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"In Passing" cast and crew

Hollywood, MD – The Asbury Solomons Retirement Community in Solomons reports the Shoppes at Asbury sale will be held Saturday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. You may visit Betty’s Closet, Granny’s Treasures and the Library Book Sale. All proceeds benefit the Benevolent Care Fund. The next sale date is Sept. 15. For more information call 410-394-3466.

The Potomac Jazz and Seafood Festival will be held at St. Clements Island Museum in Colton’s Point from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 14.

The Southern Maryland Film Fest Comes to Leonardtown
The 2018 Southern Maryland Film Festival comes to Leonardtown July 13-14 with a Reception and screenings of 20 different films.

On Friday, July 13, a Q & A and Opening Reception will take place in Romauld Hall of St. Mary’s Ryken High School from 6 to 9 p.m. The Reception is free and is open to the public. Come out to meet the filmmakers, to listen to the panel discussion, and to be on hand for the Awards Ceremony.

The Steering Committee for the SMDFF has proudly announced this year’s special guest panel speakers:
John Heyn and Jeff Krulik are both Washington, D.C.-based filmmakers who produced the 1986 documentary “Heavy Metal Parking Lot”, which ignited the “parking lot genre” that continues to resonate today with sequels, screenings, concerts, a reality-TV series, and fan-generated films and art.
Michael O. Snyder, from Frostburg, MD, is a photographer and filmmaker whose work has been featured in magazines and galleries by National Geographic, The Guardian, Vox, Roads & Kingdoms, The Washington Post, High Country News, and Conde Nast.
Lee Owen is a Transitioning Video Producer for The United States Army Band, and owner of LDO Video Productions; his documentaries and short films have received national recognition.
Eric Milham, former military broadcast journalist and current educator heads the two-year TV/Video Production program at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center in Leonardtown. He grew up in St. Mary’s County, worked part-time for WPTX/WMDM during his senior year at Leonardtown HS, then worked full-time in broadcasting and media after graduating from Salisbury University. He then enlisted in the Army, spending five years as an active duty military broadcaster mostly in Frankfurt, Germany.
These panelists will discuss the foundation of all great movies – the story the filmmaker tells the audience.

You will be able to attend screenings of the stories mentioned here as well as stories about Leonardtown, Great Mills, and beyond by attending on July 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. when the 20 Festival movies (selected from 100 submissions) will be shown at various downtown Leonardtown locations.  Tickets are $10 per person, available at: smdff.org, or at the Box Office in the Square the day of the event (cash only). A complete listing of films was not yet available at press time.

One of the 20 films to be shown during this year’s Festival on Saturday, July 14 is In Passing (by writer/director Bittnarie Shin; producer is Caron Brown). In Passing was filmed “on location” at Tall Timbers Marina (thanks to Rick Meatyard who graciously made this site available) in December of 2016. Major roles were performed by professional Equity actors from New York City. Supporting roles were filled by local St. Mary’s County residents Lois Stephenson and Ellynne Brice Davis. (Other local actors included Rick Thompson of Calvert County and Stan Gilmer of Ellicott City.)
On Saturday, July 14, In Passing will be shown three times during the day-long Festival: at noon and at 4 p.m. at The Rex Restaurant, and at 2 p.m. at the Town Hall. 

Students Bittnarie Shin and Caron Brown travelled from Columbia University in New York City to St. Mary’s County to film their Master’s Degree thesis project – the short film, In Passing. After auditions and conversations via phone calls and Skype calls with the director, both Lois and Ellynne (thrillingly) found themselves cast in supporting roles in the movie.

The actual filming took place on two frigid, windy, December days on the beach, out on a boat; and inside the Tall Timbers restaurant, The Reluctant Navigator. The dinner scene was the most memorable and included the supporting players and the “star” Equity actors.

In Passing is set in 2017. Seventy-one-year-old Chloe (Kathryn Kates) is still in love with Justin (Jon Shear). Justin has been on a calorie-restricted diet since they were in college together and has not aged one bit. They gather with mutual friends (all senior-aged) for the water burial of Katharine’s husband; Justin is reminded of Chloe’s impending mortality. As Angela, Ellynne calls attention to the wasted pleasures of his life since Justin does not feel free to indulge in steak and wine. Chloe still wants to pursue a relationship with Justin but Justin now has a new boyfriend (C. Bain) and the differences between Justin and Chloe drive them apart by the end of the 15-minute film. Lois portrayed Katherine, Stan Gilmer played Angela’s husband, and Mr. Thompson is another friend in attendance. (Kathryn, Justin and C. Bain were the professional actors from NYC; C. Bain was not “on location” at Tall Timbers. Makeup artist was Shemika Berry.)

When In Passing premiered during the 2017 30th Annual Columbia University Film Festival at Lincoln Center in NYC on May 13, 2017, Lois and Ellynne travelled via Amtrak to view their screen debut at the Walter Reade Theatre, and afterwards enjoyed a photo-op session with other cast and crew members in the theatre’s Lobby.
In Passing Writer/Director Bittnarie Shin is US-born. She was raised in S. Korea, and educated in the UK. Currently, she is pursuing her MFA in Film Directing at Columbia University School of the Arts. In Passing Producer Caron Williams is pursuing her MFA in Film at Columbia University School of the Arts. A New York native, she now lives in LA and is an executive trainee to the president of Columbia Pictures.

Send items for Parks and Points to: LynnieBDavis@gmail.com.

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