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Friends of the Festival Friday is Friday May 9th! Members See UNLIMITED FREE MOVIES Until 6pm!

fof-stickerSAVE THE DATE: Friends of the Festival Friday is coming up on Friday May 9th! This is the special day during our festival where current MFF members can see UNLIMITED FREE MOVIES before 6pm!  Not a member?  Click here to sign up today and take advantage of this amazing benefit AND get access to the amazing film programming and sneak preview opportunities that MFF provides year-round!

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Sign up for a Friends of the Festival membership at any level and you will have access to Friends of the Festival Friday.  To take advantage of Friends of the Festival Friday, just come to the Friends of the Festival table, located in the Box Office tent in our Tent Village (in the MICA lot on 131 W. North Avenue), on Friday, May 9th and check in with your name to pick up your Friends of the Festival card. Then just show this card at the theater when you arrive to gain free entry to any film you’d like to check out before 6pm.
WHAT FILMS CAN I SEE?

The following films will be screening during Friends of the Festival Friday (click here for the complete descriptions): 

 

CLUB SANDWICH

CLUB SANDWICH

 

CLUB SANDWICH – Poignant drama, gentle comedy, and a hint of transgression mix brilliantly as we observe the coming of age of a 15-year-old teen vacationing with his single mother in a sleepy Mexican beachfront resort. From the director of Lake Tahoe and Duck Season.
11am
MICA Brown Center

THE AUCTION – This poignant character study from Quebec follows a sheep farmer who’s stayed true to the way of life he inherited from his father even as, one by one, his neighbors sell off their farms to developers. As he reaches old age, his two daughters come back into his life in ways that change him forever.
11am
MICA Gateway Building

SHORTS: INTERNATIONAL – A cross-section of stellar short films from around the world.
11am
MICA Lazarus Graduate Studio Center

 

MOEBIUS

MOEBIUS

MOEBIUS – South Korean maverick Kim Ki-duk returns with perhaps his most shocking and darkly humorous exploration yet of the connections between pleasure, penance, spirituality, and the human impulse for violence.
11:30am
The WindUp Space

SHORTS: DRAMATIC – A stellar collection of dramatic short films!
1:00pm
UB Business Center

EVERYBODY STREET

EVERYBODY STREET

EVERYBODY STREET – More than a dozen photographers (including Ricky Powell, Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper, and Boogie) are the subject of this visually rich documentary celebrating artists who have given us new ways to see both the streets of New York and the colorful characters that populate them. 
1:15pm
The Walters Art Museum

WATER LIKE STONE – A documentary portrait of Leeville, Louisiana, a fishing village among the fastest-disappearing wetlands in the United States-and the unforgettable characters who call it home.
1:30pm
MICA Lazarus Graduate Studio Center

FAULTS

FAULTS

FAULTS – 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.
1:30pm
MICA Brown Center

SEPTEMBER – After a seemingly solitary woman’s beloved dog passes away, she becomes overwhelmed by her loneliness. In her search to ease the pain of losing her best friend, she unexpectedly connects with a sympathetic family that lives in her neighborhood. This expertly crafted and warmly human film from Greek director Penny Panayotopoulou signals her triumphant return after a decade-plus hiatus from filmmaking.
1:45pm
MICA Gateway Building

ACTRESS

ACTRESS

ACTRESS – Brandy Burre had a recurring role on HBO’s The Wire before giving up her career to start a family. When she decides to reclaim her life as an actor years later, the domestic world she’s carefully created crumbles around her. The latest non-fiction film from the director of Fake It So Real (MFF 2011).
1:45pm
UB Langsdale Auditorium

SHORTS: DOCUMENTARY – The best in short form documentary film from across the continent!
2pm
The Windup Space

SHORTS: CHARACTER STUDY – An unbelievable array of characters populate these brilliant, artful short films filled variously with wry humor, wit, warmth, satire and a penetrating insight into human nature.
3:30pm
UB Business Center

SHORTS: NARRATIVE – A cross-section of stellar narrative short films.
3:45 PM
MICA Lazarus Graduate Studio Center

ART AND CRAFT – For several decades, gifted and incredibly prolific forger Mark Landis compulsively created impeccable copies of works by a variety of major artists, donating them to institutions across the country and landing pieces on many of their walls. Art and Craft brings us into the cluttered and insular life of an unforgettable character just as he finds his foil in an equally obsessive art registrar.

3:45 PM
The Walters Art Museum

WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES J. BULGER – This documentary dissects legend from fact in investigating the story of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, uncovering a web of corruption in the process. From the director of Crude and co-director of Brother’s Keeper, Some Kind of Monster, and the Paradise Lost trilogy.

4:00 PM
MICA Brown Center
WILD CANARIES

WILD CANARIES

WILD CANARIES – From the director of 2010’s Gabi on the Roof in July comes this captivating blend of comedy, romance, and mystery set in contemporary Brooklyn. The all-star indie cast includes Levine alongside Sophia Takal, Alia Shawkat, Annie Parisse, Jason Ritter, and Kevin Corrigan.

