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Maryland Film Festival 2009 is ready to go

Here's a brief intro to the cinematic festivities that await you in Baltimore, MD next month:

"Maryland Film Festival has announced its 2009 line-up, including Opening Night hosted by Bobcat Goldthwait and its Closing Night title, Kathryn Bigelow's Hurt Locker. The festival will take place Thursday, May 7 through Sunday, May 10 in beautiful downtown Baltimore, screening more than 40 new features and more than 80 new short films -- representing documentaries and narratives; live-action, experimental, and animated; domestic and foreign; underground, indie, and Hollywood.

Opening Night (Thursday, May 7, 2009), as is a Maryland Film Festival tradition, we will spotlight a variety of short films, including new work by Eric Dyer (screening a work-in-progress), Jay Zimmerman, Michael Langan, Andy Cahill, Julia Kim Smith, Marc Kess, and Jim Jacob. Bobcat Goldthwait will host the event, and included in this program will be his own short Goldthwait Home Movies.

The Closing Night (Sunday, May 10, 2009) film will be Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, winner of the 2008 Venice Film Festival SIGNIS Grand Prize, with Bigelow presenting. "This film represents moviemaking at its highest level," says MFF director Jed Dietz. "Kathryn Bigelow has an amazing track record, and she has brought all her skills as a filmmaker to bear on this intense and entertaining story."

In addition to new films from Barry Levinson (who will present his PoliWood alongside Matthew Modine), Joe Swanberg, Shane Meadows, Craig Baldwin, David Redmon and Ashley Sabin, Cory McAbee, Ry Russo-Young, David Russo, David Lowery, and Kris Swanberg, the eleventh Maryland Film Festival will also present Seventh Moon, the latest horror feature by Eduardo Sanchez (of The Blair Witch Project); So Yong Kim's Treeless Mountain; The Deagol Brothers' Make-Out With Violence; Christophe Honoré's Love Songs, chosen and presented by John Waters; and the rarely screened documentary Nina Simone: La légende, chosen and presented by guest-host, musician Ian MacKaye (of Minor Threat, Fugazi, The Evens, and Dischord Records fame).

For this year's schedule, including further details on all of the above screenings, see:"

Maryland Film Festival takes place May 7 - 10 in Baltimore, MD.

- Sujewa


I saw Kissing on the Mouth in recent weeks and didn't really like it but it can be a good reference for certain projects and seems to have similarities to his other films. I will be checking out Hannah Takes the Stairs in a few days but I really want to view Alexander the Last since that is his most recent film (or is it?).

I wish that I could go to This Maryland Film Festival and meet him along with a few other people mentioned in your post. It's nice that many filmmakers are making this DIY stuff work to their advantage.
The Sujewa said…
well, some ppl are into those movies, others are not. it's all a matter of taste i guess.

filmmakers are pretty accessible at fests, so yeah, maybe next year or at another fest you can meet some of the indie filmmakers you are interested in.

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