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MFF 2013’s IT FELT LIKE LOVE returns with director Eliza Hittman Monday 3/3!

IFLLMFF 2013’s coming-of-age drama IT FELT LIKE LOVE returns to Baltimore on Monday, March 3rd with special guest filmmaker Eliza Hittman!

One of the freshest independent films of the last year, IT FELT LIKE LOVE premiered within Sundance 2013, went on to screen within dozens of festivals including the prestigious International Film Festival Rotterdam and Viennale, and won a Special Jury Award at the Sarasota Film Festival.


“I have always been fascinated with the portrayal of coming-of-age themes in film, but I felt the American films are so conservative and I wanted to challenge the tropes used in the indie sphere…My goal before I wrote anything was to make an anti-coming-of-age story. I wanted to explore taboos around female adolescent sexuality and identity. I wanted to make a film about that vulnerable encounter or confrontation.” –Eliza Hittman

“I didn’t want the movie to end.”
-Richard Brody, The New Yorker

with director Eliza Hittman
Monday, March 3rd
MICA Brown Center’s Falvey Hall
1301 West Mt. Royal Avenue
Tickets $10/Free for Friends of the Festival and MICA students and staff
Click here for event information.

TONIGHT: DJ Spooky Hosts a screening of MFF 2013’s DOWNLOADED at the MICA Brown Center – FREE for ALL!

downloaded-movieMFF 2013’s documentary selection, DOWNLOADED, returns to Baltimore TONIGHT for a one-night-only screening at the MICA Brown Center as part of the Art + Music Film Series curated and hosted by DJ Spooky a.k.a. That Subliminal Kid (who also did the score for the film and will do a Q & A about open source culture after the screening). This event will take place in Falvey Hall and is FREE for all!

DOWNLOADED POSTERDOWNLOADED is a documentary by Alex Winterabout open source and free culture based on the story of Napster and features interviews withHenry RollinsBilly CorganBeastie Boys’ Mike D,Oasis’ Noel Gallagher, and others.

“In tracing the rapid rise and gradual emasculation of Napster, the peer-to-peer file-sharing service that flourished in the 1990s, “Downloaded” tells a fascinating story about how college students harnessed the Internet to enable people to trade favorite songs, and how a blindsided music industry, ignorant of the Web’s potential, effectively shut them down.”
Andy WebsterNew York Times

Tuesday, January 28th
MICA Brown Center’s Falvey Hall
1301 West Mt. Royal Avenue
FREE for all!

MFF 2013’s I USED TO BE DARKER opens at the Charles Theater this weekend!

i-used-to-be-darker-posterBaltimore filmmaker and MFF alum Matt Porterfield‘s I USED TO BE DARKER, a big hit at MFF 2013, will launch its national theatrical run in Baltimore at the Charles Theater this weekend. Q & A will follow the Friday 9/27 and Saturday 9/28 screenings.  Check the Charles Theater website for additional screening times and to purchase tickets.

I USED TO BE DARKER screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and the 2013 Berlin Film Festival and won Best Narrative Feature at the 2013 Atlanta Film Festival.

Strand Releasing agreed to give Baltimore first dibs on the film; it opens in New York on 10/4 and Los Angeles on 10/11, followed by a national release.  It is rare for a distributor to open a film outside of the New York or LA markets.  This gives a smaller market like Baltimore a great opportunity to show how well it can support an independent film – so make sure to come out and see it!

I USED TO BE DARKER was shot in Hamilton, Station NorthRoland Park and Ocean City.  All three of Matt Porterfield’s films have played MFF, the earlier titles being HAMILTON (MFF 2006) and PUTTY HILL (MFF 2010).


When Taryn (Deragh Campbell), a runaway from Northern Ireland, finds herself in trouble in Ocean City, MD, she seeks refuge with her aunt and uncle in Baltimore. But Kim and Bill (Ned Oldham and Kim Taylor) have problems of their own: they’re trying to handle the end of their marriage gracefully for the sake of their daughter Abby (Hannah Gross), just home from her first year of college. A story of family revelations, people finding each other and letting each other go, looking for love where they’ve found it before and, when that doesn’t work, figuring out where they might find it next.

