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MFF Presents 3 Not-To-Miss Films!



Maryland Film Festival is pleased to reprise three incredible films from our 2014 festival in February and March: THE VANQUISHING OF THE WITCH BABA YAGA with filmmaker Jessica Oreck (2/17); EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL with filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe (3/3) and APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR with filmmaker Desiree Akhavan (3/30).  The filmmakers will be present to introduce each of the films and answer your questions afterwards!

These screenings will take place at the MICA Brown Center at 7:30pm and will be $10/free for current Friends of the Festival and MICA students/faculty (with ID).  In case you missed them at our festival last year, here’s a another chance to check out these three incredible films you won’t find in theaters:

Baba1-759x506Tuesday 2/17, 7:30pm
MFF 2014 Festival Reprise: THE VANQUISHING OF THE WITCH BABA YAGA with filmmaker Jessica Oreck
MICA Brown Center
Mystery/Experimental (2014). Filmmaker Jessica Oreck explores Eastern Europe’s haunted woodlands.
evolution_of_a_criminal-01Tuesday 3/3, 7:30pm
The MFF/WYPR Spotlight Series/2014 Festival Reprise: EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL with filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe
MICA Brown Center
Documentary (2014). After 10 years, filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe returns to his hometown to examine how his robbery of a bank affected his family, friends and other victims. Interview between WYPR’s Tom Hall and Darius Clark Monroe follows the screening for MFF/WYPR Spotlight Series.
appropriate-behaviorMonday 3/30, 7:30pm
MFF 2014 Festival Reprise: APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR with filmmaker Desiree Akhavan
MICA Brown Center
Drama/Romance (2014). Shirin struggles to become an ideal Persian daughter, a politically correct bisexual, and a hip young woman from Brooklyn.
Tickets for these screenings will go on sale at the MICA Brown Center on the day of the event starting at 6:30pm.  Plenty of seating is available and no reservations are required.  Current Friends of the Festival can check in with their names at the MFF table and get 2 free tickets to the screening on the night of the show. To join or renew your Friends of the Festival membership, click here.

MFF 2014’s HELLION with Kat Candler at Stevenson University on Thursday 9/25!

Kat Candler

Kat Candler

We’re please to announce that MFF alum Kat Candler has been named Stevenson University’s Department of Film/Video Artist-in-Residence for Fall 2014. Click here for more information on the Stevenson University website.

From Wednesday 9/24 through Friday 9/26, Stevenson University will host Candler where she will visit classrooms and talk about her work as a filmmaker and her success at adapting her Sundance-screened short film HELLION into the feature length film that played at MFF 2014.
Stevenson University will hold a free screening of HELLION on Thursday, September 25 at 8pm in the Stevenson University Soundstage (located in the School of Design building at 11200-A Gundry Lane, Owings Mills, MD).
There will be reception prior to the screening at 7pm in the School of Design lobby and a Q&A with Ms. Candler afterwards. Both the reception and the screening are free and open to the general public but space is limited; please RSVP to Chris Reed at reserve a spot. 
HELLION Screening with Kat Candler
Thursday 9/25
7pm Reception; 8pm Screening
Stevenson University Soundstage
School of Design
11200-A Gundry Lane
Owings Mills, MD

Kat Candler’s short films HELLION (2012) and BLACK METAL (2013), both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and screened within MFF. Her previous films have screened at such festivals as Los Angeles Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, SXSW, and Slamdance. She is a two-time IFP participant and was recently awarded the San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation filmmaking grant. Candler is also a lecturer on film at the University of Texas in Austin.

Maryland Film Festival and BALTIMORE IN BLACK AND WHITE Make Baltimore Magazine’s “Best of Baltimore” List!

