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Schedule grid now available for download!

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Two of Baltimore’s great filmmaking sons, David Simon and Barry Levinson,  are represented on HBO this weekend. Simon’s third episode of TREME is Sunday night, and Barry levinson’s much anticipated new work about Dr Kevorkian, the assisted suicide doctor, premieres tomorrow night at 9:00. Al Pacino plays Kevorkian, and the rest of the cast is beyond stellar- Brenda Vaccaro, Susan Sarandon, etc. There’s a great piece by David Zurawik in the Sun today.

MOTHER, by Korean director Bong joon ho, who showed real promise with his monster movie, THE HOST, opens today at the Charles. As does AA Best Foreign Film nominee AJAMI, from Israeli filmmaker Scandar Copti. It won numerous awards at film festivals around the world, including a Gold Camera at Cannes. I am eager to see both.

Stay tuned for a special screening of the mysterious EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP, made by graffiti artist Banksy.

–Jed Dietz, MFF Director


Friday, May 7, 2010, 9am – 5pm

The Maryland Film Festival is pleased to announce a new filmmaker-focused event to take place the first full day of MFF 2010, May 7, in the Filmmaker Tent Village. This intimate conference is a daylong set of case study roundtables and networking opportunities focused on identifying methods to connect audiences and filmmakers in an increasingly overpopulated (and tech-savvy) market. More personal and interactive than big festival panels, attendees will receive a thorough understanding of how to navigate and take charge of the current climate of film distribution and promotion.

Sponsored by MFF Board member Stephanie Carter, and using funding from a two -year Warhol Foundation grant, the day long event will bring visiting and local filmmakers & aficionados together with a variety of distributors, critics, and exhibitors in a spirit of mutual support and cooperation that the festival was founded upon.

Passes for FILMMAKERS TAKING CHARGE are on sale today!
Call (410)752-8083 or visit our website to order!

General Admission: $75
Students/Creative Alliance Members: $50
MFF Filmmakers: Free

$25 off all passes before April 30th!

Scholarships & Group Rates are also available – Contact Kate Ewald at (410)752-8083 or to apply.



Aaron Katz (Director, Dance Party, USA, Quiet City)
Andrew O’Hehir (
Benny Safdie (Director, Daddy Longlegs)
Casey Rae-Hunter (Communications Director, Future of Music Coalition)
Christopher Horton (Head of Acquisitions, Cinetic Rights Management/ FilmBuff)
Ed Sanchez (Director/Writer, The Blair Witch Project)

Ira Deutchman (President/CEO, Emerging Pictures)
Janet Pierson (Head, SXSW Film Festival)
Jason Foster (Head, We Are Free Records; Manager, Beach House, Yeasayer, & Ponytail)
Joe Swanberg (Director, LOL, Hannah Takes the Stairs, Nights and Weekends)
Josh Safdie (Director, Daddy Longlegs)
Lena Dunham (Director, Tiny Furniture)

Linas Phillips (Director, Bass Ackwards)

Dan Geva (Filmmaker-in-Residence, MICA)

Noit Geva (Filmmaker-in-Residence, MICA)

Michael Tully (Writer – IndieWire, Hammer to Nail)
Ruby Lerner (President, Creative Capital)
Scott Kirsner (Author, Journalist)
Scott Macaulay (Editor, Filmmaker Magazine)
Tom Cunha (Mammoth, Movieline)


The schedule of films for the 12th Annual Maryland Film Festival is now up on our website and tickets sales are live!

Follow the link below to purchase tickets to all of our regular programs plus All-Access passes, Opening and Closing Night, the John Waters pick, the Guest Host program, the Alloy Orchestra, the 3-D film and much much more!

And stay tuned for more exciting announcements as we count down to the 2010 Maryland Film Festival!

Click here to view the MFF 2009 schedule and purchase tickets!


Animal Collective / ODDSACLooks like this is the weekend to catch up on movies you want to see, but have put off. Yup, you can wait for dvd, cable, etc.- but why ?  Have you seen DATE NIGHT or GHOST WRITER at the Landmark, or GIRL WITH A DRAGON TATTOO, GREENBERG, or ART OF THE STEAL at the Charles ? Hurry.

