The Bethesda Film Fest promotes and honors the work of local and regional documentary filmmakers.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
The first Bethesda Film Fest will feature five short documentaries made by local filmmakers. The evening will include a discussion with the filmmakers after the screenings. Tickets for this event have sold out.
Baffle their Minds with Bullsh*t, Kerry Leigh
Into the Lime Light
Rights of Butterflies
The five films featured at the Bethesda Film Fest will be selected by members of the Bethesda Art & Entertainment District Board, along with Angelica Das and David Stern.
Angelica Das is the Associate Director at the Center for Social Media at American University’s School of Communication. She holds a Masters of Arts in International Media from American University, a joint degree of the School of Communication and the School of International Service, where she investigated the role of hyper-local media in information environments. At the Center, Angelica programs the annual Media That Matters conference and Visiting Filmmaker agenda. She has served as a juror for the Media That Matters shorts festival and the Justice Matters award at Filmfest DC. She was a guest at the 2011 BAVC Producers Institute, a mentor for the 2011 Silverdocs Transmedia Lab, and is helping steward the Living Docs movement with Mozilla and other partners. Angelica holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the University of Rochester and post-baccalaureate certificate in Polish language and culture. A true global citizen, Angelica has roots in Poland and India and continues to explore the world through documentary filmmaking.
David Stern is the Director of Digital Media at Imagination Stage in Bethesda. He has taught film production to all ages, from college students at George Washington University, to teenagers at Imagination Stage, where he also developed the film program and curriculum. David attended New York University’s film program and has worked in the commercial industry from boutique production companies to large firms including Daniel J. Edelman Public Relations and BATV, a business news magazine program for ABC. As an independent filmmaker, he wrote several screenplays and has produced, directed and edited more than a dozen short films and documentaries. For his 30-minute film “Suite Harry,” he received the CINE Golden Eagle and IAC London International Film Festival’s Gold Seal awards. His short “In a Word” opened the MetroFest Film Festival at the Detroit Institute of the Arts. Currently, David is in development on his third feature through his production company, The Detroit Film Yard Co.