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  • FILM FEST FRENZY

    FILM FEST FRENZY
    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 filmmakerChris LaMartina’s MFF debut, Maryland native Michael Tully’s summer comedy, and UMBC graduate Andrew T. Betzer’s first feature, Young Bodies Heal Quickly .
  • Films from Chris LaMartina and Michael Tully to highlight 2014 Maryland Film Festival

    Films from Chris LaMartina and Michael Tully to highlight 2014 Maryland Film Festival
    With the Maryland Film Festival's first lineup announcement out today, City Paper spoke with festival director Jed Dietz and director of programming Eric Hatch (a former CP contributor) about some of this year's highlights. Following up on last year's...

    Maryland native Michael Tully celebrates Ocean City summers in Ping Pong Summer

    Something about Maryland summers speaks to filmmakers. Last year, we wrote about Matt Porterfield's I Used to Be Darker (see "I Used to Be Darker," Feature, May 8, 2013), which started out in Ocean City and found its way to Baltimore, all the while...

    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...

    SXSW: The Case Against 8

    One of the best films at last year's South by Southwest Conference was Good Ol' Freda, the story of the Beatles' secretary Freda Kelly. Ryan White directed that film, at the behest of his aunt, the movie's Catonsville producer Kathy McCabe, during a...