BOBWe are happy to announce that Maryland Film Festival has made Baltimore Magazine‘s 2014 “Best of Baltimore” list!  Also honored is MFF 2014’s documentary BALTIMORE IN BLACK AND WHITE, which was named “Best Film.”  Click here for the complete “Best of Baltimore” arts listing on Baltimore Magazine‘s website.
Alongside all the visiting filmmakers, MFF spotlights a wide range of locals. The documentary BALTIMORE IN BLACK AND WHITE (“Best Film”) screened in May, and past years have included work by the likes of Ramona Diaz, Doug Sadler, and Jimmy Joe Roche. Matt Porterfield premiered his work here. As an added bonus, celebs such as John Waters, Marin Alsop, and Sen. Barbara Mikulski present favorite films during the festival.
Baltimore Magazine
BALTIMORE IN BLACK AND WHITE had its world premiere at the 2014 Maryland Film Festival with filmmakers Emily Topper and Mary Posatko in attendance. Congratulations to the filmmakers, and thanks to audiences who attended this year’s festival and made BALTIMORE IN BLACK AND WHITE part of their MFF 2014 experience!

Baltimore 11x17 - screenings.inddBALTIMORE IN BLACK AND WHITE description from the MFF 2014 Program Book:

BALTIMORE IN BLACK AND WHITE is an utterly fascinating new work from filmmakers Emily Topper and Mary Posatko.  Topper and Posatko co-directed this tale of a family lost after its patriarch was taken away in a senseless crime.

In Baltimore 1972, on his way to a community meeting, Henry Selhorst, the father of thirteen children, was murdered blocks from where he lived in Edmondson Village.  Decades later, his granddaughter Emily, born and raised in Baltimore, now a filmmaker, sets out to understand what happened.

The film documents her search as she meets and talks to many people involved with the crime- from the patrol officer who was first on the scene of the murder, to various community members as well as her search for  the accused suspects themselves, now men in their fifties.

Spun like a mystery, the film deftly balances honest, often contradictory, unfiltered memories from the family side by side with a raw, candid oral history of Edmondson Village at a time of racial change. The family and societal portrait that emerges can be said as one achingly specific to Baltimore, but recognizable anywhere in America.  (-MFF Screening Committee Member Dankwa Brooks)

MFF 2014’s FREEDOM SUMMER Premieres on PBS’ American Experience TONIGHT at 9pm!


A demonstration in Atlantic City, the site of the 1964 Democratic Convention. FREEDOM SUMMER airs on PBS tonight. Photo credit: George Ballis/Take Stock.

MFF 2014’s FREEDOM SUMMER directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson airs TONIGHT (6/24) on PBS’ American Experience at 9pm.

“…it’s hard to imagine two hours better spent in front of a screen.”
Mike HaleThe New York Times, 6/23/14.  Click here for the complete review.
Film Synopsis from the MFF 2014 Program Book:
In 1962, only 6% of eligible African Americans in Mississippi were registered to vote, the lowest percentage of any state in the country. The tools used to block blacks from registering included ludicrous poll tests, violence, and other forms of sanctioned intimidation. Several Civil Rights groups determined to correct this, and, led by an extraordinary young man, Robert Moses they went to work. By 1964, they had recruited hundreds of college students from as far away as Yale and Stanford, along with religious leaders and other volunteers. They joined forces with brave local sharecroppers like Fannie Lou Hamer with the goal of educating and registering enough people to begin to challenge Mississippi and wake up the national Democratic Party leadership. Mississippi resisted with all its might, beating, arresting, and killing anyone advocating change.
The story has been told in multiple forms, but this riveting film by one of our most important filmmakers has an unusual power. Assembling incredible archival footage and insightful contemporary interviews with some people who participated in Freedom Summer, the film takes you deep into the world of institutional racism in 1964 Mississippi, and shockingly underscores the timidity of President Johnson and the Democratic Party.
Approaching the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, and in the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to reverse field in the area of voting rights, this is a story that needs to be understood—and never forgotten.

Maryland Film Festival Announces Opening Night Shorts and 2014 Closing Night Film; Advanced Online Ticket Sales Now Active!

Maryland Film Festival concludes our 2014 lineup announcements by unveiling our Opening Night Shorts program, and our Closing Night film, Sara Colangelo’s Little Accidents. Also announced were two late-breaking features added to MFF 2014’s lineup, Riley StearnsFaults, and Desiree Akhavan’s Appropriate Behavior.  Advanced online ticket sales are now active; click here for film schedule and to purchase tickets.


