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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.
  • 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...

    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...