Ocean City Film Festival 2019 Preview Night
The 3rd annual Ocean City Film Festival kicks off next month. The organizers of the fest have a monthly event to promote local filmmakers. This month’s event is Saturday, February 16 at 7 PM. The organizers are specifically spotlighting movies that will be in the festival this year. There will be nine, short films screened that night, pulled directly from the festival’s program. The screening consists of mostly, local, short films that span a wide variety. Coffee and conversation will follow, including a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers. The selection includes:
Projections by Zak Seidman – Seidman is one-half of a group called Unicorn Propaganda, based in the Baltimore area, which includes Will Stocker. Seidman and Stocker do experimental films, which are weird, strange and sometimes shocking. Their latest short is described as “Reality to lore, penumbra to core; a projection of the future, now and yore. Anima to Animus, a collection of the unconscious.” This is their return to the festival, having had their film Mother’s Intuition play last year.
40-Love by Lincoln Robisch – A high school senior uses her mentally disabled, older sister in an attempt to buy alcohol from the local liquor store. Robisch is a Baltimore-based filmmaker as well who also returns to the festival. His film Young Man, Old Boy played last year.
Seemingly Wondrous by Shaun Rosa – Rosa is the founder of Makeshift Films. He’s a producer at DCTV in Washington. He’s from Silver Spring, Maryland. He’s a DJ with a residency in an Annapolis bar. This 5-minute documentary profiles Kemba Kai, a Trinidad-born artist who does drawings and paintings, mainly of the female form. The doc explores what motivates and inspires her.
Taffy Tears by Megan Rogers – The animated short from a filmmaker based in Virginia, near DC, tells the tale of an ever-odd customer and not being paid nearly enough to deal with said customer.
Hott Yoga by Joan Chak – A comedic short about two young women who meet on a lesbian, dating app who have their first encounter at a couple’s yoga class. Chak is an actress-turned-filmmaker from the Philadelphia area. She returns to the festival, as her film Sister, in which she wrote and starred, played last year and won the Audience Choice Award.
Leap of Faith by Nicholas Szpara – This dramatic short was created in one weekend as part of the 2018 Washington DC 48-Hour Film Project. It’s about two young women who get in over-their-head when they try to commit a crime. Szpara has a local connection to Ocean City and will have other works made in Ocean City playing at this year’s festival.
Sunday by Trevor Taylor – This dramatic short takes place on a dark and stormy night with two men contemplating the horrible crime they just committed. Taylor is another local filmmaker, based in Salisbury and having worked as a photographer for WMDT. He’s notable for having created a horror film two years ago.
Swamp Monster by Sascha Mete – A mysterious creature from the swamp terrorizes four, neighborhood children at a backyard camp-out. This short, horror film is in the Youth Short Film category. Mete is from Berlin, Maryland. She’s a middle-school student in the sixth grade.
Secret Lives of Teachers by Steve Anderson – Two, eccentric teachers find love and each other through a shared passion for a very unique hobby. Anderson is an actor-turned-teacher, based in Arizona.
The event is $5 for admission. Doors open at 7 PM at the Ocean City Center for the Arts aka the Art League of Ocean City. For more information about this event and upcoming events, go to http://www.ocmdfilmfestival.com/events.html. For more info about the festival screenings and showtimes in March, go to http://www.ocmdfilmfestival.com/program.html.
*Full disclosure, the organizer of the Ocean City Film Festival asked me (Marlon Wallace) to be a judge for the festival, which I accepted and will do.