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MFF Presents SUN DON’T SHINE with special guest Kate Lyn Sheil on 4/3!

Sun Don't ShineAmy Seimetzs brilliant psychological thriller SUN DON’T SHINE, a massive hit at Maryland Film Festival 2012, returns to Baltimore for one screening only! Joining us as a special guest will be star Kate Lyn Sheil! Tickets are $7 for the general public, and FREE to current Friends of the Festival, MICA and JHU Students (with ID).   Click here for more information.

Maryland Film Festival presents SUN DON’T SHINE
Wednesday 4/3
7:00pm
MICA Brown Center
1301 W. Mt. Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD
$7/Free for Friends of the Festival, MICA and JHU Students (with ID)!

“[A] wondrously accomplished and furiously expressive drama blending the moody rambles of a road movie with the tightly ratcheted criminal tension of a film noir.”–Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Each year produces a handful of daring films that not only challenge audiences, but also set the independent filmmaking community on fire. A gritty and grimy outsider thriller that exists in a perpetual state of panic, SUN DON’T SHINE emphatically belongs in that exclusive category, a film that needs to be seen and discussed.

MFF audience favorites Kentucker Audley (BAD FEVER) and Kate Lyn Sheil (THE COMEDY and V/H/S) star as a young couple pushed to the brink by extreme circumstances. As they drive through the sweat and murk of Florida, it becomes clear that they’re on the run—perhaps from their own miasma of ever-escalating jealousies and paranoia as much as from a shared terrible secret.

Every aspect of this production is top-notch, from the perpetual-motion-machine performances by Audley and Sheil to the moody and evocative 16mm cinematography. As with the beautifully abrasive provocations that are The Brown Bunny and Frownland, SUN DON’T SHINE seems to spring simultaneously from some ecstatic 1970s cinema wasteland and the present-day vanguard, even as it mounts a winning case for its own timelessness. Recently revived cinema treasures like Zulawski’s POSSESSION and Loden’s WANDA (John Waters’ pick for MFF 2012) are other rare anchors of orientation for this free and unfettered work.

-Eric Allen Hatch, MFF Director of Programming

Travolta Fundraiser a Smash Success!

Filmmaker John Waters interviews actor John Travolta at “A Tribute to John Travolta” in MICA’s Brown Center on 11/10. Photo credit: Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun.

Thank you to everyone who came out for our Fall Fundraiser,  “A Tribute to John Travolta” on Saturday night at the MICA Brown Center! By all accounts it was a legendary evening.   Check out Chris Kaltenbach‘s coverage of our event in the Baltimore Sun.

Also, check out John Waters‘ recent interview on WBAL in which he talks about Travolta and describes Maryland Film Festival as  “…one of the best things that we have in this town!”  Click here for the podcast.

MFF Presents “An Open Conversation with John Travolta and John Waters” on Saturday, November 10th! Tickets On Sale Now!

The Maryland Film Festival is pleased to announce a unique tribute to Hollywood legend John Travolta on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the MICA Brown Center. The main event, a fundraiser to support the work of the Maryland Film Festival, will bring Travolta together with noted filmmaker John Waters for the fifth annual edition of the Maryland Film Festival’s annual signature “Open Conversations.”

Maryland Film Festival Presents “A Tribute to John Travolta:” An Open Conversation with John Travolta and John Waters
Saturday, November 10th
MICA Brown Center
1300 West Mt. Royal Ave.
Baltimore, MD

For General Admission ticket holders:

Brown Center Doors Open at 6:30 PM.

Open Conversation begins at 7:00 PM.

For VIP ALL-ACCESS Pass Holders:

VIP ALL-ACCESS Pass holders reception at 6 PM

VIP ALL-ACCESS Pass holders dinner with John Travolta and John Waters at 8:30 PM.

VIP Passes can be purchased by calling 410-752-8083 or by emailing  tickets@mdfilmfest.com

John Travolta‘s career represents an astonishing range of work, right up to his work in Oliver Stone‘s 2012 release, SAVAGES, which should garner Travolta a series of Best Supporting Actor nominations,” said MFF Director Jed Dietz. “In Maryland, we feel a special attachment to his career, and are grateful for his generosity to the community when he was here filming LADDER 49. We are proud to be able to welcome this unique artist back to Baltimore.”

