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Give the gift of MFF Membership…and Receive!

The holidays are coming!  If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your partner, friend, or fellow film-lover, nothing compares to Maryland Film Festival membership! It couldn’t be easier.  Order a gift membership by December 14th and we will send your recipient (or you, if you prefer) a unique MFF holiday card acknowledging your gift AND also give you 3 FREE MONTHS of Maryland Film Festival membership as a thank you for supporting us!  Already a member?  We’ll add 3 months onto your existing membership!  Never been a member?  You can try us out for 3 months!  Give a gift, get a gift – this is what the holidays are all about!  Just give us a call at 410-752-8083 to set it up.

Maryland Film Festival membership gives you access to DOZENS of free screenings and film events year-round, special access at our annual festival in May, discounts on film festival merchandise – but most importantly – supports the work of the Maryland Film Festival as we work to bring the best of independent film to Baltimore and unite filmmakers with audiences in an atmosphere that is relaxing and fun.
Friends of the Festival recently enjoyed free passes to FLIGHT starring Denzel Washington; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK starring Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro; Steve James‘ award-winning documentary, THE INTERRUPTERS; the Wachowski‘s new film CLOUD ATLAS; Steven Spielberg‘s LINCOLN; our John Travolta Tribute screenings of GET SHORTY and PULP FICTION; MFF Alum Jamie Travis‘ new comedy FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL; THE WORDS starring Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons; Tim Burton‘s ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER starring Benjamin Walker; and SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED starring Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass, and more!

To give a gift membership, just call our office at 410-752-8083 to arrange by phone.  Basic memberships start at just $50!  Click here for more information on membership levels and benefits.

Sundance: A Gathering of the Tribe

Sightings from Sundance 2012: a festivalgoer looking for tickets.

In addition to being an invaluable marketing tool for independent (and not-so-independent) film and also new products of all sorts (cars, Brita filters, coconut water, et al), Sundance is also a gathering of the tribe, like any convention. Few examples:

I ran in to SXSW‘s head, Janet Pierson, while re-filling my water bottle at the Library Center Theater. She’s been to MFF a couple of times and it’s always fun catching up with her. She introduced me to Sarah Green, a terrific producer whose work I’ve admired (TREE OF LIFE, TAKE SHELTER, Mamet’s works, etc. ) but had never met.

Walking into a screening, I noticed an MFF bag and saw it was on Marcus Hu‘s shoulder, the head of Strand Releasing, one of the great art house distributors. He introduced me to Carl Spence, Artistic Director of the Seattle International Film Festival, a wonderful 25-day extravaganza that contends with Toronto for title of Biggest Film Festival in North America.

At another screening, I sat next to filmmaker Michael Tully (director of SEPTIEN) and a few seats down from writer/director Lynn Shelton (director of YOUR SISTER’S SISTER and Sundance jury this year), both MFF alums, and then, coming out of DETROPIA I hear a woman introduce herself to one of the film’s directors, MFF Board member Rachel Grady, and it is Laura Bennett, the new Artistic Director of the Chesapeake Film Festival in Easton whom I’d never met despite some emailing .

I drop by the temporary WireImage studio to see its CEO, and Baltimore native, Jeff Vespa, and run in to Mark Duplass who is an MFF alum and is in two movies here and produced several. Oscar-nominated Laura Poitras was at the screening of Eugene Jarecki‘s new film about the disastrous drug war, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN,  (he did WHY WE FIGHT and last year’s fascinating documentary on Ronald Reagan) and the new film features excellent interviews with David Simon. Well, you get the picture.

-Jed Dietz, Thursday 1/26