MFF Unveils Next 12 Titles of 2014 Film Lineup!

Maryland Film Festival continued unveiling the lineup for its 16th annual festival today, announcing 12 more feature films in addition to the 10 announced last week. Among the titles announced today are SXSW buzz films Fort Tilden, Evolution of a Criminal, and The Mend; the latest from Oscar-nominated documentarians Joe Berlinger and Marshall Curry; cutting-edge films made in Greece, South Korea, Taiwan, and Nepal; and the premiere of Maryland-made Lovecraftian horror film Call Girl of Cthulhu.
Lineup announcements will continue this week and next, including more than 20 additional emerging feature films, several revival screenings, and a favorite film selected and hosted by legendary filmmaker John Waters.

The 12 feature films announced today for MFF 2014 are:

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CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU

CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU (Chris LaMartina) Baltimore-based D.I.Y. horror helmer Chris LaMartina’s latest tells the Lovecraft-inspired story of a virginal artist who falls in love with a call girl that turns out to be the chosen bride of the alien god Cthulhu.

EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL

EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL

EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL (Darius Clark Monroe) In this gripping blend of documentary, true-crime, and personal essay, a filmmaker confronts his past, dissecting the circumstances that led him to commit a bank robbery as a young man, and his journey since that act. Executive-produced by Spike Lee.

FORT TILDEN

FORT TILDEN

FORT TILDEN (Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers) Winner of the grand jury award for narrative feature at SXSW 2014, this satire of Brooklyn hipsters making their way to a day at the beach takes on Samuel Beckett-esque barbs as ordering coffee and locking a bicycle become almost insoluble dilemmas.

THE HIP-HOP FELLOW

THE HIP-HOP FELLOW

THE HIP-HOP FELLOW (Kenneth Price) The points of intersection between hip-hop culture and academia are explored in this documentary following Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder’s tenure at Harvard University. Interviewees include Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Kendrick Lamar, Young Guru, Phonte, and DJ Premier.

MANAKAMANA

MANAKAMANA

MANAKAMANA (Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez) This new feature from Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab (Leviathan, Sweetgrass) offers immersive access to an ancient journey now taken in a modern cable car, as viewers ride along in real-time with pilgrims and tourists bound for Nepal’s Manakamana temple.

THE MEND

THE MEND

THE MEND (John Magary) Shades of Cassavetes’ Husbands and Mike Leigh color this revelatory mix of comedy and drama, as estranged brothers (Josh Lucas and Stephen Plunkett) reconnect at a moment of crisis and embrace increasingly wild and impulsive behavior.

MOEBIUS

MOEBIUS

MOEBIUS (Kim Ki-duk) South Korean maverick Kim Ki-duk returns with perhaps his most shocking and darkly humorous exploration yet of the connections between pleasure, penance, spirituality, and the human impulse for violence.

POINT AND SHOOT

POINT AND SHOOT

POINT AND SHOOT (Marshall Curry) When Baltimore native Matthew VanDyke traveled to Libya to join the rebels who were taking up arms against Gaddafi, his experiences became international news. His stranger-than-fiction story is told by the director of MFF documentaries Street Fight, Racing Dreams, and If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front.

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER (Penny Panayotopoulou) After a seemingly solitary woman’s beloved dog passes away, she becomes overwhelmed by her loneliness. In her search to ease the pain of losing her best friend, she unexpectedly connects with a sympathetic family that lives in her neighborhood. This expertly crafted and warmly human film from Greek director Penny Panayotopoulou signals her triumphant return after a decade-plus hiatus from filmmaking.

STRAY DOGS

STRAY DOGS

STRAY DOGS (Tsai Ming-liang) The first digitally shot feature from master director Tsai (whose films I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone and Walker screened within the festival) continues his unique 25-year collaboration with lead Lee Kang-sheng, this time situating him as the homeless guardian to two young children in Taipei.

