Chesapeake Film After Hours Kicks Off at the Piazza Italian Market


Chesapeake Film After Hours welcomes film lovers and friends to  “Discriminating Tastes,” a reception to take place at the Piazza Italian Market, 218 N Washington Street, Easton, April 2, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Tickets, including hors d’oeuvres and one complimentary glass of wine, are $45 in advance, $55 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at

Guests will watch nationally renowned TV pastry chef, Steve Konopelski, proprietor of Turnbridge Point in Denton, create a culinary work of art that will be auctioned during the event.  Steve’s career in hospitality and baking emerged from his early years as a Broadway dancer and performer.  In November 2015, Steve competed on the Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship, finishing as the runner-up after eight episodes of eliminations.

Chef Steve Konopelski

Mingle with friends and leaders of the Chesapeake Film Festival while savoring a scrumptious buffet of Piazza Italian’s hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary glass of wine.  Leading Talbot County citizen and wine connoisseur Richard Tilghman will pour guests their wine.

Cid Collins Walker, CFF’s Artistic Director, will share how her experiences at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival are helping the 2019 Chesapeake Film Festival to continue to grow as the Eastern Shore’s respected boutique film festival that it has become.

“Chesapeake Film After Hours is a newly formed series for Festival friends and those curious to learn more about CFF and the fall 2019 Festival.  We would like filmmakers and film-lovers to be able to enjoy the Film Festival community throughout the year, “ said George Nilson, CFF President.

The Chesapeake Film Festival is funded by the Maryland Film Office, Maryland State Arts Council, and Talbot County Arts Council.

The mission of the Chesapeake Film Festival is to entertain, enrich and inspire by bringing the finest in narrative, documentary and short film to the Chesapeake Bay community.  The films we showcase are broadly focused to illuminate both the diversity and universality of the human condition.  We believe that films can affect positive change and through this medium individuals and communities can gain a greater understanding of themselves and the world.  We envision a festival that stimulates, educates and empowers.

This year’s Chesapeake Film Festival will be held from October 3 to October 6, 2019.

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