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Check Out MFF Alum Skizz Cyzyk’s Maryland Film Festival Video for Artscape 2012!

MFF Alum and former Program Manager Skizz Cyzyk has crafted a video for Maryland Film Festival for Artscape 2012.  This video features interviews with MFF Staff members Jed Dietz, Eric Hatch, Scott Braid, and Rahne Alexander on the program Maryland Film Festival has put together for Artscape 2012, including a Friday night screening of GIRL WALK // ALL DAY with special guest Anne Marsen at 7pm at the Charles Theater, and shorts programs on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6pm at the Charles Theater.  All MFF programming at Artscape is FREE to the public! 

Click here for Maryland Film Festival’s full Artscape 2012 Schedule.

Click here for Skizz Cyzyk‘s video for Maryland Film Festival at Artscape 2012.

Maryland Film Festival Presents GIRL WALK // ALL DAY with Special Guest Anne Marsen at Artscape 2012!

MFF Presents GIRL WALK // ALL DAY with special guest Anne Marsen (above) on Friday, July 20th at the Charles Theater, 7pm.

Maryland Film Festival is pleased to present a special screening of the acclaimed film, GIRL WALK // ALL DAY, directed by Jacob Krupnick, with special guest star Anne Marsen, as our Friday night screening at Artscape 2012.  The film will play Friday night, July 20th, at the Charles Theater at 7pm and is FREE for all!

Synopsis of GIRL WALK // ALL DAY:
GIRL WALK // ALL DAY, the debut feature film from Brooklyn-based director, Jacob Krupnick, is an exuberant 77-minute dance adventure shot entirely in the streets and public spaces of New York City. Dialogue free, the entire film is set to All Day, the most recent album by the mash-up DJ Girl Talk (aka Gregg Gillis), and follows three improvisational dancers – Anne Marsen (The Girl), Daisuke Omiya (The Gentleman) and John Doyle (The Creep) – as they embark on an urban adventure across NYC over the course of one long day.

GIRL WALK // ALL DAY was named the “Most Innovative Music Video of 2011” by SPIN and is an official selection of the 2012 SXSW Film Festival. The film has received recent press from The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The SF Chronicle, CBS Morning Show, Pitchfork, Wired, Fast Company, The NY Daily News, The Huffington Post and more.

MFF Presents GIRL WALK // ALL DAY July 20th, 7pm, at the Charles Theater!

MFF presents GIRL WALK // ALL DAY with special guest Anne Marsen!
Friday, July 20th
The Charles Theater
1711 N. Charles Street

Maryland Film Festival will also be presenting a selection of shorts programs during Saturday and Sunday of Artscape.  All programs are comprised of titles that played within Maryland Film Festival 2012.  The shorts programs begin each hour, on the hour, and run between 30 and 40 minutes apiece.  Some programs will have one or more filmmaker present to answer questions.  Please note that some programs may contain material not appropriate for all ages. Program content may be subject to last-minute changes. ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE TO ALL.

SATURDAY July 21st
Noon: Animated Shorts
1 PM:  Comedy Shorts
2 PM: Experimental Shorts
3 PM: Narrative Shorts
4 PM:  Documentary Shorts
5 PM:  Animated Shorts

SUNDAY July 22nd
Noon: Comedy Shorts
1 PM: Experimental Shorts
2 PM: Narrative Shorts
3 PM:  Documentary Shorts
4 PM: Animated Shorts
5 PM:  Comedy Shorts

ANIMATED SHORTS    (31 minutes)
Belly (Julia Pott, 7 minutes)
The Eater (Wally Chung, 3 minutes)
Food for the Worms (Miranda Pfeiffer, 9 minutes)
“Hietsuki Bushi” / Omodaka (Ryo Hirano, 4 minutes)
“The Living Things”/ The Spinto Band (Phil Davis, 3 minutes)
Venus (Tor Fruergaard, 8 minutes)

COMEDY SHORTS   (31 minutes)
Bad Penny (Ricky Camilleri, 7 minutes)
The Centrifuge Brain Project (Till Nowack, 7 minutes)
Happy Father’s Gay (Clay Weiner, 4 minutes)
Pass the Salt, Please (Tatjana Najdanovic, 13 minutes)

Come on Down and Pick Me Up (Jonathan Bougher, Nicholas Corrao, 9 minutes)
The Meaning of Robots (Matt Lenski, 4 minutes)
Necking (Lindsay Lindenbaum, 10 minutes)
Wilbert & Vern (Kenneth Price, 9 minutes)

