Presenting Chesapeake Film Festival Selects for your Virtual Viewing Pleasure

We’re bringing the Chesapeake Film Festival to you! Put your feet up and watch some of our finest films on Chesapeake Film Festival Selects, an exciting new feature of the Laurel Channel.

To watch, go to and find Chesapeake Film Festival Selects under catalog.

Screen films for free during a seven-day trial subscription! Then, with a monthly subscription fee of $5.99, you can continue to watch any – or all – films, any time. Alternatively, you can rent or purchase individual films.

This is our way to connect with you, our film community, during the ongoing public health crisis. With many of our films on Chesapeake Film Festival Selects by our board members, this is a way for you to get to know us better. We thank you for your support in the past and look forward to serving you in the future.

Our April/May offerings include:

High Tide in Dorchester (55 minutes)
A film by Tom Horton, Dave Harp and Sandy Cannon-Brown,
Vice President, Chesapeake Film Festival Board

Best Environmental Short, Chesapeake Film Festival 2018
2018 Outstanding Project Award from the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area Management Board
Official Selection, Maryland Public Television’s Chesapeake Bay Week

If the consequences of global warming and higher sea levels are distant concepts for you, come on down to Dorchester County, ground zero for sea level rise along the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay.  Observe the dying forests, sunken tombstones and waterlogged home foundations of vanished communities, and hear warnings from scientists, and the stories of residents who may soon need to retreat because of higher water.

Nassawango Legacy (15 minutes)
A film by Tom Horton, Dave Harp and Sandy Cannon-Brown, 
Vice President, Chesapeake Film Festival Board 

Best Director, Environmental Short Chesapeake Film Festival 2019
Official Selection, DC Environmental Film Festival
Official Selection, Maryland Public Television’s Chesapeake Bay Week

Nassawango Legacy honors one family’s multi-generational efforts to protect a Chesapeake Bay stream, and The Nature Conservancy’s work to assure that it continues to flourish as part of an 11,000-acre preserve.  Paddle down Nassawango creek with Joe Fehrer and his family as he remembers the pioneering environmental activism of his parents.

Arc of Light:  A Portrait of Anna Campbell Bliss (30 minutes)
A Film by Chesapeake Film Festival Director Cid Collins Walker

Film Premiere, The National Museum of Women in Arts and the Environmental Film Festival
Aired on PBS throughout the U.S.

Arc of Light examines the broad spectrum of this important artist’s life and work. Tracing the aesthetic influences of her early childhood through her ground-breaking career as a Harvard-trained architect, Bliss emerges as a cutting-edge artist whose work fuses an astonishing range of elements, including architecture, mathematics, computer technology, painting, printmaking and calligraphy. The documentary film examines Bliss’s roots in the Bauhaus school, which flourished in Germany in the 1920s, and how the Bauhaus artists influenced the development of her extensive contribution to American modern art. 

The Bonobo Connection (31 minutes) 
Directed by Chesapeake Film Festival Board Member Irene Magafan

Best Endangered Species Film, Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (NY)
Best Environmental Documentary, Oregon Independent Film Festival 
Best Short Documentary, Chesapeake Film Festival

The Bonobo Connection, narrated by Hollywood actor and activist, Ashley Judd, takes an intimate look into one of our closest and most forgotten relatives, bonobo apes. Journey into a corrupt world, full of habitat destruction, political war, civil unrest and illegal hunting and you will find one of the most peaceful beings on Earth, the bonobo. Through bonobos in captivity at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio we learn about their cousins in the wood forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo. World leaders in wildlife conservation and great ape research discuss the system of cooperation that bonobos have created, which hold the key to sustaining peace not only for bonobos but for humankind.

Othello-San (20 minutes)
Directed by Theodore A. Adams, III

Best Short Narrative, Chesapeake Film Festival
Best Screenplay – Short, Colorado Film Festival
Best Director, DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival

Jason Wilson, a celebrated young African American actor, enrolls at a prestigious theater school in Japan to play the lead role in Shakespeare’s Othello, only to find his dreams of greatness are tempered by an instructor who challenges him to question his reason for being there.

TRI (105 minutes)
Directed by Jai Jamison

Winner, Best Narrative Feature, Chesapeake Film Festival
Winner, Film of the Year, NOVA International Film Festival
Winner, Best Story Line, Boston International Film Festival

Natalie, an ultrasound tech with a history of not finishing things, is inspired by a cancer patient to sign up for a Triathlon. Natalie is introduced to the strange (and aerodynamic) world of triathletes and meets a colorful cast of characters as she trains for the Nation’s Triathlon. With the support of her new teammates, she digs deep to discover just how far she can push her mind and body.

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The Chesapeake Film Festival is generously supported by the Maryland Film Office, Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County Arts Council, Talbot County Department of Tourism, Artistic Insights Fund, Shared Earth Foundation, Exelon, and The Ravenal Foundation.