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Khalik Allah’s FIELD NIGGAS (MFF 2015) review highlighted in The New York Times!

Field Niggas MFF 2015

From its nonchalantly blunt title forward,FIELD NIGGAS,” a new film shot, edited and directed by Khalik Allah, aims to smack viewers in the back of the head and snap them to attention. This hourlong feature, the filmmaker’s debut, depicts dozens of faces and bodies, black, white and brown, most of them gathered at the intersection of 125th Street and Lexington Avenue in East Harlem, during the summer of 2014. None of these faces and bodies belong to actors, but it won’t do to call this powerful film a documentary.
Accompanying his images is an asynchronous soundtrack, in which the voices of the subjects hold forth on various topics. “I been around a lot of real people,” one says early on. The emergent theme is that in Harlem, life on the street is a form of prison or slavery. (In some cases, that prison is created by drug addiction; many shots show smoke pouring slowly out of various mouths, and much of the talk in the film is about the street drug K2, a synthetic marijuana.)
And while Mr. Allah mixes some field calls into the soundtrack to underscore this idea of bondage, his film is so beautifully constructed that nothing in it ever seems obvious. In his poetic way, and his eventual approach to the metaphysical, he makes his case. While the movie’s multiple images are never less than numinous, and its rhythms sometimes skirt the strangely seductive, this astonishing movie is the opposite of hypnotic.

 – Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

A TASTE OF CHERRY with noted film critic Godfrey Cheshire!

The Walters Art Museum and Maryland Film Festival proudly present Abbas Kiarostami’s classic 1997 film about the diverse, complex, and even contradictory views Iranian citizens hold about life, culture, and religion. As the protagonist, Mr. Badii, drives around Tehran, he meets an eclectic group of citizens who teach him about the life lessons that are right in front of his eyes. Following the screening, the audience is invited to stay for a discussion of Iranian film and culture, past and present, with film critic and filmmaker Godfrey Cheshire. Mr. Cheshire is an expert on Iranian film and wrote the essay included in the Criterion Collection’s release of Taste of Cherry. This program is held in conjunction with the upcoming special exhibition Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts.

Tickets- $10 general admission. $5 young adult (25 and under) and $5 for Seniors 65 and over.

Free to Friends of the Maryland Film Festival and Walters members.

Maryland Film Fest FoFs can RSVP by contacting tickets@mdfilmfest.com or 410-752-8083

Walters members can get tickets at http://thewalters.org/boxoffice/tickets5.aspx?e=4147

http://thewalters.org/events/event.aspx?e=4147

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A TASTE OF CHERRY

Celebrate the 100th Birthday of the Parkway Theatre on Friday, Oct. 23!

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The Maryland Film Festival presents Parkway 100: The Parkway Theatre’s Birthday Celebration to recognize the centennial of our future home and celebrate its renovation into the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Film Center.

FREE
8pm-11pm Oct 23
The Ynot Lot
FEATURING MUSIC FROM
Ami Dang
Bond St. District
DJ Secret Weapon Dave

FOOD & BEVERAGE FROM
Golden West Cafe
Union Craft Brewing

Learn more about the event, the campaign and the history of the Parkway Theatre here: http://www.parkwaycampaign.org/

Night Zones Presents: SLITHER, Oct 14!

Night Zones- Slither

Screening Details: 
SLITHER
Wed, Oct 14, 9pm
$5 at the door 
Free for FOF’s
MICA Brown Center
1300 W. Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
Maryland Film Festival and Jimmy Joe Roche are proud to present a 35mm print of one of the best horror films of the 2000s, James Gunn’s SLITHER!

Before blowing up with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Gunn made his feature-film directorial debut with this cult favorite, a diabolically inspired throwback to the best horror films of the 1970s and ’80s.

“A gleefully nasty and ingeniously twisted horror-comedy.”-Variety
“The most sensationally scary-funny creep-out movie since GREMLINS.”-Scott Foundas , L.A. Weekly

“What makes SLITHER work is how nimbly it slaloms from yucks to yuks, slip-sliding from horror to comedy and back again on its gore-slicked foundation.”-Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Join us for
October 14: SLITHER (2006)
October 28: PHANTASM II (1988)
…all screening from 35mm prints for just $3, curated and hosted by Baltimore-based artist Jimmy Joe Roche!
You can find these events listed on Facebook!

TIRED MOONLIGHT with Director Britni West, October 13th!

Maryland Film Festival, in conjunction with the MICA and JHU film programs, is thrilled to bring back to Baltimore MDFF 2015 hit TIRED MOONLIGHT, presented by director Britni West!
 
Gorgeously shot vignettes built around a mix of local non-professionals and seasoned performers (including GIRLS’ Alex Karpovsky) coalesce into a rich and poetic portrait of a pit-stop town in Montana situated amidst stunning natural beauty. TIRED MOONLIGHT premiered at Slamdance 2015, where it took home the Jury Award for Narrative Feature, and went on to screen within such prestigious festivals as New Directors/New Films and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Read more:  http://mdfilmfest.com/festival/film-guide/172
Screening Details:
Tues, Oct 13, 7:30pm
MICA Brown Center
1300 W. Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217

Tickets: $10 general public, or FREE to Friends of the Festival members, as well as JHU/MICA students and staff.

