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VOLUNTEER FOR THE 2010 MARYLAND FILM FESTIVAL!

The Maryland Film Festival seeks volunteers! Have fun, earn free screening vouchers and be part of the excitement in Downtown, Baltimore May 6-9, 2010. At the 12th Annual Festival, we hope to have more volunteers than ever to reflect the diverse, eclectic community of film lovers in Baltimore and Maryland. There are many positions available: Box Office, Tent Village, Filmmakers Lounge, Theatre Ushers, and more! At every turn guests from around the world will be greeted by you, our front line ambassadors. Please also recruit your friends and family! As incentive, each four (4) hour shift worked (and you can work as much as you’d like), you earn a free screening voucher or $5 toward merchandise. You are invited to a special “Volunteers Only” screening of one of the most popular movies and at your shift, we’ll provide MFF T-shirts, water and light snacks. Please contact us today! mffvolunteers@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE: If you have already emailed us to sign up, you will be contacted this week.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE:

Street Team Volunteers
Come to the Festival offices and pick up posters to distribute in Baltimore City and other areas. Earn screening vouchers early.

Tech Checks
Report to Tech Supervisor. Sit with Filmmakers during screenings to ensure quality sound/tech. On walkie with projectionist. See some movies during shift.

Filmmakers Lounge Crew
Help with Filmmaker Hospitality, answering questions, etc. Keep areas clean and tidy. Assist MFF staff as necessary.

Tent Village Staff
Work with the public, answering questions, directing foot traffic. Trash duty. Be near filmmakers. Keep areas tidy, organized. Take snack breaks in the shade.

Box Office Cashiers
Sell tickets to the public.

Merchandise Table Staff
Sell Merchandise. Interact with the public, answer questions, etc.

“Friends of the Festival” (FOF) Table Staff
Help sell Memberships to become a “Friend of the Festival”. Interact with the public, answer questions, etc.

UB/MICA Location Support
Answer questions, direct patron foot traffic, help sell tickets and usher at very low-key and laid back satellite locations MICA Brown Center and Univ. of Baltimore.

MD Film Fest Office Admin Support
Answer phones, answer questions, provide driving/walking directions, venue information. Provide light administrative support. Report to Film Festival Staff, who will provide training.

Theatre Ushers
Report to Theatre Captain on duty. Greet public, answer questions. Tear Tickets, help usher as needed. Help tidy between screenings.

Survey Team
Assist MFF in gathering information about our patrons, by conducting walking surveys of our clientele.

Opening Night Crew
May 7st. 6:30pm – 12am (probably get out earlier) Help load in and set up. Enjoy yourself at the gala affair while still helping to keep things running smoothly during the festivities. Help break down.

Closing Night Crew
May 10th. 6:30pm – 12am (probably get out earlier) Help load in and set up, enjoy yourself while providing part support, break down (not entirely).

Monday Clean Up
After the festival, help with the clean up. Traditionally understaffed, yet very important we will offer extra rewards to those who sign up early.

Shuttle Drivers**
Drive filmmakers and visitors in large passenger vans while in full communication with other drivers and with the Travel and Transportation Coordinator

** TO SIGN UP AS A SHUTTLE DRIVER contact Rahne Alexander: Travel & Transportation Coordinator
rahne@mdfilmfest.com

INDIE SPIRIT AWARDS

Lynn Shelton’s HUMPDAY, seeded by a chance encounter between Lynn and Joe Swanberg at a past MFF, wins the Cassavetes Award (best film made for less than $500K

Weekend moviegoing/ Oscars

See ALICE…in 3D. Early box office from today has it running AHEAD of AVATAR. However that race turns out, you should follow the rabbit down the hole. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are amazing (every time she yelled “off with their heads,” which is anytime she’s a little frightened or confused or upset, she reminded me of Cheney), and Mia Washikowska, who was in the Chesapeake Film Festival’s THAT EVENING SUN, is a wonderful Alice.

Mike Sragow Profiles Victor Fleming in NY Times

It’s so ironic that Mike Sragow,  The Baltimore Sun’s great film critic and writer, (now under-used by The Chicago Tribune editors that oversee the newspaper) has a magnificent piece in yesterday’s New York Times. The piece is about the seminal Hollywood director Victor Fleming who will have a retrospective at NY’s Film Forum from March 5 – 18. The article features a photo of Jean Harlow in Fleming’s film BOMBSHELL (remember that great screening we did with Sragow at MICA?), and chronicles the frustration Sragow feels that Fleming, who helped thrust Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Spencer Tracy, Judy Garland and many more towards stardom, hasn’t received more recognition for his outstanding career. Sragow’s great book on Fleming has won universal praise and is certainly one of the best profiles of  the American movie art form, in the time of its adolescence, ever written.

~Jed Dietz, MFF Director

FREE Screening of SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE for Friends of the Festival!

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)

Tuesday, March 2, 7:30pm

For more information or to sign up today and start seeing FREE SCREENINGS, call 410.752.8083 or click here to sign up online!

