MFF 2014’s HELLION with Kat Candler at Stevenson University on Thursday 9/25!

Kat Candler

Kat Candler

We’re please to announce that MFF alum Kat Candler has been named Stevenson University’s Department of Film/Video Artist-in-Residence for Fall 2014. Click here for more information on the Stevenson University website.

From Wednesday 9/24 through Friday 9/26, Stevenson University will host Candler where she will visit classrooms and talk about her work as a filmmaker and her success at adapting her Sundance-screened short film HELLION into the feature length film that played at MFF 2014.
Stevenson University will hold a free screening of HELLION on Thursday, September 25 at 8pm in the Stevenson University Soundstage (located in the School of Design building at 11200-A Gundry Lane, Owings Mills, MD).
There will be reception prior to the screening at 7pm in the School of Design lobby and a Q&A with Ms. Candler afterwards. Both the reception and the screening are free and open to the general public but space is limited; please RSVP to Chris Reed at chrisreed@stevenson.edu reserve a spot. 
EVENT INFO:
HELLION Screening with Kat Candler
Thursday 9/25
7pm Reception; 8pm Screening
Stevenson University Soundstage
School of Design
11200-A Gundry Lane
Owings Mills, MD

Kat Candler’s short films HELLION (2012) and BLACK METAL (2013), both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and screened within MFF. Her previous films have screened at such festivals as Los Angeles Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, SXSW, and Slamdance. She is a two-time IFP participant and was recently awarded the San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation filmmaking grant. Candler is also a lecturer on film at the University of Texas in Austin.

The 2015 Maryland Film Festival Call For Submissions Is Now Open!

unnamedAttention, filmmakers: the 2015 Maryland Film Festival Call For Submissions is now open!  Please help us spread the word!  The deadline to submit a film is December 15th — and while we’ll be accepting submissions until then, sending your films and videos to us well before the deadline is a great way to call attention to your work. Act now, don’t wait!

We are looking for high-quality films and videos of all types: feature length and shorts; narratives and documentaries; domestic and foreign; genre work and the unclassifiable. And while we are a general-audience festival, we do consider animation, experimental, underground, music video, and other forms overlooked or marginalized by some festivals.

Stronger consideration is given to films that have NOT had significant prior exposure in the Baltimore market. Screenings in the Baltimore area prior to Maryland Film Festival may result in a film’s rejection, as may certain forms of television, cable, internet, and/or home-video availability/exposure prior to the festival. Feature films that have already screened in Baltimore prior to our festival dates may be disqualified.

Please note that the Maryland Film Festival is a general-interest festival located in Maryland that screens film and video work from all over the world, and NOT solely devoted to films made in Maryland. That said, we do encourage local filmmakers to enter, and have screened some made-in-Maryland films each year.

We are actively working to increase the presence of international films at the festival, and encourage filmmakers from all over the world to send us their work.

The Maryland Film Festival has showcased short films in many unique ways, including devoting our Opening Night to a short-film program, and offering potential screening opportunities beyond the festival.

We are open to films of all varieties and lengths; unique voices and viewpoints are always a plus, as are humor, innovation, and psychotronic content.

Maryland Film Festival is a non-competition festival.

Due to the number of entries we receive, we require that all Maryland Film Festival entries be processed through Withoutabox. This enables us to keep accurate, complete information on all films submitted to us.

For more information, please visit mdfilmfest/submissions.

John Waters Retrospective “Fifty Years of John Waters: How Much Can You Take?” Runs 9/5-9/14 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center!

John Waters in 1964. New York Times/Dudley Gray.

John Waters in 1964. New York Times/Dudley Gray.

Legendary filmmaker and MFF Board Member John Waters is being honored with a 50 year retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. “Fifty Years of John Waters: How Much Can You Take” runs Friday, September 5th – Sunday, September 14th.

Waters was interviewed in today’s edition of The New York Times about his retrospective:

“It’s like being alive at your funeral. I’m not going to get anything better.”
-John Waters (click here for the complete interview).

The retrospective includes screenings of his 12 feature films; early, little-seen shorts, including “Hag in a Black Leather Jacket”; and a selection of films he says he envies, like Roger Michell’s “The Mother,” about an affair between a grandmother and a pre-Bond Daniel Craig.

Click here for the complete schedule on the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s website.

MFF 2013’s AFTER TILLER to Broadcast on PBS this Monday 9/1!

