And the winner is...

Leonardtown, MD - And the winner is…

The 2018 Southern Maryland Film Fest premiered films all day long on Saturday, July 14 at various locations throughout Leonardtown. Showcasing the films were Crazy For Ewe, Home Elements, Leonardtown Town Hall, the St .Mary’s Arts Council, and The Rex Restaurant. Over 100 films were submitted; only 27 were accepted for the Festival. The North End Gallery offered free popcorn and cider throughout the day.

Of those 27 films, only six were nominated for the prestigious Jury Award: Great Mills Strong by Ed Winson Delmoro, In Passing by Bittnarie Shin, Invisible Man by Courtney Stanley, Mix and Match Mess by Bill Stea, Not On My Watch by Nick Kootsikas, and Rumination by Chad Eric Smith.

And the winner is: Rumination by Chad Eric Smith. Winner of the Audience Choice Award was: Invisible Man. It was directed by Courtney Stanley.

The additional films were 4.0 by Drew Larson, A Simpler Way, by Mike O. Snyder, Away From The Grasslands by Khalid Ali, Chemicals Like God by Matthew and Kat Roe and Parker, Crossing Out Heather by Andrew Skidmore, God Bless the County Life by Alex Davis, Heavy Metal Parking Lot by John Heyn and Jeff Krulik, I Like Me by Joshua Land, In a Tree Full of Rain by Zak Seidman, Memories of Leonardtown by Kennedy Abell,

Neil Diamond Parking Lot by John Heyn and Jeff Krulik, Nostalgia Goggles by Omar Ahmed, Ouijumanji by Ashley-Phoenix Tyson, Southern Sustainability by Erin McGoff, Space Wizards by Nick Kootsikas, Supernatural Parody by Brent Morgan, Sweet Dreams by Louis Bose and Annalise Woolford, The Cable Guy by Rebecca Burnett, Tippett by Sean Mullen, and Victory Remembered: Legacy of the Black Devils by Les Owen.

Panelists participating in the Filmmakers Reception Discussion – The Art and Action of Storytelling – held Friday, July 13 at St. Mary’s Ryken High School were John Heyn, Jeff Krulik, Eric Millham, Les Owen and Michael O. Snyder.

The 2018 Jurors were Emily Ferren, Dan Hamby, Zach Hamby, Eric Millham and Mark Rhoda.

This year’s films represented a vast variety of genres including music, comedy, documentary, and drama, with a wide range of length and subject matter. Theresa Wood is President of the SMDFF Committee and The Friends of the Leonardtown Theatre. For more information on the 2018 Festival or to volunteer for the 2019 SMDFF you may contact:

Republican Women of St. Mary’s Club

The RWSM will meet Monday, July 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Front Porch Restaurant in Leonardtown. Guest Speaker is Del. Gerald Clarke. Lunch will be available for purchase. The meeting is free and open to all; you do not have to be a RWSM member to attend.

Historic St. Mary’s City

The 31st Annual Tidewater Archaeology Day will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Chief Archaeologist Travis Parno and the archaeology students will help you interpret stories of the past that each piece of excavated material tells. Tours of Anne Arundel Hall’s new Archaeology Lab with Archeological Lab Director Silas Hurry are scheduled for both days at 11 a.m., and at 1, 2:30, and 4 p.m.  At 3 p.m. both days, senior staff archaeologist Ruth Mitchell will guide tours through the exhibit of Maryland’s earliest excavated plantation at HSMC’s St. John’s Site. Sign up for tours at the Visitor Center when you first arrive to purchase your ticket for the day. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $6 for those ages 6 to 18, and free for children ages 5 and under and for Friends of HSMC.  For more information you may contact (240)895-4990 or

The Vintage Source

The Summer Flea Market will held on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information you may contact, or you may call (240)295-1060.

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