Join the Annapolis Film Festival as it rings in year ten, live and in-person, March 31st – April 3rd. AFF celebrates the art of film with four days of diverse programs including the African American Experience, the Sailing Showcase, the Environmental Showcase, the Jewish Experience, seven shorts programs, and special spotlight films! Alongside the variety of feature films, AFF also has seven themed shorts programs. With over seventy films, there is certainly something for everyone!
THURSDAY, MARCH 31 – 7:15 PM
MARYLAND HALL – MAIN & BOWEN THEATER
Special Guests: John Hay (Director), Donall McCusker (Producer)
Just as the lucky golden ticket-holders were invited to step inside Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory to peek behind the scenes of the candy-making magic, our opening night film gives us a glimpse inside the fascinating relationship of two brilliant and award-winning artists of the 20th century: Roald Dahl, the prolific British writer whose creative virtuosity comes at a temperamental price, and his wife Patricia Neal, an accomplished American actress who tempers her own emotions and stifles her ambitions out of devotion to her husband and family. Exclusive Q&A with Director, John Hay & Producer, Donall McCusker to follow.
FRIDAY, APRIL 1 – 8:00 PM
MARYLAND HALL – MAIN THEATER
Special Guests: Abi Damaris Corbin (Director)
When decorated Marine Brian Brown-Easley slides the bank teller a note that reads, “I have a bomb”, he detonates any hope for the stable future he is desperately trying to protect. The VA’s decision to withhold his disability check, leaves Brian, a PTSD survivor, feeling crazed at the unfairness of a system he has worked within and served and intent on telling the world his story. With astonishing emotional nuance, British-Nigerian actor John Boyega channels the firestorm inside the mind of an apologetic anarchist trying to do the right thing for his family, but trapped by threatening circumstances he created.
“FIRE OF LOVE”
SATURDAY, APRIL 2 – 2:30 PM
JACK C. TAYLOR – USNI
If canoeing down a river of lava, boating on an acid lake, or frying an omelet on the surface of a volcano sounds like your idea of a good time, then you might want to consider a career in volcanology or at the very least observe the thrilling explorations in this epic documentary about intrepid scientists and lovers Katia and Maurice Krafft. They were a couple who truly lived life on the edge, not just for their own personal fulfillment but also for the global good by convincing governments to observe the scientific warning signs of volcanic rumblings to save populations from catastrophic eruptions. In 1991 they died in a volcanic explosion doing the very thing that brought them together: unraveling the mysteries of volcanoes by capturing the most explosive imagery ever recorded.
“EMILY THE CRIMINAL”
SATURDAY, APRIL 2 – 8:00 PM
MARYLAND HALL – MAIN THEATER
Special Guest: John Patton Ford (Director)
The amazing Aubrey Plaza shows off her serious side taking on the titular role of a woman who gets lured into a credit card scheme to make some easy money and gets caught up in a vicious cycle that becomes impossible to break. This cautionary tale is incredibly timely as it reflects the plight of today’s young working-class population who are at the mercy of the unsustainable gig economy, the impossibly high cost of living, and crushing student loan debt. John Patton Ford has crafted a unique modern-day parable– part philosophical crime thriller and part psychological portrait of a Millennial Robin Hood.
Festival Passes are a great way to streamline your festival experience and see as many films as possible. There is a limited quantity still available so act quickly! Tickets to individual programs (excluding Opening Night) are $15. Please visit our website for more information: www.annapolisfilmfestival.com