Maryland Film Festival is pleased to announce our next batch of titles, including our annual John Waters pick, Alloy Orchestra screening, guest host selections from Matmos and DJ Spooky, and a special 35mm screening of LIQUID SKY hosted by director Slava Tsukerman! We will be posting the full schedule for MFF 2014 on our website and enabling online ticket sales later this week; stay tuned for more updates, coming soon!
ABUSE OF WEAKNESS
ABUSE OF WEAKNESS hosted by John Waters
Beginning with its inaugural year in 1999, each Maryland Film Festival has included a favorite film selected and hosted by legendary filmmaker (and MFF board member) John Waters. This year’s selection is Abuse of Weakness, the latest feature from Catherine Breillat (Fat Girl, Romance). The film stars Isabelle Huppert as a filmmaker who suffers a stroke and, on the path to recovery, welcomes notorious hustler Vilko Piran (French rapper/producer Kool Shen) into her life. This brave and extraordinary work tells a painful and very personal story that parallels Breillat’s own recent real-life experiences.
BARBARELLA 35mm print hosted by Matmos
Roger Vadim’s wild and irreverent 1968 sci-fi film Barbarella has been a source of direct inspiration for Baltimore-based electronic-music duo Matmos (Drew Daniel and M.C. Schmidt): as part of Barbarella (Jane Fonda)’s mission, she must survive the decadent city Sogo’s evil slime, Matmos. Whether it’s your first time seeing this cult classic or your hundredth, join us in submitting to the irrepressible adventures of Barbarella and dashing rebel leader Dildano!
HE WHO GETS SLAPPED
HE WHO GETS SLAPPED with live original score by Alloy Orchestra
Each Maryland Film Festival since 2003 has included a silent feature or short-film program presented with live music by Alloy Orchestra (Terry Donahue, Ken Winokur, and Mission of Burma’s Roger Miller). Victor Sjöström’s 1924 drama stars Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, and John Gilbert in telling the story of a scientist who, betrayed by his superior and abandoned by his wife, starts a new life as a circus clown outside Paris.
LIQUID SKY 35mm print hosted by director Slava Tsukerman
1982 underground hit Liquid Sky is a high-concept science-fiction film set in Manhattan against a new-wave backdrop, telling the story of heroin-hungry aliens who discover that the human orgasm provides a kick stronger than any drug. Known for its eerie electronic soundtrack, brash neon post-punk aesthetic, and as a time capsule of a crucial moment in the downtown New York arts scene, the film was also ahead of its time in its unfettered exploration of sexuality and gender. Liquid Sky will be presented by director Slava Tsukerman from his own 35mm print, with filmmaker and Tsukerman colleague Clay Liford (Earthling, Wuss) moderating the Q+A.
PUTNEY SWOPE hosted by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky
Robert Downey, Sr.’s countercultural landmark Putney Swope (1969) stars Arnold Johnson as the new head of a formerly conservative advertising agency, who transforms the company into the bold and revolutionary Black Power operation Truth and Soul, Inc. This special screening has been curated by musician, composer, multimedia artist, and author Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, who will introduce the film.