WATER LIKE STONE

WATER LIKE STONE

WATER LIKE STONE (Zack Godshall, Michael Pasquier) A documentary portrait of Leeville, Louisiana, a fishing village among the fastest-disappearing wetlands in the United States—and the unforgettable characters who call it home.

WHITEY

WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES BULGER

WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES J. BULGER (Joe Berlinger) This documentary dissects legend from fact in investigating the story of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, uncovering a web of corruption in the process. From the director of Crude and co-director of Brother’s Keeper, Some Kind of Monster, and the Paradise Lost trilogy.

Stay tuned for more program lineup announcements coming soon! Current members are invited to join us for our Members Only Film Festival Preview on Thursday April 17th at The Walters Art Museum at 7:00pm. This event is free for Friends of the Festival; to join or renew your Friends of the Festival membership, click here. If you are a current member and would like to reserve a spot for two to our Festival Preview, email Angie at tickets@mdfilmfest.com.

MFF & JHU Present UNMANNED: AMERICA’S DRONE WARS with Director Robert Greenwald 4/21!

UnmannedMFF and Johns Hopkins University are pleased to present a screening of the documentary UNMANNED: AMERICA’S DRONE WARS on Monday, April 21st at 7:30pm in JHU’s Hodson Hall. The screening will be introduced by Linda DeLibero of JHU and followed by a panel discussion moderated by Bernadette Wegenstein of JHU with director Robert Greenwald, philosopher David LaRocca and MFF director Jed Dietz.

Film Synopsis: UNMANNED: AMERICA’S DRONE WARS, the eighth full-length feature documentary from Brave New Foundation and director Robert Greenwald, investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes at home and abroad through more than 70 separate interviews, including a former American drone operator who shares what he has witnessed in his own words, Pakistani families mourning loved ones and seeking legal redress, investigative journalists pursuing the truth, and top military officials warning against blowback from the loss of innocent life.

Event Info:
MFF & JHU present UNMANNED: AMERICA’S DRONE WARS
Monday, April 21
7:30 PM
Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus
3400 N. Charles Street Hodson Hall 110 (click here for campus map)
Free for Friends of the Festival; RSVP requested!

HOW TO GET TWO FREE TICKETS TO THIS EVENT (must be a current Friend of the Festival to qualify): email tickets@mdfilmfest.com with your NAME and “UNMANNED: AMERICA’S DRONE WARS” to reserve a spot for two.  To join or renew your Friends of the Festival membership, click here.

 

Members Only Film Festival Preview Thursday 4/17 at the Walters Art Museum!

MFF2014FOFpreview_edited-2Maryland Film Festival’s highly-anticipated Members Only Film Festival Preview will take place this Thursday, April 17th at 7:00pm at the beautiful Walters Art Museum!  This is an exclusive event just for current Friends of the Festival and is not open to the public!  Click here to join or renew your Friends of the Festival membership today and get access to this exclusive members-only event!

The annual Members Only Film Festival Preview features highlights from our 2014 film program.  The event is hosted by MFF Director Jed Dietz and our Programming staff, and will be followed by a Q & A with the audience.  This is your chance to get a special taste of what we’re offering at MFF 2014 before the public and get any questions you have answered – you won’t want to miss it!

Last year’s festival preview offered glimpses of Lotfy Nathan‘s 12 O’CLOCK BOYS, Independent Spirit Award-winning film THIS IS MARTIN BONNER, Matt Porterfield‘s I USED TO BE DARKER, Alex Winter‘s DOWNLOADED, ZERO CHARISMA, BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO, LEVIATHAN, MUSEUM HOURS, and many more!  This year’s festival preview will feature glimpses of our 2014 lineup; click here for the first 10 titles we’ve released and stay tuned for more programming updates, coming soon!

SCREENING INFO: 
MFF Members Only 2014 Film Festival Preview
Thursday, April 17th
7:00pm
The Walters Art Museum (Enter Museum on Centre Street)
600 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD
FREE for Friends of the Festival; not open to the public.
Click here for directions and parking information.

