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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



The future Filmmakers Tent Village, site of tomorrow’s Filmmakers Taking Charge Conference and free panels through the weekend

As of this morning, we have exceeded all previous records for pre-sales in both categories, tickets and All Access !!

Tent Village construction is underway, and filmmakers are arriving from far and wide, the most exciting time of the year for all of us. LIVERPOOL director Lisandro Alonso has arrived from Buenos Aires, Tanya Hamilton, writer/director of NIGHT CATCHES US called before she left SF this morning where she’s had sold out screenings at the oldest film festival in America, and MOTHER AND CHILD writer/director Rodrigo Garcia is making a special trip in from LA to host his screening Sunday night. Over 70 filmmakers will join us over the weekend.

We’ve always had a special commitment to Short Films, and tonight we’re devoting our Opening Night to seven amazing films. It is a unique and encouraging glimpse of the broad range of creative energy that is drawn to moviemaking. We have 9 other Shorts Programs in MFF 2010.

Keep in touch throughout MFF 2010- Sragow and I join Tom Hall tomorrow on WYPR’s Maryland Morning with Sheila Kast (about 9:30, but you can hear it on their website, too), and there is a lot of blogging going on as MFF 2010 unfolds. Mike Sragow Gets Reel for the Sun has been terrific this week, and will be a good place to check during the weekend. Chris Kaltenbach and Amanda Krotki are already guest blogging.

–Jed Dietz, MFF Director


It was fun doing the WJZ interviews with Matt Porterfield this morning- WJZ’s Ron Matz is so good at this, and it gave me and Matt a chance to catch up- Matt’s been travelling nonstop as an invited guest at festivals in places like Copenhagen and Buenos Aires since the premier of PUTTY HILL at the great Berlin Film Festival in February. I can’t wait for the screenings here. As Matt takes his place alongside Baltimore’s other great film artists- Levinson, Waters, Simon, all very different but deeply fascinated by specific parts of Baltimore- it’s worth asking: what is it about this city that continues to lure filmmakers to its neighborhoods?  If you go to the WJZ website, click on Morning Edition at the bottom, you can see the interview, or just click on the link:

–Jed Dietz, MFF Director

More MFF INFO!!!

New Sun site is full of fun info:

Guide(s) to MFF 2010 Selections

Mike Sragow Gets Reel: A hot-buttered blog from Baltimore Sun movie critic Michael Sragow

If your eager to start learning about MFF 2010 films, Mike Sragow new blog at is already posting titles, descriptions and his reactions. Lots of other great film stuff from him, too.

And of course if you’re a current Friend of the Festival you can join us for a personal guide to MFF films this Wednesday, April 14.


Noah Baumbach’s new film, GREENBERG, opening today at the Charles, is a wonderful portrait of two odd people circling each other. Set in LA neighborhoods that don’t usually make it in the movies, it’s Baumbach (SQUID AND THE WHALE) at his best. The male lead is Ben Stiller as a grown up Holden Caufield who is paralyzed by his always on Bull Detector. Greta Gerwig, who has been at several MFFs (HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS, NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS), is the female lead and she’s the best thing in the movie; awkward, beautiful and utterly real. And she’s a great singer.

Tonight at the Creative Alliance, MFF Alum Charles Cohen’s new film about uber Orioles beer vendor Clancy will be screened, with Charles and Clancy in attendance.  Charles has a great instinct for all things Baltimore- I’ll never forget the guttural cheers that emerged from the movie theater for his film about Memorial Stadium both times we screened it- and this one is really fun. If I wasn’t hosting an event at CENTERSTAGE, I’d be there.

 Last nights work in progress screening of Ramona Diaz’s (IMELDA) new film, THE LEARNING,  for a small audience of Friends of the Festival was a treat. She and some of her team were there, and the interchange with the audience seemed to really help them as they continue to edit.

–Jed Dietz, MFF Director

Weekend viewing tips

We’re in that rough patch for moviegoing-  post-Oscar, pre-Memorial Day, (pre-MFF !!!), but there are some amazing movies to see. THE WHITE RIBBON, a recent Best Foreign Film nominee, and nominee for Best Cinematography, is a visually stunning study of the unacknowledged realities that are often part of small town life.  The fictional German baronial village portrayed in the movie, set just before WWI, seems to be nothing if not stable. From the mysterious opening shot, you can feel the ground shifting under the children and adults in this tiny community, disrupting its Germanic discipline. And, of course, the children will populate the Third Reich. From Austrian Michael Haneke.

THE PROPHET, also fresh off its Best Foreign Film nomination, amazingly finds new ground to explore in the prison/gang/underworld genre. Director and co-writer Jacques Audiard takes us inside one prison outside Paris where civilization divides starkly between gangs, Corsicans or Muslims. We watch a new prisoner who speaks both Arabic and French try to learn the ropes before they entangle him. I liked last year’s much-praised GOMORRAH, but think this is better.

And, don’t miss ALICE in 3D (Melina got to see the Imax presentation; I saw it in Digital 3D at White Marsh),  or the terrific article about David Simon and company in Sunday’s NY Times Magazine. He’s in New Orleans, alas, shooting a new HBO series, TREME.

-Jed Dietz, MFF Director