Seven great films will be shown at Gallery 447 the weekend of Sept. 25 and 26 as downtown Cambridge for the first time becomes a screening location for the annual Chesapeake Film Festival. Festival screenings will also be held in Easton, St. Michaels, and Oxford. “We’re really proud to be a part of this great event,” said Greg VandeVisser of Gallery 447. “The lineup of films the Festival brings to the Shore is really extraordinary.”
The full festival schedule (including trailers) is available at www.chesapeakefilmfestival.com. Tickets to Cambridge screenings are available at the Dorchester Visitors Center at Sailwinds Park East and online at the festival website. Among the highlights of films slated for Cambridge are:
• Freedom Riders, a new documentary by acclaimed director Stanley Nelson about the brave souls who banded together in 1961 to defy segregation in the Deep South.
• The Secret of Kells, an Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature that mixes adventure, action, and danger as a 12-year-old hero journeys through the Irish history as presented in the legendary “Book of Kells.” (Suitable for ages 9 and up.)
• Mars, a romantic comedy that unfolds in the form of a graphic novel as three astronauts embark on a manned space flight to the Red Planet.
• Jean-Micheal Basquiat: The Radiant Child, a prize winner at the Sundance Film Festival that tells the story of the meteoric rise and fall in the 1980s of this African-American artist.