Shorts Challenge Pitch Contest Winner

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Up on stage, with just a few minutes to present, the six young filmmakers pitched their visions of what a film should be using still photos, a few clips and their own words. On the other side of the stage, judges Mimi Edmunds, Jack Gerbes, Andrea Meditch, Keisha Salmon and Wendy Cohen listened, watched and tried to fill in the …

Lynn Whitfield: Voices of Women Panel on Sunday

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Solace Screens Sunday From the moment her four-inch silver heel stretches out of the passenger side of the car and touches the ground in Tchaiko Omawale’s “Solace,” Lynn Whitfield could be hero or villain. Her arched eyebrows are a cold warning; her broad smile, a warm invitation. In her portrayal of Irene, the grandmother Sol has never met, Whitfield is …

Spotlight on Shorts Challenge Contender: Aqsa Altaf

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Growing up in Kuwait, the daughter of expats from South Asia, Aqsa Altaf was well-acquainted with injustice and racism. It was there she decided to turn to filmmaking as a medium to spread truth and awareness. In 2013, Altaf came to the United States to study film at the University of Southern California. It wasn’t until she returned to the …

SPOTLIGHT ON SHORTS CHALLENGE CONTENDER: TRAVIS RUSH

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Five Finalists will duke it out in front of a live panel of industry judges and a voting audience at the Annapolis Film Festival’s Shorts Challenge: Pitch Contest. The winner receives a $20,000 in-kind production package to produce their short film which will premiere at the 2020 Annapolis Film Festival. Watch the Shorts Challenge Live, Saturday, March 23 at Maryland …

Film Review of Sea Change

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Director: Dana Schwartz 75 Minutes Sea Change Brilliantly Captures Boating Couple’s Metamorphosis When most couples take a trip to New York City, they don’t travel 6,689 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Morocco in a two-person rowboat, attempting a feat yet to be accomplished by anyone. Sea Change documents the incredible voyage of Afrikaners Riaan Manser and Vasti Geldenhuys, challenging …

Film Review of Roll Red Roll

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Director: Nancy Schwartzman Imagine a small town where football is king and the players all princes, winning the devotion of bleacher-bound souls in every neighborhood. And then imagine those princes waking up after a post-scrimmage party and bragging about their night’s encounter with an unconscious girl. “She is so raped right now,” we hear the voice of one princeling chuckle …