Posts Tagged '2012'

RETURN with Writer/Director LIZA JOHNSON on Friday 3/9/12 at MICA Brown Center!

RETURN writer/director Liza Johnson will hold a Q & A after the film screening

We are pleased to announce a special, Baltimore-exclusive screening of Liza Johnson‘s film, RETURN, on Friday, March 9th at the MICA Brown Center.

Writer/director Liza Johnson will be present for Q & A after the film.

Screening details:
Friday, March 9th, 7pm
Falvey Hall, MICA Brown Center
1300 W. Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21217

Tickets are FREE for current Friends of the Festival and students (must have student ID),$5 for members of the Creative Alliance/Theatre Project, and $10 General public.

RETURN went through the Sundance Labs and was supported in script phase with a Maryland Filmmaker’s Fellowship. It is Johnson’s first feature length film, and received good reviews at its premiere at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival Director’s Fortnight, and was the only American film to be so honored in 2011.

RETURN stars Linda Cardellini (Kelli), Michael Shannon (Mike), John Slattery (Bud), Talia Balsam (Julie), Bonnie Swencionis (Cara Lee), Emma Rayne Lyle (Jackie) and Paul Sparks (Ed).

“I like Johnson’s delicacy and discretion. She trusts Cardellini’s natural, easygoing performance to show us what goes untold. The movie is modest, too, and its small emotional scale works. Without asking for pity or outrage, it’s another movie about the unaccountable, unending drain of war.”
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

“RETURN, starring Linda Cardellini, is a haunting new movie that tweaks and twists the familiar of subject of a soldier’s return from war.”
-John Sanchez, Huffington Post

Linda Cardellini stars in Liza Johnson’s RETURN

“A low-key drama that articulates the ennui of a returning servicewoman after a tour in the Middle East, Liza Johnson’s RETURN strikes a delicate balance between familial melodrama and suffering vet pic…it features a striking performance by Linda Cardellini, once the most sly and attractive of the awkward high schoolers on Freaks and Geeks, and now a fully mature screen actress making the most of her copious talents.”
-Brandon Harris, Filmmaker Magazine


Here is your TGIFOF (Thank Goodness It’s Friends of the Festival) FRIDAY TRIVIA question for the day:

For what movie did Lasse Hallström win an Oscar for Best Director?

Lasse Hallström - a real Hollywood in-cider.

Email with your answers!

First 10 correct answers win 2 FREE PASSES to a sneak preview of Lasse Hallström’s new film, SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN, next Wednesday, 3/7, at 7pm at the Charles Theater!


PAPARAZZI: EYE IN THE DARK screening TOMORROW NIGHT at Creative Alliance!

Hollywood meets Nollywood in this award-winning romantic suspense-filled film by Nigerian director Bayo Akinfemi. With stunning cinematography and stellar performances, PAPARAZZI is the story of rich music producer Mr. Maxx (singer Koby Maxwell) and a mysterious murder and the ripples of its repercussions.


Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
Fri Mar 2, 7:30pm

Friends of Maryland Film Festival get $7 MEMBER PRICE tickets to this African Action film screening at Creative Alliance!  Email Angie Young, Membership Director, for more information!

THE INTERRUPTERS, Mark Jackson Win at 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards

SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Director Steve James (L) and Producer Alex Kotlowitz accept the Best Documentary award for "The Interrupters" onstage at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards held at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The 2011 MFF selection THE INTERRUPTERS, a documentary about gang violence in Chicago made by Steve James (HOOP DREAMS) and Alex Kotlowitz, won for best documentary at this weekend’s 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

The film was produced by Kartemquin films and follows members of Chicago’s CeaseFire, an organization that seeks to ‘interrupt’ the actions of men, women and children on the verge of violence, and convince them to resolve their differences through discussion and negotiation.

The documentary, which also took top prize at Cinema Eye Honors, inspired outrage when it failed to win an Oscar nomination.

Mark Jackson, director of 2011 MFF selection WITHOUT, and one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent film, also won the prestigious  “Someone to Watch” award at this weekend’s Spirit Awards.


Baltimore Sun Film Writer Chris Kaltenbach Blogs from Hollywood this Oscars Weekend!

Chris Kaltenbach also presents the annual 3-D movie selection at the Maryland Film Festival

Looking for an insider perspective on this 2012 Academy Awards weekend?

Long-time Baltimore Sun film writer Chris Kaltenbach will be blogging from Hollywood on the Spirits, Razzies, and Oscars – keeping us all up-to-date on the important events of this 2012 Oscars weekend!

Check out Chris Kaltenbach‘s up-to-the-minute coverage of this weekend’s awards ceremonies on David Zurawik’s Z on TV Blog.