MFF Announces Artscape 2013 Short Film Line Up!


Maryland Film Festival is pleased to present our 2013 Free Short Films programs for Artscape 2013!


Friday July 19th — Clermont-Ferrand Shorts, 7pm  

With crucial international support from Alliance FrancaiseEUNIC, and the European Union, this year’s edition of Maryland Film Festival’s popular Shorts at Artscape will launch Friday night (7/19) with short films curated by programmers of the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France, one of the world’s largest festivals devoted to short films. Hosting the films will be Clermont-Ferrand’s Xavier Fayet, who has been a member of the festival’s selection committee since 2009.

Friday, July 19th (7pm) – Film Program

45 DEGREES (Georgis Grigorakis, Greece, Drama) – Athens, August 2012. 45 degrees Celsius. The fridge is empty. The situation is very tense. A father changes under the burden of the economic crisis. It’s getting dark and it’s still boiling hot. A capital city on the verge of explosion.

MOBILE (Verena Fels, Germany, Animation) – On the fringes of society, a cow tips the balance of destiny…
A STORY FOR THE MODLINS (Sergio Oksman, Spain, Documentary) – After appearing in the film ‘Rosemary’s Baby’, Elmer Modlin fled with his family to a far off country and shut himself away in a dark apartment for thirty years.
LA TERRA (Daniele Suraci, Italy, Drama) – Gianni has worked his entire life on his piece of land in the hope that his son Simon, aged 30, will continue taking care of it in the future. The two characters meet and collide in a series of gestures, looks and silences.
THE VOORMAN PROBLEM (Mark Gill, UK, Comedy) starring Martin Freeman of THE OFFICE (UK) – Doctor Williams is called in to examine the enigmatic Mr Voorman, a prisoner with a peculiar affliction: he believes he is a god. The doctor must decide on the sanity of Mr Voorman: is he a faker or a lunatic?

Saturday and Sunday Shorts Programs

Saturday and Sunday programs are comprised of titles curated by the Maryland Film Festival, all of them from MFF 2013. These programs begin each hour on the hour, and run between 30 and 40 minutes apiece. Program content may be subject to last-minute changes.

Some programs may contain material not appropriate for all ages.

Saturday, July 20 (noon to 5pm)

Noon      ANIMATED SHORTS (contains puppet nudity, mild language)

1pm        COMEDY SHORTS (mild language, mature themes)

2pm        EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS (mild nudity, mature themes)

3pm        NARRATIVE SHORTS (mild language)

4pm        DOCUMENTARY SHORTS (mild language, mature themes)

5pm        ANIMATED SHORTS (contains puppet nudity, mild language)

Sunday July 21 (noon to 5pm)

Noon      COMEDY SHORTS (mild language, mature themes)

1pm        EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS (mild nudity, mature themes)

2pm        NARRATIVE SHORTS (mild language)

3pm        DOCUMENTARY SHORTS (mild language, mature themes)

4pm        ANIMATED SHORTS (contains puppet nudity, mild language)

5pm        COMEDY SHORTS (mild language, mature themes)


ANIMATED SHORTS  (38 minutes) (contains puppet nudity, mild language)

(Notes on) Biology (Danny Madden, 6 minutes)

Marcel, King of Tervuren (Tom Schroeder, 6 minutes)

Noodle Fish (Kim Jin-man, 10 minutes)

Oh Willy… (Emma De Swaef, Marc James Roels, 16 minutes)

COMEDY SHORTS   (35 minutes) (mild language, mature themes)

The Cub (Riley Stearns, 5 minutes)

The Cyclist (Morgan Krantz, 10 minutes)

Hell No (Joe Nicolosi, 3 minutes)

Meter Maid (Matthew Riggieri & Nick Kovacic, 3 minutes)

Sounds Good (Kerri Lendo & John Merriman, 4 minutes)

Yeah, Kowalski (Evan Roberts, 10 minutes)

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS  (38 minutes) (mild language, mature themes)

Flutter (Dara Bratt, 8 minutes)

