UPCOMING EVENTS
May 06, 2015

The 17th annual Maryland Film Festival will take place May 6-10, 2015!

Save the Date for MFF 2015!
Apr 23, 2015

2015 Members Only Festival Preview at the Walters! Free for current members and All-Access pass holders only; not open to the public. 7pm.

Get a glimpse of our 2015 film festival program!
Apr 21, 2015

The MFF/WYPR Spotlight Series returns with a screening of music documentary BRASSLANDS on Tuesday 4/21 at the MICA Brown Center, 7:30pm.

BRASSLANDS music documentary 4/21
RECENT EVENTS
Mar 30, 2015

RESCHEDULED! MFF 2014's documentary EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL returns with Darius Clark Monroe at the MICA Brown Center at 7:30pm.

EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL with Darius Clark Monroe
Feb 17, 2015

MFF 2014's THE VANQUISHING OF THE WITCH BABA YAGA returns with director Jessica Oreck! 7:30pm at MICA Brown Center. 

THE VANQUISHING OF THE WITCH BABA YAGA with Jessica Oreck
Feb 13, 2015

Get your 2015 MFF All-Access pass!  Passes now on sale to the general public.  Call 410-752-8083 to order.

All-Access Pass Early Bird Discount Ends!
FILM GUIDE

We have begun unveiling our 2015 lineup! Stay tuned for more lineup announcements, totaling approximately 50 features and 12 short-film programs, coming soon!

Amina Profile, The
Directed By: Sophie Deraspe

Two women, Sandra in Montreal and Amina in Syria, meet online, and begin a flirtatious relationship that quickly turns serious. When Amina begins to blog as “A Gay Girl in Damascus,” she garners international attention as an outspoken representative of a marginalized community. Then Sandra hears that Amina has been kidnapped—and, in this fascinating documentary fueled by mystery, politics, and sexuality, she must examine how much about Amina she truly knows.

BEATS OF THE ANTONOV
Directed By: Hajooj Kuka

War reporter and documentary filmmaker Hajooj Kuka takes viewers into the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountain regions of South Sudan, where we meet displaced South Sudanese who live under the constant threat of bombardment from the Sudanese military via Antonov cargo planes. But defying familiar victim narratives, Kuka’s camera finds resilient people that summon strength and positivity from music, laughter, and a determination to maintain their culture against any odds.

Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Directed By: Stanley Nelson

Master documentarian Stanley Nelson has demonstrated an unparalleled ability to bring history to life with films such as Freedom Summer; The Murder of Emmett Till; and Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple.  Here he turns his lens on the revolutionary Black Panther Party and the various cultural forces that worked to support or destroy the group, creating an essential portrait of a singular radical moment in the American experience.

Breaking A Monster
Directed By: Luke Meyer

Viral-video sensation Unlocking the Truth, a teenage metal band from Brooklyn, navigate the bizarre current state of the record industry in this fascinating, fist-pumping, and often hilarious documentary. Fresh from its premiere at SXSW, this exceptional rock doc follows the band as they sign a major-label record deal and are suddenly caught up in an adult-driven world of contracts, tours, interviews, and branding. From Luke Meyer, co-director of MFF 2006 hit Darkon.

Call Me Lucky
Directed By: Bobcat Goldthwait

Since the 1980s, Barry Crimmins has established himself as a comedian’s comedian, armed with a rapid-fire technique and a scathing political perspective aimed at shocking American audiences out of their complacency—even as he never quite gets the respect he deserves. Peers like Margaret Cho and Marc Maron join documentarian Bobcat Goldthwait in paying tribute to Crimmins’ many contributions to the comedy community and political activism over the decades.

Christmas, Again
Directed By: Charles Poekel

Noel (Kentucker Audley) sells Christmas trees off a lot in New York, living a quiet and solitary life in the camper that anchors the site. As Christmas nears, a mysterious woman lands in Noel’s life, and tries to find a way into the closed-off, emotionally blocked world he’s constructed. Beautiful Super 16mm cinematography and unforgettable performances from Audley and Hannah Gross yield a moving character study of quiet, gentle humanism.

