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RETURNS MAY 5-8, 2011!





The Maryland Film Festival is now seeking volunteers!  Have fun!  Earn free screening vouchers! Be part of the excitement in Downtown Baltimore, May 5-8, 2011! At the 13th Annual Festival, we need more volunteers than ever to support filmmakers as well as the diverse, eclectic community of film lovers in Baltimore and throughout Maryland. Many volunteer opportunities are available:  Box Office, Tent Village, Filmmakers Lounge, Theatre Ushers, and more! You will be our front line ambassador, greeting guests from around the world!

REQUIREMENTS:  Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, must enjoy serving the public, and must be committed to fulfilling assigned shifts.

BENEFITS TO VOLUNTEERS:  In appreciation of your assistance, you receive an MFF limited edition t-shirt and for each four (4) hour shift worked (and you can work as many shifts as you’d like), you earn a free screening voucher or $5 toward merchandise. Water and light snacks will be provided during your shift. The week after the festival, you are invited to a special “Volunteers Only” screening of one of the most popular films of MFF 2011.

SPREAD THE WORD: Please help us to recruit other committed volunteers.  Inviteyour friends and family, co-workers, fellow students, church members, and others who at least 18 years of age or older!  We can’t have too many volunteers!

HOW TO VOLUNTEER: To receive a volunteer application, please contact us today! If you have already emailed us to sign up, you will receive an application shortly by email.

PLEASE NOTE: The last day of the festival is on Sunday, May 8, 2011, which is Mother’s Day.  Please keep this holiday in mind when you sign up to volunteer.

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. Work with filmmakers before/during screenings to ensure quality picture and sound presentation. Act as communication liaison between filmmaker and projectionist. See some movies during shift. SOME KNOWLEDGE OF FILM PRESENTATION (including digital) AND A BASIC TECHNICAL VOCABULARY NECESSARY. Students of film and video encouraged to apply.

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,emptying trash cans, running errands, assisting Tent Village Coordinator with events. Keep areas tidy, organized.

Box Office Tellers
Sell tickets to festival programs, answer questions about the festival, accurately records ticket sales.  Must be friendly and outgoing and have customer service experience and cash handling experience.
Box Office Captain

Assist the Box Office Manager in training and supporting ticket sales tellers, make certain ticket sales tellers are recording sales properly, handle escalated patron issues, provide change for tellers, and work one shift each day of the festival.Must be friendly and outgoing; have customer service experience and supervisory skills.Must have prior festival experience as a box office teller.Able to work in a fast-paced environment.

Box Office Stand-By Line Captain

Supervise line assistants during the entire festival.  Manage the stand-by line when programs sell-out.  Must be friendly and outgoing, have customer service experience and prior festival experience.

Box Office Call Center Rep

Answer incoming calls to the festival and sell tickets to festival programs.  Must be friendly and outgoing and have customer service/call center experience and good communication skills.

Box Office Line Assistant

Manage the flow of traffic at the main box office. Assist the Stand-By Line Captain during program sell-outs.Must be friendly and outgoing.

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. Must be outgoing and friendly, sales experience a plus.


MICA Location Support

Answer questions, direct patron foot traffic, help sell tickets and usher at a very low-key and laid back satellite location, MICA Brown Center.


MD Film Fest Onsite Phone Support

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


Theater Captains


Report to House Manager and assist with crowd flow as patrons enter and exit screenings.


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

Opening Night Crew

May 5th. 6:30pm – 12am (probably get out

earlier) Help load in and set up opening night party, etc. Enjoy yourself at the gala affair while still helping to keep things running smoothly during the festivities. Help break down.


Closing Night Crew


May 8th. 6:30pm – 12am (probably get out earlier) Help load in and set up, enjoy yourself while providing support for closing night party, also aid in break down.

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.

Volunteer Floaters Who Are Up for Anything!

