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Maryland Film Festival Programming Team Heads to Toronto International Film Festival 2012!

It’s with great excitement that several members of the MFF programming team head up to Toronto today for TIFF 2012. Toronto is one of the world’s largest and best-curated festivals for world cinema, and attending TIFF is always a highlight of a film programmer’s year.

TIFF uses literally dozens of screens throughout the city, has filmmakers present for nearly each of the hundreds of films it screens, and owns and operates a brand-new year-round venue (the TIFF Lightbox). In these and so many other ways, Toronto epitomizes what a film festival can be, and what a city full of cinephiles can look like. From big-name titles like Paul Thomas Anderson’s THE MASTER and Terrence Malick’s TO THE WONDER, to new work by international masters like Susanne Bier and Tsai Ming-liang (not to mention the latest controversial provocation from Harmony Korine), TIFF has ‘em.

Toronto also happens to come at a great moment as far as Maryland Film Festival programming is concerned. As you may have noticed, we’ve just launched our 2013 Call For Entries, and TIFF represents another aspect of us launching our search for the next MFF’s crop of films. Many of the 50+ films we’ll see over the next two weeks don’t have U.S. distribution yet, and will still be emerging in the marketplace come MFF 2013. Indeed, if you look back at some of the standout foreign titles that have screened MFF over the last few years – DOGTOOTH, THE TURIN HORSE, SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY, ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA, THIS IS NOT A FILM, LIVERPOOL, NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT, and MY JOY, to name just a handful—a large number of them are films our programmers originally spotted at TIFF.

With that in mind, if you want to get our first reactions to some of the titles we may be bringing back to Baltimore over the next year (whether within MFF 2013 or some of our other year-round programming), be sure to follow us on Twitter, and keep reading this blog; we’ll be sharing some of our TIFF epiphanies with you over the next two weeks.

-Eric Allen Hatch, Director of Programming

MFF To Screen the US Premiere of THE BAND THAT WOULDN’T DIE hosted by Director Barry Levinson at M & T Bank Stadium!!

The Band That Wouldn't Die

The Maryland Film Festival and the Baltimore  Ravens are proud to announce the



hosted by Academy Award winning director

Barry Levinson


M&T BANK STADIUM    Tuesday, October 6

Sponsored by the Baltimore Ravens, ESPN, and M&T Bank

Straight from its World Premiere at the Toronto Film Festival

With a special live concert in full uniform by

Baltimore’s Marching Ravens

In the great tradition of extraordinary film premieres being held in unusual settings, the new film made by Academy Award winning director, and Baltimore native Barry Levinson,  THE BAND THAT WOULDN’T DIE, will have its US Premiere in M&T Bank Stadium on Tuesday, October 6. Barry Levinson will host the event, and Baltimore’s Marching Ravens will perform.

The World Premiere was at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, and the 53 minute film will air on ESPN starting October 13, as part of ESPN Films’ “30 for 30” documentary project.

“Although we have had a longstanding (and maybe surprising to some) relation with the Ravens- various coaches and players have chosen films to host during past Maryland Film Festivals as part of our pioneering Guest Host Program- the team backing this event is amazing,” said Maryland Film Festival Director Jed Dietz. “It’s the perfect Maryland Film Festival event; fun, informal, and featuring the most recent work of one of the greatest living filmmakers.”

The story of what is now the Baltimore’s Marching Ravens runs deep in Baltimore history, but many of the details in the film will surprise people. Despite the horror of losing the beloved Baltimore Colts, in a snowstorm late at night,  the film tells the story of a group of ordinary citizens, volunteers in the Baltimore Colts’ Marching Band, who would not quit. They kept the spirit of professional football in Baltimore alive through creative and bold action. Perhaps even more extraordinary, when the Baltimore Ravens franchise started in Baltimore, the Modell family fully embraced the great football tradition in Baltimore, and to this day the team and M & T Bank finance the renewed Baltimore’s Marching Ravens.

“We have always been grateful that team ownership and management  understands our passion and have made it possible for us to support our team,” said Band Leader John Ziemann. “To have Barry Levinson chose to make this film- a great filmmaker and a fellow fan- is a dream come true. The fact that he is taking the time to host this US Premiere in person, is beyond wonderful,” Ziemann concluded.

Barry Levinson, in production on his latest film, a story about Dr. Kevorkian for HBO, said:  “I couldn’t get to the World Premiere in Toronto because I was shooting into the early hours of the morning on my latest film, but I am thrilled to share this film at M& T Stadium with the great Baltimore fans and our wonderful marching band. All of us who worked on the film focused on capturing that very special Baltimore spirit that has always fascinated me, and will certainly be present at this event.”

TIME: 6:00pm – Gates Open

6:30pm – Baltimore’s Marching Ravens in concert

7:00pm – Introduction by Barry Levinson and Screening of THE BAND THAT WOULDN’T DIE on the Smart Vision Screen at M & T Bank Stadium

PLACE: M & T Bank Stadium (open seating on the field- NO CHAIRS)

Concessions will be available at non-stadium prices.

Tickets:       ALL TICKETS $5.00, day of screening. (All ticket proceeds benefit the Maryland Film Festival)   To pre-order visit,  or call 410-261-(RAVE)