The Keeper of the Brand: Joe Barsin

Leslie Dolsak Blog

As Art Director of the Annapolis Film Festival, Joe Barsin has a lot of influence. “I’m the keeper of the brand.” Barsin created the consistent identity for the Annapolis Film Festival through its logo and develops AFF’s annual image which always uses a scheme of warm orange, rich red, deep blue, gray, black and a pop of purple. “The color …

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 …

Commanding the Table & The Archer

Annapolis Film Festival Films

Two More Festival Films You Must See… Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table (Documentary) directed by Leslie Iwerks The matriarch of New Orleans’ rambling Brennan family and the force of nature behind the restaurants Brennan’s and Commander’s Palace, Ella Brennan, now 91, is a doyenne of hospitality and Creole cuisine. Fired by her own family at one point, she shouldered on …

The Panels – The Details

Annapolis Film Festival Blog

Mark Your Calendars for Our Panels and Workshops These are all at The O’Callaghan Hotel on West Street on Friday, March 31 between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. Click here to buy tickets. HOW TO MAKE A GREAT SHORT FILM There are more reasons than ever to make a short film — a calling card for an aspiring director, a …

Burn Your Maps Film

Burn Your Maps

Annapolis Film Festival Blog, Films

DRAMA, ADVENTURE Burn Your Maps (Feature) Directed by Jordan Roberts Buy Tickets Starring Vera Farmiga (Academy Award nominee for Up in the Air), Martin Csokas (Lord of the Rings) and Jacob Tremblay (Room). A family in turmoil is taken by surprise when their eccentric eight year old, Wes, has an epiphany. He believes that he is a Mongolian goat herder …

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 …