Joe Barsin's new poster illustration for the 2016 Annapolis Film Festival has just been unveiled in the January issue of "What's Up? Annapolis" magazine. Shown here is the vertical composition of the new design. Joe also created horizontal versions to be used in social media promotions. This is the fourth year that the Annapolis Film Festival has asked Joe Barsin to create their visual theme. It is a great honor since the AFF continues to grow with each successful year.
The 2016 theme for AFF is a little different then what Joe has created in the past (scroll down to see previous themes). At first glance, it’s a boat captain with a crab moustache, a.k.a. "Captain Crab!" … But there is more to the concept which Joe Barsin explains below:
"My biggest inspiration from this past year was Jeff Huntington’s mural he painted above the popular West Street restaurant 'tsunami'. Jeff's work is dynamic and I loved that he used an image from the 1925 silent film, 'Battleship Potemkin'. This old soviet film has a long tradition in the creative world and has inspired many great works in film and graphic design. The fact that Jeff’s mural became controversial since it was not approved by the Annapolis Historical Preservation Commission made it even more relevant. I loved Jeff’s quote, 'The larger conversation is about allowing contemporary art to merge with the Historic District. If it was another sailboat and crab mural, nobody would bat an eye.' From this, my concept was born. I wanted to link the Annapolis Film Festival into the creative conversation that has been invigorated by Huntington’s mural. By using the image of the irate naval officer from 'Battleship Potemkin' and creatively merging him with Maryland’s proud and beloved icon, the crab, then we have a winner! Having the face of the old captain in a Navy town seemed appropriate and the added film reel on the hat visually connected the film festival’s theme. All together, the image is a humorous, and hopefully, memorable promotional theme for the 2016 Annapolis Film Festival! I hope you enjoy and come out to the Festival this Spring. — Joe Barsin"