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MFF Alum Laura Poitras on Front Page of The New York Times!

laura-poitrasDocumentary filmmaker and MFF Alum Laura Poitras is now at the center of the story about government surveillance whistleblower Edward J. Snowden. The story appears on the front page of Saturday’s edition of The New York Times. Click here for the article.

Poitras is one of three Oscar-nominated documentary filmmakers who participated in MFF’s 2011 fundraiser “Are Documentary Filmmakers the New Journalists?” moderated by Meredith Vieira.

Poitras is also a two time MFF Alum, screening both Oscar-nominated MY COUNTRY MY COUNTRY (MFF 2006) and THE OATH (MFF 2010). Last year she was the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant.

Interestingly, the Times‘ story ends with Poitras warning the reporter that her version of the evolving story will be “very different from the way a newspaper would tell it.”


On March 11th, MEREDITH VIEIRA will interview three distinguished documentary filmmakers during our MFF PRODUCES fundraising event. Each has been nominated for an Academy Award, and each has honored films about important subjects in the news.

Vieira will engage our filmmaker guests in a discussion around the subject “Are Documentary Filmmakers the New Journalists?”

Rachel Grady– (BOYS OF BARAKA, JESUS CAMP, and 12th & DELAWARE). Exploring issues of educating urban boys, children in the world of fundamentalist Christianity, and abortion, Rachel Grady and filmmaker partner Heidi Ewing have always brought incredible insight to issues that divide people. Cited by Time Magazine as one of five innovator filmmakers in 2007, MFF has had the privilege of showcasing all of her films. Rachel Grady is currently working on her newest film, DETROIT HUSTLES HARDER.

Marshall Curry– (STREET FIGHT, RACING DREAMS, IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION MOVEMENT). A self taught documentary filmmaker, Marshall’s first film, STREET FIGHT, chronicled Cory Booker’s first attempt to run for Mayor of Newark, NJ. Booker was a Stanford and Yale grad who had a good record as a councilman and had been living in Newark’s infamous projects. He immediately attracted attention, and gathered around him a tireless group of volunteers. He got crushed. The film was nominated for both an Academy Award and an Emmy. RACING DREAMS, Marshall’s second film, followed a few teenage race car drivers as they learned to contend on the NASCAR circuit, and won Best Documentary at Tribeca 2009. His latest film, covering the issue of eco-terrorism, was in the competition of Sundance 2011, and, like each of the first two, will be part of MFF.

Laura Poitras– (MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY; THE OATH) Diving in to two of the most reported news stories of the past few years, Laura gained access to a physician in Baghdad as he decided to run in the first election after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and then spent a year with Osama Bin Laden’s driver/bodyguard in Yemen. The results are two remarkable films, taking the viewer deep inside of stories that were all over the front pages.


More information about the event and how to purchase tickets below…


An Announcement about MFF PRODUCES 2011:

MFF PRODUCES: Are Documentary Filmmakers the New Journalists?, the 2011 Maryland Film Festival Fundraiser will be rescheduled for Friday, March 11.

The response so far has been great, and the format and location of the event will remain the same, featuring Meredith Vieira moderating a conversation with award-winning documentary filmmakers at the MICA Brown Center.

TICKETS: $250 (All-Access)/ $90 (Conversation and Reception)

6:00pm Doors Open for All Ticket Holders
Wine/Beer (provided by The Wine Source) and hors d’oeuvres – Brown Center

7:30pm Short Auction (Special Movie Related Items)
Conversation with filmmaker guests, moderated by Meredith Vieira

9:00pm Dinner/Dessert reception with filmmaker guests
for All-Access Pass Holders

**Call 410.752.8083 to order**

ANNOUNCING: MFF PRODUCES A Conversation with Meredith Vieira and Award Winning Documentary Filmmakers!!


Meredith Vieira, co-host of NBC’s Today Show, contributing anchor for Dateline NBC, founding moderator and former co-host of The View, and correspondent for Turning Point, West 57th, and Sixty Minutes, will moderate a discussion with award-winning documentary filmmakers on the subject: “Are Documentary Filmmakers the New Journalists?” at this year’s Maryland Film Festival Fundraiser!

Friday, January 21, 2010

MICA, Brown Center

Documentary filmmakers, all alums of the Maryland Film Festival include: Alex Gibney (Oscar winner for TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE, and widely praised for ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM, CASINO JACK, and SPITZER), Rachel Grady (BOYS OF BARAKA, Oscar-nominated JESUS CAMP, and 12TH & DELAWARE), and award-winning and MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient Stanley Nelson (JONESTOWN, FREEDOM RIDERS).

**CALL 410.752.8083 to order tickets**

All Access: including the pre-reception, reserved seats conversation, and a special dinner with Viera and the filmmakers – $250

Conversation and Pre-reception: wine, beer and hors d’ouevres) – $90

Table Hosts: (10 All Access tickets, plus 10 student tickets for the Conversation)  – $5,000

Schedule of the evening:

6pm: Doors open, wine and beer reception

7:15pm: Auction and Conversation with Meridith Vieira, Alex Gibney, Rachel Grady and Stanley Nelson

9pm:All Access ticket-holder dinner with Vieira and the filmmakers in the MICA Main Building