MARYLAND FILM OFFICE BULLETIN BOARD - "ON THE SCREEN" IN MD/DC
Posted February 6, 2014
Annapolis Film Festival Set to Go
The Annapolis Film Festival takes place Thursday evening, March 27 to Sunday, March 30 at several locations in Annapolis including Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, St. John’s College, St. Anne’s Parish Hall and Compass Rose Theater. A 4-day Festival pass giving access to all 70 + films and panels plus the opening night party and after-party costs just $95 and is available online at www.annapolisfilmfestival.net. Single tickets and student tickets are also available.
The opening night film is Jamesy Boy a hard-hitting feature about a young gang member who turns his life around in prison, thanks to his friendship with a convicted murderer who becomes his mentor. It stars Taissa Farmiga, Mary-Louise Parker, James Woods, Ving Rhames and new-comer Spencer Lofranco as James. Director, Trevor White and Producer, Tim White, grew up in Annapolis. The film was shot in Baltimore and at Jessup prison.
Other must-sees include:
A Retrospective/Q&A from Oscar-winning writer/director David S. Ward who won the Oscar in 1974 for Best Screenplay for The Sting. David will show clips from his own library from The Sting and other of his award-winning films such as Sleepless in Seattle, Major League and more.
Running from Crazy, a new documentary from two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple who takes an unvarnished look at the multi-generational Hemingway family and the burden of their ‘curse.’ The film is narrated by Mariel, Ernest’s grand-daughter. Executive Producer: Oprah Winfrey.
Druid Peak, a beautifully shot film, written and directed by Marni Zelnick, is a coming of age story about a troubled teenage boy. Owen (Spencer Treat Clark) finds his place in the world tracking wolves in Wyoming with his estranged father played by Andrew Wilson (brother to Owen and Luke).
A variety of Panels from industry insiders about:
Making Movies in Maryland
Crowdfunding and Indie Film Finance
New Directions in Distribution
For more information and to buy Festival passes, please visit www.annapolisfilmfestival.net
Posted February 5, 2014
Produced by local Sig Libowitz and directed by Maryland native Adam Rodgers, At Middleton is a romantic comedy starring Academy Award nominees Andy Garcia (The Untouchables, Oceans 11) and Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed). The movie opened in Baltimore, NYC, LA and 15 other cities across North America on January 31st.
Please check out our trailer: http://movies.yahoo.com/video/middleton-trailer-161111807.html and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AtMiddleton
Synopsis: Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga star as straight-laced George and eccentric Edith, two strangers who meet on their children's college tour at idyllic (fictionalized) Middleton College. Failing comically to connect with their respective kids, George and Edith play tour-hooky together, ditching the official session for a carefree adventure reminiscent of their own college years. But what begins as an afternoon of fun soon becomes a revealing and enlightening experience that will change their lives forever.
In Baltimore, at the Rotunda Theater. The film will also be available On Demand and on i-Tunes the same January 31 date.
New York Times – Review & “NYT Critics’ Pick”
Posted January 30, 2014
2014 Human Rights Watch Film Series at West End Cinema
Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. We work tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep rooted change and fight to bring greater justice and security to people around the world. Through our Human Rights Watch Film Festival we bear witness to human rights violations and create a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.
In Washington, DC, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival is now in its fourth year at the West End Cinema, named DC's best movie theater by the Washington CityPaper. The festival runs as a series at West End Cinema on Wednesday evenings, starting February 12. For more information about the festival, the films, and/or to buy tickets, please visit www.westendcinema.com.
Wednesday, February 12, 7:00 pm -- THE NEW BLACK
Wednesday, February 19, 7:00 pm -- IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN
Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 pm -- CAMP 14: TOTAL CONTROL ZONE
Wednesday, March 5, 7:00 pm -- deepsouth
Wednesday, March 12, 7:00 pm -- RAFEA SOLAR MAMA
Feb. 12 - THE NEW BLACK
Filmmaker: Yoruba Richen
The New Black tells the story of how the African American community is grappling with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in light of the marriage equality movement and the fight over civil rights. We meet activists, families, and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland, a state with a 30 percent African-American population. Through this story, the film examines homophobia in the black community's institutional pillar—the black church—and reveals the Christian right wing's strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda. The New Black takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.
