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Sumner Hall

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206 S Queen Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
(443) 282-0023

January 2019

Daughters of the Dust

January 20 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Sumner Hall, 206 S Queen Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Daughters of the Dust Directed by Julie Dash, 1991 The first feature film directed by an African-American woman to be distributed theatrically in the United States, Daughters of the Dust is a timeless film that lyrically narrates a unique African-American experience. Set in 1902, the film follows the Peazant family, Gullah Islanders who live in a community of relative exclusion off the coast of Georgia. Because of the island’s isolation, its inhabitants—whose ancestors were brought to the U.S. as enslaved…

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February 2019

Fruitvale Station, February 17

February 17 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Sumner Hall, 206 S Queen Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

FRUITVALE STATION dir. Ryan Coogler, 2013 Fruitvale Station follows the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. Dedicated to making something of himself, Oscar starts out well, but soon realizes that change is more difficult than he anticipated. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when he encounters police officers on New Year’s Eve. Ryan Coogler deftly directs a film that screams…

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April 2019

Never Cry Wolf

April 14 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Sumner Hall, 206 S Queen Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Research scientist Tyler (Charles Martin Smith) is sent to the desolate Canadian tundra to find out whether the local wolf population is responsible for decimating Canada's caribou herds. Helped by Ootek (Zachary Ittimangnaq), a local Inuit native, Farley manages to establish an observation post and, while braving the harsh climate, begins to study a family of wolves, as well as the caribou. He eventually determines that the greatest danger to the caribou doesn't move on four legs. The film is…

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June 2019

The Royal Tenenbaums, June 16

June 16 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Sumner Hall, 206 S Queen Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Community Curator: Jeff Maguire The Royal Tenenbaums The Royal Tenenbaums follow the quirky, sometimes famous, and always dysfunctional Tenenbaum family over the course of a sudden and unexpected family reunion.  Elegant filming, iconic characters, and Wes Anderson’s color-saturated eye have made The Royal Tenenbaums a contemporary classic. Featuring unforgettable performances from a star-studded cast including Gene Hackman, Angelica Houston, Alec Baldwin, Danny Glover, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Ben Stiller, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Directed by Wes Anderson, 2002 “Suffused with warmth…

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September 2019

Jazz on a Summer Day – September 15

September 15 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Sumner Hall, 206 S Queen Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States

Community Curator: Leslie Raimond Jazz on a Summer's Day is a concert film set at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, directed by commercial and fashion photographer Bert Stern. The Columbia Records jazz producer, George Avakian, was the musical director of the film. The film mixes images of water and the city with the performers and audience at the festival. It also features scenes of the 1958 America's Cup yacht races. The film is largely without dialog or narration (except for periodic announcements by emcee Willis Conover). The film features…

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October 2019

Two Homegrown Films on the Underground Railroad: October 27

October 27 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Sumner Hall, 206 S Queen Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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Soldier for Freedom is a heart-wrenching yet triumphant story of Harriet Tubman. Filmed on location here on the Eastern Shore and featuring Chestertown resident Pat Martin, the film briefly shares the dramatic, difficult story of Tubman’s life as an enslaved child and adult, her pursuit of freedom on the Underground Railroad, and her determination to end slavery and bring liberty and justice to others. The short film is a deeply moving introduction to the park’s exhibits and programs, highlighting all…

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