Maryland Film Festival (May 8-12 in downtown Baltimore) is proud to announce that acclaimed cinematographer Bradford Young will co-host its 2013 Closing Night screening, presenting Oscilloscope Laboratories’ Mother of George alongside director Andrew Dosunmu. MFF 2013’s Closing Night, which takes place the evening of Sunday, May 12th in downtown Baltimore’s historic Charles Theater, will be the first public screening of Mother of George since its premiere within Sundance 2013.
Young won the U.S. Dramatic Cinematography award at Sundance 2013 for his gorgeous work on both Mother of George and David Lowery’s Cannes-bound Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. His rich body of work as cinematographer includes Dee Rees’ Pariah (2011) and Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere (2012), as well as two features screened within Maryland Film Festival: James Spooner’s White Lies, Black Sheep (MFF 2008) and Dosunmu’s earlier feature Restless City (MFF 2011). It’s with great pleasure that MFF welcomes back to Baltimore one of the most talented cinematographers working in contemporary film.
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). 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. It’s a beautiful and fitting selection for the closing night of the festival’s 15th annual edition.