AFTER TILLER

AFTER TILLER

We are thrilled to announce that MFF 2013’s award-winning documentary AFTER TILLER will have its broadcast premiere on PBS’s acclaimed POV documentary series this Monday, September 1st!

Directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, AFTER TILLER intimately explores the highly controversial subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. The procedure is now performed by only four doctors in the United States, all former colleagues of Dr. Tiller, who risk their lives every day in the name of their unwavering commitment toward their patients.
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Martha Shane

Martha Shane is a Baltimore County native and was co-host of this year’s Filmmakers Taking Charge conference at the 2014 Maryland Film Festival. Click here to listen to the MFF/WYPR Spotlight Seriespodcast of Martha Shane discussing AFTER TILLER with Sheilah Kast on WYPR’s Maryland Morning.

AFTER TILLER does viewers the great service of providing light where there’s usually only heat, giving a human face and heart to what previously might have been an abstract issue or quickly scanned news item.

Ann HornadayThe Washington Post

Click here to find your local broadcast times, learn how to host a special event screening, and download educational resources related to the film.  AFTER TILLER is also available for download on iTunes.
Click here to view the trailer for AFTER TILLER.

Maryland Film Festival and BALTIMORE IN BLACK AND WHITE Make Baltimore Magazine’s “Best of Baltimore” List!

BOBWe are happy to announce that Maryland Film Festival has made Baltimore Magazine‘s 2014 “Best of Baltimore” list!  Also honored is MFF 2014’s documentary BALTIMORE IN BLACK AND WHITE, which was named “Best Film.”  Click here for the complete “Best of Baltimore” arts listing on Baltimore Magazine‘s website.
Alongside all the visiting filmmakers, MFF spotlights a wide range of locals. The documentary BALTIMORE IN BLACK AND WHITE (“Best Film”) screened in May, and past years have included work by the likes of Ramona Diaz, Doug Sadler, and Jimmy Joe Roche. Matt Porterfield premiered his work here. As an added bonus, celebs such as John Waters, Marin Alsop, and Sen. Barbara Mikulski present favorite films during the festival.
-Baltimore Magazine
BALTIMORE IN BLACK AND WHITE had its world premiere at the 2014 Maryland Film Festival with filmmakers Emily Topper and Mary Posatko in attendance. Congratulations to the filmmakers, and thanks to audiences who attended this year’s festival and made BALTIMORE IN BLACK AND WHITE part of their MFF 2014 experience!

Baltimore 11x17 - screenings.inddBALTIMORE IN BLACK AND WHITE description from the MFF 2014 Program Book:

BALTIMORE IN BLACK AND WHITE is an utterly fascinating new work from filmmakers Emily Topper and Mary Posatko.  Topper and Posatko co-directed this tale of a family lost after its patriarch was taken away in a senseless crime.

In Baltimore 1972, on his way to a community meeting, Henry Selhorst, the father of thirteen children, was murdered blocks from where he lived in Edmondson Village.  Decades later, his granddaughter Emily, born and raised in Baltimore, now a filmmaker, sets out to understand what happened.

The film documents her search as she meets and talks to many people involved with the crime- from the patrol officer who was first on the scene of the murder, to various community members as well as her search for  the accused suspects themselves, now men in their fifties.

Spun like a mystery, the film deftly balances honest, often contradictory, unfiltered memories from the family side by side with a raw, candid oral history of Edmondson Village at a time of racial change. The family and societal portrait that emerges can be said as one achingly specific to Baltimore, but recognizable anywhere in America.  (-MFF Screening Committee Member Dankwa Brooks)

Screening of MFF 2014’s CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU on 8/20!

Local radio station WTMD 89.7 FM will host a screening of CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU on Wednesday, August 20 for the inaugural Movie Night at WTMD Studios. This is the first Baltimore screening of the film since its debut at the 2014 Maryland Film Festival. Following the screening, Chris LaMartina, director of the film, will be present for a question and answer session with the audience. Tickets are $15 and anyone age 18 and over may attend.
CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU
Wednesday, August 20
Doors at 7pm, film at 8pm, Q&A with Director immediately afterward
WTMD Studios
1 Olympic Place
Towson, MD 21204

Click here to purchase tickets for this screening.

Join MFF at AVAM’s Flicks From The Hill Screening of TIME BANDITS on 8/7!

