Annapolis Film Festival opens with new Annette Bening film

Annette Bening’s new film, “Ginger & Rosa,” opens the Annapolis Film Festival which runs March 21 to 24 in Maryland’s state capital. Photo: Annapolis Film Festival

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2013 — Annette Bening’s new film, “Ginger & Rosa,” will open the first annual Annapolis Film Festival which runs through March 21 to 24 in Maryland’s state capital.

Featuring over 90 films, shorts, narratives and documentaries, the festival will turn downtown Annapolis into Hollywood on the Chesapeake. Numerous venues throughout the city will be used, including Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, St. John’s College, Banneker-Douglass Museum, St. Anne’s Church and Bay Theatre.

This will be the mid-Atlantic premiere of Benning’s film, which also stars Elle Fanning and Alice Englert. Sally Potter directed the movie, which tells the story of two inseparable friends growing up in 1960s London as the Cuban Missile crisis looms. The film will be shown after the festivals opening party and ceremonies at Maryland Hall on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The festival will showcase all genres of film, internationally-acclaimed filmmakers, celebrity guests, with panels and discussions following many films.

Festival Highlights include:

* A conversation with Albert Maysles, one of America’s foremost non-fiction filmmakers and a pioneer of the documentary, following a showing of his film, “Gimme Shelter.”

* “The Contradictions of Fair Hope” is narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and co-directed by S. Epatha Merkerson, from NBC’s “Law and Order.”

* In “High Ground,” eleven veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan set out on a gripping and emotional expedition to climb Himalayan giant Mt. Lobuche in attempt to heal the emotional and physical wounds of the longest war in U.S. History.

* “The Good Son: The Life of Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini” traces the lives of Lightweight Champion boxer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and his Korean opponent Duk Koo Kim, who died in 1982 of injuries sustained in their fight.

* “Women in Film: Past and Future” features films from the Women in Film and Television International Short Film Showcase.

* Irish Director Macdara Vallely brings her film, “Babygirl”, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

* Two military films: “The Lost Reunions” about PT Boat Veterans, directed by Naval Academy graduate Danny Diaz; “Soldiers of Paint,” the annual restaging of the D-Day invasion…in Oklahoma…with paint!

* An Environmental Showcase: “Hawks in the City” and “Watershed,” followed by a panel of environmental leaders.

* Free films include:  “Bert Stern: Original Mad Man,” a revealing film about the heyday of American advertising; four hours of short films from student filmmakers from across the world.

* Carolyn K. Long’s 9/11 Memorial Video “Angels Over America” will be shown on March 22 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Anne’s Church.

* “Best of the Fest,” audience-selected award-winners, will be reshown during closing ceremonies, starting Sunday. 4:00 p.m., at Maryland Hall.

The festival is being held in partnership with the City of Annapolis and the local Arts and Business Communities, the non-profit AFF brings a major new cultural event to the area.
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John Haydon has covered soccer for The Washington Times for two decades. He has reported on international soccer events in Germany, South Korea and Spain. John hails from Birmingham, England and has lived in the Washington D.C. region for over twenty years.  

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