Assist in covering any of the above positions to ensure coverage, relieve volunteers who need breaks, assist with general cleanliness, and help festival goers who appear lost.  Flexibility and friendliness are key.

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


Jaimes Mayhew
Transportation & Hospitality Coordinator


For all other positions please contact

ANNOUNCING: MFF PRODUCES A Conversation with Meredith Vieira and Award Winning Documentary Filmmakers!!


Meredith Vieira, co-host of NBC’s Today Show, contributing anchor for Dateline NBC, founding moderator and former co-host of The View, and correspondent for Turning Point, West 57th, and Sixty Minutes, will moderate a discussion with award-winning documentary filmmakers on the subject: “Are Documentary Filmmakers the New Journalists?” at this year’s Maryland Film Festival Fundraiser!

Friday, January 21, 2010

MICA, Brown Center

Documentary filmmakers, all alums of the Maryland Film Festival include: Alex Gibney (Oscar winner for TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE, and widely praised for ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM, CASINO JACK, and SPITZER), Rachel Grady (BOYS OF BARAKA, Oscar-nominated JESUS CAMP, and 12TH & DELAWARE), and award-winning and MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient Stanley Nelson (JONESTOWN, FREEDOM RIDERS).

**CALL 410.752.8083 to order tickets**

All Access: including the pre-reception, reserved seats conversation, and a special dinner with Viera and the filmmakers – $250

Conversation and Pre-reception: wine, beer and hors d’ouevres) – $90

Table Hosts: (10 All Access tickets, plus 10 student tickets for the Conversation)  – $5,000

Schedule of the evening:

6pm: Doors open, wine and beer reception

7:15pm: Auction and Conversation with Meridith Vieira, Alex Gibney, Rachel Grady and Stanley Nelson

9pm:All Access ticket-holder dinner with Vieira and the filmmakers in the MICA Main Building

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.

Call for Entries Now Open!

Maryland Film Festival 2011’s Call for Entries is open as of today, through December 15th!

Local Filmmaker Josh Slates profiles MFF on the signal!

Click here to download the podcast of local filmmaker Josh Slates profiling the 2010 Maryland Film Festival on WYPR’s The Signal!


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!

MD Film Festival’s 2010 Call for Entries Is Open!

Are you a filmmaker? Do you know one? Maryland Film Festival programmer Eric Hatch and the MFF screening committee want to watch your movies!

MFF 2010’s Call for Entries has now opened — and while we’ll be accepting submissions through the end of the year, sending your films and videos to us well before the deadline is a great way to call attention to your work. Act now, don’t wait!

While we show films from all over the world, Maryland-based filmmakers should remember that we offer  a substantial discount on our (already very reasonable) entry fees for films produced in the state.

As it says on our web site, “Maryland Film Festival is looking for high-quality films and videos of all types, from all over the world, to consider for our 2010 festival, which will be held May 6-9, 2010 in beautiful downtown Baltimore. We show feature length films and shorts; narratives and documentaries; English-language, foreign-language, and silents; genre work, “art films,” and the unclassifiable. And while we are a general-audience festival, we do welcome animated, experimental, and underground films; music videos; and other forms overlooked or marginalized by some festivals.”

Follow this link to read more, and to submit your film to Maryland Film Festival through our site, or through Without a Box (which we do recommend):

COMING SOON: MFF 2009 Alum DAYTIME DRINKING to Open at The Charles Theatre!

Don’t miss the limited engagement at The Charles Theatre of DAYTIME Daytime DrinkingDRINKING, one of the sold-out features in MFF 2009’s new foreign film program, and a City Paper Critic’s pick.

DAYTIME DRINKING opens at The Charles on Friday, August 7th.

More on DAYTIME DRINKING from the Maryland Film Festival website:

The explosion of new, exciting South Korean voices on film continues with Daytime Drinking, a crowd-pleasing deadpan comedy with dark edges that has much in common with the best American independent comedies of the last several decades.

