Maryland Film Festival

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Maryland Film Festival

Annual five-day international film festival taking place each May in Baltimore, Maryland add

Category: Movies & TV

Activity starting in 1925.

Countries: United States (80%), Japan (7%), France (7%)

Main connections: Maryland, Barry Levinson, Todd Solondz

Linked to: Kill by Inches, Kino International, Murder Party, Baltimore Museum of Art

 

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1968

Yayoi Kusama - In 1968, the film “Kusama’s Self-Obliteration” which Kusama produced and starred in won a prize at the Fourth International Experimental Film Competition in Belgium and the Second Maryland Film Festival and the second prize at the Ann Arbor Film Festival.


1999

The festival was launched in 1999, and presents international film and video work of all lengths and genres add something

 

This marked the first time Waters has repeated a director in making his selections since the launch of MFF in 1999 add something

 

Within every Maryland Film Festival since its launch in 1999, filmmaker and Maryland Film Festival board member John Waters has selected one film to present to an audience add something

 

The first Maryland Film Festival screening took place Thursday, April 22, 1999, with an Opening Night presentation of Barry Levinson's documentary "Diner Guys" at the historic Senator Theatre add something

 

Full programming began April 23, 1999, using all five screens of the historic Charles Theatre add something


2002

Beginning in 2002, each Maryland Film Festival has presented a vintage 3D film in the two-projector 35mm format add something

 

In 2002, the festival dedicated its Opening Night to a collection of short films, and has done so each year since 2004 add something


2003

A recurring highlight within each Maryland Film Festival since 2003 has been a silent film presented with Alloy Orchestra performing their new, original scores for these vintage films add something


2009

In 2009, the festival expanded its offerings of international films, with the stated goal of expanding the scope of international films brought to Baltimore, and in future years bringing a filmmaker to host each foreign feature film screening as the festival does with all U.S.-made feature films add something


2010

Lena Dunham - Dunham's 2010 feature film "Tiny Furniture" won Best Narrative Feature at South by Southwest Music and Media Conference, and subsequently screened at such festivals as Maryland Film Festival

 

James Franco - His short films as director "The Feast of Stephen" and "Herbert White" were both presented within Maryland Film Festival in May 2010


2011

Automat Pictures - It had its premiere at the prestigious New York Film Festival in October, 2011, went on to screen within such festivals as Maryland Film Festival, and aired on HBO in July, 2012


2012

Todd Solondz - On April 23, 2012, "Dark Horse" was announced as the Closing Night selection for Maryland Film Festival 2012


2013

In 2013, the festival announced its expansion to 5 days, shifting its Opening Night to Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 add something

 

The 15th annual Maryland Film Festival took place May 8-12, 2013 in downtown Baltimore, using all five screens of the historic Charles Theatre as its anchor venue and other screens within walking distance of the Station North Arts and Entertainment District add something

 

In 2013, the festival announced its expansion to 5 days, shifting its Opening Night to Wednesday, May 8, 2013 add something

 

In December 2013, the festival announced its plans to restore The Parkway Theatre, located at North Avenue and North Charles Street in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, for use as its year-round venue add something


2015

The Parkway restoration project is scheduled for completion on or around the theatre's 100th anniversary in the Fall of 2015 add something


2016

The 18th annual festival will take place May 4-8, 2016 using 5 screens in and around the Station North Arts and Entertainment District as well as the auditoriums of the Baltimore Museum of Art and Walters Art Museum add something


2017

The 19th annual festival took place May 4-7, 2017 using the 3 screens of the newly restored and expanded Parkway Theatre as well as three additional screens on the nearby Maryland Institute College of Art campus add something

 

The 2017 edition featured the U.S. premieres of Hugh Gibson's "The Stairs" and Ashley McKenzie's "Werewolf" add something

 

The band Beach House shot the music video for their song "Chariots" in the historic auditorium of the Parkway in April, 2017 prior to the theater's public opening add something

 

These screenings all took place within Maryland Film Festival 2017 add something

 

The first public screening in The Parkway was the Opening Night Shorts Program of the 2017 Maryland Film Festival on the evening of May 3, 2017, hosted by Josephine Decker and Kris Swanberg and the directors of each short film presented add something

 

The first feature film screened in the Parkway was Barry Levinson's television film "The Wizard of Lies" on the afternoon of Thursday, May 4, 2017 add something

 

The first 35mm film screened in the Parkway was Agnès Varda's "Vagabond", guest-curated and hosted by the band Beach House, on the evening of Saturday, May 6, 2017 add something

 

Beginning with the July 12, 2017 screening of "The Shining", all Gunky's Basement screenings have taken place in Maryland Film Festival's year-round venue, The Parkway Theatre add something

 

Outside the festival setting, members of the band Animal Collective curated live music performances in tribute to the late experimental musician Tony Conrad on the evenings of Friday, September 29 and Saturday September 30, 2017 add something

 

The first double feature at the Parkway, " Magic Mike Monday," took place October 2, 2017 with 35mm presentations of Magic Mike and Magic Mike_XXL add something


2018

The series came to a close when film curator Eric Allen Hatch departed MdFF in February, 2018 add something