Night Zones starts tonight with BRAINSCAN!

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BRAINSCAN

Wed, Oct 7, 9pm

$5 at the door 
Free for FOF’s
MICA Brown Center
1300 W. Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
Maryland Film Festival is excited to announce the return of Night Zones, the film series curated and hosted by artist Jimmy Joe Roche, with a 35mm print of 1994’s BRAINSCAN!
Starring Edward Furlong as a lonely horror fan who becomes addicted to a dangerous new CD-ROM, this deranged sci-fi/horror flick is the first of three warped genre films we’ll be screening in October, all from 35mm prints!
Join us for
October 7: BRAINSCAN (1994)
October 14: SLITHER (2006)
October 28: PHANTASM II (1988)
…all screening from 35mm prints for just $5, curated and hosted by Baltimore-based artist Jimmy Joe Roche!
You can find these events listed on Facebook!

Parkway 100: The Parkway Theatre’s Birthday Celebration!

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The Maryland Film Festival presents Parkway 100: The Parkway Theatre’s Birthday Celebration to recognize the centennial of our future home and celebrate its renovation into the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Film Center.

FREE
8pm-11pm Oct 23
The Ynot Lot

FEATURING MUSIC FROM
Ami Dang
Bond St. District
DJ Secret Weapon Dave

FOOD & BEVERAGE FROM
Golden West Cafe
Union Craft Brewing

Learn more about the event, the campaign and the history of the Parkway Theatre here: http://www.parkwaycampaign.org/

Night Zones Returns October 7, with BRAINSCAN!

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BRAINSCAN
Wed, Oct 7, 9pm
$5 at the door Free for FOF’s
MICA Brown Center
1300 W. Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
Maryland Film Festival is excited to announce the return of Night Zones, the film series curated and hosted by artist Jimmy Joe Roche, with a 35mm print of 1994’s BRAINSCAN!
Starring Edward Furlong as a lonely horror fan who becomes addicted to a dangerous new CD-ROM, this deranged sci-fi/horror flick is the first of three warped genre films we’ll be screening in October, all from 35mm prints!
Join us for
October 7: BRAINSCAN (1994)
October 14: SLITHER (2006)
October 28: PHANTASM II (1988)
…all screening from 35mm prints for just $5, curated and hosted by Baltimore-based artist Jimmy Joe Roche!
You can find these events listed on Facebook!

AFTER TILLER (MFF 2013) awarded the “Best Documentary” Emmy!

AFTER TILLER (MFF 2013) awarded the “Best Documentary” Emmy at last night’s News & Documentary Emmys ceremony!
We are thrilled to announce that MFF 2013’s award-winning documentary AFTER TILLER won an Emmy Award for Best Documentary at last night’s News & Documentary Emmys ceremony!
Directed by Martha Shane and Lana WilsonAFTER TILLER intimately explores the highly controversial subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. The procedure is now performed by only four doctors in the United States, all former colleagues of Dr. Tiller, who risk their lives every day in the name of their unwavering commitment toward their patients.
Martha Shane is a Baltimore County native and was co-host of this year’s Filmmakers Taking Charge conference at the 2014 Maryland Film Festival.
“AFTER TILLER does viewers the great service of providing light where there’s usually only heat, giving a human face and heart to what previously might have been an abstract issue or quickly scanned news item.”
– Ann HornadayThe Washington Post

OYLER screening and panel discussion tomorrow at 7pm!

FREE screening and panel discussion of OYLER, a documentary film by Amy Scott, Thursday, September 24th!
 

Screening and Panel Discussion Details:

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015
7 p.m.
Falvey Hall, MICA Brown Center
1301 W. Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
OYLER, a documentary film by Amy Scott, produced in association with American Public Media’s Marketplace, tells the story of a dramatic turnaround in one of Cincinnati’s poorest neighborhoods. Before 2006, very few kids from Lower Price Hill finished high school, much less went to college. The neighborhood is Urban Appalachian-an insular community with roots in the coal mining towns of Kentucky and West Virginia. The local Oyler School only went through 8th grade. After that, rather than ride the bus out of the neighborhood for high school, most kids dropped out.
Under long-time Principal Craig Hockenberry’s leadership, Oyler School has transformed into a “community learning center,” serving kids from preschool through 12th grade. Oyler is open year-round, from early morning until late at night. The school provides breakfast, lunch and dinner, and sends hungry kids home with food on weekends. Students can walk down the hall to access a health clinic, vision center, and mental health counseling.
Based on the award-winning Marketplace radio series “One School, One Year,” OYLER takes viewers through a year at the school, focusing on Hockenberry’s mission to transform a community, and on senior Raven Gribbins’ quest to be the first in her troubled family to finish high school and go to college. When Hockenberry’s job is threatened, it becomes clear it’s a make-or-break year for both of them.
On Twitter: @amyreports @oylerdoc