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TOMORROW: Dan Deacon and Jimmy Joe Roche present REPO MAN in the next installment of Gunky’s Basement!

FREE FOR FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL! (Call 410.752.8083 for more info)


Thursday, December 9, 9pm
The Charles Theatre

TICKETS ($5) available for advance purchase at:

Video Americain, Charles Village
3100 Saint Paul Street


Get ready for the second film in GUNKY’S BASEMENT, the new Maryland Film Fest series curated and hosted by Dan Deacon and Jimmy Joe Roche: Alex Cox’s cult classic REPO MAN!

This irreverent, modern-classic dark comedy is set in the punk wasteland of mid-80s LA, stars Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton, and boasts a soundtrack that includes Iggy Pop, Circle Jerks, and Black Flag.

Don’t miss this rare 35mm screening of this indescribably unique 1984 film! Again, it’s just $5 for a 35mm print, hosted by musician Dan Deacon and artist Jimmy Joe Roche.

$5 advance tickets will be available at Video Americain Charles Village (3100 St. Paul St.) until Wednesday 12/8, and silkscreened posters created for this screening by Baltimore’s own ROSE CHASE will be available at the door.

Roger Ebert said of REPO MAN, “Repo Man comes out of left field, has no big stars, didn’t cost much, takes chances, dares to be unconventional, is funny, and works. There is a lesson here.” Read his full review, originally published in January of 1984, here:

And other reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, where Repo Man is 97% “fresh,” here:
Join Friends of the Festival today to see REPO MAN, all future GUNKY’S BASEMENT screenings, and more FREE movies all year-round!

Don’t miss METROPOLIS, accompanied by a rare live performance from the great ALLOY ORCHESTRA!



Friday December 3, 7:30pm

MICA Brown Center


**Call 410.752.8083 to order in advance**

Regular admission: $15

Students: $5 (day of show only)

FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL get 2 FREE tickets! Call 410.752.8083 for more information on becoming a member.

“Considered the most expensive German f ilm of its day, METROPOLIS is celebrated as much for its spectacle as its story….This “Metropolis,” which will be accompanied by a live performance by the always compelling Alloy Orchestra, is 25 minutes longer than any version seen in more than 80 years. Because Lang’s picture is an icon of the silent era and the foundation stone of science-fiction cinema, this news has electrified fans and scholars of early film. Finding this new material was, as Glenn Erickson of the Web column DVD Savant put it, “akin to recovering lost books of The Bible.” – Kenneth Turan, LA Times


Seldom has the rediscovery of a cache of lost footage ignited widespread curiosity as did the announcement, in July 2008, that an essentially complete copy of Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS had been found. Now Baltimore audiences can see Lang’s masterpiece – with a live original score presented by festival favorites The Alloy Orchestra!

When METROPOLIS was first screened in Berlin on January 10, 1927, the sci-fi epic ran an estimated 153 minutes. After its premiere engagement, in an effort to maximize the film’s commercial potential, the film’s distributors drastically shortened METROPOLIS, which had been a major disappointment at the German box office. By the time it debuted in the states latter that year, the film ran approximately 90 minutes.

METROPOLIS went on to become one of the cornerstones of science-fiction cinema, foreshadowing BLADE RUNNER and THE MATRIX (to name just a few recent examples). Over the decades, audiences have clamored to see a complete version of this brilliant, landmark film. A 2001 restoration combined footage from four archives and ran at a triumphant 124 minutes. It was widely believed that this would be the most complete version of Lang’s film that contemporary audiences could ever hope to see.

But, in the summer of 2008, the curator of the Bunos Aires Museo del Cine discovered a 16mm dupe negative that was considerably longer than any existing print. It included not merely a few additional snippets, but 25 minutes of “lost” footage, about a fifth of the film, that had not been seen since its Berlin debut. That footage has been painstakingly restored, and now audiences can enjoy the most complete version of METROPOLIS since its premiere 80+ years ago.

Join Friends of the Festival today to see ALLOY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS: METROPOLIS and more FREE movies all year-round!

Announcing: GUNKY’S BASEMENT with Dan Deacon and Jimmy Joe Roche!

Original silkscreened poster by Baltimore artist, Chris Day

GUNKY’S BASEMENT  is an exciting new Maryland Film Festival project: a series of 5 genre films curated and hosted by two Baltimoreans, musician DAN DEACON and artist/filmmaker JIMMY JOE ROCHE. While the programming is free-form, the emphasis will be on Dan and Jimmy’s favorite sci-fi, horror, and action films of the late 70s through the early 90s. Dan and Jimmy will introduce all the films, which will screen from 35mm prints on the largest screen at the Charles Theatre, with informal conversations following the film. Each screening will also have an original screenprinted poster created by a Baltimore-based artist.

The first film in Gunky’s Basement has just been announced, and will take place at the Charles on Thursday October 21st at 9pm: John Carpenter’s THE THING. THE THING is a startling combination of science-fiction and horror from one of the true masters of both genres; seeing it on the big screen is the perfect way to see in the Halloween season!

We’ll be announcing ticket sales for THE THING soon, as well as the dates and titles for the next two Gunky’s Basement screenings; stay tuned!

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Come see why David Simon has called Kubrick’s adaptation of PATHS OF GLORY  “the most important political film of the 20th century… a favorite film [even] before I knew the book.”

