Posts Tagged 'Creative Alliance'

MFF Alum Phil Davis Presents Sweaty Eyeballs this Thursday at the Creative Alliance!

Maryland Film Festival is proud to be a sponsor of Sweaty Eyeballs, an evening of short animations by local and international artists hand-picked by curator Phil Davis, an MFF filmmaker alum who has served the Festival in several different capacities over the years (we have shown 4 of his short films including JACKHAMMER, a music video for The Spinto Band which played at our 2010 Festival).  Several filmmakers in the Sweaty Eyeballs program are also MFF alums.

Sweaty Eyeballs will have toons of all genres and styles bent toward the experimental and avant-garde. Vote for your favorite animation to win the audience choice award and participate in a flipbook drawing showdown during intermission. Mickey Mouse ears and Daffy Duck impressions welcome!

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational
Thursday, July 12th, 8:00pm
The Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224

Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for members of the Creative Alliance.

Featured Animators Include:
Jordan Bernier (Baltimore)
Albert Birney & Nick Krill (Chadds Ford, PA & Wilmington, DE)
Kelley Bell (Baltimore)
Nicole Shiflet (Baltimore)
Lynn Tomlinson (Baltimore)
Kirsten Lepore (Valencia, CA)
Kelly Sears (Galveston, TX)
Karen Yasinsky (Baltimore)
Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits (London, UK)
Nick Gurewitch (Rochester, NY)
Joanna Priestley (Portland, OR)
Michael Langan (Seattle, WA)
Sean Pecknold (Portland, OR)
Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata (Brooklyn, NY)
Andy Kennedy (Brooklyn, NY)
Phil Borst (Bloomington, IL)

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!

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!


Noah Baumbach’s new film, GREENBERG, opening today at the Charles, is a wonderful portrait of two odd people circling each other. Set in LA neighborhoods that don’t usually make it in the movies, it’s Baumbach (SQUID AND THE WHALE) at his best. The male lead is Ben Stiller as a grown up Holden Caufield who is paralyzed by his always on Bull Detector. Greta Gerwig, who has been at several MFFs (HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS, NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS), is the female lead and she’s the best thing in the movie; awkward, beautiful and utterly real. And she’s a great singer.

Tonight at the Creative Alliance, MFF Alum Charles Cohen’s new film about uber Orioles beer vendor Clancy will be screened, with Charles and Clancy in attendance.  Charles has a great instinct for all things Baltimore- I’ll never forget the guttural cheers that emerged from the movie theater for his film about Memorial Stadium both times we screened it- and this one is really fun. If I wasn’t hosting an event at CENTERSTAGE, I’d be there.

 Last nights work in progress screening of Ramona Diaz’s (IMELDA) new film, THE LEARNING,  for a small audience of Friends of the Festival was a treat. She and some of her team were there, and the interchange with the audience seemed to really help them as they continue to edit.

–Jed Dietz, MFF Director

Maryland Film Festival Opens Tonight!!!

It’s finally here! Tonight we are pleased to kick off the 11th annual Maryland Film Festival!

If you’re looking for coverage of day-to-day events during the festival be sure to check out:

The Baltimore Sun’s Chris Kaltenbach and Michael Sragow live-blogging from the festival!


Creative Alliance Movie Makers’ video podcasts from the festival!


Tent Village Panel Series Announced!

The schedule for the Maryland Film Office Discussion Panel Series is now up on our website!

This year we are offering ten engaging panels over the course of the weekend. The titles range  from “First Encounters: Films That Influenced Us” to “Social Justice Filmmaking: Social Issues Brought to the Screen,” and other topics like the collaboration between directors and editors, shorts filmmaking, and film criticism. Highlights include a panel with MFF Alums Matt Porterfield, Ramona Diaz, and Kurt Kolaja, who are currently working on new films, and a conversation with Matthew Modine!

Plus the Creative Alliance Movie Makers program brings us “B-more Indie Horror Movie Makers” feature guest filmmakers from Baltimore’s booming youthful underground horror scene!

All panels are FREE and open to the public, unless otherwise noted, and located in the Tent Village across the street from The Charles Theatre!

Click here to view the Maryland Film Office Discussion Panel schedule!

Opening Night 2008

This video documenting last year’s Opening Night Shorts event (hosted by Barry Levinson) was created by the Creative Alliance Movie Makers program for us last year.

From the Maryland Film Festival program:

We devote our Opening Night to short films because we strive to spotlight a segment of the moviemaking world that, despite its importance to the total art form, is far too often overlooked.

The films showcased last year were:

Gnatural Wonders by Bennett Battaile

Doxology by Michael Langan

My Olympic Summer by Daniel Robin

Help Is Coming by Ben More

Salim Baba by Tim Sternberg and Francisco Bello

Politics of Preschool by Heidi Van Lier

We’ll have announcements about this year’s Opening Night program soon…