TIME BANDITS

TIME BANDITS

Join Maryland Film Festival on Thursday 8/7 for a FREE outdoor screening of TIME BANDITS starring Sean ConneryShelley Duvall and John Cleese, brought to you by the American Visionary Arts Museum’s Flicks From The Hill!

Stop by the Maryland Film Festival table before the show for a free gift!  The film screens at 9pm.

TIME BANDITS
Thursday, August 7th
9:00pm
Hughes Family Outdoor Theater (located on Federal Hill behind AVAM)
800 Key Highway
Baltimore, MD

TIME BANDITS (1981) Synopsis: A young boy accidentally joins a band of dwarves as they jump from time-period to time-period looking for treasure to steal.

Click here for AVAM’s complete 2014 Flicks From The Hill schedule.

MFF Pleased to Announce Shorts Filmmakers in Attendance for Artscape 2014!

L to R: Filmmakers Skizz Cyzyk (ALFRED JARRY AND 'PATAPHYSICS) and Margaret Rorison (PULL/DRIFT) at MFF 2014.

L to R: Filmmakers Skizz Cyzyk (ALFRED JARRY AND ‘PATAPHYSICS) and Margaret Rorison (PULL/DRIFT) at MFF 2014.

Maryland Film Festival is thrilled to present another year of FREE SHORT FILMS at Artscape with filmmakers in attendance!  Click here for MFF’s 2014 Artscape Film Lineup.  Artscape runs July 18-20 in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District in downtown Baltimore.  Maryland Film Festival’s FREE SHORT FILMS program will take place in the Charles Theater located at 1711 North Charles Street.

Directors in attendance for MFF’s FREE SHORT FILMS at Artscape 2014 include Margaret Rorison (Opening Night Movement Shorts: PULL/DRIFT), Skizz Cyzyk (Animated Shorts: ALFRED JARRY AND ‘PATAPHYSICS), Jason Giampietro (Narrative Shorts: WHIFFED OUT; Character Study Shorts: I WILL PAINT YOUR SPIRIT), Scott Norwood (Documentary Shorts: CINEMA TIME CAPSULE) and cinematographer/editor Nathan Duncan (Narrative Shorts: SKUNK; Opening Night Movement Shorts: NIGHT AT THE DANCE).

Join MFF for an Artscape 2014 Kickoff Party Tuesday 7/15 at By Degrees Cafe!

By Degrees Cafe

By Degrees Cafe located at 415 South Central Avenue

Maryland Film Festival is throwing an Artscape 2014 Kickoff Party at By Degrees Cafe on Tuesday 7/15 and you are invited!

Doors are at 8pm — experience delicious passed hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and specialty cocktails provided by By Degrees Cafe, followed by a sneak preview of MFF’s Animated Shorts program that will be playing during Artscape 2014 at 9pm! You won’t want to miss this exciting Artscape kickoff event at one of Baltimore’s newest and most chic cafes!

Join us for craft cocktails, delicious food and Animated Shorts hosted by MFF!

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Join us for craft cocktails and Animated Shorts on Tuesday 7/15!

MFF Artscape 2014 Kickoff Party!
Tuesday, July 15th
Hors d’Oeuvres and Cocktails from 8pm-9pm
Animated Shorts at 9pm
By Degrees Cafe
415 South Central Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21202

http://bydegreescafe.com/

$10 general, $5 Friends of the Festival
Space is limited; RSVP to tickets@mdfilmfest.com with your name to reserve a spot!
Click here for Facebook invite.

Parking is available in the By Degrees Cafe parking lot, as well as short term curb-side parking. The Cafe is also located across the street from a municipal parking garage.

All guests who attend will be entered to win a limited-edition MFF 2014 t-shirt!

Artscape 2014 runs July 18-20 and Maryland Film Festival will be showing Free Short Films all weekend at the Charles Theater with filmmakers in attendance. Click here for the complete Artscape film schedule.

MFF Presents FREE SHORT FILMS at Artscape, July 18-20!

