Posts Tagged 'Baltimore'

Guide(s) to MFF 2010 Selections

Mike Sragow Gets Reel: A hot-buttered blog from Baltimore Sun movie critic Michael Sragow

If your eager to start learning about MFF 2010 films, Mike Sragow new blog at is already posting titles, descriptions and his reactions. Lots of other great film stuff from him, too.

And of course if you’re a current Friend of the Festival you can join us for a personal guide to MFF films this Wednesday, April 14.


We are are unveiling our great new look for the 2010 Maryland Film Festival and once again we want your help getting the word out!

We are now distributing this year’s yard signs all over Baltimore, and would love to see one on your lawn and every lawn in town!

If you would like to help us spread the word by getting yard signs in your yard and your friends’ yards, just stop by the office (107 East Read Street, Baltimore, MD 21202) to pick up a stack! And soon they will also be available for pick-up at various locations around town, for your convenience!

And stay tuned for more exciting updates as we count down to the 12th Maryland Film Festival!

Special Work In Progress Screening for Friends of the Festival Only!

Friends of the Festival is a membership program that supports the Maryland Film Festival throughout the year. For a contribution of $50 or more, our members receive benefits like:

  • FREE preview screenings from the art-house to Hollywood throughout the year
  • FREE movies before 6pm on the Friday of the Maryland Film Festival (this year taking place May 6 – 9)

Thursday March 25, 7:30pm

For more information or to sign up today and start seeing FREE SCREENINGS, call 410.752.8083 or click here to sign up online!


We have limited seats for a special Work in Progress screening of Ramona Diaz’s newest documentary, THE LEARNING. This will be a rare opportunity to interact with a filmmaker before the film is edited into its final form. Ramona and her editor, Leah Marino, will attend the screening and participate in a Q&A afterwards. This special screening is exclusive to Friends of the Festival.

Ramona Diaz’s documentary IMELDA was a big hit at MFF 2005, won a an award at Sundance that year, and played film festivals all over the world.

For several years, Ramona has been following a group of Philippine women who leave their homes and families to teach in the Baltimore public schools. Filmed in Baltimore and the Philippines, THE LEARNING tells their story.


The Maryland Film Festival seeks volunteers! Have fun, earn free screening vouchers and be part of the excitement in Downtown, Baltimore May 6-9, 2010. At the 12th Annual Festival, we hope to have more volunteers than ever to reflect the diverse, eclectic community of film lovers in Baltimore and Maryland. There are many positions available: Box Office, Tent Village, Filmmakers Lounge, Theatre Ushers, and more! At every turn guests from around the world will be greeted by you, our front line ambassadors. Please also recruit your friends and family! As incentive, each four (4) hour shift worked (and you can work as much as you’d like), you earn a free screening voucher or $5 toward merchandise. You are invited to a special “Volunteers Only” screening of one of the most popular movies and at your shift, we’ll provide MFF T-shirts, water and light snacks. Please contact us today!

PLEASE NOTE: If you have already emailed us to sign up, you will be contacted this week.


Street Team Volunteers
Come to the Festival offices and pick up posters to distribute in Baltimore City and other areas. Earn screening vouchers early.

Tech Checks
Report to Tech Supervisor. Sit with Filmmakers during screenings to ensure quality sound/tech. On walkie with projectionist. See some movies during shift.

Filmmakers Lounge Crew
Help with Filmmaker Hospitality, answering questions, etc. Keep areas clean and tidy. Assist MFF staff as necessary.

Tent Village Staff
Work with the public, answering questions, directing foot traffic. Trash duty. Be near filmmakers. Keep areas tidy, organized. Take snack breaks in the shade.

Box Office Cashiers
Sell tickets to the public.

Merchandise Table Staff
Sell Merchandise. Interact with the public, answer questions, etc.

“Friends of the Festival” (FOF) Table Staff
Help sell Memberships to become a “Friend of the Festival”. Interact with the public, answer questions, etc.

UB/MICA Location Support
Answer questions, direct patron foot traffic, help sell tickets and usher at very low-key and laid back satellite locations MICA Brown Center and Univ. of Baltimore.