Reborning (Yael Bridge, Helen Hood Scheer, 8 minutes)

The Roper (Ewan McNicol & Anna Sandilands, 6 minutes)

Slomo (Joshua Izenberg, 16 minutes)

EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS  (35 minutes) (mild nudity, mild language, mature themes)

#PostModem (Jillian Mayer & Lucas Leyva, 15 minutes)

Audition (Karen Yasinsky, 4 minutes)

Bermuda (Calvin Frederick, 4 minutes)

Magnetic Reconnection (Kyle Armstrong, 12 minutes)

NARRATIVE SHORTS   (39 minutes) (mild language)

Boneshaker (Frances Bodomo, 12 minutes)

Dotty (Mick Andrews & Brett O’Gorman, 10 minutes)

Miracle Boy (Jake Mahaffy, 17 minutes)

MFF Programmer Scott Braid reports on the 2013 Provincetown International Film Festival

It’s not easy to find yourself back in the balmy heat of Baltimore (no matter how much you love the city), after 5 days of the most beautiful weather imaginable, in one of the most beautiful locales imaginable. Add to that, the opportunity to watch great movies with some of the greatest cinematic talents living today, and you’ve got one splendid working vacation.Image

So it was with my 5 day excursion to the very tippy-top of Cape Cod and the wonderful and welcoming Provincetown, Massachusettes with its annual Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF). This was my second year attending the amiable and well-run festival at land’s end and it was a doozy of a year, featuring a bevy of unbelievable cinematic talent including Harmony Korine, Todd Haynes, Mary Harron, legendary cinematographer Ed Lachman. Baltimore’s own John Waters also plays a central role in the festivities, much as he does for MFF. Among his many duties within the fest, Mr. Waters shares the same film that he presented to MFF audiences with the P-Town crowd. For the PIFF screening of Ulrich Seidl’s PARADISE: FAITH, Mr. Waters was joined by legendary Director of Photography, Ed Lachman. Lachman shot the entire PARADISE trilogy and in addition to this recent work with Seidl, has worked with the likes of Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Godard, and Larry Clark, to name but a few. Waters and Lachman gave a rousing post-screening Q&A which I had the good fortune to record and can be seen here:

Lachman was in attendance to receive PIFF’s Career Achievement Award, which was presented in a special conversation/ceremony with film critic B. Ruby Rich. That same event saw John Waters in conversation with cinema wunderkind, Harmony Korine (SPRING BREAKERS, GUMMO), who was presented with PIFF’s Filmmaker On The Edge Award. The conversation between Waters and Korine was a lively and entertaining one, which covered Korine’s filmmaking career and some of his more notorious acts in front of the camera and in his personal life. More about the conversation from The Film Society at Lincoln Center’s Eugene Hernandez here.

Below – (l to r) Honorees Ed Lachman and Harmony Korine with John Waters. (photo by Bruce Gilbert)Image

While both of the conversations were highly informative and great fun, the real reason to go to any film festival is to watch films, and PIFF 2013 offered up an interesting selection of greats from the festival circuit. Giving me a chance to catch up on some of the titles I’ve been eager to see from Sundance and some things I missed at SXSW back in March.  The highlights of my viewing  (in no particular order) were as follows:

HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION, a fascinating and artful portrait of the legendary actor, which eschews a by-the-numbers recounting of his career for a more poetic and philosophical character study, a soul-penetrating look at the man behind some of the most memorable performances in cinema history. Stanton is a fascinating and charming subject from the outset, but his openness allows the filmmaker to dig deeper, discovering a discontented loner where most would expect to find a man who has lived all of his dreams. Stanton’s true passion is music (a career he has never realized) and the film is suffused with his melancholy singing, revealing as much about the man as any of the interviews do. Well worth a look to fans and non-fans alike.

AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS by MFF alum and host of MFF 2013’s Opening Night Shorts Program, David Lowery, is every bit the beautifully crafted and fantastically acted work I expected from such a talented filmmaker. Favorable comparisons to BADLANDS and BONNIE AND CLYDE are apt but this film has a feel all its own and it leaves an indelible mark on the viewer. I’m still mauling over many fantastic sequences days later and there’s no sign that those scenes will stop popping into my mind anytime soon. Unfortunately, the film’s trip to Cannes precluded us from screening it within MFF 2013 but it will be a treat for Baltimore audiences when it hits screens here in the coming months. Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara and Ben Foster all give fantastic heartfelt performances and the cinematography by Bradford Young (who won the prestigious Sundance Cinematography Award for both this film and MFF 2013 Closing Night film MOTHER OF GEORGE) is quite simply breathtaking.

As part of the honors bestowed upon Ed Lachman, the festival screened several works on which, he served as Director of Photography. Susan Seidleman’s 1985 film, DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN (starring then-newcomer Madonna and Rosanna Arquette) was one of the chosen films and initially I thought a ho-hum choice. But alas, after seeing the film’s visual splendor on the big screen and hearing Lachman talk about the choices he made in filming the work, I was forced to reconsider my near-lifelong blasé feelings towards it. It stands as a vibrant portrait of mid-80s New York City, with wonderful location photography and a who’s-who cast of Lower Eastside stalwarts of the time, including a pre-stardom John Turturro, character actor Will Patton (MFF 2011 alum), punk rock icon Richard Hell, as well as noted musicians John Lurie, and Arto Lindsay. It’s a fun movie and a smarter movie than most have given it credit for being. Below- Ed Lachman during the Q&A for DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN. Image CONTINENTAL by Malcolm Ingram is a fun and informative look at the culture surrounding the iconic Continental Bath House in late 60s/early 70s New York and its charismatic founder Steve Ostrow’s transformation from work-a-day business and family man, to gay culture icon and gay rights activist. The Continental Baths became one of THE places to go in 70s NYC and the night club therein launched the careers of mega-stars the likes of Bette Midler and Barry Manilow. A must-see for anyone interested in the history of gay culture in the U.S.

Below – MFF Programmer Scott Braid with CONTINENTAL director Malcolm Ingram. Image

GIDEON’S ARMY is the feature directorial debut of Dawn Porter and wow is it a powerful one! Porter follows a group of young public defenders in their quest to give the disenfranchised and poverty stricken a chance in a complex legal system all too often stacked against them. Porter’s expertly crafted film shows the ups and downs faced by this idealistic group of young lawyers as they face struggles of their own in the form of unjustly low pay, overwhelming caseloads and the emotional tolls of working with clients whose very lives and freedom depend on your performance. Wisemanesque in both the level of emotional wallop it packs and its finely crafted and largely observational style, Porter’s film is one that leaves you overwhelmed, both with outrage, at a system that disproportionately incarcerates minorities and the impoverished, and with gratitude for the work that these public defenders do, not for money, but because they are driven to give a fair shake to those who are so often chewed up and spit out by a flawed justice system.

In addition to catching a number of other screenings, I also had the pleasure of acting as guest host for a few, introducing the film and then hosting the Q&A afterwards. And, even with all of this movie-related activity, I still had time to enjoy all of the delicious food, wonderful nightlife and pristine beaches that P-Town has to offer. I can’t wait to report back from PIFF 2014!




Maryland Film Festival continues to announce titles for its fifteenth annual edition today, unveiling a dozen more feature films in their 2013 lineup.  Within this second round of announced titles are two highly anticipated documentaries with Baltimore subjects, Jeffrey Schwarz’s loving and definitive portrait I Am Divine (photo above), and Joe Tropea and Skizz Cyzyk’s Catonsville Nine documentary Hit & Stay; a wide range of international films including Augustine (France), Berberian Sound Studio (UK), Post Tenebras Lux (Mexico), and Watchtower (Turkey); Sundance 2013 breakthrough dramas A Teacher and This Is Martin Bonner; and the latest from David Gordon Green, Prince Avalanche.

MFF 2013 will take place May 8-12 in downtown Baltimore, and lineup announcements will continue next week. Together with the titles revealed in a first announcement Tuesday, today’s news brings the total of announced MFF 2013 titles thus far to twenty-four.

More lineup announcements are coming soon! For all the latest information, continue to visit this blog, and follow us on Facebook and on Twitter, @MdFilmFestival.

