Monday screenings capped with the newest film from writer/director Rodrigo Garcia, MOTHER AND CHILD, a wily and beautifully crafted film about adult relationships that was already praised at last year’s Toronto Film Festival and will be distributed by Sony Pictures Classic. This is grown-up filmmaking at its best. The Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship (administered by MFF) supported Rodrigo’s first script, THINGS YOU CAN TELL JUST BY LOOKING AT HER, which he brought to Baltimore directly from the Cannes Film Festival. He also spent time during that trip with students at the School for the Arts. -Jed
Rodrigo Garcia listening to a question with some of his amazing cast – Naomi Watts, Samuel
L. Jackson, Kerry Washington and Jimmy Smits.
Published January 24, 2010
Tags: Anthony Mackie, Black Panthers, Duplass Brothers, Elvis Mitchell, Jed Dietz, John C Reilly, Jonah Hill, Kerry Washington, Marisa Tomei, Maryland Film Festival, Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship, Night Cathes Us, Sundance Film Festival, Tanya Hamilton
It’s hard to describe the thrill of seeing Tanya Hamilton’s NIGHT CATCHES US premiere here in competition last night. We supported this script through the Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship (when it was called STRINGBEAN AND MARCUS) and it is quintessential independent film making- made for little money and bringing a previously unexplored world to the screen. Tanya was fascinated by the dynamic of people growing up and dealing with a radical past. The two key characters, played by Kerry Washington (RAY) and Anthony Mackie (THE HURT LOCKER) are former Philadelphia Black Panthers and that specific history infuses everything. I sat with celebrated film critic, Elvis Mitchell (who moderated the open conversation with directors Barry Levinson, David Simon and John Waters at our MFF fundraiser) and we’re both eager for this to get to audiences. – Jed
Director, Tanya Hamilton (recipient of the the Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship, through Maryland Film Festival), participates in Q&A for NIGHT CATCHES US
MFF alums, Mark and Jay Duplass (BAGHEAD, THE PUFFY CHAIR) conduct Q&A for their latest film, CYRUS with John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, and Marisa Tomei
MFF Director, Jed Dietz, will be at the Sundance Film Festival from January 23-30. Keep checking back for Jed’s daily updates and reports straight from Park City, Utah!