Posts Tagged 'Jed Dietz'



Check out Podcast of MDFF Director Jed Dietz’ Festival Preview on Marc Steiner Show!

On April 17th, MDFF director Jed Dietz joined Marc Steiner to preview MDFF 2012 on The Marc Steiner Show on WEAA, 88.9FM.

Joining Marc and Jed were filmmakers Sheldon Candis, whose feature, LUV, premiered at Sundance and will be part of MDFF 2012, and stars Common, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, and Charles Dutton; and short filmmaker Angel Kristi Williams, whose short film,  THE CHRISTMAS TREE, will also screen during MDFF 2012.

In case you missed the live broadcast, you can listen to a podcast of the show here.

MFF Director Jed Dietz Reports from Sundance; MFF Documentaries in the Spotlight

The 2012 Sundance Film Festival is now in full swing in Park City, Utah, and our very own Jed Dietz is on the ground and reporting back to us with photos, stories and updates about his experiences there.  Keep checking in throughout the week for a unique insider’s perspective on Sundance ’12!

So far, Jed is eagerly anticipating the Sundance premiere of DETROPIA, MFF Board member Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing’s new critically acclaimed documentary about the rise and fall of Detroit.  The New York Times also recently published a piece on this film.

Also, be sure to check out today’s NYTimes review on THE PRUITT-IGOE MYTH.  A hit at MFF 2011, we wish director Chad Freidrichs well as it begins its theatrical journey.

Keep checking back for more updates from Sundance!

ON THE ICE: An MD Supported Film

Winner of a MD Filmmakers Fellowship and native of Barrow Alaska, Andrew Opeakha Maclean, leads Q&A with his cast and crew after a sold out screening of ON THE ICE at Sundance. The film is one of 16 in Dramatic Competition.

~Jed Dietz

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!

EXCLUSIVE Friends of the Festival Programming Preview next week!

EXCLUSIVE Maryland Film Festival Programming Preview hosted by Director Jed Dietz and the MFF Programming Team!

Wednesday, April 14, 7:30pm

Friends of the Festival will join us for our “Members Only” MFF 2010 Programming Preview for the insiders look and highlights on our 2010 film selections! This is an EXCLUSIVE event is for Friends of the Festival.

Join now to take advantage of this special pre-festival event!

For more information, email tickets@mdfilmfest.com.

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)

Join Friends of the Festival today to see the 2010 FOF Programming Preview and many more FREE movies all year-round!

Mike Sragow Profiles Victor Fleming in NY Times

It’s so ironic that Mike Sragow,  The Baltimore Sun’s great film critic and writer, (now under-used by The Chicago Tribune editors that oversee the newspaper) has a magnificent piece in yesterday’s New York Times. The piece is about the seminal Hollywood director Victor Fleming who will have a retrospective at NY’s Film Forum from March 5 – 18. The article features a photo of Jean Harlow in Fleming’s film BOMBSHELL (remember that great screening we did with Sragow at MICA?), and chronicles the frustration Sragow feels that Fleming, who helped thrust Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Spencer Tracy, Judy Garland and many more towards stardom, hasn’t received more recognition for his outstanding career. Sragow’s great book on Fleming has won universal praise and is certainly one of the best profiles of  the American movie art form, in the time of its adolescence, ever written.

~Jed Dietz, MFF Director

Jed Dietz to host Oscar-Nominated Shorts at The Charles!

I’m really looking forward to hosting the Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts at 5:00pm this evening at the Charles. I saw LOGORAMA at Sundance, and am a big Wallace and Gromit fan. Whether or not you can join us this evening, I hope you can fit these two programs in to your weekend. Here’s Mike Sragow’s piece in today’s Sun.

~Jed Dietz, MFF Director

COME SEE THE OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORTS AT THE CHARLES!

Continuing a popular tradition, the Charles will offer two programs this weekend of Academy Award nominated Shorts- Animated and Live Action. These are not to be missed because they are hard to find anywhere else, and this will probably be the only chance you’ll get to see them on the big screen.

This represents a particularly diverse range of filmmaking talents, so we hope you can catch both Shorts Programs. Here’s Bret McCabe’s posting from 2/1710 on the City Paper website.

The Maryland Film Festival has a special commitment to Short Films, programming lots of them, and devoting our Opening Night to them (with crucial support from the Baker Fund). Festival Director Jed Dietz will host the Animated Shorts Program that starts at 5:00PM on Friday. There will be a brief intro and some Q&A afterwards. The whole program runs about 90 minutes.

Berlin Reports Coming In!

  • Noah Baumbach’s new film GREENBERG, starring Ben Stiller and MFF alum Greta Gerwig, is getting great reviews!
  • Also, here’s a quote from Berlin about Matt Porterfield’s PUTTY HILL , from Shane Danielson for IndieWire:

“But there are moments here of startling compositional grace, flashes of awkward honesty and discomfiting intimacy—and one killer sequence, at a memorial service for a recently deceased youth, which quickly turns into an extended karaoke session, courtesy of Bob’s “Rebel Rouser’s DJ Hire”. Keep them in mind for your next wedding, bar mitzvah or white-trash funeral.”

~Jed Dietz, MFF Director

An Evening with Mia Farrow

Kevin Manning, president of Stevenson University invited me to join a small group for dinner with Mia Farrow last night, before she spoke at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. It was fun. Farrow, 65, has this great ability to combine celebrity dish (“when Frank-as in Sinatra– put his hand in mine…”) with heart pounding calls to social action, especially focused on Darfur, which she has visited 11 times (…”for fear of doing too little, we do nothing”).

~Jed Dietz, MFF Director

News from Berlin

Word’s coming back from PUTTY HILL producer Steve Holmgren that the first Berlin screenings went perfectly- they’ve already got a lot of interest from film festivals around the world. Next stop for PUTTY HILL is SXSW in Austin, then MFF 2010. Don’t forget the kickstarter donation site.

~Jed Dietz, MFF Director