When hapless Hyuk-jin gets dumped by his girlfriend, his friends make drunken plans to cheer him up with a trip to a distant resort. But when he arrives at the destination during its cold, dreary off-season, none of his friends have arrived — the first of many things to go wrong in this smart, hip comedy. Soon, Hyuk-jin begins to meet other people in his strange new surroundings — and while not all of them can be trusted, they all have one thing in common: they know how to drink.

A surprise hit at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, Daytime Drinking is a remarkably assured first feature from Noh Young-seok. Comparisons can be made to such “small” comedies as Steve Buscemi’s Trees Lounge and Bong Joon-ho’s Barking Dogs Never Bite. It’s a foreign film that’s artful without being “arty”; if you’re looking to laugh, look no further than this well-written, infectious film.
This is the first feature film by Seoul-born director Noh Young-seok.

DAYTIME DRINKING appeared at the 2009 Maryland Film Festival as part of our Filmmaker Advocacy Program, supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation.

To view the The Charles Theatre schedule, go to their website!

More picks from Programmer Eric Allen Hatch!

It was great, but I was ready to come home. IT WAS GREAT, BUT I WAS READY TO COME HOME

May 8, 3pm, Charles Theatre 2

May 10, 1pm, Charles Theatre 2

Here we have an impressive feature debut, a novella-length character study directed by and starring Kris Swanberg (if the name sounds familiar, MFF regulars may know the work of her husband, Joe, including MFF ’07 title Hannah Takes The Stairs and this year’s Alexander the Last). It was great… concerns two female best friends who travel together through Costa Rica and the subtle ups-and-downs they experience together. This quiet, novella-length drama hones in on very specific emotions and thoughts with startling precision, leaving us with much to digest regarding best-friendship, culture shock, and lost love. If you appreciate delicate, character-driven, big-on-atmosphere films like Old Joy, Hamilton, and Wendy and Lucy, this one’s a must-see!

Click here to purchase tickets to It was great, but I was ready to come home.


May 8, 6:30pm, Charles Theatre 3 One Bad Cat

May 9, 12:00pm, UB Student Center

Do you enjoy going to Baltimore’s own American Visionary Art Museum? Do you find yourself drawn not only to the artwork, but also to the fascinating biographies of the outsider artists behind AVAM’s startling collection? Then you’ll definitely want to see the documentary ONE BAD CAT: THE REVEREND ALBERT WAGNER story. Cleveland-based African-American artist Wagner, whose work is featured prominently at AVAM, experienced a religious conversion midway through life, and decided to devote the remainder of his life to preaching (which he does seated behind a drum kit, conveying his world view to a congregation largely consisting of his extended family) and his extraordinary artwork, which poses tough questions about race, sex, and the legacy of slavery. Narrated by Delroy Lindo, this is one of many can’t-miss docs in MFF 2009’s line-up.

Click here to purchase tickets to ONE BAD CAT: THE REVERAND ALBERT WAGNER STORY!

How to Use Your Friends of the Festival membership during MFF

Are you a Friend of the Festival? Have you been wondering how to take advantage of your membership benefits? We’ve got all the answers for you right here!

If you have tickets or All-Access passes on Will Call for Opening Night, you will be able to pick them up at the Brown Center (1301 Mount Royal Avenue) on Thursday evening.

Everything else will be available at the Friends of the Festival table (located in the Box Office tent across the street from The Charles Theater) starting Friday, May 8.


When you arrive on Friday, go to the Friends of the Festival table and give your name. You will receive a pass that you can flash at the theater to get into any film that day free before 6pm.

If you are at the Red Carpet level or higher, your pass is also what you use to get into the Filmmakers’ Lounge.

SCREENING VOUCHERS for Red Carpet level members and higher will also be available for pick-up at the Friends of the Festival table starting Friday, May 8.

Want to take advantage of these great benefits too? Join Friends of the Festival before May 7, and we’ll throw in a FREE screening voucher!