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: