We are thrilled to announce that the Stavros Niarchos Foundation has committed $5 million to Johns Hopkins University, enabling Maryland Film Festival, JHU, and the Maryland Institute College of Art to transform Baltimore’s historic Parkway Theater into a center for the study, production, and exhibition of film.
Tags: Andreas Dracopoulos, Jed Dietz, Parkway Theater, Ron Daniels, Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Tags: Ethel, LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM, Rory Kennedy
Perhaps the most striking thing about LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM, Rory Kennedy’s eye-opening documentary about the 1975 evacuation of the American Embassy in Saigon, is how calmly it surveys what was once among the angriest topics in American political life. The story is full of emotion and danger, heroism and treachery, but it is told in a mood of rueful retrospect rather than simmering partisan rage. Ms. Kennedy, whose uncle John F. Kennedy expanded American involvement in Vietnam and whose father, Robert F. Kennedy, became one of the ensuing war’s most passionate critics, explores its final episode with an open mind and lively curiosity. There are old clips that have never been widely seen and pieces of information that may surprise many viewers.- The New York Times, 9/4/14
During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. The United States has only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. As Communist victory becomes inevitable and the U.S. readies to withdraw, some Americans begin to consider the certain imprisonment and possible death of their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends. Meanwhile, the prospect of an official evacuation of South Vietnamese becomes terminally delayed by Congressional gridlock and the inexplicably optimistic U.S. Ambassador. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, a number of heroic Americans take matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese lives as possible.
Tags: Max Porter, Phil Davis, Sweaty Eyeballs
Maryland Film Festival is proud to be a sponsor of the 3rd Annual Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational, which returns to the MICA Brown Center on Friday 10/17 at 7:30pm with a mind-blowing array of international, independent short animations. Curated by Phil Davis (Towson University) and Max Porter (Maryland Institute College of Art); including narrative, experimental, and music video work made with a variety of techniques ranging from stop motion, hand drawn, to CGI. Come on out for a night of weird and beautiful animation and cast your vote for the audience choice award!
3rd Annual Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational Screening
Friday October 17, 2014
Falvey Hall Auditorium – MICA Brown Center
1300 W. Mount Royal Ave. Baltimore, MD
$5 general admission;
FREE for Friends of the Festival, students (with valid student ID), and University faculty/staff
Tags: Best of Baltimore, CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU, Chris LaMartina, Rahne Alexander
Thank you, Baltimore! We’re very happy to announce that MFF has once again been named Best Film Festival/Series in the City Paper‘s 2014 “Best of Baltimore” Reader’s Poll!
Issues hit newsstands today — be sure to pick one up or click here to check it out online!
Also honored in this year’s “Best of Baltimore” issue is MFF alum Chris LaMartina who won for Best Filmmaker. LaMartina’s film CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU had its premiere at MFF 2014.
Also receiving a shout out is MFF’s own Operations & Development Manager, Rahne Alexander, whose band The Degenerettes was part of Ladyfest, which received the honor of Best Music Festival in this year’s awards.
We’re thrilled to be part of what makes the Charm City art scene so vibrant and look forward to bringing you another amazing film festival next year!
Tags: HELLION, Kat Candler, MFF 2014, Stevenson University
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.
HELLION Screening with Kat Candler
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.
Tags: Call for Submissions, MFF 2015
Attention, 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!Published September 5, 2014 Uncategorized Leave a Comment
Tags: Fifty Years of John Waters, Film Society of Lincoln Center, John Waters
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.
Tags: AFTER TILLER, Lana Wilson, Martha Shane
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!
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.
- Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
Maryland Film Festival and BALTIMORE IN BLACK AND WHITE Make Baltimore Magazine’s “Best of Baltimore” List!Published August 26, 2014 Uncategorized Leave a Comment
Tags: BALTIMORE IN BLACK AND WHITE, Baltimore Magazine, Best of Baltimore, Emily Topper, Mary Posatko, MFF 2014
BALTIMORE 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)
Tags: CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU, Chris LaMartina