Ocean City Today

Ocean City Film Festival viewings Fri. through Sun.

By Kara Hallissey | Mar 08, 2018

(March 9, 2018) The work of local, regional and international filmmakers will be showcased this weekend, March 9-11, during the second annual Ocean City Film Festival.

Nearly 100 films in categories including youth, documentary, horror, animation, comedy, music videos, dramatic pieces, social commentary and shorts will be featured in three locations throughout the resort.

A $50 all-access pass includes unlimited screenings at the Princess Royale Hotel on 91st Street, the Fox Gold Coast Theater on 115th Street and the Clarion Resort Hotel on 101st Street. In addition, the passes also allow attendees into the opening night party, workshops and the awards ceremony.

“It is a unique event and we don’t get to see many independent films in our area,” said Rina Thaler, Art League of Ocean City executive director. “There are the stories on screen and the people behind the films with hundreds of stories being told. Every filmmaker has a story.”

The event also provides opportunities for the audience to meet the filmmakers and discuss their work.

“It is fun, interesting and different,” Thaler said. “It brings something new and enriches the area.”

The three-day film festival begins today, Friday, at 10 a.m. with films being shown at the Princess Royale Hotel, Fox Gold Coast Theater and the Clarion Hotel until the meet-and-greet party at the Art League from 5-7 p.m.

Attendees can network with filmmakers, snack on some hors d’oeuvres and there will also be a cash bar. For those who do not have an all-access pass, the opening-night party will cost $25.

After the party, two films will be screened at the Art League including “Life’s a Stage,” which tells the story of Gwen Lehman, who was Stephen Decatur’s Children’s Theatre Program creator and director for almost 50 years. A former student of Lehman and Stephen Decatur High School graduate, Annie Danzi, created the 45-minute documentary.

On Saturday, March 10, films begin at 10 a.m. and will run into the evening hours at the Princess Royale Hotel, Fox Gold Coast Theater and the Clarion Hotel. For those who do not have an all-access pass, a day pass for screenings will cost $10.

In addition, three film festival workshops will take place at the Art League on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. Topics include making short films, shooting music videos and writing films. Workshops cost $10 each without an all-access pass.

“The workshops are geared toward filmmakers,” Thaler said. “At least 30 filmmakers are coming to Ocean City to network and learn.”

On Sunday, March 11, films begin at 10 a.m. at the Clarion. The Fox Gold Coast Theater will show two films starting at noon and a micro-budget filmmaking workshop will take place at the Art League at 1 p.m.

The film festival will come to a close with an awards ceremony on Sunday from 4-6 p.m. at Squarz Pizza Pub on 128th Street. The best Maryland film, judge’s award and people’s choice awards will be announced.

“There will be ballots at each location to vote for your favorite film,” Thaler said.

In addition, the closing party will include complimentary refreshments, a cash bar and the winning film will be screened. For those who do not have an all-access pass, the closing party will cost $15.

Organizers are also offering high school students $5 one-day passes if they have their school ID.

For more information, a list of all films or to purchase tickets, check out www.ocmdfilmfestival.com or search “Ocean City Film Festival” on Facebook.

Tickets can also be purchased at the Art League of Ocean City on 94th Street or at any film location, although it will be cash only.


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