MORE ABOUT THE FILM:

In the comedy “She’s Out of My League,” Kirk (Jay Baruchel, “Knocked Up,” “Tropic Thunder”), an average Joe, can’t believe his luck.  Though he’s stuck in a seemingly dead-end job as an airport security agent, against all odds, Molly (Alice Eve), a successful and outrageously gorgeous babe, falls for him.  Kirk is stunned. So are his friends, his family and even his ex-girlfriend. Now he has to figure out how to make the relationship work, even though he’d be the first to admit she’s totally out of his league.

Trailer and Official Movie Site: www.getyourrating.com

SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE opens nationwide on Friday, March 12th.

**Please note, this film does contain some raunchy content (in the vein of Knocked Up, Pineapple Express, or Superbad)

Thoughts on the Oscar Shorts

It was fun seeing this years’ Oscar nominated  Animated Shorts at the Charles Friday night. The program runs about 90 minutes, and there is quite a handful of “highly commended” films.  One of them, THE KINEMATOGRAPH, really captured the audience. A 12 minute film from the Polish studio Platige Image, it was adapted from a comic and tells the story of an inventor in late 19th century England who is obsessed with his dream of inventing a film process.  According to the press kit, the film includes 17,250 frames, 40,000 frames in strips. 5,000 trees with 10,000 leaves and 100,000 polygons each were created in the computers’ memory. Its from Polish filmmaker Tomek Baginski. You can watch the trailer on Youtube.

Another one we  all liked was GRANNY O’GRIMM’S SLEEPING BEAUTY, from Ireland’s Nick Phelan who is part of the animation shop Brown Bag Films in Dublin. Adapted from a comedy sketch developed and performed by Phelan’s friend Kathleen O’Rourke (who voices Granny), it tells the classic Sleeping Beauty fairy tale as twisted through the eyes of a cranky grandmother. You can watch the film on Youtube.

~Jed Dietz, MFF Director

Matt Porterfield sums up his first Berlinale

Check out this piece from Matt Porterfield on the Independent Filmmaker Project blog about his first experience at Berlinale, screening his latest film, Putty Hill

Jed Dietz to host Oscar-Nominated Shorts at The Charles!

I’m really looking forward to hosting the Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts at 5:00pm this evening at the Charles. I saw LOGORAMA at Sundance, and am a big Wallace and Gromit fan. Whether or not you can join us this evening, I hope you can fit these two programs in to your weekend. Here’s Mike Sragow’s piece in today’s Sun.

~Jed Dietz, MFF Director

COME SEE THE OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORTS AT THE CHARLES!

Continuing a popular tradition, the Charles will offer two programs this weekend of Academy Award nominated Shorts- Animated and Live Action. These are not to be missed because they are hard to find anywhere else, and this will probably be the only chance you’ll get to see them on the big screen.

This represents a particularly diverse range of filmmaking talents, so we hope you can catch both Shorts Programs. Here’s Bret McCabe’s posting from 2/1710 on the City Paper website.

The Maryland Film Festival has a special commitment to Short Films, programming lots of them, and devoting our Opening Night to them (with crucial support from the Baker Fund). Festival Director Jed Dietz will host the Animated Shorts Program that starts at 5:00PM on Friday. There will be a brief intro and some Q&A afterwards. The whole program runs about 90 minutes.

Friends of the Festival see HOT TUB TIME MACHINE for FREE Next Week!

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)

Wednesday, February 24, 7:30pm

For more information or to sign up today and start seeing FREE SCREENINGS, call 410.752.8083 or click here to sign up online!

ABOUT THE FILM:

Click here to view the trailer!

Hot Tub Time Machine follows a group of best friends who’ve become bored with their adult lives: Adam (John Cusack) has been dumped by his girlfriend; Lou (Rob Corddry) is a party guy who can’t find the party; Nick’s (Craig Robinson) wife controls his every move; and video game-obsessed Jacob (Clark Duke) won’t leave his basement. After a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot but, the men wake up, heads pounding, in the year 1986. This is their chance to kick some past and change their futures – one will find a new love live, one will learn to stand up for himself with the ladies, one will find his mojo, and one will make sure he still exists!

**Please note, this film does contain some raunchy content (in the vein of Knocked Up, Pineapple Express, or Superbad)

More Berlinale Updates

In today’s NY Times, Dennis Lim surveys the Berlinale, know as the granddaddy of all film festivals. Along with comments about the well known figures like Scorsese, Polanski, Von Trier, and unique events like a screening of the magical new cut of METROPOLIS,  is this comment:

“Among the more adventurous films in the Forum section Yang Rui’s “Crossing the Mountain,” a portrait of a southwestern Chinese village, splits the difference between ethnography and avant-garde fiction. And Matt Porterfield’s “Putty Hill,” set among alienated kids in suburban Baltimore, also subverts its realist aesthetic with formal trickery, encouraging its actors to break the fourth wall. “

For the full article, click here. (All by itself, the picture of METROPOLIS projected outdoors is worth clicking through.)

~Jed Dietz, MFF Director