Honorary Co-Chairs of the event will be Johns Hopkins President Ron Daniels and his wife, Joanne Rosen, and Maryland Institute College of Art President Fred Lazarus and his wife, Jonna Lazarus.

Travolta, who has appeared in more than 60 films, launched his career in 1972 with a variety of television roles and rose to national prominence with his featured role in the sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter.” He secured his position as a leading man with a pair of musical blockbusters – SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER in 1977 and GREASE in 1978. His career was rekindled with a star turn in PULP FICTION in 1994, after which he continued to stretch his skills in a wide variety of starring roles. In 2004, Travolta came to Baltimore to film LADDER 49 with co-star Joaquin Phoenix. Three years later, Travolta returned to musicals, donning a house dress and a Baltimore accent to star as Edna Turnblad in the HAIRSPRAY, the film of the musical adapted from John Waters‘ 1988 film of the same name.

John Waters has directed sixteen movies in the city of Baltimore, including HAIRSPRAY, SERIAL MOM, CRY-BABY, POLYESTER and PINK FLAMINGOS, and he is the author of six books including 2011′s Role Models. He also serves on the Maryland Film Festival’s Board of Directors and has screened his films at numerous festivals around the world, including Cannes and Sundance. Waters has selected a film to present to audiences at each Maryland Film Festival since the festival’s launch in 1999; these titles have varied from offbeat comedies to cult classics and challenging art films. Their power to entertain and challenge viewers is always heightened by Waters’ unique humor and insight.

The Maryland Film Festival Open Conversations are designed to bring our community of supporters closer to movies and the people who make them. Launched in 2007, the Open Conversations have opened a variety of windows on the filmmaking world, including an exploration of the careers of actor John Rothman and his brother, studio executive Tom Rothman, an exploration of documentary film as journalism with Meredith Vieira, and a celebration of the 30th anniversary of DINER with Barry Levinson and cast members Ellen Barkin, Daniel Stern, and Michael Tucker.

TRAVOLTA CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

1977: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Oscar & Golden Globe Nomination)
1978: GREASE (Golden Globe Nomination)
1994: PULP FICTION (Oscar & Golden Globe Nomination)
1995: GET SHORTY (Golden Globe Win for Lead Actor)
1997: FACE/OFF (MTV Award for Best Duo)
1998: PRIMARY COLORS (Golden Globe Nomination)
2004: LADDER 49 (Filmed in Baltimore with Joaquin Phoenix)
2007: HAIRSPRAY (Golden Globe Nomination)
2012: SAVAGES
2012: Lifetime Achievement Award, Zurich Film Festival
2012: Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award, San Sebastian Film Festival

TICKETS

TICKETS ON SALE NOW TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC! 

TICKET PRICES: 

$75* – Conversation-Only Tickets.  Click here to purchase.

$300* – All Access Passes (includes preferred seating for Conversation followed by intimate post-Conversation dinner with John Travolta and John Waters).  Must call MFF office at 410-752-8083 to order.

*All tickets include access to MFF screenings of Travolta films at the Charles Theater, 1711 N. Charles Street: GET SHORTY on 10/23, 9pm and PULP FICTION 10/24, 9pm.

Not a Friend of the Festival or has your membership lapsed?  There has never been a better time to come back.   Presenter-level memberships start at just $50.  Click here to find out more about Friends of the Festival membership levels and benefits. This event WILL sell out – get your tickets now!

For more information about the event and Maryland Film Festival visit our website at  www.mdfilmfest.com.

BREAKING NEWS: JOHN TRAVOLTA AND JOHN WATERS IN CONVERSATION AT MICA ON NOVEMBER 10TH!

L to R: Ben (Aaron Johnson), DEA agent Dennis (John Travolta) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch) in SAVAGES. Photo credit: Universal Pictures.

FILM LEGEND JOHN TRAVOLTA TO BE AWARDED MFF “REEL GUY” FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM AND BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN SAVAGES:

JOHN TRAVOLTA AND JOHN WATERS IN CONVERSATION AT MICA NOVEMBER 10 IN SUPPORT OF THE ANNUAL MARYLAND FILM FESTIVAL “OPEN CONVERSATION” FUNDRAISER EVENT

The Maryland Film Festival is pleased to announce a unique tribute to Hollywood legend John Travolta on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the MICA Brown Center. The main event, a fundraiser to support the work of the Maryland Film Festival, will bring Travolta together with noted filmmaker John Waters for the fifth annual edition of the Maryland Film Festival’s annual signature “Open Conversations.”

