For documentary filmmakers and Annapolis residents Patti White and Lee Anderson, establishing a film festival in their hometown wasn't a labor of love. It was a no-brainer.
White and Anderson, business partners since 1990 when they founded an Annapolis-based production company now known as Filmsters, have traveled the film-festival circuit across America and always believed Maryland's capital was a natural for an industry "close-up."
"We've been to festivals in Colorado Springs — they have mountains, we have water — but the towns are not much different," White said. "I thought that our community could really benefit from this."