Special Showcases

Environmental Showcase

RISING TIDE
As experts predict the sea level to rise significantly in the coming years, the city of Miami Beach must decide how to keep itself afloat.
Directed by: Sam Price-Waldman

THE ISLANDS AND THE WHALES

Friday, March 31, 12:30pm
Maryland Hall Main Theater

Panel discussion to follow led by Oceanographer, Virginia Tippie, panelists Donald Boesch, Marine Biologist, UMD Center for Environmental Services; Elvia Thompson, President, Annapolis Green, and Peyton Robertson, Director, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Program.

Our fascinating Environmental Showcase film this year explores the lives of the whale hunters of the Faroe Islands believe that hunting is vital to their way of life. When a local professor makes a grim discovery about the effects of marine pollution on skyrocketing mercury levels in the whale meat, environmental changes threaten their way of life forever.

The African-American Experience Showcase

CHASING TRANE
Friday, March 31, 7:15pm
Maryland Hall Main Theater

Panel discussion to follow, panelists Author, Ashley Khan, D.C Jazz Critic, Willard Jenkins & Musician, Art Sherrod. The entire African American Showcase presented by Dr. Alyson Hall, The Glaucoma Center

This year’s African-American Experience features two films back to back at two of our venues on Friday evening. The first, Chasing Trane, follows the life and work of legendary jazz musician John Coltrane, including commentary from Denzel Washington, Carlos Santana, Common, Cornell West, Bill Clinton and others. Then showcase viewers can move over to Asbury United Methodist Church to enjoy Check It, the story of a vulnerable gay and transgender youth, they’ve been shot, stabbed, and raped. These 14-22 year old gang members all have rap sheets riddled with assault, armed robbery, and drug dealing charges. Led by an ex-convict named Mo, members of the Check It gang break the cycle of poverty and violence by creating their own clothing label, putting on fashion shows, and working stints as runway models.


Other African-American films of interest include:
BEFORE THE WEST COAST

Friday, March 31, 2:30 pm
Maryland Hall Lower Theater
Saturday, April 1, 3:00 pm
Asbury United Methodist Church

CHECK IT
Friday, March 31, 9:45pm
Asbury United Methodist Church

Showcase Shorts Include:
Dekalb Elementary
Video
August
Out of the Village


Spotlight Films

BURN YOUR MAPS, dir. Jordan Roberts
St. John’s Key Auditorium
Saturday, April 1 at 1:30 pm
Presented by Anne Arundel Dermatology
Sunday, April 2 at 7:00 pm
Presented by Anne Arundel Dermatology

An all-American family in emotional turmoil is taken by surprise when their eccentric 8-year-old son, Wes, has an existential epiphany: he insists he is in fact a goat herder from the steppes of Mongolia. Though his parents are at first bemused by Wes’ revelation, they quickly begin planning the trip of a lifetime.

INGRID GOES WEST, dir. Matt Spicer
St. John’s Key Auditorium
Saturday, April 1 at 7:00 pm

Presented by Anne Arundel Dermatology

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 Angeles. When Ingrid decides to drop everything and move to the West Coast to befriend Taylor in real life, her behavior turns unsettling and increasingly dangerous.

The Jewish Experience Showcase

THE LAST LAUGH
St. John’s College, FSK Auditorium
Sunday, April 2, 10:00am
ONE WEEK AND A DAY
St. John’s College, FSK Auditorium
Sunday, April 2, 12:30pm

Bagels and lox will be served from 9 – 10am
and then again between films!

Presented by Temple Beth Shalom, Lucy Spiegel & Faith Goldstein

Join us for two fascinating films about the Jewish Experience. The Last Laugh which is an empathetic, poignant documentary that examines Jewish heritage, pop culture, and the use of humor as a means of understanding and coping with the Holocaust. Gilbert Gottfried, Rob Reiner, Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, and other humorists explore the implications of off-limits topics in a society that prizes free speech. That film is then followed directly by One Week and a Day about parents experiencing a week of sitting shiva that is hardly enough time to mourn the loss of their 25-year-old son. As the world refuses to accommodate the grieving parents ? taxi drivers are still difficult, neighbors are still obnoxious, and gravediggers are just as indifferent as anyone else in the service industry ? the two find themselves acting out in outlandish ways as they attempt to regain control.