Maryland Film Festival Presents “A Tribute to John Travolta:” An Open Conversation with John Travolta and John Waters
Saturday, November 10th
MICA Brown Center
1300 West Mt. Royal Ave.
Baltimore, MD

John Travolta‘s career represents an astonishing range of work, right up to his work in Oliver Stone‘s 2012 release, SAVAGES, which should garner Travolta a series of Best Supporting Actor nominations,” said MFF Director Jed Dietz. “In Maryland, we feel a special attachment to his career, and are grateful for his generosity to the community when he was here filming LADDER 49. We are proud to be able to welcome this unique artist back to Baltimore.”

Honorary Co-Chairs of the event will be Johns Hopkins President Ron Daniels and his wife, Joanne Rosen, and Maryland Institute College of Art President Fred Lazarus and his wife, Jonna Lazarus.

Travolta, who has appeared in more than 60 films, launched his career in 1972 with a variety of television roles and rose to national prominence with his featured role in the sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter.” He secured his position as a leading man with a pair of musical blockbusters – SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER in 1977 and GREASE in 1978. His career was rekindled with a star turn in PULP FICTION in 1994, after which he continued to stretch his skills in a wide variety of starring roles. In 2004, Travolta came to Baltimore to film LADDER 49 with co-star Joaquin Phoenix. Three years later, Travolta returned to musicals, donning a house dress and a Baltimore accent to star as Edna Turnblad in the HAIRSPRAY, the film of the musical adapted from John Waters‘ 1988 film of the same name.

John Waters has directed sixteen movies in the city of Baltimore, including HAIRSPRAY, SERIAL MOM, CRY-BABY, POLYESTER and PINK FLAMINGOS, and he is the author of six books including 2011’s Role Models. He also serves on the Maryland Film Festival’s Board of Directors and has screened his films at numerous festivals around the world, including Cannes and Sundance. Waters has selected a film to present to audiences at each Maryland Film Festival since the festival’s launch in 1999; these titles have varied from offbeat comedies to cult classics and challenging art films. Their power to entertain and challenge viewers is always heightened by Waters’ unique humor and insight.

The Maryland Film Festival Open Conversations are designed to bring our community of supporters closer to movies and the people who make them. Launched in 2007, the Open Conversations have opened a variety of windows on the filmmaking world, including an exploration of the careers of actor John Rothman and his brother, studio executive Tom Rothman, an exploration of documentary film as journalism with Meredith Vieira, and a celebration of the 30th anniversary of DINER with Barry Levinson and cast members Ellen Barkin, Daniel Stern, and Michael Tucker.

TRAVOLTA CAREER HIGHLIGHTS 

1977: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Oscar & Golden Globe Nomination)
1978: GREASE (Golden Globe Nomination)
1994: PULP FICTION (Oscar & Golden Globe Nomination)
1995: GET SHORTY (Golden Globe Win for Lead Actor)
1997: FACE/OFF (MTV Award for Best Duo)
1998: PRIMARY COLORS (Golden Globe Nomination)
2004: LADDER 49 (Filmed in Baltimore with Joaquin Phoenix)
2007: HAIRSPRAY (Golden Globe Nomination)
2012: SAVAGES
2012: Lifetime Achievement Award, Zurich Film Festival
2012: Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award, San Sebastian Film Festival

TICKETS

FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL EARLY BIRD ACCESS! Starting NOW through Wednesday 10/10, tickets on sale to current Friends of the Festival ONLY by calling 410-752-8083.  Tickets go on sale to general public 10/10.

TICKET PRICES: 

$75* – Conversation-Only Tickets    

$300* – All Access Passes (includes preferred seating for Conversation followed by intimate post-Conversation dinner with John Travolta and John Waters).

*All tickets include access to MFF screenings of Travolta films at the Charles Theater, 1711 N. Charles Street: GET SHORTY on 10/23, 9pm and PULP FICTION 10/24, 9pm.

Not a Friend of the Festival or has your membership lapsed?  You can still get early bird access if you join or renew over the phone when you call our office to purchase tickets!  Presenter-level memberships start at just $50.  Click here to find out more about Friends of the Festival membership levels and benefits. This event WILL sell out – get your tickets now – why wait?

