Maryland Film Festival (May 8-12 in downtown Baltimore) is proud to announce our 2013 Closing Night selection, Mother of George by Andrew Dosunmu. Mother of George, which premiered in the prestigious U.S. Dramatic Competition section of Sundance 2013 and is distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories, will screen the evening of Sunday, May 12th in downtown Baltimore’s historic Charles Theater, with director Dosunmu in attendance.
The story of a Nigerian couple in Brooklyn struggling to make their young marriage work while running a restaurant and navigating a new culture, Mother of George boasts gripping central performances from Danai Gurira (of The Visitor, The Walking Dead, and Treme) and Isaach De Bankolé (whose distinguished filmography includes career-spanning collaborations with such directors as Claire Denis and Jim Jarmusch). Also of note is the film’s gorgeous cinematography from Bradford Young (of Pariah and Dosunmu’s 2011 feature Restless City), who won the U.S. Dramatic Cinematography award at Sundance 2013 for his gorgeous work on both this film and David Lowery’s forthcoming Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.
Maryland Film Festival has proudly supported Mother of George since its earliest stages of development, awarding Dosunmu and screenwriter Darci Picoult the Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship for their script in 2005. Dosunmu’s first produced narrative feature, the beautiful and moving Restless City, was presented within Maryland Film Festival 2011, and it’s with great pleasure that we welcomes him back to Baltimore with this tremendous new work.
The fifteenth annual Maryland Film Festival 2013 takes place May 8-12, 2013 in beautiful downtown Baltimore, screening nearly 50 features and 80 short films on 7 screens in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. Click here to check out our 2013 program.