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MFF 2013 Programmer Tips: DOWNLOADED and IT FELT LIKE LOVE

In the days leading up to Maryland Film Festival 2013, our programmers would like to direct your attention to a few titles for your consideration. Up today, two very different films: Alex Winter’s exciting Napster documentary Downloaded, and Eliza Hittman’s fresh coming-of-age drama It Felt Like Love.



DOWNLOADED (Alex Winter)

A smart, incisive documentary about the rise and fall of Napster, Downloaded gives The Social Network a run for its money in telling a thrilling story about an internet innovation that all too quickly takes on a global life of its own. With remarkable access to Napster creators Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, Downloaded is expertly crafted by director Alex Winter (of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Lost Boys fame, not to mention the co-creator of the cult classic Freaked), who will be here to host our screenings. His Q+As at Hot Docs last week were by all reports phenomenal, and we can’t wait to share Downloaded—both a great film and a great conversation-starter—with our audiences!

You have two chances to see Downloaded within MFF 2013; read more here:



IT FELT LIKE LOVE (Eliza Hittman)

On the outskirts of Brooklyn, a fourteen-year-old girl’s sexual quest takes a dangerous turn when she pursues an older man and tests the boundaries between obsession and love. Eliza Hittman‘s It Felt Like Love, which premiered at Sundance 2013, at times suggests an American counterpart to Catherine Breillat, particularly such films as Fat Girl, 36 Fillette, and A Real Young Girl; it also recalls the impetuous teenaged world of Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank, and the summery haze of Baltimore’s own Hamilton. But while very worthy of these comparisons, It Felt Like Love weaves its own path through a deceptively simple narrative loaded with complex emotional weight. In the process, it signals an exciting new voice in American film.

You have two chances to see It Felt Like Love within MFF 2013; read more here:

Andrea Arnold’s WUTHERING HEIGHTS, Baltimore-shot BROOKLYN BROTHERS added for MFF 2012!


Following on the heels of yesterday’s announcement of Todd Solondz’s DARK HORSE as its Closing Night title, and last week’s announcements of its full line-up of 40+ new features and 70+ new shorts from around the world, Maryland Film Festival proudly announces two exciting, late-breaking additions to its 2012 line-up: Andrea Arnold’s WUTHERING HEIGHTS, and Ryan O’Nan’s BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST.

With RED ROAD and FISH TANK, Andrea Arnold joined the ranks of such esteemed names as Mike Leigh and Ken Loach as a master filmmaker tackling working-class life in contemporary UK culture. With this vivid take on Emily Brontë’s classic novel WUTHERING HEIGHTS, Arnold branches out in her source material while proving that hers is a singular cinematic vision. Far from your average costume drama, this WUTHERING HEIGHTS is an emotionally raw, visually arresting experience, a major new work from one of contemporary film’s most exciting voices.


BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST offers an indie take on the road-trip/buddy-movie genre, introducing us to two aspiring musicians who build quirky songs on the go. With a spontaneous spirit that recalls films as different as ONCE and LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, and a supporting cast that includes Melissa Leo, Andrew McCarthy, and Jason Ritter, BROOKLYN BROTHERS is a winning directorial debut for actor Ryan O’Nan. Large portions of the film were shot in Baltimore, and Maryland Film Festival is proud to bring the film home after a successful run at such festival as TIFF 2011.

Maryland Film Festival 2012 takes place May 3-6 in beautiful downtown Baltimore.

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