Deep Web
Directed By: Alex Winter

With Downloaded (MFF 2013), Alex Winter established himself as an expert at illuminating complex issues at the intersection of the internet and legality—and giving audiences intimate access to the personalities at the center of his story. Deep Web excitingly confirms that status, turning its lens on the online black market Silk Road, and digging deep into the still-unfolding story of Ross Ulbricht, the man accused of being the site’s creator and moderator, “Dread Pirate Roberts.”

Funny Bunny
Directed By: Alison Bagnall

The writer/director of The Dish & the Spoon returns with this offbeat, infectious mix of comedy and drama. Kentucker Audley stars as an obesity-awareness canvasser who strikes up a friendship with a wealthy, emancipated 19-year-old named Titty (Olly Alexander) and the animal-rights-activist object of Titty’s desire, Ginger (Joslyn Jensen). Co-starring Josephine Decker, Louis Cancelmi, and Anna Margaret Hollyman.

God Bless The Child
Directed By: Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck

Four brothers spend a day on their own in Davis, California, with their thirteen year-old sister forced to look after them as best she can in the absence of their troubled and unreliable mother. This visually stunning experimental drama, which premiered at SXSW, turns an unflinching eye on the behavior of children in the absence of adults, with results at turns hilarious, awkward, poignant, and unnerving.

Henry Gamble's Birthday Party
Directed By: Stephen Cone

A pool party celebrating the seventeenth birthday of Henry Gamble (Cole Doman), the son of a megachurch preacher (Pat Healy), sets the stage for this expertly observed ensemble drama. As sunny skies fade into moonlight, director Stephen Cone (The Wise Kids, Black Box) offers a subtle and insightful portrait of a community full of pressures and secrets —exploring identity, sexuality, and organized religion in the process. World premiere.

Prophet's Prey
Directed By: Amy Berg

The director of Deliver Us From Evil and West of Memphis takes us deep into another explosive story, that of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Exploring allegations of sexual abuse, family expulsions, forced marriages, and other horrors, this Sundance-premiered documentary paints an unforgettable portrait of conformity, fear, and oppression.

Sailing A Sinking Sea
Directed By: Olivia Wyatt

This experimental documentary, which premiered at SXSW, looks at the traditional lifestyle of the Moken people, a seafaring community of Burma and Thailand. Olivia Wyatt’s gorgeous and immersive film transports viewers deep into the turquoise sea and onto thirteen different islands, giving us intimate access to a culture where shamans, mermaids, and sea gods collide with present-day practices. Executive-produced by Will Oldham.

SHORTS: ANIMATED

ALL YOUR FAVORITE SHOWS - 5 minutes - Director: Ornana
BALLAD OF HOLLAND HOUSE - 5 minutes - Director: Lynn Tomlinson
BETWEEN TIMES - 15 minutes - Directors: Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter
DAY 40 - 5 minutes - Director: Sol Friedman - Canada
EL SOL COMO UN GRAN ANIMAL OSCURO - 5 minutes - Directors: Christina Felisgrau and Ronnie Rivera
LADY SECRETS - 2 minutes - Director: Lori Damiano
LOS ANGELES - 2 minutes - Director: Phil Davis
PALM ROT - 8 minutes - Director: Ryan Gillis
PATTERN FOR SURVIVAL - 7 minutes - Director: Kelly Sears
SIMORGH - 5 minutes - Director: Meghdad Asadi Lari
TEARS OF INGE - 4 minutes - Director: Alisi Telengut
 

SHORTS: AVANT-GARDE

AFTER HOURS, 2013-14 - 9 minutes - Director: Karen Yasinsky
CICATRIX - 7 minutes - Director: Jeremy Moss
HALLWAY - 5 minutes - Director: Leah Shore
HERD - 12 minutes - Directors: Ashley Sabin and David Redmon
IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS - 14 minutes - Director: Samuel Kuhn
THE INVITATION - 6 minutes - Directors: Jon Bougher and Tommy Chavannes
LEATHER - 3 minutes - Director: Jimmy Joe Roche
PICTURE PARTICLES - 6 minutes - Director: Thorsten Fleisch - Germany
vindmøller - 4 minutes - Director: Margaret Rorison
WAR PRAYER - 17 minutes - Director: Richard Wiebe
 

SHORTS: CHAOS REIGNS

BITE RADIUS - 36 minutes - Director: Spencer Parsons
DREAM THROAT - 20 minutes - Directors: Michael Arcos and Marnie Ellen
TEARS OF GOD - 31 minutes - Director: Robert Hillyer Barnett
 

