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Maryland Film Festival on Groupon!

Today the Maryland Film Festival has the featured deal for a Friends of the Festival membership on!

If you have never been a Friend of the Festival before, you can purchase the membership at at discount today on Groupon!

If you have already purchased a Groupon, here is how to redeem it:

1. Print Groupon (or pull it up with their mobile app).
2. Email for registration.
3. Provide your Groupon ID#, name, address, phone
number, & email

Questions: email or call 410.752.8083


Friends of the Festival is a membership program that supports the Maryland Film Festival throughout the year. For their contribution, 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

Here are just some of the movies that our members have recently seen for FREE:

The Lovely Bones

Crazy Heart

Hot Tub Time Machine

How to Train Your Dragon


Exit Through the Gift Shop


Dinner for Schmucks

Step Up 3D



The Social Network

Let Me In

Waiting For Superman


Join Friends of the Festival Now and Your Donation Will Be Matched!

From MFF Director Jed Dietz:

To all Maryland Film Festival Supporters-

If you have ever thought about becoming a Friend of the Festival, with all the cool movie-going benefits that brings (like free preview screenings every week and free films before 6pm on the Friday of the festival), or have just been thinking of financially supporting the MFF– THIS IS THE TIME TO DO IT.

Thanks to the efforts of one of our new Board members, Michael Mandel, every dollar you give us between now and November 1, will be matched by two dollars by the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, up to $10,000.

It’s easy- you can send us a check, join online via PayPal, or call Lucia at the office (410 752 8083) with a credit card.

Please help us capture the full amount of this special challenge, and see your donation matched 2 FOR 1.

Announcing: GUNKY’S BASEMENT with Dan Deacon and Jimmy Joe Roche!

Original silkscreened poster by Baltimore artist, Chris Day

GUNKY’S BASEMENT  is an exciting new Maryland Film Festival project: a series of 5 genre films curated and hosted by two Baltimoreans, musician DAN DEACON and artist/filmmaker JIMMY JOE ROCHE. While the programming is free-form, the emphasis will be on Dan and Jimmy’s favorite sci-fi, horror, and action films of the late 70s through the early 90s. Dan and Jimmy will introduce all the films, which will screen from 35mm prints on the largest screen at the Charles Theatre, with informal conversations following the film. Each screening will also have an original screenprinted poster created by a Baltimore-based artist.

The first film in Gunky’s Basement has just been announced, and will take place at the Charles on Thursday October 21st at 9pm: John Carpenter’s THE THING. THE THING is a startling combination of science-fiction and horror from one of the true masters of both genres; seeing it on the big screen is the perfect way to see in the Halloween season!

We’ll be announcing ticket sales for THE THING soon, as well as the dates and titles for the next two Gunky’s Basement screenings; stay tuned!

Click here to RSVP on Facebook!


Come see why David Simon has called Kubrick’s adaptation of PATHS OF GLORY  “the most important political film of the 20th century… a favorite film [even] before I knew the book.”

For tickets call 410.752.8083

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Book Signing w/ David Simon to Follow Screening of Rare 35mm Print of Kubrick’s Classic

Saturday, September 25, 7:00pm
MICA Brown Center
1301 Mount Royal Avenue

Call 410.752.8083 to order in advance.

Maryland Film Festival is thrilled to announce that on Saturday, September 25, David Simon (creator of HBO’s  acclaimed series “The Wire,” and “Treme”) will host a screening of one of his favorite films, Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 classic film Paths of Glory. This unforgettable anti-war film was adapted from Humphrey Cobb’s 1935 novel Paths of Glory, just reissued by Penguin Classics with a brand-new introduction by Simon; Simon will also sign copies of the book after the film screening.

Loosely based on a true story, Cobb’s chilling story of injustice follows French soldiers during World War I. Forced to attack an impenetrable German position, the casualties are high, and in the aftermath several French troops are put on trial for cowardice, scapegoated by the officers and institutions that sent them into combat. Kubrick’s riveting film adaptation (co-written with legendary hardboiled author Jim Thompson) stars Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, and cult favorite Timothy Carey.

Paths of Glory – both the film and the novel – were major influences on David Simon in creating and writing “The Wire.” As he told The Baltimore Sun’s Michael Sragow, “When I was writing an institutional dynamic, I was thinking of the guys in Cobb’s book.” Further, Simon has called Kubrick’s adaptation “the most important political film of the 20th century… a favorite film [even] before I knew the book.”

Maryland Film Festival will screen PATHS OF GLORY at MICA’s Brown Center (1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.) at 7pm Saturday, September 25th, with David Simon introducing the film and answering questions from the audience after the screening. Additionally, copies of the new Penguin Classics edition of Humphrey Cobb’s novel (with Simon’s new introduction) will be on sale, alongside Simon’s own works, with Simon available to sign your copies. Tickets will be $10 and can be purchased by calling 410.752.8083.

For more information, read Michael Sragow’s piece on Simon and Paths of Glory (the novel and the film).

SALT, starring Angelina Jolie, FREE for Friends of the Festival!

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

Tuesday, July 20, 7:30pm

For more information or to sign up today and start seeing FREE SCREENINGS, call 410.752.8083 or click here to sign up online!


Angelina Jolie stars in Salt, a contemporary action thriller from Columbia Pictures. As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt (Jolie) swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt’s efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: “Who Is Salt?”

Click here to view the trailer!

SALT opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, July, 23rd!

Join Friends of the Festival now to see SALT and more FREE movies all year-round!

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.

MFF PRESENTS: FREE Shorts at The Charles during Artscape!

Click on the flier to see the full lineup of shorts programs presented by the Maryland Film Festival at The Charles Theatre this weekend:


Maryland Film Festival proudly presents a career-spanning, FREE shorts program of work from legendary underground filmmaker Mike Kuchar, presented by the filmmaker!

MFF will kick off its Artscape 2010 programming on Friday, July 16th with five short films from Mike Kuchar, a major voice in the underground film scene since the 1960s, who will introduce his work and answer questions afterward. Kuchar pioneered a campy, stylized, and over-the-top hilarious style that provided inspiration for the likes of John Waters and Andy Warhol. His career began with 8mm films made in the Bronx as a teenager in the 1950s, and has evolved into a singular body of work that includes over 50 titles on 8mm, 16mm, and video formats.

Together with his twin brother and sometime collaborator, filmmaker George Kuchar, Mike co-authored the memoir Reflections from a Cinematic Cesspool, published with an introduction from Waters. The brothers were also the subject of the documentary It Came From Kuchar (which had a fantastically well-received screening recently within The Charles’ Cinema Sundays series, hosted by MFF director Jed Dietz).

Festivalgoers lucky enough to have attended MFF 2000’s Brothers Kuchar showcase (which included one of Mike’s signature titles, 1965’s Sins of the Fleshapoids) know how charming an evening with Mike Kuchar and his work will be. Don’t miss this amazing event!

The films included in this special MFF/Artscape Mike Kuchar showcase:
The Craven Sluck (1967)
Stranger in Apartment 9F (1995)
Animal  (2009)
Echo’s Garden  (2010)
Medusa’s Gaze (2010)


Call for Entries Now Open!

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