Or, keep looking- Matt Porterfield’s no budget “miracle” film (just quoting the New Yorker) , HAMILTON,  is playing in the JHU Film Festival along with some truly iconic films from Renoir and Fellini. A great chance to get ready for Matt’s new film, PUTTY HILL, which will be part of MFF 2010 (after premiering at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, and getting great notices at SXSW).

Danny Perez’ film, ODDSAC, made in close collaboration with the music group Animal Collective, will have one screening at the Senator this weekend and it’s extraordinary. I blogged about it from Sundance (you find it here by typing ODDSAC in the search block) where it left the whats-the-next-big-thing part of the audience scratching their heads. As intended. It’s an amazing fusion of movie and music talent, completely intertwined in a way that nods to rare music/movie partnerships like Eisenstein and Prokofiev, Hitchcock and Herrmann without of course looking anything like their films.

–Jed Dietz, MFF Director

Mother and Child: MFF 2010 Closing Night Film

Last night at the FOF Programming Preview we unveiled most of our selection including our closing night film, Rodrigo Garcia’s “Mother and Child.” Check out Mike Sragow’s blog profiling the film!

Guide(s) to MFF 2010 Selections

Mike Sragow Gets Reel: A hot-buttered blog from Baltimore Sun movie critic Michael Sragow

If your eager to start learning about MFF 2010 films, Mike Sragow new blog at is already posting titles, descriptions and his reactions. Lots of other great film stuff from him, too.

And of course if you’re a current Friend of the Festival you can join us for a personal guide to MFF films this Wednesday, April 14.


Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart doing Q&A at Sundance. The real Cherie and Joan are in the background

I know, Tiger’s playing again, and the Os are coming home, but there are some movies to see this weekend. Top of my list are HUBBLE 3D and- wait for it- DATE NIGHT. I’d go see Tina Fey in ANYTHING. I’ve already seen ART OF THE STEAL (Cinema Sundays viewing with a terrific discussion led by the Walters’ Gary Vikan), and it is a must see. The documentary is an angry exploration of  the decision to move the great and singular Barnes Collection from its home in a residential neighborhood in Merion, Pa. to a more tourist friendly downtown Philadelphia arts district. It’s commerce meshing with art in a bad way, and despite some criticism of the movie for being too onesided, the commerce side gets good camera time, mostly thanks to former Philly Mayor and now Pa Gov, Ed Rendall who is articulate and well-meaning. It’s a riveting tale of mismanagement and philanthropic hubris. Opens today at the Charles.

The Charles also opens THE RUNAWAYS, a run of the mill sex drugs and rock and roll  bio pic about Joan Jetts first band anchored by two really good performances from Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning.

Don’t forget the wonderful music documentary CHOPS, tonight for FREE at the Park School,  and pay close attention to Sragow’s new blog for, Mike Sragow Gets Reel

If Tiger glues you to the TV, make room for the premier of David Simons new series exploring the core of a legendary New Orleans music neighborhood most of us have never heard of, TREME, as it fights for its life after Katrina.

–Jed Dietz, MFF Director


Filmmaker Bruce Broder is bringing his inspiring documentary, CHOPS, back to Baltimore for a special screening at the Park School this weekend. [Friday, April 9- 7:00]  I’ve seen a lot of audiences react to movies, but I’ll never forget the standing ovation and the emotion that accompanied CHOPS when it showed at the MFF.  It’s touring the country now, and you really shouldn’t miss it.

–Jed Dietz, MFF Director

EXCLUSIVE Friends of the Festival Programming Preview next week!

EXCLUSIVE Maryland Film Festival Programming Preview hosted by Director Jed Dietz and the MFF Programming Team!

Wednesday, April 14, 7:30pm

Friends of the Festival will join us for our “Members Only” MFF 2010 Programming Preview for the insiders look and highlights on our 2010 film selections! This is an EXCLUSIVE event is for Friends of the Festival.

Join now to take advantage of this special pre-festival event!

For more information, email

Friends of the Festival is a membership program that supports the Maryland Film Festival throughout the year. For a contribution of $50 or more, our members receive benefits like:

  • FREE preview screenings from the art-house to Hollywood throughout the year
  • FREE movies before 6pm on the Friday of the Maryland Film Festival (this year taking place May 6 – 9)

Join Friends of the Festival today to see the 2010 FOF Programming Preview and many more FREE movies all year-round!