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Book Signing w/ David Simon to Follow Screening of Rare 35mm Print of Kubrick’s Classic

Saturday, September 25, 7:00pm
MICA Brown Center
1301 Mount Royal Avenue

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Maryland Film Festival is thrilled to announce that on Saturday, September 25, David Simon (creator of HBO’s  acclaimed series “The Wire,” and “Treme”) will host a screening of one of his favorite films, Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 classic film Paths of Glory. This unforgettable anti-war film was adapted from Humphrey Cobb’s 1935 novel Paths of Glory, just reissued by Penguin Classics with a brand-new introduction by Simon; Simon will also sign copies of the book after the film screening.

Loosely based on a true story, Cobb’s chilling story of injustice follows French soldiers during World War I. Forced to attack an impenetrable German position, the casualties are high, and in the aftermath several French troops are put on trial for cowardice, scapegoated by the officers and institutions that sent them into combat. Kubrick’s riveting film adaptation (co-written with legendary hardboiled author Jim Thompson) stars Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, and cult favorite Timothy Carey.

Paths of Glory – both the film and the novel – were major influences on David Simon in creating and writing “The Wire.” As he told The Baltimore Sun’s Michael Sragow, “When I was writing an institutional dynamic, I was thinking of the guys in Cobb’s book.” Further, Simon has called Kubrick’s adaptation “the most important political film of the 20th century… a favorite film [even] before I knew the book.”

Maryland Film Festival will screen PATHS OF GLORY at MICA’s Brown Center (1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.) at 7pm Saturday, September 25th, with David Simon introducing the film and answering questions from the audience after the screening. Additionally, copies of the new Penguin Classics edition of Humphrey Cobb’s novel (with Simon’s new introduction) will be on sale, alongside Simon’s own works, with Simon available to sign your copies. Tickets will be $10 and can be purchased by calling 410.752.8083.

For more information, read Michael Sragow’s piece on Simon and Paths of Glory (the novel and the film).

Matt Porterfield on Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast

Click here to listen to Matt Porterfield, Baltimore director of MFF 2010 selection PUTTY HILL interviewed on Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast on WYPR!

Maryland Film Festival in ONE WEEK!

Check out this video made by the good folks over at Creative Alliance MovieMakers (CAmm) featuring the staff of the Maryland Film Festival. We are getting pretty excited for the festival which is just one week away!


Friday, May 7, 2010, 9am – 5pm

The Maryland Film Festival is pleased to announce a new filmmaker-focused event to take place the first full day of MFF 2010, May 7, in the Filmmaker Tent Village. This intimate conference is a daylong set of case study roundtables and networking opportunities focused on identifying methods to connect audiences and filmmakers in an increasingly overpopulated (and tech-savvy) market. More personal and interactive than big festival panels, attendees will receive a thorough understanding of how to navigate and take charge of the current climate of film distribution and promotion.

Sponsored by MFF Board member Stephanie Carter, and using funding from a two -year Warhol Foundation grant, the day long event will bring visiting and local filmmakers & aficionados together with a variety of distributors, critics, and exhibitors in a spirit of mutual support and cooperation that the festival was founded upon.

Passes for FILMMAKERS TAKING CHARGE are on sale today!
Call (410)752-8083 or visit our website to order!

General Admission: $75
Students/Creative Alliance Members: $50
MFF Filmmakers: Free

$25 off all passes before April 30th!

Scholarships & Group Rates are also available – Contact Kate Ewald at (410)752-8083 or to apply.



Aaron Katz (Director, Dance Party, USA, Quiet City)
Andrew O’Hehir (
Benny Safdie (Director, Daddy Longlegs)
Casey Rae-Hunter (Communications Director, Future of Music Coalition)
Christopher Horton (Head of Acquisitions, Cinetic Rights Management/ FilmBuff)
Ed Sanchez (Director/Writer, The Blair Witch Project)

Ira Deutchman (President/CEO, Emerging Pictures)
Janet Pierson (Head, SXSW Film Festival)
Jason Foster (Head, We Are Free Records; Manager, Beach House, Yeasayer, & Ponytail)
Joe Swanberg (Director, LOL, Hannah Takes the Stairs, Nights and Weekends)
Josh Safdie (Director, Daddy Longlegs)
Lena Dunham (Director, Tiny Furniture)

Linas Phillips (Director, Bass Ackwards)

Dan Geva (Filmmaker-in-Residence, MICA)

Noit Geva (Filmmaker-in-Residence, MICA)

Michael Tully (Writer – IndieWire, Hammer to Nail)
Ruby Lerner (President, Creative Capital)
Scott Kirsner (Author, Journalist)
Scott Macaulay (Editor, Filmmaker Magazine)
Tom Cunha (Mammoth, Movieline)


The schedule of films for the 12th Annual Maryland Film Festival is now up on our website and tickets sales are live!

Follow the link below to purchase tickets to all of our regular programs plus All-Access passes, Opening and Closing Night, the John Waters pick, the Guest Host program, the Alloy Orchestra, the 3-D film and much much more!

And stay tuned for more exciting announcements as we count down to the 2010 Maryland Film Festival!

Click here to view the MFF 2009 schedule and purchase tickets!

Mother and Child: MFF 2010 Closing Night Film

Last night at the FOF Programming Preview we unveiled most of our selection including our closing night film, Rodrigo Garcia’s “Mother and Child.” Check out Mike Sragow’s blog profiling the film!