Artscape2014Maryland Film Festival is thrilled to once again present Free Short Films at Artscape, coming up July 18-20, 2014!
Artscape is America’s largest FREE arts festival, attracting 350,000+ attendees over three days.  Maryland Film Festival’s Free Short Films will be held in the Charles Theater with filmmakers in attendance throughout the weekend.  Be sure to come by and experience our special collection of short films curated by our film programmers, and stay tuned for more announcements about filmmakers and special guests in attendance, coming soon!
MFF 2014 Artscape Film Program:
FRIDAY JULY 18TH @ 7PM
MOVEMENT SHORTS – 68 MINUTES
A Collection of Dance and Movement related shorts culled from the last 5 years of Maryland Film Festival’s shorts programs, reflecting Artscape’s “Join the Movement” theme for this year. An exciting and eclectic mix of styles and genres are showcased, including animation, experimental, documentary, narrative, and more. Several of the filmmakers will be present to discuss their work with the audience!
Warning: Program contains ADULT LANGUAGE, MILD VIOLENCE, ANATOMICALLY FRANK IMAGERY OF HORSES, ADULT THEMES

THE CHAPERONE – Directed by Fraser Munden, Neil Rathbone
EAGER – Directed by Allison Schulnik
FLOW – Directed by Christina Choe
MELT – Directed by Noémie Lafrance
NIGHT AT THE DANCE – Directed by Annie Silverstein
PULL/DRIFT – Directed by Margaret Rorison
THAT B.E.A.T. – Directed by Abteen Bagheri

SATURDAY JULY 19th & SUNDAY JULY 20th Noon-6PM
MFF 2014 SHORTS
Saturday and Sunday programs are comprised of titles curated by the Maryland Film Festival, all of them from MFF 2014. These programs begin each hour on the hour, and run between 30 and 40 minutes apiece. One or more filmmakers are expected to be in attendance at each screening to answer questions from the audience and discuss their work. Program content may be subject to last-minute changes.

Programs may contain material not appropriate for all ages. Please refer to content warnings for each program below.

SCHEDULE:

SATURDAY JULY 19th
Noon – ANIMATED SHORTS
1pm – COMEDY SHORTS
2pm – CHARACTER STUDY SHORTS
3pm – NARRATIVE SHORTS
4pm – DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
5pm – ANIMATED SHORTS

SUNDAY JULY 20th
Noon – COMEDY SHORTS
1pm – CHARACTER STUDY SHORTS
2pm – NARRATIVE SHORTS
3pm – DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
4pm – ANIMATED SHORTS
5pm – COMEDY SHORTS

ANIMATED SHORTS – 37 minutes
Warning: Program contains CARTOON VIOLENCE, ADULT THEMES, and ADULT LANGUAGE
ALFRED JARRY & ‘PATAPHYSICS – Directed by Skizz Cyzyk
CAVEIRÃO (aka THE MASTER’S VOICE) – Directed by Guilherme Marcondes
THE CHAPERONE- Directed by Fraser Munden, Neil Rathbone
THE ORPHAN AND POLAR BEAR – Directed by Neil Christopher
YEARBOOK – Directed by Bernardo Britto

COMEDY SHORTS – 31 minutes
Warning: Program contains ADULT LANGUAGE and ADULT THEMES
CRUISING ELECTRIC (1980) – Directed by Brumby Boylston
FUNNEL – Directed by Andre Hyland
THE NOVICE CLAIRALIENT – Directed by Tom Borax
PEEPERS – Directed by Ken Lam
VERBATIM – Directed by Brett Weiner

NARRATIVE SHORTS – 38 minutes
Warning: Program contains ADULT THEMES and ADULT LANGUAGE
I WAS A TEENAGE GIRL – Directed by Augustine Frizzell
LA HIJA (THE DAUGHTER) – Directed by Jazmín Rada
SKUNK – Directed by Annie Silverstein
WHIFFED OUT – Directed by Jason Giampietro

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS – 33 minutes
Warning: Program contains BRIEF NUDITY, ADULT LANGUAGE, and ADULT THEMES
CINEMA TIME CAPSULE – Directed by Scott Norwood
DAVID HOCKNEY IN THE NOW (in six minutes) – Directed by Lucy Walker
THE SILLY BASTARD NEXT TO BED – Directed by Scott Calonico
THE HIGH FIVE – Directed by Michael Jacobs

CHARACTER STUDY SHORTS – 34 minutes
Warning: Program contains ADULT THEMES and ADULT LANGUAGE
THE IMMACULATE RECEPTION – Directed by Charlotte Glynn
I WILL PAINT YOUR SPIRIT – Directed by Jason Giampietro
EASY – Directed by Daniel Laabs



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