SHORTS: CHARACTER STUDY

ACTRESSES -12 minutes - Director: Jeremy Hersh
CARAVAN - 6 minutes - Director: Keiran Watson-Bonnice - Australia
DIAMOND DAY - 7 minutes - Director: Sofia Banzhaf - Canada
I REMEMBER NOTHING - 18 minutes - Director: Zia Anger
MONA - 17 minutes - Director: Jocelyn Jacobs
ZARI - 20 minutes - Director: Courtney Marsh
 

SHORTS: COMEDY

24/7 - 15 minutes - Director: Jeanette Wagner
GRAND ZERO - 15 minutes - Director: Kevin Oeser
HERNIA - 10 minutes - Director: Jay Giampietro
JEWISH GIRLS ARE EASY - 14 minutes - Director: Charlotte Glynn
KISS KISS FINGERBANG - 11 minutes - Director: Gillian Horvat
MULIGNANS - 6 minutes - Director: Shaka King
THE OUTFIT - 12 minutes - Director: Yen Tan
PREGGO - 7 minutes - Director: Kristin Slaysman
 

SHORTS: DOCUMENTARY

414s: THE ORIGINAL TEENAGE HACKERS - 12 minutes - Director: Michael T. Vollmann
AMERICAN RENAISSANCE - 10 minutes - Directors: Jarred Alterman & Ryan Scafuro
BLOCKBUSTED - 6 minutes - Director: Ryan Weibush
BOB SPELLS BACKWARDS - 2 minutes - Director: Josh Polon
CALL OF DUTY - 7 minutes - Director: Matthew Lenski
ELGIN PARK - 10 minutes - Director: Danny Yourd
PAPA MACHETE - 11 minutes - Director: Jonathan David Kane
SANDORKRAUT - 12 minutes - Directors: Ann Husaini & Emily Lobsenz
SWEAT - 17 minutes
 

SHORTS: DRAMA

EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE - 15 minutes - Director: Eleanor Wilson
FULL-WINDSOR - 6 minutes - Director: Faraday Okoro
HAZE - 12 minutes - Director: Chloe Domont
KNIGHTSVILLE - 13 minutes - Director: Aly Migliori
LEAVES ON TREES - 17 minutes - Director: Nathan Duncan
LITTLE BLOCK OF CEMENT WITH DISHEVELED HAIR CONTAINING THE SEA - 16 minutes - Director: Jorge Lopez Navarrete - Spain
TZNIUT - 11 minutes - Director: David Formentin
 

SHORTS: INTERNATIONAL

THE BABY - 16 minutes - Director: Ali Asgari - Iran
CARNE SECA - 12 minutes - Director: Jazmin Diaz - Mexico
GREENLAND - 17 minutes - Director: Oren Gerner - Israel
JE NE SUIS PAS UN GRAND ACTEUR - 20 minutes - Director: Jean-Guillaume Bastien - Canada
STILL LEBEN/ STILL LIFE - 14 minutes - Director: Kai Sitter - Germany
 

SHORTS: NARRATIVE

PEARS - 17 minutes - Director: Karen Sztajnberg
Q.U.E.E.N. - 17 minutes - Director: Brittany Fennell
SARA & DENNIS - 12 minutes - Director: Shahin Izadi
SUPERIOR -16 minutes - Director: Erin Vassilopoulos
TUMBLE DRY LOW - 7 minutes - Director: Jefferson Stein
WE’LL FIND SOMETHING - 13 minutes - Director: Casey Gooden
 

SHORTS: WHY DO THE WTF SHORTS RUN AMOK?

BAD AT DANCING - 11 minutes - Director: Joanna Arnow
BLISSFUL BANQUET - 10 minutes - Director: Harrison Atkins
CROW HAND! - 3 minutes - Director: Brian Lonano
GUN SHY - 3 minutes - Director: Sam Goetz
HOT BEACH BABE AIMS TO PLEASE - 1 minute - Director: Jillian Mayer
INVADERS - 7 minutes - Director: Jason Kupfer
LA ISLA ESTÁ ENCANTADA CON USTEDES - 28 minutes - Directors: Alexander Carver & Daniel Schmidt
LOVE IS A RHOMBUS - 6 minutes - Director: Xander Robin
MARYLAND PUBLIC TELEVISION INTERVIEWS THE REAGANS - 5 minutes - Director: Pacho Valez
RONALD REAGAN PARDONS A TURKEY - 2 minutes - Director: Pacho Valez
THE SCHOOL IS WATCHING - 6 minutes - Director: Dan Schoenbrun

