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By Sloane Brown and Special to The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2009
T he party had all the makings of a Hollywood A-list affair: a red carpet with reporters and photographers corralled behind velvet ropes, famous directors and lots of local glitterati. However, this event was in Baltimore. And all about Baltimore. Baltimore-based filmmakers John Waters and Barry Levinson , as well as "The Wire" creator David Simon , were the guests of honor at the Maryland Film Festival's second fundraiser. Although the evening's main event would be an open conversation among the three - moderated by TCM's Elvis Mitchell - a couple of hundred folks had paid top dollar to mingle with the Baltimore favorites at a dinner reception beforehand.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2014
Grumblings seemed few as the 16th Maryland Film Festival wrapped up Sunday, having weathered a forced relocation to North Avenue and other nearby areas. "I've been really enjoying it," cinephile Greg Golinski said Saturday, about halfway through his planned 12-film visit to the festival. The event brought 50 feature films, 10 shorts programs, dozens of filmmakers and thousands of film lovers to Baltimore for the weekend. "Integrating it more into Station North, it's been fun," Golinski said of the move.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
The 16 th Maryland Film Festival kicked off Wednesday night with a roster of short films and a crowd of optimistic film fans. "I heard from all my filmmaker friends that this is the friendliest festival to filmmakers, and it's obvious that is a true statement," said Annie Silverstein, whose short film, "Skunk," will be playing as part of a program of dramatic shorts on Thursday and Friday. The festival, which continues through Sunday, kicked off with its now-traditional Opening Night Shorts program at the Maryland Institute College of Art's Brown Center.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Sarah LaCorte, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
The 16th Maryland Film Festival began this week with cinephiles carefully mapping out their plans and cautiously optimistic that a move from the five-screen Charles Theatre to seven different locations would not crimp their style. "I thought it would, but this was so easy," said Sharon Knox, who came to the festival's Tent Village on North Avenue on Thursday to buy tickets for three films. "Maybe being on North Avenue is a little more convenient than being restricted to that little corner of Charles Street where the Charles is. " Overall ticket sales were up "double-digits" over two years ago, festival head Jed Dietz said, although they were still behind last year's record-setting pace, when a strong crop of films with local connections led to a substantial increase in overall attendance.
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The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
The 2014 Maryland Film Festival takes place May 7-11 around the Station North Arts District and other Baltimore area locations. The festival traditionally highlights international features, topical documentaries, local works and several shorts programs, among other special screenings.  The most high profile LGBT-themed film on the schedule this year is "The Case Against 8," which premiered at Sundance. The documentary, by Ben Cotner and Ryan White (who directed " Good Ol' Freda ")
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May 3, 2014
Beyond showcasing women-helmed films, the Maryland Film Festival once again features movies with local connections. Here's a sampling: 'Actress' Director Robert Greene's film tracks the decision by actress Brandy Burre (fondly remembered by many in these parts as Theresa D'Agostino on "The Wire") as she decides to resume an acting career after having given it up to start a family. (1:45 p.m. Friday and 2:15 p.m. Sunday, May 11 at University of Baltimore's Langsdale Auditorium)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
After 15 years at the Charles Theatre , the Maryland Film Festival will be moving into new digs in May. The operators of the Charles, James “Buzz” Cusack and his daughter, Kathleen Cusack Lyon, chose not to rent their five-screen facility to the festival this year, film festival head Jed Dietz said. The 16 th festival, scheduled for May 7-11, will be held at spaces in the Maryland Institute College of Art, the University of Baltimore , the Walters Art Museum and the Windup Space on North Avenue.
