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Directed by Tom Horton, Dave Harp, and Sandy Cannon-Brown (30 min.)

This is a film about a remarkable couple, Mary Ada and Dwight Marshall, whose lives on Smith Island personify Chesapeake Bay’s watermen, seafood harvesting culture and history. It’s also about the four children who chose to break with that tradition and why. Written by Tom Horton, the film – like his 1996 book, An Island out of Time - is both celebration and elegy for a place beset with rising sea levels, erosion, pollution, and harvest restrictions. Mary Ada’s and Dwight’s families have been on the island for centuries. Will they stay on their ancestral island or follow the example of their children and leave?

Photo by Lee Cannon / CC BY-SA 2.0.

After the film, there will be a panel discussion with the Marshalls, followed by an Environmental Films Dessert Reception featuring SMITH ISLAND CAKE made by Mary Ada Marshall.

How to Make a Smith Island Cake with Mary Ada Marshall (shared from Chesapeake Bay Foundation):

Venue Information

Chesapeake Film Festival at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 North Talbot Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663
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Chesapeake Film Festival


101 Marlboro Ave, Ste 53
Easton, MD 21601
(410) 822-3500

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