Posts Tagged 'WYPR'

Photos from MFF/WYPR Spotlight Series screening of AMERICAN PROMISE!


L to R: Michèle Stephenson, Jed Dietz, Joe Brewster and Tom Hall.

On October 11, the MFF/WYPR Spotlight Series and Open Society Institute teamed up to bring you a screening of the award-winning documentary AMERICAN PROMISE with special guests directors Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson.

The screening was followed by an interview with WYPR’s Tom Hall and the directors, followed by Q & A with the audience.  The AMERICAN PROMISE Spotlight Series interview will air on WYPR 88.1FM in advance of AMERICAN PROMISE’s debut on PBS on February 3, 2014.  Click here for more information.

AMERICAN PROMISE spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan’s Dalton School, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.

WYPR's Tom Hall interviews Joe Brewster and  Michèle Stephenson at the MICA Brown Center.

WYPR’s Tom Hall interviews Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson at the MICA Brown Center.

Photo from the MFF/WYPR Spotlight Series Screening of THE SOURCE FAMILY

L to R: WYPR's Tom Hall, Jodi Wille, Explosion the Aquarian, and MFF Director Jed Dietz.

Left to Right: Tom Hall, Jodi Wille, Explosion the Aquarian and Jed Dietz.

Last night the Maryland Film Festival/WYPR Spotlight Series returned with THE SOURCE FAMILY (MFF 2012), with special guests co-director Jodi Wille and Source Family member Explosion the Aquarian.  The event took place at the MICA Brown Center’s Falvey Hall.

The MFF/WYPR Spotlight Series showcases the best of independent film and unites filmmakers with audiences. Each Spotlight Series film features a conversation between WYPR 88.1FM’s Tom Hall and the filmmaker, followed by a Q & A with the audience. Past titles in the series include BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, THE HOUSE I LIVE IN, THE INTERRUPTERS and THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE.

Click here for an archive of past Spotlight Series interviews.

We will be announcing our next MFF/WYPR Spotlight Series title shortly; stay tuned for details!

Matt Porterfield on Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast

Click here to listen to Matt Porterfield, Baltimore director of MFF 2010 selection PUTTY HILL interviewed on Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast on WYPR!

Local Filmmaker Josh Slates profiles MFF on the signal!

Click here to download the podcast of local filmmaker Josh Slates profiling the 2010 Maryland Film Festival on WYPR’s The Signal!

MFF Updates:

MFF 2007 Alum FROWNLAND has finally been released on DVD!

Tuesday, Sep. 29, 2009 marked the official DVD launch of NOT YOUR TYPICAL BIGFOOT MOVIE by Oscilloscope Pictures. To purchase the film, visit  You can also find it elsewhere including Amazon, Best Buy, Borders, and Barnes & Noble.  (You can also add it to your Netflix queue and watch for it at rental outlets like Hollywood Video.) Visit the Facebook page dedicated to the film and become a fan!

This year’s Philadelphia Film Festival features some MFF 2009 Alums!
Check out Ann Hornaday’s feature on THE BAND THAT WOULDN’T DIE in The Washington Post!

Tune into the Dan Rodricks tomorrow from 1-2pm on 88.1 WYPR for a feature on THE BAND THAT WOULDN’T DIE, featuring interviews with Barry Levinson, and Marching Ravens director John Ziemann.

If you missed our event at M & T Bank Stadium, you can still catch the film by tuning into ESPN:

Thursday Oct 15  9pm ESPN 2
Thursday Oct 15  11pm ESPN Classic
Monday Oct 19   7pm ESPN 2
Wednesday Oct 21   8pm ESPN 2

Also, check out this fan video created at the event!