Friends of the Festival is the membership program that supports the Maryland Film Festival throughout the year. For a contribution of $50 or more, our members receive benefits like:

  • FREE sneak preview screenings and MFF events throughout the year!
  • FREE movies before 6pm on Friday of the Maryland Film Festival!
  • Purchase Festival All-Access passes before the public and at a discount!
  • Merchandise discounts, and more!

Click here to join or renew your Friends of the Festival membership today and experience all that Maryland Film Festival has to offer!

MFF & Sweaty Eyeballs present GHOST STORIES with Guest Animator Scott Benson on Friday 4/18!

sweatyeyeballs2014MFF and Sweaty Eyeballs are proud to present Late Night Work Club’s GHOST STORIES with special guest animator Scott Benson for an evening of wonderful and spooky animated short films. After the screening Scott will show more of his own work and talk about the game he’s developing, Night in the Woods.

GHOST STORIES, a short animated film anthology of 11 entirely new shorts wrought by the devil himself. These cryptic tales will scare you, make you laugh, and make you run for cover. They might even teach you how to resurrect the dead right from home. So bring a notepad. 

Curators:
Phil Davis & Max Porter
Co-sponsored by
MICA Animation Department
Towson University College of Fine Arts & Communication
Maryland Film Festival

Event Info:
MFF & Sweaty Eyeballs Present GHOST STORIES – an anthology of animated short films by Late Night Work Club
with SCOTT BENSON – special guest animator
Friday, April 18
7:30 PM
MICA Grad Studio Center Auditorium
131 W. North Ave. Baltimore, MD
$5 General Admission/Free for Friends of the Festival and Students

Late Night Work Club is a group of some of the best new and established animators/designers from around the world. Hanging out almost solely on video chats, they have worked deep into the nights for the last year to bring you their first project.

HOW TO GET TWO FREE TICKETS TO THIS EVENT (must be a current Friend of the Festival to qualify): Email Angie at tickets@mdfilmfest.com with your name to reserve a spot for two.  To join or renew your Friends of the Festival membership, click here.

MFF 2014 All-Access Passes Now On Sale to General Public! Early Bird Discount through April 16th! Call 410-752-8083 to Order!

all_access_holder_bestTHIS WEEK ONLY – MFF 2014 All Access passes are now on sale to the general public at a discount!
Purchase your All-Access pass now at the early bird rate of $300 and save $25 off the regular price – this week only! Offer expires 4/16 or while supplies last!
Call our office at 410-752-8083 to order your All-Access pass today! This offer is not available online.

The All Access pass is the best way to experience everything Maryland Film Festival has to offer!  Pass holders get priority seating at all screenings (including the John Waters and Alloy Orchestra screenings) without a ticket and ahead of regular ticket holders. All-Access pass holders also get into our Opening Night Shorts Program and Gala at the MICA Brown Center, Closing Night Screening and Party, and the Filmmakers Lounge!

DUE TO LIMITED SUPPLY, WE EXPECT TO SELL OUT – SO BE SURE TO GET YOURS TODAY!  

PRE-SALE DISCOUNT TO GENERAL PUBLIC (4/9-4/16): $300**
(**All-Access Passes go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, April 9th.  Must be purchased by Wednesday, April 16th or while supplies last at $300 price.**)

ALL-ACCESS PASSES REGULAR PRICE (AFTER 4/16): $325

Don’t Miss This Rare Opportunity!

To order your All-Access Pass, call 410-752-8083! All-Access Passes are NOT available online. Supplies are limited, so act now!

MFF Unveils First 10 Titles of 2014 Film Program!

Maryland Film Festival has begun unveiling the lineup for our 16th annual festival, which will take place May 7-11 in downtown Baltimore and include approximately 50 feature films and 10 short-film programs from around the world.

