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John Waters’ “Carsick” to be Released Tomorrow! Book Signing and Release Party at Atomic Books 6/12, 7pm!

JW Book SigningLegendary director and MFF Board Member John Waters will be releasing his seventh book tomorrow, “Carsick” (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, $26), which chronicles his cross-country hitchhiking adventure from Baltimore to San Francisco.  Click here to pre-purchase your very own copy from Atomic Books – signed by John Waters!

Also, be sure to check out the “Carsick” book release party and signing at Atomic Books (located at 3620 Falls Road in Hampden) on Thursday, June 12th at 7pm!  Click here for event information.

Carsick“Carsick” Synopsis:
A cross-country hitchhiking journey with America’s most beloved weirdo.

John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads “I’m Not Psycho,” he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash?

Before he leaves for this bizarre adventure, Waters fantasizes about the best and worst possible scenarios: a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked, a demolition-derby driver makes a filthy sexual request in the middle of a race, a gun-toting drunk terrorizes and holds him hostage, and a Kansas vice squad entraps and throws him in jail. So what really happens when this cult legend sticks out his thumb and faces the open road? His real-life rides include a gentle eighty-one-year-old farmer who is convinced Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and the perverse filmmaker’s unexpected hero: a young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette.

Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, “Carsick” is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion-and a celebration of America’s weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.

“In the director John Waters’s amusing “Carsick”…he tells us up front and quite candidly that his idea to hitchhike from one of his homes in Baltimore to another of his homes in San Francisco was dreamed up as a stunt. What else would we expect from the creator of HAIRSPRAY? Of course, you have to be John Waters to pull this off. The celebrity hanging around rain-sodden truck stops sticking out his thumb is simultaneously the premise, the joke and the tale. So be it….In the end, “Carsick” becomes a portrait not just of America’s desolate freeway nodes – though they’re brilliantly evoked – but of American fame itself.”
Lawrence OsborneThe New York Times, 5/30/14 (click here for the complete review)
“If you saw a disheveled, clearly despondent 66-year-old man hitchhiking, would you pick him up?Would you pick him up if you realized he was John Waters?

Two springs ago, Baltimore’s most unrepentant degenerate set out on a mission of discovery. Beginning on Charles Street, not far from his home, Waters would hitchhike all the way to his San Francisco condo, following Interstate 70 most of way. There would be little in the way of advance planning; he’d be relying totally on his thumb and the kindness of strangers.”

Chris KaltenbachBaltimore Sun, 5/30/14 (click here for the complete review and interview with John Waters)

Where to Grab a Bite to Eat at the 2012 Maryland Film Festival!


The 2012 Maryland Film Festival opens TOMORROW NIGHT!!  We want you to make sure you have a fantastic time with us this weekend, and that your belly is full and happy! Here are some suggestions for food options for your dining pleasure with us this weekend:

Tapas Teatro, located next to the Charles Theater at 1711 N. Charles Street, will open at noon on Friday and Saturday and will be offering special seating under the tent for film festival attendees.

Sophie’s Crepes, located next to the Charles Theater, will be offering delicious sweet and savory crepes to festival goers during the Maryland Film Festival.

Bohemian Cafe, located one block north of the Charles Theater at 1821 N. Charles Street will be offering a 10% discount to festival attendees – just show your badge or a ticket stub to get the deal!

Metro Gallery will be offering drink specials for Friends of the Festival and Festival Badge Holders from 6-8pm on Friday and Saturday of the Film Festival.

Look for more information about deals for festival attendees in the Tent Village at the Festival this weekend!

Also, check out the Baltimore Sun‘s coverage of the 2012 Maryland Film Festival – including this excellent dining guide for this weekend’s film goers!

Click here for the Baltimore Sun‘s 2012 Film Fest Dining Guide!

Click here for the Baltimore Sun’s list of Station North Restaurants!

Mike Kuchar in the press!

Check out these articles in The Baltimore Sun and the City Paper about Mike Kuchar!

TONIGHT!!! Underground film legend MIKE KUCHAR
presents a career-spanning selection of his films, in person at the CHARLES THEATRE at 7pm!! Absolutely FREE!! This event will kick off MFF’s weekend of FREE Short Film Programs (in collaboration with Artscape). Shorts programs run Sat & Sun at the Charles Theatre from Noon-6pm.

MFF 2010 R.I.P.

As I do after every MFF, I’ve spent most of the day talking with people about their view of MFF 2010, and that’s always fun and instructive. You should head to the Mike Sragow Gets Reel blog on the Sun website, with MFF notes from Sragow, Kaltenbach and Krotki and lots of great pictures. Just go to and click anyplace MFF is mentioned. Volunteer screening tonight. We open MFF 2011 next May 5.  

–Jed Dietz, MFF Director


The future Filmmakers Tent Village, site of tomorrow’s Filmmakers Taking Charge Conference and free panels through the weekend

As of this morning, we have exceeded all previous records for pre-sales in both categories, tickets and All Access !!

Tent Village construction is underway, and filmmakers are arriving from far and wide, the most exciting time of the year for all of us. LIVERPOOL director Lisandro Alonso has arrived from Buenos Aires, Tanya Hamilton, writer/director of NIGHT CATCHES US called before she left SF this morning where she’s had sold out screenings at the oldest film festival in America, and MOTHER AND CHILD writer/director Rodrigo Garcia is making a special trip in from LA to host his screening Sunday night. Over 70 filmmakers will join us over the weekend.

We’ve always had a special commitment to Short Films, and tonight we’re devoting our Opening Night to seven amazing films. It is a unique and encouraging glimpse of the broad range of creative energy that is drawn to moviemaking. We have 9 other Shorts Programs in MFF 2010.

Keep in touch throughout MFF 2010- Sragow and I join Tom Hall tomorrow on WYPR’s Maryland Morning with Sheila Kast (about 9:30, but you can hear it on their website, too), and there is a lot of blogging going on as MFF 2010 unfolds. Mike Sragow Gets Reel for the Sun has been terrific this week, and will be a good place to check during the weekend. Chris Kaltenbach and Amanda Krotki are already guest blogging.

–Jed Dietz, MFF Director