May 8 – 12, 2013
What’s It All About?
The Maryland Film Festival (MFF) is an annual, four-day event that takes place during first weekend of May. It presents top-notch film and video work from all over the world and screens around 50 feature films and 75 short films including narrative, documentary, animation, experimental and hybrid.
For every North American feature film screened within the festival, a filmmaker attends the festival to present their work. The hundreds of filmmakers who have hosted screenings at the MFF includes filmmakers such as John Waters, Barry Levinson, Kathryn Bigelow, Jonathan Demme, Melvin Van Peebles, Alex Gibney, Matt Porterfield, Joe Swanberg, Lisandro Alonso, Todd Solondz, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Lena Dunham.
Watch Out For!
Some of the films that will be screened at the festival include:
12 O’Clock Boys (Lotfy Nathan): This gritty and exhilarating documentary follows several years in the life of Pug, a young Baltimorean who hopes to join the exclusive ranks of Baltimore’s urban dirt-bike riders.
After Tiller (Martha Shane and Lana Wilson): A documentary look at the personal and professional lives of the only four US-based doctors who continue to perform third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 murder of Dr George Tiller.
Computer Chess (Andrew Bujalski): A subculture of offbeat personalities attempt to create the first computer system capable of beating human chess masters in this subversively shot, Robert Altman-worthy ensemble comedy.
Augustine (Alice Winocour): Set in Belle Epoque France, Winocour’s provocative period piece chronicles the sexual awakening of a female patient in a mental hospital for women suffering from ‘hysteria’.
Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland): In the 1970s, a gifted but reclusive British sound engineer begins having ever-escalating strange experiences the mirror an Italian horror film on which he is working.
Drinking Buddies (Joe Swanberg): Kate and Luke form a close bond working together at a Chicago craft brewery. But as the line between friendship and romance blurs, cracks begin to show, both at the workplace and their personal lives. Starring Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson, and Ron Livingston.
There will also be a host of other films showcased. These are:
• Hit & Stay
• I Am Divine
• I Used To Be Darker
• If We Shout Loud Enough
• It Felt Like Love
• Pit Stop
• Swim Little Fish Swim