BREAKING NEWS: SALON CRITIC ANDREW O’HEHIR ANNOUNCED AS MFF 2012 OPENING NIGHT HOST!

Andrew O’Hehir

The Maryland Film Festival is extremely proud to announce that Andrew O’Hehir, film critic and writer for Salon, will host the MFF 2012 Opening Night Shorts Program.  The event takes place at 8pm this Thursday, May 3rd, at the MICA Brown Center, 1300 West Mt. Royal Avenue.

Andrew O’Hehir has been writing about film since the early 1990s for publications including The San Francisco Weekly, The New York Times, SPIN, The Times of London, and The Washington Post.  He started writing for Salon.com in 1995, where he has served as Arts Editor and is now the principal film critic.  His reviews and interviews appear regularly in Salon, and his “Pick of the Week” has become a popular feature for filmgoers. Andrew is a 1984 graduate of The Johns Hopkins University. He joins such esteemed hosts from past years as Academy Award winning writer/director Barry Levinson, filmmaker/comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, and Washington Post film writer Ann Hornaday.

Maryland Film Festival’s 2012 Opening Nights shorts have been announced as:

I AM JOHN WAYNE (dir: Christina Choe; the film won Slamdance 2012’s grand jury award for short films)

THE KOOK (dirs: Nat Livingston Johnson and Gregory Mitnick; award-winning veteran of over 25 festivals)

MODERN MAN (dirs: Kerri Lendo and John Merriman; the team behind MFF 2011’s short Sleep Study)

CORK’S CATTLEBARON (dir: Eric Steele; this will be the film’s world premiere)

FISHING WITHOUT NETS (dir: Cutter Hodierne; the film has screened within Sundance ’12 and Sundance London)

This announcement comes quickly on the heels of this weekend’s news that MFF 2011 Opening Night short director David Lowery (PIONEER) will write and direct the feature AIN’T THESE BODIES SAINTS with leads Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, and Casey Affleck.

The Maryland Film Festival’s Opening Night Shorts Program is supported by a generous grant from the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, Creator of the Baker Artist Awards.

For tickets and more information for this event and the entire MFF 2012 line-up, visit:

http://mdfilmfest.com/film-guide-2012.cfm


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