The first ten feature films announced for MFF 2014 include the area premieres of a number of highly anticipated independent, documentary, and international features, including Michael Tully’s star-studded, shot-in-Maryland Ping Pong Summer; Josephine Decker’s beautiful and provocative Thou Wast Mild and Lovely; Fernando Eimbcke’s poignant coming-of-age comedy Club Sandwich; and Stanley Nelson’s riveting civil-rights documentary Freedom Summer.

Maryland Film Festival has distinguished itself as a creatively charged meeting place for filmmakers and audiences, offering all its U.S. feature films hosted by a filmmaker in a relaxed and competition-free environment. The festival is also known for its close relationship with legendary filmmaker John Waters, who selects and hosts a favorite film within each year’s festival. Building on record ticket sales and submissions over the last several years, the festival expanded to five days in 2013, and will again offer five days of programming in 2014, using seven screens in and around Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District.
Lineup announcements will continue over the next 2 weeks. The first ten titles announced for MFF 2014 are:
CLUB SANDWICH

CLUB SANDWICH

CLUB SANDWICH (Fernando Eimbcke) Poignant drama, gentle comedy, and a hint of transgression mix brilliantly as we observe the coming of age of a 15-year-old teen vacationing with his single mother in a sleepy Mexican beachfront resort. From the director of Lake Tahoe and Duck Season.

FIGHT CHURCH

FIGHT CHURCH

FIGHT CHURCH (Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel) Christianity and the world of Mixed Martial Arts collide in this thought-provoking and expectation-challenging documentary from Academy Award Winner Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel.

FREEDOM SUMMER

FREEDOM SUMMER

FREEDOM SUMMER (Stanley Nelson) In the summer of 1964, a thousand civil-rights volunteers worked to combat segregation in Mississippi. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders; Jonestown: The Life & Death of Peoples Temple; The Murder of Emmett Till) tells their story.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

HAPPY CHRISTMAS (Joe Swanberg) Following his breakthrough hit Drinking Buddies, Joe Swanberg re-teams with star Anna Kendrick and cinematographer Ben Richardson (Beasts of the Southern Wild) for an insightful look at family and friendship centered around a Chicago Christmas. Cast includes Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, and Lena Dunham.

KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER

KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER

KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER (David Zellner) The Zellner brothers (Goliath, KID-THING) bring their unique mix of resonant drama and offbeat comedy to an expanded canvas, following a young Japanese woman who believes her worn VHS copy of Fargo contains instructions to recover that film’s buried treasure.

PING PONG SUMMER

PING PONG SUMMER

PING PONG SUMMER (Michael Tully) The director of Septien returns with a sweet and hilarious love letter to summers spent in Ocean City, MD during the golden era of hip-hop, boasting a cast that includes Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris, and Robert Longstreet.

THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT

THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT

THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT (Ramon Zürcher) This strikingly original film builds on Robert Bresson’s ideas of space and sound to create a moving-image sculpture inside a Berlin apartment during a family gathering. Notes of gentleness and tension merge to form a strange visual symphony.

THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY

THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY

THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY (Josephine Decker) Following her Butter on the Latch, which premiered at MFF 2013, Josephine Decker further explores themes of budding romance and psychological terror against a backdrop of bucolic beauty. Fresh from its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale).

WHO TOOK JOHNNY

WHO TOOK JOHNNY

WHO TOOK JOHNNY (David Beilinson, Michael Galinsky, and Suki Hawley) When Johnny Gosch disappeared in 1982, his picture appeared on milk cartons, catapulting the issue of missing children into the public’s imagination. The team behind Horns and Halos and Battle for Brooklyn follows the search for answers over decades of stunning twists and turns, resulting in an unforgettable documentary experience that will have audiences questioning everything and everyone.

