Posts Tagged 'sundance'

Banksy’s EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP to screen for Friends of the Festival!

Thursday, April 29, 7:30pm

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE TRAILER!

MORE ABOUT THE FILM from MFF DIRECTOR JED DIETZ:

An amazing thing happened at Sundance this year- a surprise film was inserted into the schedule at the last minute. It didn’t even make it in to the catalogue. The filmmaker was reputed to be the sensational and secretive graffiti artist, Banksy, but there already questions about who or what Banksy was. Questions swirled around Sundance: would Banksy show?  is it a real film or a hoax ? It became the ultimate Sundance scene- lines formed around the block hours before the screening, and movie gliteratti were fighting to get in.

The movie is just opening in various cities (Aaron Hillis of the Village Voice said: “A genuinely hip, thought-provoking work of art…the definitive portrait of street-art counterculture, but also a hilarious expose on the gullibility of the masses who embrace manufactured creative personas.” )

See for yourself: Thursday night at 7:30 at the Charles. Seating is VERY limited, and of course priority goes to current Friends of the Festival.

Join Friends of the Festival now to see EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP and more FREE movies all year-round!

Special Work In Progress Screening for Friends of the Festival Only!

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 (this year taking place May 6 – 9)

Thursday March 25, 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!

MORE ABOUT THE WORK IN PROGRESS SCREENING:

We have limited seats for a special Work in Progress screening of Ramona Diaz’s newest documentary, THE LEARNING. This will be a rare opportunity to interact with a filmmaker before the film is edited into its final form. Ramona and her editor, Leah Marino, will attend the screening and participate in a Q&A afterwards. This special screening is exclusive to Friends of the Festival.

Ramona Diaz’s documentary IMELDA was a big hit at MFF 2005, won a an award at Sundance that year, and played film festivals all over the world.

For several years, Ramona has been following a group of Philippine women who leave their homes and families to teach in the Baltimore public schools. Filmed in Baltimore and the Philippines, THE LEARNING tells their story.

Jed Dietz to host Oscar-Nominated Shorts at The Charles!

I’m really looking forward to hosting the Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts at 5:00pm this evening at the Charles. I saw LOGORAMA at Sundance, and am a big Wallace and Gromit fan. Whether or not you can join us this evening, I hope you can fit these two programs in to your weekend. Here’s Mike Sragow’s piece in today’s Sun.

~Jed Dietz, MFF Director

COME SEE THE OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORTS AT THE CHARLES!

Continuing a popular tradition, the Charles will offer two programs this weekend of Academy Award nominated Shorts- Animated and Live Action. These are not to be missed because they are hard to find anywhere else, and this will probably be the only chance you’ll get to see them on the big screen.

This represents a particularly diverse range of filmmaking talents, so we hope you can catch both Shorts Programs. Here’s Bret McCabe’s posting from 2/1710 on the City Paper website.

The Maryland Film Festival has a special commitment to Short Films, programming lots of them, and devoting our Opening Night to them (with crucial support from the Baker Fund). Festival Director Jed Dietz will host the Animated Shorts Program that starts at 5:00PM on Friday. There will be a brief intro and some Q&A afterwards. The whole program runs about 90 minutes.