The latest announced titles for MFF 2013 are:

Photo still from AUGUSTINE.


Augustine (Alice Winocour) Set in Belle Epoque France, Alice Winocour’s provocative period piece chronicles the sexual awakening of a female patient in a mental hospital for women suffering from “hysteria.”

Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland) In the 1970s, a gifted but reclusive British sound engineer begins having ever-escalating strange experiences the mirror that Italian horror film on which he’s working.

Drinking Buddies (Joe Swanberg) Kate and Luke form a close bond working together at a Chicago craft brewery—but as the line between friendship and romance gets blurry, cracks begin to show, both in the workplace and their personal lives. Starring Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson, and Ron Livingston.

Photo still from Skizz Czyzk and Joe Tropea's HIT & STAY.


Hit & Stay (Joe Tropea and Skizz Cyzyk) This Baltimore-made documentary tells the story of the radical priests, nuns, and everyday people who comprised the Baltimore Four and the Catonsville Nine, risking prison to challenge U.S. military involvement in Vietnam.

I Am Divine (Jeffrey Schwarz) From the director of Vito comes the definitive documentary look at actor, singer, and drag icon Harris Glenn Milstead, better known as Divine; featuring extensive interviews with John Waters and many others who knew, loved, and worked with Divine.

Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel) Functioning as both an immersive experiential documentary about modern commercial fishing and a feature-length experimental film, Leviathan offers an explosive and chaotic sensory experience like no other.

Photo still from POST TENEBRAS LUX.


Post Tenebras Lux (Carlos Reygadas) The director of challenging art-house favorites Battle in Heaven and Silent Light returns with his most personal and transgressive film yet, a masterful meditation on natural wonder, sudden violence, and the human condition.

Photo still from PRINCE AVALANCHE.


Prince Avalanche (David Gordon Green) Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch star as highway workers with a bumpy history paired for a project in a remote location in this charming blend of comedy and drama from the director of George Washington and Pineapple Express.

Photo still from SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM.


Swim Little Fish Swim (Lola Bessis and Ruben Amar) In this offbeat French/U.S. co-production with notes of deadpan comedy and romance, hardworking Mary’s frustration with her idealistic husband Leeward mounts when a vivacious young French woman enters their life.

Photo still from Hannah Fiddell's A TEACHER.


A Teacher (Hannah Fidell) Diana, a young suburban high-school teacher, seems to be leading a pleasant, if placid, life—but behind closed doors, she’s risking it all for an affair with one of her students.

This Is Martin Bonner (Chad Hartigan) Fifty-something Martin Bonner looks for a new beginning in Reno, working with released prisoners for a faith-based organization. This subtle and moving character study won the Sundance 2013 Best of Next Audience Award.

Photo still from WATCHTOWER.


Watchtower (Pelin Esmer) Plagued by tragedy and guilt, a man takes a job in a remote corner of Turkey—but the solitary new life he builds for himself is challenged by the arrival of a young woman, also running from her past.


Photo still from Lotfy Nathan's 12 O'CLOCK BOYS.


Maryland Film Festival has begun unveiling the lineup for its 15th annual festival, which will take place May 8-12, 2013 in downtown Baltimore and include over 50 feature films and 10 short-film programs from around the world.

The first dozen feature films announced include several highly anticipated made-in-Baltimore films, among them Matt Porterfield’s art-house drama I Used to Be Darker and Lotfy Nathan’s gritty documentary 12 O’Clock Boys. Also on tap for MFF 2013 are Bobcat Goldthwait’s Bigfoot-themed Willow Creek, and a diverse spectrum of films launched at Sundance 2013, including Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess, Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely, Yen Tan’s Pit Stop, and Eliza Hittman’s It Felt Like Love.

Maryland Film Festival has distinguished itself as a creatively charged meeting place for filmmakers and audiences, offering all U.S.-made features hosted by a filmmaker in a competition-free format. The festival is also known for its close relationship with legendary filmmaker John Waters, who selects and hosts a favorite film within each year’s festival. Building off record ticket sales in 2012, the festival has expanded from four to five days for its 2013 edition.

