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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.
  • Saint or Sinner?

    Saint or Sinner?
    One summer in the early 1990s, as I settled into my job as a reporter for the Hartford, Conn., Advocate, the Hartford City Council took a junket to Baltimore to observe the wonders of the Inner Harbor. All returned pleased by the spectacle, and...

    What happens when sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll collide with religion

    The Source Family Directed by Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos Playing Feb. 19 at 7:30 at MICA's Brown Center, with Jodi Wille and Explosion the Aquarian In the early '70s, a new cult sprung up in Los Angeles, conceived at famous health-food eatery the...

    The way reggae and Rastafarianism arose and ultimately grew together is the subject of a new documentary

    Holding on to Jah: The Genesis of a Revolution Directed by Roger Landon Hall At the Creative Alliance at the Patterson Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. Reggae music and the religious sect of Rastafarianism have been bound up together for so long as to be inseparable...

    Clive Barker on ‘Nightbreed’: ‘Where there are monsters, I feel home’

    In 1990, horror novelist Clive Barker released “Nightbreed,” his second feature film as a writer-director. The follow-up to his provocative […]