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Comedy from UMBC grad to screen at festivals

April 14, 2004|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Baltimoresun.com Staff

Saved!, a "Christian high school comedy" from UMBC grad Brian Dannelly, will be the opening feature this evening at New York's Gen Art Film Festival.

The movie, which debuted at January's Sundance Film Festival and stars Jena Malone, Macaulay Culkin and Mandy Moore, chronicles the development of a disparate group of students at an ultra-conservative Christian High School.

"With Bush getting elected, and sort of this weird conservatism, I thought it would be interesting to use the high school setting as a microcosm for the whole world," said Dannelly, 40.

The film also is scheduled to play at May's Maryland Film Festival, and is slated for general release this spring through MGM.

Originally published April 14, 2004, 8:11 AM EDT

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