Local Filmmakers & Photographers at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival

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Tom Horton in water: Tom Horton on the site where he played softball as a kid in Dorchester County. “You might say,” says Tom, “it’s not the same old ball game.”

Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) presents the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Avalon Theatre on November 18. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival presents short films showcasing communities and individuals engaging and advocating on issues surrounding their environment. Film festival guests will enjoy an hour-long program highlighting subjects ranging from wildlife to fracking to coffee and rafting. There will be an open bar with beer and wine, appetizers from local businesses, and a fantastic silent auction. This year’s film festival has an especially local flare, featuring local films, photographers and authors.

In their latest film, local photographer, journalist, and filmmaker, David Harp, Tom Horton, and Sandy Cannon-Brown bring to light the rising topic of sea level change. Audiences will get a preview of their upcoming film, High Tide in Dorchester, which focuses on the changing landscape of Dorchester County. The film, an ode to a place and its people, tells the story through poetic narrative, stunning imagery, and compelling interviews with biologists, oceanographers, climate experts, ornithologists, and residents who may have to retreat in the near future because of higher water.

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Working the Water book cover

A second local film, Osprey: Marine Sentinel, features a species that endures a long migration each year to soar the open skies of the Chesapeake Bay. This is the first film in over 30 years to star what is arguably the world’s most iconic and significant raptor. Innovative cinematographic techniques provide a unique perspective into the dramatic story of a lifelong pair of birds, and the scientists who have spent a lifetime discovering what may be one of the most significant success stories of environmental conservation.

The film festival’s special guest will be local photographer Jay Fleming, introducing his brand new coffee table book, Working the Water. Fleming will present a short film about the book, which chronicles the production stages of Chesapeake Bay seafood. Fleming says, “I hope that giving my readers a glimpse into the lives of the watermen, boat builders and crab pickers who are behind the seafood on our plates, that there will be an increased appreciation for the work they do and, ultimately, an increased interest in the preservation of the Chesapeake Bay’s resources.”

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival takes place on November 18 from 6-8 pm at the Avalon Theater, located at 40 E. Dover Street in downtown Easton. To purchase tickets, visit avalontheatre.com or stop by the Avalon box office. For more information, contact Sarah Boynton at 443.385.0511 or by email sarah@midshoreriverkeeper.org.

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