Entertainment

New Green Film Fest in Annapolis

'We don't think people are exposed to enough environmental films'

By THERESA WINSLOW, Staff Writer
Capital Gazette Communications Published 01/24/11

Annapolis has a green drinks gathering, so why not a green films event?

Organizers of the first-ever Annapolis Green Film Fest are hoping to capitalize on the area's environmental consciousness and get a few hundred people to watch movies about the Chesapeake Bay the night before the Super Bowl.

The event is the brainchild of local eco-advocates Elvia Thompson and Paul Murphy and showcases three movies on Feb. 5.

The featured film is "Who Killed Crassostrea Virginica: The Fall and Rise of Chesapeake Bay Oysters." The two other films include "The Last Boat Out," a documentary about a family of watermen and the bay, and "Seize the Bay," which highlights bay people, places and events.The producers of the movies are expected to attend and discuss their works.

"They're very good films, and you'll see a couple hundred of your friends," Murphy said.

Murphy got the idea for the event after attending a film festival in Washington, D.C. and first approached Thompson this fall, who he knew from Green Drinks Annapolis, a regular cocktail gathering for those concerned about the environment.

"We don't think people are exposed to enough environmental films," Murphy said.

Admission is free, but the hope is that there will be enough donations and sponsorships to hold it again next winter and make it a regular event.

Murphy is footing the $2,300 bill for the inaugural festival and hopes to recoup at least a good portion of the money.

"We think there's an audience out there," Thompson said. "If we can (just) get our green drinkers, even that would be plenty."

Robert Ferrier of Severna Park, who made "Seize the Bay," with his wife, Daphne Glover Ferrier, is looking forward to the event.

"I think it's fantastic," he said. "I think Elvia and Paul have a great opportunity to bring people to the area."

The Ferriers, who run Backfin Media, initially produced "Seize the Bay" for public television. There were two episodes, and the 43-minute movie combines them both.

Murphy doesn't expect everyone to watch all three films, which is why two intermissions are built into the evening. "Who Killed Crassostrea Virginica?" is 58-minutes long, and "The Last Boat Out" runs 28 minutes.

"This is family-oriented night," Murphy said. "With shorter films, families can bring children to catch part (of the festival)."

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The Annapolis Green Film Fest is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Admission is free, but a $10 per person donation is suggested. For more formation, visit annapolisgreen.com/filmfest.

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(Revised December 2010)