It is an incredibly powerful documentary, following the lives of several members of Check It, the only known openly GLBT gang in America. Living in DC and almost entirely African-American, these young people came together for survival, defending themselves against anti-gay violence and poverty. As Mo, a counselor who has worked with the gang remarks, “to be black is …

African-American Experience

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Five Decades of Ground Breaking African-American Experience in Annapolis By Mary Grace Gallagher Immerse yourself in five decades of groundbreaking African American experience at this year’s Annapolis Film Festival. Begin the film-going day Friday at 2:30 p.m. with BEFORE THE WEST COAST at Maryland Hall’s lower theater and watch the all-black 1967 St. Augustine High School Knights as they took …

Ingrid Goes West

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Matt Spicer’s Ingrid Goes West, starring Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen and O’Shea Jackson Jr., follows its award-winning run at the Sundance Film Festival by joining the lineup at the Annapolis Film Festival! Ingrid Goes West follows Ingrid Thorburn, a mentally unstable young woman who becomes obsessed with Taylor Sloane, a social media ‘influencer’ with a seemingly perfect life in Los …

Rob Reiner, Jeffrey Donovan to Appear for Opening Night LBJ

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Come and Greet Actors, Producers and Director Rob Reiner for the Annapolis Premiere of LBJ! Get your festival passes while you can! A limited number of festival passes are still remaining which will allow you to attend the Opening Night movie and the After Party, along with unlimited films and panels and Best of Fest on Sunday. Tickets have been …

Expecting Guests? We are!

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We are very excited to let you know that these distinguished guests are expected to attend on Opening Night: Director Rob Reiner Rob Reiner, director of LBJ, and his wife, Michele Singer Reiner plan to attend Opening Night along with several prominent politicos. Robert “Rob” Reiner is an American actor, writer, director, producer, and activist. As an actor, Reiner first …

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LBJ Kicks Off Annapolis Film Festival 2017

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LBJ Kicks Off Annapolis Film Festival 2017 LBJ, the Rob Reiner-directed drama chronicling the life and times of the legendary and controversial Texan who would inherit the Presidency at one of the most fraught moments in American history, will be the Annapolis Film Festival’s Opening Night film Thursday, March 30 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Starring Woody Harrelson …

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Peter Bailey: Tech Talk Keynote Speaker

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Tech Talk Keynote Speaker We are excited to welcome Peter Bailey, Chief Strategy Officer of Dataminr, as our Keynote Speaker for our 2017 Tech Talk, presented by Nimble Storage. The Loews Annapolis Hotel Atrium will be hosting the event on Friday afternoon, March 31st. Tweets, texts, ads, emails, images, film files, music, photos and more: Where are they going and …

Meet Some of our Sponsors!

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We are excited to welcome a brand new sponsor this year, Dr. Angela Peterman and her practice, Anne Arundel Dermatology! Dr. Peterman’s practice is open to clinical dermatology issues and includes phototherapy, and sclerotherapy. She has been named one of the area’s Top Docs in What’s Up Annapolis in 2005, 2009 and 2011, as well as Readers Choice. She is …