Stinking Heaven
Directed By: Nathan Silver

This ultra-dark comedy looks at a communal home for sober living in 1990s suburban New Jersey, which spirals into dysfunctional decline when an outsider arrives on the scene. Director Nathan Silver’s film boasts an uncompromising visual aesthetic that goes against the grain of contemporary indie filmmaking—not to mention a fantastic cast that includes Deragh Campbell, Hannah Gross, Keith Poulson, and Eleonore Hendricks.

Tab Hunter Confidential
Directed By: Jeffrey Schwarz

Top-notch documentary biographer Jeffrey Schwarz has captivated MFF audiences with definitive looks at iconic personalities William Castle, Vito Russo, and Divine. Now he delivers the warm and intimate story of 1950s Hollywood heartthrob Tab Hunter, who simultaneously balanced a stratospheric career on the silver screen with a secret life as a gay man. From his rise to stardom to his reinvention as a cult-film star with John Waters—and a number of fascinating surprises—it’s all here.

Two Shots Fired
Directed By: Martín Rejtman

Veteran Argentine filmmaker Martín Rejtman brings his unique deadpan sensibility to the story of a sixteen-year-old who finds a gun in his house. He shoots himself out of boredom—but, after a near-miss with death, finds that the major change in his life is an annoying whistle in his chest, sabotaging the music he makes with an amateur recorder quartet.  A disloyal dog, a strange vacation, and a bizarre cast of characters add up to a quietly anarchic comedy that channels Aki Kaurismäki and Roy Andersson’s A Swedish Love Story as it refuses to play by conventional narrative rules.

Uncle Kent 2
Directed By: Todd Rohal

Kent Osborne, the mild-mannered animator whose mundane daily routines and love life fueled Joe Swanberg’s Uncle Kent, is desperate to make a sequel—an idea that excites precisely no one else. But when Swanberg gives Osborne his blessing to take the idea elsewhere, things takes a decidedly warped turn, as MFF favorite Todd Rohal takes over at the helm, steering the film deep into the realm of psychotronic dark comedy.

Unexpected
Directed By: Kris Swanberg

High-school science teacher Samantha (Cobie Smulders), already dealing with stress and uncertainty as her low-income school prepares to close, finds out she’s pregnant. When she discovers her favorite student Jasmine (Gail Bean) is also with child, the two form a tight and unconventional bond. From Kris Swanberg (whose earlier features Empire Builder and It was great, but I was ready to come home. both screened within MFF) comes this refreshing character study that mines honest emotions and the quiet battlefields of love and friendship for real beauty and insight.

Welcome to Leith
Directed By: Michael Beach Nichols & Christopher K. Walker

This edge-of-your-seat documentary follows the arrival of notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb to a small town in North Dakota, where he promptly buys up land for like-minded collaborators and disrupts town council meetings, leading to fears that he plans a neo-Nazi takeover. As his behavior escalates further into the outrageous and threatens to get violent, a once-placid community must decide how to react.

Western
Directed By: Bill and Ross Turner

In the neighboring towns of Eagle Pass, Texas and Piedras Negras, Mexico, a rugged cattleman and a populist mayor navigate changing times as the specters of cartel violence and xenophobia threaten harmonious cultural and economic exchanges between the U.S. and Mexico.  Marked by muggy days and thunderous nights, this evocative and immersive documentary from the directors of 45365 and Tchoupitoulas delivers a thrilling mix of fascinating characters, riveting narrative, and extraordinary sensory detail.

Wonderful Cloud, A
Directed By: Eugene Kotlyarenko

When his ex-girlfriend visits him in Los Angeles to resolve some lingering business entanglements, Eugene seeks to revisit old feelings, and introduces her to an LA populated by a wild cast of artists, scenesters, and eccentrics. Variety called this gleefully anarchic romantic comedy “a raucous, wholly improvised 21st-century Annie Hall.” Starring director Kotlyarenko (whose 0s & 1s had its world premiere at MFF 2010) and Kate Lyn Sheil (Sun Don’t Shine, House of Cards).