WILD CANARIES

WILD CANARIES

WILD CANARIES (Lawrence Michael Levine) From the director of 2010′s Gabi on the Roof in July comes this captivating blend of comedy, romance, and mystery set in contemporary Brooklyn. The all-star indie cast includes Levine alongside Sophia Takal, Alia Shawkat, Annie Parisse, Jason Ritter, and Kevin Corrigan.

Stay tuned for more program lineup announcements coming soon! Current members are invited to join us for our Members Only Film Festival Preview next week on Thursday April 17th at The Walters Art Museum at 7:00pm. This event is free for Friends of the Festival; to join or renew your Friends of the Festival membership, click here. If you are a current member and would like to reserve a spot for two to our Festival Preview, email Angie at tickets@mdfilmfest.com.

MFF 2014 Yard Signs, Posters and Postcards Now Available for Pick Up at our Mt. Vernon Office!

photo (9)We have unveiled our great new look for the 2014 Maryland Film Festival and once again we want your help getting the word out!

We are now distributing this year’s yard signs all over Baltimore, and would love to see one on your lawn and every lawn in town!

IMPORTANT: Yard signs can only be posted on private property with permission. If yard signs are posted on public property (parks, medians, etc.) the film festival may be fined.

Also – posters are not weatherproof. Please choose indoor locations if possible.

If you would like to help us spread the word by getting yard signs in your yard and your friends’ yards, just stop by the office (107 East Read Street, Baltimore, MD 21202) to pick up a stack! Office hours are Monday-Friday, 10am to 6pm.

Volunteers can receive one screening voucher (good for one regular priced film screening within MFF 2014) for materials placed in 20 locations (note: 20 postcards placed in one location does not earn one voucher. Likewise, multiple posters in a single building only count as one location.) Volunteers must sign in with their name when they pick up materials.  The volunteer coordinator will follow-up periodically to the team with an electronic survey where you can note the general locations you have placed materials (you don’t have to have precise addresses).  Only volunteers who have submitted a survey can receive vouchers at the festival. Vouchers can be picked up at the beginning of the festival at the volunteer headquarters.

And stay tuned for more exciting updates and programming announcements as we count down to the 16th annual Maryland Film Festival, May 7-11th!

Announcing our MFF 2014 Venues!

MFF2014bannerThe MFF 2014 festival campus is now complete!  Our venues for 2014 will include MICA’s Brown Center (1301 W. Mt. Royal Avenue), MICA’s BBOX (1601 W. Mt. Royal Avenue), MICA’s Studio Center  (131 W. North Avenue), The Windup Space (12 W. North Avenue), The Walters Art Museum (600 N. Charles Street), as well as the University of Baltimore’s Langsdale Auditorium (located in Langsdale Library at 1420 Maryland Avenue; auditorium entrance on Oliver Street) and University of Baltimore’s Kaufman Auditorium (located in the Business Center  at 11 W. Mt. Royal Avenue).  Our Tent Village and Festival Headquarters will be located in MICA’s West Lot (between the Studio Center and Joe Squared at 131 W. North Avenue).

Our 2014 festival campus is highly walkable with most venues being no more than a 5-10 minute walking distance apart, with the exception of the Walters Art Museum (which is easily accessible using the free Baltimore Circulator bus, which runs every 10 minutes).  Stay tuned for an interactive map featuring walking routes and directions, coming soon!

We’re excited to be expanding our footprint in the Station North Arts District and encourage patrons to check out our exciting new neighbors, including Red Emma’slocated at 30 W. North Avenue (offering delicious coffee, teas, and vegetarian/vegan fare), Liam Flynn’s Ale House located at 22 W. North Avenue (featuring a full bar and traditional Irish fare), Joe Squared located at 133 W. North Avenue (offering delicious pizza and risotto options along with a full bar), Nancy by SNAC located at 131 W. North Avenue (offering scrumptious sandwiches, coffee, teas and snacks), Two Boots Pizza located at 1203 W. Mt. Royal Avenue (offering creative and tasty pizza along with vegan and gluten-free options), On the Hill Cafe located at 1431 John Street (offering organic and natural food options), and others!