4:30 PM
UB Langsdale Auditorium

THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT – This strikingly original film builds on Robert Bresson’s ideas of space and sound to create a moving-image sculpture inside a Berlin apartment during a family gathering. Notes of gentleness and tension merge to form a strange visual symphony.
4:30 PM
MICA Gateway Building

SHORTS: AVANT-GARDE – Films that explore the boundaries of cinematic form and content.

4:30 PM
The Windup Space

MFF Unveils First 10 Titles of 2014 Film Program!

Maryland Film Festival has begun unveiling the lineup for our 16th annual festival, which will take place May 7-11 in downtown Baltimore and include approximately 50 feature films and 10 short-film programs from around the world.

The first ten feature films announced for MFF 2014 include the area premieres of a number of highly anticipated independent, documentary, and international features, including Michael Tully’s star-studded, shot-in-Maryland Ping Pong Summer; Josephine Decker’s beautiful and provocative Thou Wast Mild and Lovely; Fernando Eimbcke’s poignant coming-of-age comedy Club Sandwich; and Stanley Nelson’s riveting civil-rights documentary Freedom Summer.

Maryland Film Festival has distinguished itself as a creatively charged meeting place for filmmakers and audiences, offering all its U.S. feature films hosted by a filmmaker in a relaxed and competition-free environment. The festival is also known for its close relationship with legendary filmmaker John Waters, who selects and hosts a favorite film within each year’s festival. Building on record ticket sales and submissions over the last several years, the festival expanded to five days in 2013, and will again offer five days of programming in 2014, using seven screens in and around Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District.
Lineup announcements will continue over the next 2 weeks. The first ten titles announced for MFF 2014 are:
CLUB SANDWICH

CLUB SANDWICH

CLUB SANDWICH (Fernando Eimbcke) Poignant drama, gentle comedy, and a hint of transgression mix brilliantly as we observe the coming of age of a 15-year-old teen vacationing with his single mother in a sleepy Mexican beachfront resort. From the director of Lake Tahoe and Duck Season.

FIGHT CHURCH

FIGHT CHURCH

FIGHT CHURCH (Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel) Christianity and the world of Mixed Martial Arts collide in this thought-provoking and expectation-challenging documentary from Academy Award Winner Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel.

FREEDOM SUMMER

FREEDOM SUMMER

FREEDOM SUMMER (Stanley Nelson) In the summer of 1964, a thousand civil-rights volunteers worked to combat segregation in Mississippi. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders; Jonestown: The Life & Death of Peoples Temple; The Murder of Emmett Till) tells their story.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

HAPPY CHRISTMAS (Joe Swanberg) Following his breakthrough hit Drinking Buddies, Joe Swanberg re-teams with star Anna Kendrick and cinematographer Ben Richardson (Beasts of the Southern Wild) for an insightful look at family and friendship centered around a Chicago Christmas. Cast includes Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, and Lena Dunham.

KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER

KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER

KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER (David Zellner) The Zellner brothers (Goliath, KID-THING) bring their unique mix of resonant drama and offbeat comedy to an expanded canvas, following a young Japanese woman who believes her worn VHS copy of Fargo contains instructions to recover that film’s buried treasure.

PING PONG SUMMER

PING PONG SUMMER

PING PONG SUMMER (Michael Tully) The director of Septien returns with a sweet and hilarious love letter to summers spent in Ocean City, MD during the golden era of hip-hop, boasting a cast that includes Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris, and Robert Longstreet.

THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT

THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT

THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT (Ramon Zürcher) This strikingly original film builds on Robert Bresson’s ideas of space and sound to create a moving-image sculpture inside a Berlin apartment during a family gathering. Notes of gentleness and tension merge to form a strange visual symphony.

THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY

THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY

THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY (Josephine Decker) Following her Butter on the Latch, which premiered at MFF 2013, Josephine Decker further explores themes of budding romance and psychological terror against a backdrop of bucolic beauty. Fresh from its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale).

WHO TOOK JOHNNY

WHO TOOK JOHNNY

WHO TOOK JOHNNY (David Beilinson, Michael Galinsky, and Suki Hawley) When Johnny Gosch disappeared in 1982, his picture appeared on milk cartons, catapulting the issue of missing children into the public’s imagination. The team behind Horns and Halos and Battle for Brooklyn follows the search for answers over decades of stunning twists and turns, resulting in an unforgettable documentary experience that will have audiences questioning everything and everyone.

WILD CANARIES

WILD CANARIES

WILD CANARIES (Lawrence Michael Levine) From the director of 2010’s Gabi on the Roof in July comes this captivating blend of comedy, romance, and mystery set in contemporary Brooklyn. The all-star indie cast includes Levine alongside Sophia Takal, Alia Shawkat, Annie Parisse, Jason Ritter, and Kevin Corrigan.

Stay tuned for more program lineup announcements coming soon! Current members are invited to join us for our Members Only Film Festival Preview next week on Thursday April 17th at The Walters Art Museum at 7:00pm. This event is free for Friends of the Festival; to join or renew your Friends of the Festival membership, click here. If you are a current member and would like to reserve a spot for two to our Festival Preview, email Angie at tickets@mdfilmfest.com.