MD Film Fest Office Admin Support
Answer phones, answer questions, provide driving/walking directions, venue information. Provide light administrative support. Report to Film Festival Staff, who will provide training.

Theatre Ushers
Report to Theatre Captain on duty. Greet public, answer questions. Tear Tickets, help usher as needed. Help tidy between screenings.

Survey Team
Assist MFF in gathering information about our patrons, by conducting walking surveys of our clientele.

Opening Night Crew
May 7st. 6:30pm – 12am (probably get out earlier) Help load in and set up. Enjoy yourself at the gala affair while still helping to keep things running smoothly during the festivities. Help break down.

Closing Night Crew
May 10th. 6:30pm – 12am (probably get out earlier) Help load in and set up, enjoy yourself while providing part support, break down (not entirely).

Monday Clean Up
After the festival, help with the clean up. Traditionally understaffed, yet very important we will offer extra rewards to those who sign up early.

Shuttle Drivers**
Drive filmmakers and visitors in large passenger vans while in full communication with other drivers and with the Travel and Transportation Coordinator

** TO SIGN UP AS A SHUTTLE DRIVER contact Rahne Alexander: Travel & Transportation Coordinator

More Berlinale Updates

In today’s NY Times, Dennis Lim surveys the Berlinale, know as the granddaddy of all film festivals. Along with comments about the well known figures like Scorsese, Polanski, Von Trier, and unique events like a screening of the magical new cut of METROPOLIS,  is this comment:

“Among the more adventurous films in the Forum section Yang Rui’s “Crossing the Mountain,” a portrait of a southwestern Chinese village, splits the difference between ethnography and avant-garde fiction. And Matt Porterfield’s “Putty Hill,” set among alienated kids in suburban Baltimore, also subverts its realist aesthetic with formal trickery, encouraging its actors to break the fourth wall. “

For the full article, click here. (All by itself, the picture of METROPOLIS projected outdoors is worth clicking through.)

~Jed Dietz, MFF Director

Sragow Profiles Local and Nation Oscar Noms

Nice piece by Michael Sragow in Wednesday’s Sun exploring some local links to the recent Oscar nominees

Sragow,  one of the best film writers in the country, explores one of the documentary short nominees, MUSIC BY PRUDENCE, produced and co-edited by MICA’s Patrick Wright. Patrick’s been such a great partner with us on the film series’ we’ve done at MICA, often including special sessions in the classroom with the students and visiting filmmakers. He’s put together a pretty great film program for MICA students. I haven’t seen his finished film, but early scenes I saw were unbelievable, and it’s been fun watching the project grow. MICA has been supportive from the beginning. I don’t know any of the other nominees, but I hope this one wins.

No news flash: Jeff Bridges is going to win the Oscar for Best Actor. It will act as a Lifetime Achievement Award and, on that basis, is richly deserved. If you want to see him deliver a really fresh performance of a man struggling with self-destructive impulses, rent AMERICAN HEART. Bridges plays a reluctant father to Edward Furlong (discovered by Jim Cameron for TERMINATOR), and he’s just great.


Looking for a perfect gift for your favorite movie lover? Now through the end of December we are offering a gift package bursting with passes to some of Baltimore’s most beloved movie-going locations when you join Friends of the Festival or purchase a membership for your cinephile friends and family!

Add that to the usual Friends of the Festival benefits like free preview screenings of movies coming out (like THE BLIND SIDE, YOUTH IN REVOLT, UP IN THE AIR), free films on the Friday of the Festival, the MFF 2009 Programming Preview and more year-round special events!

Memberships are very affordable (starting at $50)! To take advantage of this offer just call us at 410.752.8083 and tell us that you want the Friends of the Festival Holiday Gift Package!

Only ONE WEEK LEFT to get tickets for our intimate conversation with Barry Levinson, David Simon and John Waters!


Check out this fan video from THE BAND THAT WOULDN’T DIE at M & T Bank Stadium!!

Maryland Film Festival Produces: A Conversation with Barry Levinson, David Simon and John Waters!!