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  • Fresh off the breakout success of his micro-budgeted found-footage flick WNUF Halloween Special, Chris LaMartina returns with his most ambitious outing Call Girl of Cthulhu

    Chris LaMartina needed a new home for his cult. It was April 2013, and the Baltimore filmmaker was shooting his latest feature, a comedy-horror flick with the priceless title Call Girl of Cthulhu, which debuts at the Maryland Film Festival this week. It was the largest production he and his filmmaking partner, Jimmy George, had ever undertaken, with 30 interior locations, more than 30 speaking roles, 60 costumes, 150 props, 185 practical effects, and roughly 100 extras. Its budget was more than twice that of their previous feature, Witch's Brew, which they made for $16,000. They both had used all their vacation time at their jobs to take a month off to shoot. Usually they make production bibles for cast and crew in 3-inch binders, but early in pre-production, George called LaMartina to confess: We're going to need bigger binders.
  • No Brain, No Gain?: Here's a short history of the Gov's brain-optional priorities, as defined by the term that won't die.

    | Image by Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich unveiled his $29 billion-plus state budget proposal Jan. 17 and took questions afterward. During the event, he dubbed two separate policy initiatives "no-brainers." But what,...

    Your Tax Dollars At Shirk

    An audit of the state agency that doles out loans and grants to corporations on the theory that they'll create lots of jobs has (again) found no confirmation of the jobs created. As it did in 2001 and 2005, the state Department of Legislative Audits...

    ACORN Update (again)

    I goofed. As everyone knows, ACORN does—or did—receive federal grants through HUD and other agencies. This, perhaps not surprisingly, despite a claim on its web site to the contrary: Does ACORN Recieve Federal Funding? The Association of...

    The Governor Responds to Suggestions

    Two months ago when Gov. O'Malley opened his e-mail box for budget suggestions, I sent a few lines and links to two stories—one on MMG, the other on Commercial Fuel Systems. Both these contracts are sole-source, shady, and expensive compared to what...