We will also have many delicious food options located within the Tent Village! Participating establishments include Golden West CafeClementine and Sofi’s Crepes, with more food vendors to be announced soon!

We’re thrilled for what promises to be another amazing year for Maryland Film Festival, with top-notch films, award-winning filmmakers, free panels, free outdoor screenings in the Tent Village, and many other exciting events to be announced soon! We look forward to seeing you for the 16th annual Maryland Film Festival, May 7-11!

MFF 2014 All-Access Passes On Sale Now to Friends of the Festival; On Sale to General Public 4/9!

all_access_holder_bestWe’re happy to announce that the extremely popular MFF 2014 All-Access passes are now on sale exclusively for Friends of the Festival at the discounted rate of $275 (regular price $325)!  Passes go on sale to the general public 4/9.  Call our office at 410-752-8083 to order your All-Access pass today; this offer is not available online.

We’re back this year with as many screens and as many screening slots as last year, building off of last year’s expansion of the festival to 5 days, and the All-Access pass is the best way to experience everything Maryland Film Festival has to offer! Pass holders get priority seating at all screenings (including the John Waters and Alloy Orchestra screenings) without a ticket and ahead of regular ticket holders. All-Access pass holders also get into our Opening Night Shorts Program and Gala at the MICA Brown Center, Closing Night Screening and Party, and the Filmmakers Lounge!

DUE TO LIMITED SUPPLY, WE EXPECT THEM TO SELL OUT!  

FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL SPECIAL DISCOUNT PRICE (4/2-4/9): $275*
(*This week only! Must be purchased by April 9th*)

PRE-SALE DISCOUNT TO GENERAL PUBLIC (4/9-4/16): $300**
(**All-Access Passes go on sale to the general public on April 9th.  Must be purchased by April 16th or while supplies last at $300 price.**)

ALL-ACCESS PASSES REGULAR PRICE (AFTER 4/16): $325

Click here to join Friends of the Festival and receive this special discount, plus FREE movies all year-round, invitations to special events, and many more great benefits!

Don’t Miss This Rare Opportunity!

To order your All-Access Pass, call 410-752-8083! All-Access Passes are NOT available online. Supplies are limited, so act now!

MFF 2013′s IT FELT LIKE LOVE with Director Eliza Hittman Rescheduled for 3/31!

it-felt-like-love-posterMFF 2013′s coming-of-age drama IT FELT LIKE LOVE (originally scheduled for 3/3 but canceled due to snow) has been rescheduled for Monday, March 31st at the MICA Brown Center with special guest filmmaker Eliza Hittman!

IT FELT LIKE LOVE premiered within Sundance 2013 and went on to screen within dozens of festivals, including the prestigious International Film Festival Rotterdam and Viennale.  Read The New York Times‘ 3/21/14 article on IT FELT LIKE LOVE and interview with Eliza Hittman here.

“I have always been fascinated with the portrayal of coming-of-age themes in film, but I felt the American films are so conservative and I wanted to challenge the tropes used in the indie sphere…My goal before I wrote anything was to make an anti-coming-of-age story. I wanted to explore taboos around female adolescent sexuality and identity. I wanted to make a film about that vulnerable encounter or confrontation.”
-Eliza Hittman

SCREENING INFO:
IT FELT LIKE LOVE
Monday, March 31st, 7:00pm
MICA Brown Center
Falvey Hall
1301 West Mt. Royal Avenue
$10/Free for Friends of the Festival and MICA students and staff
Click here for event information.

HOW TO GET 2 FREE TICKETS TO THIS SCREENING (must be a current Friend of the Festival to qualify): Email tickets@mdfilmfest.com with your NAME and “IT FELT LIKE LOVE” to be added to the RSVP list for 2 free tickets to this screening.  To join or renew your Friends of the Festival membership,click here.



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