Brown Centipede Jizzum (Jimmy Joe Roche, 1 minute)
Coversong (Eric Dyer, 2 minutes)
I Am Your Grandma (Jillian Mayer, 1 minute)
Melt (Noemie LaFrance, 10 minutes)
The Observer (Abbey Luck, 5 minutes)
Plural (Dan Inglis, 5 minutes)

NARRATIVE SHORTS   (37 minutes)
Bear (Nash Edgerton, 11 minutes)
Beau (Ari Aster, 6 minutes)
The Chair (Grainger David, 11 minutes)
Spark (Annie Silverstein, 9 minutes)

Eric Allen Hatch’s SXSW 2012 Wrap-Up

10 days in Austin, 32 feature films in theaters, another 6 on my laptop, and an undisclosed number of wild-at-artichoke-heart pizzas from the Alamo drafthouse: these are the stats behind my SXSW 2012 experience. What might get lost in those numbers is just how many of those feature films were excellent.  Limiting myself to 10 examples is tough, but here’s a few standing out in my memory as I grab one last coffee from Epoch and wait for the airport shuttle to show.

[in alphabetical order]

Film still from BAD BRAINS.

BAD BRAINS: BAND IN DC – This is a lo-fi, scrappy documentary, as well it should be. The DC hardcore scene was basically invented by these young African-Americans, who started out in jazz but soon infused the new punk genre with harder tempos and more positive ideals. Punk soon became just one element in their sound, joined by reggae, metal, and more, even as dynamo frontman HR’s personality began to morph in new and strange directions, making their 30-year journey a tumultuous one.  Ian MacKaye, The Beastie Boys, and many others weigh in on the importance of this singular band.

BROOKLYN CASTLE – It turns out that the middle school Jay-Z attended now produces an inordinate amount of world-class chess players—but funding problems have the school’s exceptional chess program under assault. I won’t lie, I cried. Fans of Word Wars and Spellbound take note!

THE COMEDY—Tim and Eric both shine in this film, but it’s much closer in tone to FROWNLAND than their BILLION-DOLLAR MOVIE.  This is an abrasive, challenging film about very privileged characters behaving very badly, and audiences have been wildly divided. I think it’s one of the best films of the year, reading it as an essay of sorts on the bleak interior landscape of someone whose sense of humor knows no boundaries.

GAYBY—Warm-hearted, often explosive humor and vibrant characters drive this crossover comedy about best friends—a gay man and a straight woman—who in their 30s decide to make good on their promise they made back in college to have a child together. This isn’t a “gay film” per se—it’s an uproarious indie ensemble comedy that happens to be set in gay New York today.

GIRL WALK // ALL DAY – Anyone who knows me knows that if I’m recommending a feature-length dance video, it’s something special. This is a narrative film told through dance, shot on the streets of New York City without permits but with an ecstatic sense of spontaneous creation. Not since a revival screening of Stop Making Sense at The Senator twenty years ago have I seen a film audience jump out of their seats and dance en masse.

GIRLSLena Dunham’s new HBO series confirms her talent as expressed in the 2010 SXSW award-winner TINY FURNITURE. A funny, graphic satire of the sex lives of young New Yorkers worthy of comparisons to Bret Easton Ellis, Woody Allen, Nicole Holfcener, and yes, series producer Judd Apatow.

JEFF—Billed as a documentary, this film about three lives forever changed by Jeffrey Dahmer is actually an experimental hybrid of narrative and doc forms. Evocative sequences of a fictional Dahmer shopping for fish tanks and formaldehyde are balanced with revelatory real-life interviews with an elderly neighbor who trusted “Jeff,” the medical examiner who identified the victims, and the prosecutor who got the killer’s confession. Amazingly, it’s a film about Jeffrey Dahmer that feels very PG (okay, maybe PG-13).

PILGRIM SONGMartha Stephens’ narrative about a laid-off schoolteacher embarking on a hike of self-discovery along the Appalachian Trail was one of the quietest films of the festival, to its credit.  A million miles from the meth-addled violence of WINTER’S BONE, imagine a tone akin to OLD JOY punctuated by colorful characters worthy of Jarmusch and Kaurismaki, and you’re in the right ballpark.

Film still from THE SOURCE.

THE SOURCE – What happens when a cult leader no longer wants to be a cult leader? Ultimately, that’s the central question posed by this exceptional documentary about “The Source” commune from early 70s L.A., led by restaurateur-turned-new-age-prophet Yahowa.

Film still from SUN DON'T SHINE. Credit:

SUN DON’T SHINEAmy Seimetz’s sweaty, grimy, swampy narrative feature is Florida-set and 16mm-shot. If you share my fascination with the way today’s vanguard filmmakers reference the aesthetics of 60s and 70s renegade filmmaking, well… this one’s for us.

– Eric Allen Hatch, Director of Programming