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NEWLYWEEDS at the Charles Theater – This Week Only!


Trae Harris as Nina and Amari Cheatom as Lyle in NEWLYWEEDS. Photo credit: Daniel Patterson/Phase 4 Films.

Shaka King‘s NEWLYWEEDS, which premiered at Sundance 2013, will screen at the Charles Theater as part of the Charles Theater Revival series tonight (10/14) at 7:00pm and Thursday (10/17) at 9:00pm.  NEWLYWEEDS stars Baltimore native Trae Harris and features Gbenga Akinnagbe from seasons 3, 4, and 5 of The Wire. Thursday night’s screening will have special guests director Shaka King and cast members from The Wire for Q & A after the screening.  Click here for more information and click here to purchase tickets.

“Promoted as a hip stoner comedy, NEWLYWEEDS sustains an amiable, jocular tone, even when its characters flirt with self-destruction. This portrait of a cannabis-using couple living in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn puts on the appearance of a happy-go-lucky romp. But under its nonchalance is a cautionary story about potentially wasted lives that feels as close to ‘The Panic in Needle Park’ as it does to a Cheech and Chong movie.”
Steve HoldenThe New York Timesclick here for the complete review.

“…The attention-grabber is King’s mosaic-like depiction of Brooklyn, shot with a captivating vibrancy by Daniel Patterson. The sights, sounds and sociological quirks of Lyle’s and Nina’s particular circle of existence are what give NEWLYWEEDS its indie resonance, less a city symphony than an urban alt-fugue.”
Robert AbeleLA Times

Screening information:

The Charles Theater
1711 N. Charles Street
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 9:00PM. Thursday night screening featuring Shaka King and The Wire cast members for Q & A after the show.

Maryland Film Festival and Open Society Institute Present THE HOUSE I LIVE IN on 10/9 with Director Eugene Jarecki, Judge Andre Davis and an introduction by David Simon!

Maryland Film Festival, in collaboration with The Open Society Institute, is thrilled to announce a special screening of Eugene Jarecki‘s  THE HOUSE I LIVE IN with special guests Eugene Jarecki and Judge Andre Davis (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit) on October 9th, 7:00pm, at the Charles Theater.  David Simon, creator of The Wire, will be introducing the film.

Shot in more than twenty states, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN tells the stories of individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs.  From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

MFF & Open Society Institute present
THE HOUSE I LIVE IN with special guests Eugene Jarecki and Judge Andre Davis  with an introduction by David Simon
Tuesday, October 9th
The Charles Theater, 1711 N. Charles St.

This screening is free for all; however, priority for seats will be given to current Friends of the Festival. 

Jarecki doesn’t minimize the real damage that drug use inflicts on individuals, families, and communities, but he forcefully concludes that the so-called cure has had far more damaging effects on our society. The film leaves the possibility for change up to us rather than our governmental officials, who regularly have to talk “tough on crime” to win elections. I’d hate to imply that it’s your civic duty to see “The House I Live In” when it’s eventually released to theaters, but guess what — it is.
-Ty Burr, The Boston Globe


Come see why David Simon has called Kubrick’s adaptation of PATHS OF GLORY  “the most important political film of the 20th century… a favorite film [even] before I knew the book.”

For tickets call 410.752.8083

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Book Signing w/ David Simon to Follow Screening of Rare 35mm Print of Kubrick’s Classic

Saturday, September 25, 7:00pm
MICA Brown Center
1301 Mount Royal Avenue

Call 410.752.8083 to order in advance.

Maryland Film Festival is thrilled to announce that on Saturday, September 25, David Simon (creator of HBO’s  acclaimed series “The Wire,” and “Treme”) will host a screening of one of his favorite films, Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 classic film Paths of Glory. This unforgettable anti-war film was adapted from Humphrey Cobb’s 1935 novel Paths of Glory, just reissued by Penguin Classics with a brand-new introduction by Simon; Simon will also sign copies of the book after the film screening.

Loosely based on a true story, Cobb’s chilling story of injustice follows French soldiers during World War I. Forced to attack an impenetrable German position, the casualties are high, and in the aftermath several French troops are put on trial for cowardice, scapegoated by the officers and institutions that sent them into combat. Kubrick’s riveting film adaptation (co-written with legendary hardboiled author Jim Thompson) stars Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, and cult favorite Timothy Carey.

Paths of Glory – both the film and the novel – were major influences on David Simon in creating and writing “The Wire.” As he told The Baltimore Sun’s Michael Sragow, “When I was writing an institutional dynamic, I was thinking of the guys in Cobb’s book.” Further, Simon has called Kubrick’s adaptation “the most important political film of the 20th century… a favorite film [even] before I knew the book.”

Maryland Film Festival will screen PATHS OF GLORY at MICA’s Brown Center (1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.) at 7pm Saturday, September 25th, with David Simon introducing the film and answering questions from the audience after the screening. Additionally, copies of the new Penguin Classics edition of Humphrey Cobb’s novel (with Simon’s new introduction) will be on sale, alongside Simon’s own works, with Simon available to sign your copies. Tickets will be $10 and can be purchased by calling 410.752.8083.

For more information, read Michael Sragow’s piece on Simon and Paths of Glory (the novel and the film).

International Filmmakers with links to Baltimore!

Outside the Holiday village theaters I met up with some filmmakers from across the globe. From left to right, they are from Oman, Kenya, Tibet, Kosovo, and Palestine. The Kenyan woman holding her coat lived in Baltimore briefly and was an extra on THE WIRE! She wanted to be sure I sent greetings to Pat Moran!! – Jed

Only ONE WEEK LEFT to get tickets for our intimate conversation with Barry Levinson, David Simon and John Waters!


Maryland Film Festival Produces: A Conversation with Barry Levinson, David Simon and John Waters!!