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By Cassidy Sterling | May 6, 2014
Martha Shane may live in Brooklyn, N.Y., but she can always call the Baltimore area home. The Towson native and filmmaker will return to the Maryland Film Festival this year to co-host the opening night as well as the festival's Filmmakers Taking Charge Conference with filmmaker Alex Ross Perry. Her feature documentary, “After Tiller,” which followed the only four doctors in the United States who perform third-trimester abortions, was featured last year. Following the release of “After Tiller,” she has two projects in the works, producing one and co-directing the other.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2012
The 14 t h Maryland Film Festival proved the most popular yet, with ticket sales up from 5 to 10 percent daily and advance sales up more than 25 percent, according to festival officials. The four-day festival, which ran through Sunday at the Charles Theatre , MICA's Brown Center and the Wind-Up Space, included 22 sold-out screenings, MFF director Jed Dietz said. People had to be turned away from the John Waters pick, "Wanda," the set-in-Baltimore "LUV" and the closing night local premiere of Todd Solondz's "Dark Horse," among other films.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2011
Baltimore films, rock documentaries, movies from Thailand and Portugal and one described as a "stylish gangster thriller from the Democratic Republic of Congo" are just a few of the films that will play at this year's Maryland Film Festival, which announced a partial list of its lineup Tuesday. Overall, 115 or so features and short films will be played at the festival, which runs May 5-8 at The Charles Theatre and several locations in the city, said the festival's director, Jed Dietz.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
The 16 th Maryland Film Festival kicked off Wednesday night with a roster of short films and a crowd of optimistic film fans. "I heard from all my filmmaker friends that this is the friendliest festival to filmmakers, and it's obvious that is a true statement," said Annie Silverstein, whose short film, "Skunk," will be playing as part of a program of dramatic shorts on Thursday and Friday. The festival, which continues through Sunday, kicked off with its now-traditional Opening Night Shorts program at the Maryland Institute College of Art's Brown Center.
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By Cassidy Sterling | May 6, 2014
Martha Shane may live in Brooklyn, N.Y., but she can always call the Baltimore area home. The Towson native and filmmaker will return to the Maryland Film Festival this year to co-host the opening night as well as the festival's Filmmakers Taking Charge Conference with filmmaker Alex Ross Perry. Her feature documentary, “After Tiller,” which followed the only four doctors in the United States who perform third-trimester abortions, was featured last year. Following the release of “After Tiller,” she has two projects in the works, producing one and co-directing the other.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
Sarah-Violet Bliss acknowledges some frustration with fielding questions, yet again, about being a female filmmaker, about how the vast majority of movies seem to be directed by men, and about whether that will stop being the case any time soon. "I didn't realize it was going to be something I had to talk about," says Bliss, whose "Fort Tilden" is one of at least 15 women-directed features being screened at this week's 16th Maryland Film Festival. "I just thought I would talk about the movie.
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May 3, 2014
Beyond showcasing women-helmed films, the Maryland Film Festival once again features movies with local connections. Here's a sampling: 'Actress' Director Robert Greene's film tracks the decision by actress Brandy Burre (fondly remembered by many in these parts as Theresa D'Agostino on "The Wire") as she decides to resume an acting career after having given it up to start a family. (1:45 p.m. Friday and 2:15 p.m. Sunday, May 11 at University of Baltimore's Langsdale Auditorium)
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The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
The 2014 Maryland Film Festival takes place May 7-11 around the Station North Arts District and other Baltimore area locations. The festival traditionally highlights international features, topical documentaries, local works and several shorts programs, among other special screenings.  The most high profile LGBT-themed film on the schedule this year is "The Case Against 8," which premiered at Sundance. The documentary, by Ben Cotner and Ryan White (who directed " Good Ol' Freda ")
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
The Maryland Film Festival, which for the first time this year will not be showing the majority of its films at a single location, will have shuttles transporting moviegoers among its seven venues. Free shuttles will be running about every 10 minutes, festival director Jed Dietz said. The venues include the Maryland Institute College of Art Lazarus Graduate Studio Center, 131 W. North Ave.; the Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave.; University of Baltimore Business Center, 11 W. Mount Royal Ave.; UB Langsdale Auditorium, 1420 Maryland Ave. (entrance off Oliver Street)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
Trust John Waters to never go for the easy choice. "Abuse of Weakness," the latest work from controversial French filmmaker Catherine Breillat, is Waters' pick for this year's Maryland Film Festival, set for May 7-11, largely in the Station North Arts District. The film, which is getting its Maryland premiere, stars Isabelle Huppert as a director who, after suffering a stroke, is victimized by a notorious con man. It is based on a similar incident that happened to Breillat, who spent five months in a hospital recovering from a 2004 stroke.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
Next month's Maryland Film Festival will feature the local debut of "Ping Pong Summer," writer-director Michael Tully's coming-of-age tale set in Ocean City in the 1980s and starring Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson, John Hannah and Amy Sedaris. Tully's film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, was included in Wednesday's announcement of the first 10 movies scheduled for the festival, set to run May 7-11 at the Maryland Institute College of Art and other venues, mostly in the area of the Station North Arts and Entertainment District.
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