Maryland Film Festival 2014’s Closing Night film will be Sara Colangelo’s drama Little Accidents, which explores the aftermath of a coal-mining disaster on a small Appalachian town. The film, which premiered at Sundance 2014 to great acclaim, stars Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland, and Josh Lucas, and was shot by Rachel Morrison (Fruitvale Station, Sound of My Voice). The script was developed at Sundance Labs, and won the 2011 Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship, which is administered by Maryland Film Festival. Director Sara Colangelo and some of her filmmaking team will host the screening, which will take place the evening of Sunday, May 11th in MICA’s Brown Center. The Closing Night party will take place in the Filmmaker Tent Village immediately after the screening.

Maryland Film Festival prides itself on its special advocacy for short-form filmmaking. We first devoted our Opening Night to short films in 2002, and have done so each festival since 2004. Past years’ Opening Night programs have included work from filmmakers such as David Lowery, Lauren Wolkstein, Frances Bodomo, Riley Stearns, and Bobcat Goldthwait. In addition to devoting our opening night to shorts, MFF 2014 will also feature 10 short-film programs, featuring work of all genres from around the globe.
All Opening Night shorts will be hosted by their filmmaker on the evening of Wednesday, May 7th in MICA’s Brown Center.

MFF 2014’s Opening Night Shorts are: 



THE BRAVEST, THE BOLDEST  Director: Moon Molson
Two Army Casualty Notification Officers arrive at the Harlem projects to deliver Sayeeda Porter some news about her son serving in the war in the Middle East. But whatever it is they have to say, Sayeeda ain’t trying to hear it. Moon Molson is the director of previous MFF shorts Pop Foul and Crazy Beats Strong Every Time; The Bravest, The Boldest screened in the Shorts Competition at Sundance 2014.




EASY  Director: Daniel Laabs
A character study that follows the relationship between two brothers; one on the verge of becoming an adult, the other becoming a teenager. Daniel Laabs is the co-director of MFF 2011’s short film 8; Easy premiered within SXSW 2014.



I WAS A TEENAGE GIRL  Director: Augustine Frizzell

Emma and Jesse are close friends. One night, after an intense breakup, they have a heartfelt conversation that challenges the boundaries of their friendship in an unexpected way. I Was A Teenage Girl premiered within SXSW 2014.



MORE THAN TWO HOURS  (Iran) Director: Ali Asgari

It’s 3 a.m., and a boy and a girl are wandering the city. They are looking for a hospital to cure the girl, but it’s much harder than they thought. More Than Two Hours was nominated for the Palme d’Or for best short film at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.



VERBATIM  Director: Brett Weiner

A jaded lawyer wastes an afternoon trying to determine if a government employee has ever used a photocopier. All the dialogue in this film comes from an actual deposition filed with the Supreme Court of Ohio. Verbatim premiered within the Shorts Competition at Sundance 2014.




Shirin is a young woman caught between identities: bisexual, but afraid that coming out to her parents will prevent her from being the perfect Iranian-American daughter; a hip Brooklynite whose friends—and particularly her ex-girlfriend—can’t understand her trepidation about being honest with her family about her sexuality. In the depth of its characters and relatability of its situations, Desiree Akhavan’s warm and hilarious debut feature stands alongside filmmakers like Noah Baumbach, Lena Dunham, and Nicole Holofcener in delivering romantic comedy of the very highest order.



FAULTS (Riley Stearns)

Ansel Roth is one of the world’s leading experts on cults, and has built a career out of helping former members overcome brainwashing and reintegrate into society. He’s also a broken man, joylessly slogging from hotel to hotel in a futile attempt to promote his poorly received second book to ever-dwindling crowds. So when he’s approached by a distraught couple seeking his help in rescuing their daughter from a new and powerful cult family, Ansel’s anything but enthusiastic—until they put a large sum of money on the table. From Riley Stearns, director of MFF 2013’s Opening Night short The Cub, comes a brilliant film that confidently moves between dark comedy, thriller, serious drama.