For more information about the event and Maryland Film Festival visit our website at  www.mdfilmfest.com.

John Waters and Patrick Kennedy at Maryland Film Fest 2012!

John Waters (right) meets Patrick Kennedy (left), the detective who got serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s confession, in the Charles Theater lobby after our second packed screening of JEFF at the 2012 Maryland Film Festival.  Note: John Waters is not short.

Maryland Film Festival 2012 Announces Todd Solondz’s DARK HORSE For Closing Night!

Maryland Film Festival (May 3-6 in beautiful downtown Baltimore) is thrilled to announce DARK HORSE, the latest “sad comedy” by master filmmaker Todd Solondz, as its 2012 Closing Night selection. The film, starring Jordan Gelber, will be presented the evening of Sunday, May 6th in the historic Charles Theater, with Solondz and members of his cast presenting.

“With two back-to-back masterpieces, Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) and Happiness (1998), Todd Solondz established himself as the new standard-bearer for American dark comedies-or, as he calls them, sad comedies,” writes MFF director of programming Eric Allen Hatch in the festival’s closing-night program notes. “With DARK HORSE, Solondz has delivered not only his greatest film since those twin ’90s classics, but his most accessible work yet.”

Co-starring Selma Blair, Justin Bartha, Mia Farrow, and Christopher Walken, and coming on the heels of such provocative Solondz features as STORYTELLING, PALINDROMES, and LIFE DURING WARTIME, DARK HORSE is a groundbreaking, all-star work by a major American director.

Also announced for Maryland Film Festival 2012 is its Opening Night program, which each year since 2004 the festival has dedicated to a program of short films. The MFF 2012 Opening Night Shorts will take place the evening of Thursday, May 3rd in the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Brown Center, with each film presented by its director.

The MFF 2012 Opening Night Shorts are:
I Am John Wayne (Christina Choe)
The Kook (Nat Livingston Johnson and Gregory Mitnick)
Modern Man (Kerri Lendo and John Merriman)
Cork’s Cattlebaron (Eric Steele)
Fishing Without Nets (Cutter Hodierne)

This announcement of DARK HORSE and the five Opening Night Short Films come in addition to over 100 films already announced for MFF 2012: 40+ new feature films and 70+ new short films from around the world; a favorite film (Barbara Loden‘s WANDA) presented by legendary filmmaker and MFF board member John Waters; and vintage 3D and silent titles.

All of these MFF 2012 titles and tickets can be found here:
http://www.md-filmfest.com/film-guide-2012.cfm

For more information, please contact Megan Downey (megan@mdfilmfest.com )

JOHN WATERS

Yesterday, I hosted the Cinema Sundays screening of IT CAME FROM KUCHAR, a wonderful doc about the seminal underground filmmakers Mike and George Kuchar, and it was a lot of fun. I love the CS crowd, and host/standup comedian jonathan palevsky’s enthusiasm is infectious.

 The Kuchars were honored guests at MFF 2002, and we showed a number of their films and videos. They’ve had influence way beyond their modest commercial and critical success; often cited alongside Warhol and Brakhage, you can see their influence today in South Park episodes and Judd Apatow films.

It also reminded me of what an incredible observer of our society John Waters is. He is interviewed extensively in the Kuchar film, and in two movies you’ll have a chance to see at this weekend’s film festival, BEAUTIFUL DARLING and BURROUGHS, both terrific. In each case, John’s interviews get to the heart of the subject.  Waters is compulsively attracted to interesting people, but his ability to observe and then articulate what makes them special is rare.

I don’t know what John will say, of course, but he’s chosen Paul Greengrass’ great movie, UNITED 93, as his pick this year, and we’re expecting some of the cast, so you’ve got opportunities to experience John Waters’ insights on film and in person in the next few days.

-Jed Dietz, MFF Director

TICKETS NOW ONSALE!

The schedule of films for the 12th Annual Maryland Film Festival is now up on our website and tickets sales are live!

Follow the link below to purchase tickets to all of our regular programs plus All-Access passes, Opening and Closing Night, the John Waters pick, the Guest Host program, the Alloy Orchestra, the 3-D film and much much more!

And stay tuned for more exciting announcements as we count down to the 2010 Maryland Film Festival!

Click here to view the MFF 2009 schedule and purchase tickets!

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

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

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