Lineup announcements will continue over the next 2 weeks. The first dozen titles announced for MFF 2013 are:

12 O’Clock Boys (Lotfy Nathan) This gritty and exhilarating documentary follows several years in the life of Pug, a young Baltimorean who hopes to join the exclusive ranks of Baltimore’s urban dirt-bike riders.

After Tiller (Martha Shane and Lana Wilson) A documentary look at the personal and professional lives of the only four U.S.-based doctors who continue to perform third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 murder of Dr. George Tiller.

Computer Chess (Andrew Bujalski) A subculture of offbeat personalities attempt to create the first computer system capable of beating human chess masters in this subversively shot, Robert Altman-worthy ensemble comedy.



I Used to Be Darker (Matt Porterfield) Ned Oldham, Kim Taylor, Hannah Gross and Deragh Campbell star in this Baltimore-made drama about shifting family and romantic relationships from the director of Hamilton and Putty Hill.

If We Shout Loud Enough (Gabriel DeLoach and Zach Keifer) An inside look at the Baltimore underground music scene through one of its most pivotal bands, Double Dagger, as they embark on their final tour.



It Felt Like Love (Eliza Hittman) On the outskirts of Brooklyn, a fourteen-year-old girl’s sexual quest takes a dangerous turn when she pursues an older man and tests the boundaries between obsession and love.

The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (Sophie Fiennes) Philosopher Slavoj Žižek and filmmaker Sophie Fiennes use their interpretation of moving pictures to present a compelling cinematic journey into the heart of ideology–the dreams that shape our collective beliefs and practices.

Pit Stop (Yen Tan) Two gay men in small-town Texas, one maintaining the façade of a family life with his ex-wife and daughter and one spending much of his spare time visiting an ex-lover in the hospital, live parallel lives with overlapping hopes and dreams.

Touchy Feely (Lynn Shelton) The new film from the director of Humpday and Your Sister’s Sister is a family drama boasting a brilliant cast that includes Rosemarie DeWitt, Josh Pais, Ellen Page, Allison Janney, and Ron Livingston.

Photo still from Omnibus' V/H/S/2

V/H/S/ 2

V/H/S/2 (omnibus) Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find a horrifying collection of VHS tapes. This sequel to cult favorite V/H/S includes segments by Eduardo Sánchez (The Blair Witch Project) and Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption).

Willow Creek (Bobcat Goldthwait) MFF audience favorite Bobcat Goldthwait follows up his acclaimed dark comedy God Bless America with this riveting Bigfoot film, shot on the same location as the controversial Patterson–Gimlin Bigfoot footage some 45 years ago.

Photo still from Katie Graham & Andrew Matthews' ZERO CHARISMA.


Zero Charisma (Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews) An indie comedy about an ill-tempered game master and the neo-nerd hipster that interferes with his game, fresh from winning the SXSW 2013 Narrative Spotlight Audience Award.

MFF 2013 All-Access Passes Now On Sale; Call Us at 410-752-8083 to Place Your Order!


The 15th Annual Maryland Film Festival is coming up May 8th-12th. We will begin unveiling our line-up this week – stay tuned for details!

ATTENTION: MFF 2013 All-Access Passes are now on sale to the general public!  Last week we opened up sales exclusively to Friends of the Festival, and starting today we are making passes available to the general public!  We have a limited supply of All-Access passes left and will SELL OUT quickly!  Don’t miss this special opportunity to see everything the Maryland Film Festival has to offer; give us a call at 410-752-8083 to order yours today!  MFF 2013 All-Access passes are $325.  We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

For our 15th anniversary, we have expanded by a day, and All-Access pass holders get to see more of our amazing films than ever before!  All-Access pass holders get into ANY screening without a ticket, and ahead of regular ticket holders. All-Access pass holders also get into Opening and Closing Night galas, all MFF parties, and the exclusive Filmmakers Lounge!  Don’t miss this limited-time opportunity to experience everything that MFF 2013 has to offer!  


Call the MFF Office at 410-752-8083 to order your 2013 All-Access pass today!