SHOWCASES

The Biggest Little Farm

Director: John Chester

Nature is the ultimate drama queen in this gorgeous and inspirational tale of how cinematographer John Chester and his wife Molly achieved the impossible and made their ambitious dream come true when they created a 200-acre sustainable farm north of Los Angeles. Animals and crops form a beautiful and basic symbiosis, and John explains that it is “a simple way of farming.” But it’s not easy, and creativity is an integral part of their success. An alternate title for this gorgeous and riveting film might be “What Could Go Wrong in Farming 101.” John, Molly and their team endure nature’s wrath, struggle with inevitable and sustaining cycles of life, and take hits from this intricate ecosystem of survival. Chester’s expertise shines through as he pauses to document the drama around him and the scenic nature of life. Engaging whimsical animation, true-life fairytale spectacle, and business success story join his extraordinary and often humorous footage of the cutest animals ever to make this film an unforgettable stand-out. (USA, 2018, 91 min.)

Environmental Showcase

As a city on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay the Annapolis Film Festival strives to bring the most current environmental films to the festival at the Environmental Showcase. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with several notable guests who will discuss the film and the impact of the film with the audience. Tickets or passes include the panel with special guests.

2019 Information

When: Friday, March 22, 2019
Time: 12:30pm- 2:30pm
Where: Maryland Hall Main Auditorium
Panel to follow

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Mr. Soul

Director: Melissa Haizlip & Sam Pollard

Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Mr. Soul. On the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, one fearless black pioneer reconceived a Harlem Renaissance for a new era, ushering giants and rising stars of black American culture onto the national television stage. He was hip. He was smart. He was innovative, political, and gay. In his personal fight for social equality, the man ensured the Revolution would be televised. His name was Ellis Haizlip and the Revolution was SOUL. (USA, 2018, 115 min., Documentary)

African American Experience Showcase

Each year AFF proudly presents the African American Experience Showcase featuring some of the most topical issues relevant today. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with several notable guests who will discuss the film and the impact of the film with the audience. Tickets or passes include the panel with special guests.

2019 Information

When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Where: Maryland Hall Main Auditorium
Panel to follow
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Jewish Experience Showcase

What could be better than bagels, lox and coffee on a Sunday morning before watching two feature blocks that honor the Jewish experience? AFF presents the Jewish Experience Showcase that shines it's light on Jewish traditions, accomplishments and life. Humor and fellowship abound as people gather an hour before the first screening in the lobby of St. John's Key Auditorium to enjoy a complimentary breakfast before the first film. A breakfast voucher will be provided when you purchase your ticket or show your pass. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with a special guest who will discuss the film and the impact of the film with the audience. Each movie ticket is $15. for the first or second screening and your ticket and/or pass includes the *breakfast. The second screening requires a second $15, ticket or festival pass. Food is first come, first served, seating is general admission unless you have an all access, premium or industry pass.


The Interpreter

Director: Martin Sulík

80-year-old Ali Ungar comes across a book by a former SS officer describing his wartime activities in Slovakia-- including the execution of Ungar’s parents. Ali sets out to take revenge on that SS officer but instead finds his 70-year-old son, Georg, a retired teacher. Georg-- who avoided his father all his life-- decides to find out more about him and requests that Ali be his interpreter. Brilliantly played by veteran actors Jirí Menzel and Peter Simonischek, the two men are polar opposites but they embark on a bittersweet journey to meet surviving witnesses of the wartime tragedy. With alternating humor and pathos, this road trip dramedy is full of surprising detours and emotional road blocks on its one-way journey that may or may not lead to a dead-end. In German and Slovakian with English subtitles Cast: Peter Simonischek, Jirí Menzel. (Austria/Slovakia, 2018 Academy-Award submission, 113 min., Drama)

2019 Information

When: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 12:15 pm
Where: St. John's College FSK Auditorium
*BReakfast in Lobby

*Join us before the showings for bagels and lox

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Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

Directors: Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger

A team of Jewish American baseball players takes on the world in this David-and-Goliath story of Israel’s national baseball team as it competes for the first time in the World Baseball Classic in 2017. After years of crushing defeats, the Israeli team finally ranks among the world’s best in 2017 due to it’s roster including many Jewish-American Major League players-- most with a tenuous relationship to their religion. The odyssey takes them from Israel where they are hailed as modern-day Maccabees to the tournament in South Korea where the players must debunk their reputations as has-beens and wannabes. Over the course of the film, the players forge new relationships with the State of Israel, as they are pushed to unexpected heights when they represent Israel on the world stage. (USA/Israel, 2018, 87 min., Documentary/Sports) Maryland Premiere

2019 Information

When: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time: 12:30pm-2:15pm
Where: St. John's College FSK Auditorium
*Breakfast in Lobby REQUIRES A VOUCHER

*Join us before the showings for bagels, cream cheese, lox  and coffee courtesy of our exclusive coffee provider BALTIMORE COFFEE & TEA COMPANY

 

 

 

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Student Showcase

Short films from Emerging Films student
***Free to the public***

Good Luck Kid

Director: Julian Cividanes

Jackson is finishing up a late night shift at the diner, when he is visited by a strangely familiar customer, Angela, who bares a striking resemblance to his late brother, Andrew. (Filmsters Academy, 2018, 13 min.; Drama)

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Now You Know

Director: Molly Gillis

An uninhibited 10-year-old girl faces the fallout of flashing her class at her strict Catholic school. (New York University, 2018, 10 min.; Drama)

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The Boswell Incident

Director: Wes Palmer

When an alien abduction rocks the small town of Boswell, a skeptical deputy sheriff is determined to prove it’s a hoax. (Boston University, 2018, 19 min.; Comedy)

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Sin Cielo

Director: Jianna Suzanne Maarten

In the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, two teenagers pursue young love in a region where violence may be inescapable. (American Film Institute, 2018, 25 min.; Drama)

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The Fringes

Director: Lily Harty

In a corporate world void of human interaction, Ennis has lost her ability to relate to others until the company fires her and she is forced into a crowded tenement building where she must overcome her fear of human connection. (University of Southern California, 2018, 14 min.; Science Fiction)

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Spring Flower

Director: Gisele Tong

Forced by her family to marry a man she never met, a rural Chinese girl decides to change her life after being influenced by her cousin who is a modern city girl from Beijing. (University of Southern California, 2018, 32 min.; Drama)

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