The Annapolis Film Society presents a brand new documentary, Wild caton November 30 at 7 p.m Maryland Hall. The film was screened at the New Orleans Film Festival last week by festival directors Patti White and Lee Anderson along with new AFF executive director Laura Richards.
Wild cat follows the emotional and inspiring story of a young veteran (Harry Turner) on his journey into the Amazon. There he meets a young woman (Samantha Zwicker) who runs a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center, and his life finds new meaning when he is entrusted with the life of an orphaned baby ocelot. What was intended as an attempt to escape turns out to be an unexpected journey of love, discovery and healing. This film is directed by Melissa Lesh and Trevor Beck Frost, produced by Melissa Lesh, Trevor Beck Frost, Alysa Nahmias and Joshua Altman.
White was able to secure the film on Amazon Prime Video. “We are very excited to bring this special film to our local audiences and are thrilled that Amazon has agreed to screen it here ahead of its national release,” says White.
“It’s a powerful, emotional story that will resonate with so many people, it’s just a great movie,” says Anderson.
AFF and AFS will unveil their new poster art for the 2023 film festival in conjunction with the film screening. On hand will be new AFF artist Comacell Brown, best known for his local mural work with Jeff Huntington and Cindy Fletcher Holden, who has stepped in to continue original art following the departure of Joe Barsin, who created the AFFs to bring to the festival art for the first decade. At the screening, the audience meets Comacell Brown, known by the stage name Cell Spitfire.
Cell Spitfire is a multidisciplinary artist from Annapolis, Maryland specializing in painting, graphic design, entrepreneurship skills and local outreach through art. He holds an associate’s degree in graphic design from the Art Institute of Atlanta. Born in the mid-1980s, Comacell struggled early in life due to absent parents. Due to his drug addiction, his mother gave his grandparents legal guardianship of their only son. Aware of and affected by his mother’s addiction at the age of 8, he began channeling his feelings into art.
His passion for drawing and painting was cultivated in an after-school program run by the Salvation Army. He later began manifesting his love of art on clothing, turning t-shirts and jeans into his new canvas and creating bespoke clothing. At the age of 18, Comacell launched a line of tailored clothing, later called Creative Fashions. Over time, his one-off pieces evolved into wholesale production, followed by recognition and notoriety. His clients include Lamar Jackson, 50 Cent, Jadakiss, Angela Davis, Young Jeezy, Cam Newton, Amara La Negra, Young Dylan, FUBU Frames, YBS Skola, PNB Rock, Kane Beatz, Ransom, FreeWay and The Ice City Click, Memphis Bleek, and more.
Comacell is the recipient of numerous awards including 2019 Governor’s Citation for Outstanding Service, Artist of the Month (Capital Gazette – April 2019), 2019 Community Collaboration Award, 2019 Entrepreneurial Excellence Award and 2015 DMV Painter/Drawer of the Year Award.
Doors to the Bowen Theater at the Goldstein-Cunitz Film and New Media Center open at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.annapolisfilmfestival.org for more information
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