MFF Announces Filmmakers Martha Shane and Alex Ross Perry to Host Opening Night Shorts Program!

Maryland Film Festival is extremely proud to announce that our Opening Night Shorts Program will be hosted by filmmakers Martha Shane and Alex Ross Perry!

Martha Shane is the co-director of the documentaries BI THE WAY (MFF 2008) and AFTER TILLER (MFF 2013). Alex Ross Perry is the director of the narrative features IMPOLEX (2009), THE COLOR WHEEL (MFF 2011), and the forthcoming LISTEN UP PHILIP, which premiered at Sundance 2014.

As in past years, our Opening Night Shorts Program will be followed by a Q&A with the directors of each of the Opening Night shorts. Our Opening Night Shorts Program will take place on Wednesday, May 7th at 8pm at the MICA Brown Center. Tickets for our Opening Night Shorts Program and Gala are on sale now, click here to purchase.

Maryland Film Festival’s 2014 Opening Nights shorts are:

Directed by Moon Molson
Two Army Casualty Notification Officers arrive at the Harlem projects to deliver Sayeeda Porter some news about her son serving in the war in the Middle East. But whatever it is they have to say, Sayeeda ain’t trying to hear it. Moon Molson is the director of previous MFF shorts POP FOUL and CRAZY BEATS STRONG EVERY TIME; THE BRAVEST, THE BOLDEST screened in the Shorts Competition at Sundance 2014.

Directed by Daniel Laabs
A character study that follows the relationship between two brothers; one on the verge of becoming an adult, the other becoming a teenager. Daniel Laabs is the co-director of MFF 2011’s short film 8; EASY premiered within SXSW 2014.

Director: Augustine Frizzell
Emma and Jesse are close friends. One night, after an intense breakup, they have a heartfelt conversation that challenges the boundaries of their friendship in an unexpected way. I WAS A TEENAGE GIRL premiered within SXSW 2014.

Directed by Ali Asgari
It’s 3 a.m., and a boy and a girl are wandering the city. They are looking for a hospital to cure the girl, but it’s much harder than they thought. MORE THAN TWO HOURS was nominated for the Palme d’Or for best short film at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Directed by Brett Weiner
A jaded lawyer wastes an afternoon trying to determine if a government employee has ever used a photocopier. All the dialogue in this film comes from an actual deposition filed with the Supreme Court of Ohio. VERBATIM premiered within the Shorts Competition at Sundance 2014.

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.

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