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  • Our Guide to the 2014 Maryland film festival

    for the first time in its 16-year existence, the Maryland Film Festival won't be housed in the Charles Theatre. It's not the choice of festival organizers, says MFF director Jed Dietz, but when the Charles' operators, James "Buzz" Cusack and daughter Kathleen Cusack Lyon, declined to rent the theater this year, the MFF staff were forced to reach out to the community to arrange for more screens-spreading the festival out over buildings in Station North, Bolton Hill, and Mount Vernon, hosted in space provided by MICA, the University of Baltimore, the Windup Space, and the Walters Art Museum. Dietz notes that the multi-venue setup, while not as convenient perhaps, isn't unusual. "Most of [Sundance's] venues are single-screen, made-up venues," he says. "They have a theater in a basketball court. I remember being in motel rooms and having a hard time looking at films." The switch in location moves the festival's tent village and box office to North Avenue, in the parking lot between Joe Squared and MICA's Lazarus graduate studio center. The transition, Dietz says, might help prepare fest-goers for the eventual opening of the Parkway Theater, tenatively slated for fall 2016. "[We'll] get people up and around North Avenue and move them around there and get them to have coffee at Red Emma's and a beer at Liam's, and walk past Bottega," he says. A shuttle service will run loops throughout the weekend. Check out the festival's new map and a full schedule for the four-day event, in addition to our coverage on some of this year's most notable films, including Hampden filmmaker Chris LaMartina's MFF debut, Maryland native Michael Tully's summer comedy, and UMBC graduate Andrew T. Betzer's first feature, Young Bodies Heal Quickly .
  • Beware the Chair

    Beware the Chair
    John Milius! What movie nerd of a certain stripe (say, the stripe that's seen Apocalypse Now about a dozen times) wouldn't be excited about a documentary about John Milius? The semi-legendary screenwriter/director had a hand in the likes of Apocalypse,...

    Sound City at SXSW

    The South by Southwest Conference got underway yesterday with SXSW Film, one leg of the tripod extravaganza that also features Interactive and Music components. Twenty-two different movie were shown on 13 different screens, and the surest sellout was...

    SXSW: Danny Boyle talks up new film Trance

    On Saturday morning, the British filmmaker Danny Boyle was interviewed before a large theater of South by Southwest badge holders. Boyle couldn't screen his new movie Trance--the tale of a stolen painting, hypnotism and violent revenge—because the...

    Much Ado About Nothing

    A few minutes after his new film, Much Ado About Nothing, had finished screening at the South by Southwest Film Conference, Joss Whedon climbed atop a riser in front of the screen. Surrounded by almost all of the film's large cast, the director...