Maryland Film Festival 2014 will take place May 711, 2014 on seven screens in downtown Baltimore. Our full lineup includes approximately 50 feature films and 10 short-film programs from around the world. All U.S. feature films will be hosted by filmmakers. MFF 2014’s full line-up is available here:

MFF 2014 All-Access Passes Now On Sale to General Public! Early Bird Discount through April 16th! Call 410-752-8083 to Order!

all_access_holder_bestTHIS WEEK ONLY – MFF 2014 All Access passes are now on sale to the general public at a discount!
Purchase your All-Access pass now at the early bird rate of $300 and save $25 off the regular price – this week only! Offer expires 4/16 or while supplies last!
Call our office at 410-752-8083 to order your All-Access pass today! This offer is not available online.

The All Access pass is the best way to experience everything Maryland Film Festival has to offer!  Pass holders get priority seating at all screenings (including the John Waters and Alloy Orchestra screenings) without a ticket and ahead of regular ticket holders. All-Access pass holders also get into our Opening Night Shorts Program and Gala at the MICA Brown Center, Closing Night Screening and Party, and the Filmmakers Lounge!


(**All-Access Passes go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, April 9th.  Must be purchased by Wednesday, April 16th or while supplies last at $300 price.**)


Don’t Miss This Rare Opportunity!

To order your All-Access Pass, call 410-752-8083! All-Access Passes are NOT available online. Supplies are limited, so act now!

MFF 2014 Yard Signs, Posters and Postcards Now Available for Pick Up at our Mt. Vernon Office!

photo (9)We have unveiled our great new look for the 2014 Maryland Film Festival and once again we want your help getting the word out!

We are now distributing this year’s yard signs all over Baltimore, and would love to see one on your lawn and every lawn in town!

IMPORTANT: Yard signs can only be posted on private property with permission. If yard signs are posted on public property (parks, medians, etc.) the film festival may be fined.

Also – posters are not weatherproof. Please choose indoor locations if possible.

If you would like to help us spread the word by getting yard signs in your yard and your friends’ yards, just stop by the office (107 East Read Street, Baltimore, MD 21202) to pick up a stack! Office hours are Monday-Friday, 10am to 6pm.

Volunteers can receive one screening voucher (good for one regular priced film screening within MFF 2014) for materials placed in 20 locations (note: 20 postcards placed in one location does not earn one voucher. Likewise, multiple posters in a single building only count as one location.) Volunteers must sign in with their name when they pick up materials.  The volunteer coordinator will follow-up periodically to the team with an electronic survey where you can note the general locations you have placed materials (you don’t have to have precise addresses).  Only volunteers who have submitted a survey can receive vouchers at the festival. Vouchers can be picked up at the beginning of the festival at the volunteer headquarters.

And stay tuned for more exciting updates and programming announcements as we count down to the 16th annual Maryland Film Festival, May 7-11th!

MFF 2014 All-Access Passes On Sale Now to Friends of the Festival; On Sale to General Public 4/9!

all_access_holder_bestWe’re happy to announce that the extremely popular MFF 2014 All-Access passes are now on sale exclusively for Friends of the Festival at the discounted rate of $275 (regular price $325)!  Passes go on sale to the general public 4/9.  Call our office at 410-752-8083 to order your All-Access pass today; this offer is not available online.

We’re back this year with as many screens and as many screening slots as last year, building off of last year’s expansion of the festival to 5 days, and the All-Access pass is the best way to experience everything Maryland Film Festival has to offer! Pass holders get priority seating at all screenings (including the John Waters and Alloy Orchestra screenings) without a ticket and ahead of regular ticket holders. All-Access pass holders also get into our Opening Night Shorts Program and Gala at the MICA Brown Center, Closing Night Screening and Party, and the Filmmakers Lounge!


(*This week only! Must be purchased by April 9th*)

(**All-Access Passes go on sale to the general public on April 9th.  Must be purchased by April 16th or while supplies last at $300 price.**)


Click here to join Friends of the Festival and receive this special discount, plus FREE movies all year-round, invitations to special events, and many more great benefits!

Don’t Miss This Rare Opportunity!

To order your All-Access Pass, call 410-752-8083! All-Access Passes are NOT available online. Supplies are limited, so act now!

Maryland Film Festival 2014 Call for Volunteers Now Open!

MFF Volunteer Coordinator Eric Voboril (right) at Volunteer Headquarters with his assistant Kirsten Walsh (left) during the 2013 Maryland Film Festival.

MFF Volunteer Coordinator Eric Voboril (right) at Volunteer Headquarters with his assistant Kirsten Walsh (left) during the 2013 Maryland Film Festival.

Do you love Maryland Film Festival?  Are you interested in giving your time this year to help out with MFF 2014 in exchange for amazing perks?  If so, we want you!

The 2014 Maryland Film Festival will take place May 7-11 in downtown Baltimore and we will need more volunteers than ever to support filmmakers as well as the diverse, eclectic community of film lovers in Baltimore and throughout Maryland that attend our festival.

Many volunteer opportunities are available: Box Office, Tent Village, Friends of the Festival, Filmmakers Lounge, Theater Ushers, and more! You will be our front line ambassador, greeting guests from around the world!

REQUIREMENTS: Must enjoy serving the public, and must be committed to fulfilling assigned shifts.  All new volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation at the MICA Graduate Studio Center at 131 W. North Avenue on either Saturday, April 19th from 10-11AM or Saturday, May 3rd, 10-11AM. 

AGE REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers under the age of 18 can apply to help out at the festival, but may be excluded from certain positions and must submit a permission form signed by a parent or guardian before volunteering. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old to help without serving alongside a parent or legal guardian.

BENEFITS TO VOLUNTEERS:  In appreciation for your support, you will receive a limited edition t-shirt and, for each four (4) hour shift worked, earn a free screening voucher or $5 toward festival merchandise. Water and light snacks will be also available. Volunteers are invited to a free “volunteers only” film screening, held shortly after the festival, of one of the most popular films of MFF 2014.

SPREAD THE WORD: Please help us to recruit other committed volunteers. Invite your friends and family, co-workers, fellow students, church members, and others! We can’t have too many volunteers!

HOW TO VOLUNTEER: Volunteers will need to fill out a form to apply to become a volunteer (see below).  For people who have NEVER volunteered at Maryland Film Festival, please fill out the New Volunteer Application.  For returning volunteers, please fill out the Returning Volunteer application.

MFF 2014 Update: Tent Village in New Station North Location!


The Tent Village will be located in the west lot of MICA’s Studio Center, between the Studio Center (above) and Joe Squared, on the 100 block of North Avenue.

The sixteenth annual Maryland Film Festival (May 7-11) is less than two months away and we are thrilled to begin unveiling some of the new and exciting elements that MFF 2014 will have in store!  Today we’re happy to announce that the Maryland Film Festival Tent Village will have a new home on the 100 block of North Avenue in the west lot of MICA’s Studio Center, located between the Studio Center (one of this year’s new festival venues, pictured above) and the delicious Joe Squared restaurant and bar.

The Tent Village, free and open to the public, is the hub of the festival and hosts our Filmmaker Panels and Workshops (sponsored by the Maryland Film Office), Central Box Office, Filmmaker’s Lounge, Friends of the Festival table, and Merchandise Tent, as well as delicious food options from Golden West Cafe.  It will also be the site of our popular Closing Night Party on Sunday 5/11 where closing night ticket holders and All-Access pass holders can dine and unwind with filmmakers, patrons and guests.  In addition to this, we will be offering FREE OUTDOOR SCREENINGS in the Tent Village this year – so you’ll definitely want to stop by!  Stay tuned – we’ll be announcing more special events and programs in the Tent Village, all free and open to the public, in the coming weeks!  

We’re thrilled to be expanding our footprint in the thriving Station North Arts District, a beacon for the arts community in Baltimore and home to a growing number of new restaurants, galleries, music venues and businesses. Stay tuned for more updates about special deals for 2014 film festival attendees at local establishments like Liam Flynn’s Ale House and MFF 2014 festival venue, the WindUp Space.

Also don’t forget about our highly-anticipated Members Only Film Festival Preview coming up on April 17th at the Walters Art Museum – catch a glimpse of our 2014 film program and get your questions answered by the MFF programming team!  This event is just for Friends of the Festival – join or renew your Friends of the Festival membership today to take advantage of this exclusive programming preview and receive many other special membership perks throughout the year!

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements about MFF 2014 including venues, All-Access passes, interactive festival maps, parking, food, parties, and more – coming soon!