Filmed over six years, In the Shadow of the Sun tells the story of two men with albinism in Tanzania pursuing their dreams in the face of virulent prejudice. In the midst of an escalation in brutal murders of people with albinism, we meet Josephat Torner. Josephat decides to confront the communities where the killings are taking place saying, "I need to change society so it can accept me." Along the way, he visits Ukerewe Island. He finds 62 people with albinism living there, including 15-year-old Vedastus. Vedastus, whose mother was told to kill him when he was born, has been bullied out of school and rejected by his community. But Vedastus dreams of returning to get an education. Dedicating his life to campaigning against this sort of discrimination against people with albinism–segregated from society and deprived of education–Josephat becomes a mentor to Vedastus. Through his intimate portrait of Vedastus and Josephat, filmmaker Harry Freeland reveals a story of deep-rooted superstition, heartfelt suffering, and incredible strength. Official Selection International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2012
Feb. 26: CAMP 14: TOTAL CONTROL ZONE
Filmmaker: Marc Wiese
Camp 14 – Total Control Zone is a fascinating portrait of a young man who grew up imprisoned by dehumanizing violence yet still found the will to escape. Born inside a North Korean prison camp as the child of political prisoners, Shin Dong-Huyk was raised in a world where all he knew was punishment, torture, and abuse. Filmmaker Marc Wiese crafts his documentary by quietly drawing details from Shin in a series of interviews in which Shin's silence says as much as his words. Weaving anecdotes from a former camp guard and a member of the secret police with powerful animated scenes capturing key moments in Shin's life, Wiese pulls audiences into Shin's world. Shin escapes and becomes a human rights 'celebrity,' but as we see, his life outside the camp is often just as challenging as it was inside it. Courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment in the UK. Official Selection Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2012 and Toronto International Film Festival 2012
March 5: deepsouth
Filmmaker(s): Lisa Biagiotti, Duy Linh Tu and Joe Lindquist
deepsouth explores the rural American South and the people who inhabit its most distant corners. Beneath layers of history, poverty, and now soaring HIV infections, four Americans redefine traditional Southern values to create their own solutions to survive. Josh, a college student, seeks the support of an underground gay family miles from his suffocating Mississippi Delta hometown. With no funds and few resources, Monica and Tammy tirelessly try to unite reluctant participants at their annual HIV retreat in rural Louisiana. Kathie, an Alabama activist, spends 120 days every year on the road fighting a bureaucracy that continues to ignore the South. Each of these stories shares a particular perspective on life with HIV in a region of the United States often ignored by politicians and the public – a point of view that turns out to be both educational and inspirational.
March 12: RAFEA: SOLAR MAMA
Filmmaker(s): Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief
Rafea is a Bedouin woman who lives with her daughters in one of Jordan's poorest desert villages on the Iraqi border. When she is selected for an intriguing programme called the Barefoot College in India, Rafea doesn't need to think twice, and travels to join 30 illiterate women from different countries to train to become solar engineers over the course of six months. Rafea immediately understands that she has a unique opportunity to give her children a better future and to provide the whole village with solar power. A tumultuous struggle with her husband threatens to put an end to her dreams, yet Rafea remains determined. Will she be able to empower the other women in the village to join her in the struggle to rewire the traditions of the Bedouin community that stand in their way? Official Selection International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2012
Posted January 13, 2014
THE MARYLAND MADE “JAMESY BOY’ OPENS FRIDAY, JANUARY 17TH AT THE EASTPOINT MOVIES 10.
THIS FILM, BASED ON A TRUE STORY, STARRING JAMES WOODS, MARY LOUISE PARKER, AND VING RHAMES, SHOT IN BALTIMORE AND THE MARYLAND HOUSE OF CORRECTIONS.
IT WAS WRITTEN, PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY MARYLAND NATIVES TREVOR AND TIM WHITE.
GO TO WWW.EASTPOINTMOVIES10.COM FOR DIRECTIONS AND SHOWTIMES.
Upcoming Films - 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and Black History Month
Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 East Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21217; www.RFLewisMuseum.org, 443-263-1800
Sun Jan 19
2pm — MLK: The Assassination Tapes
Dr. King's assassination was recorded on video, tape recorder and camera. Why have we seen so little of it? View a remarkable collection of recently rediscovered footage in this documentary. A panel discussion follows with experts from the worlds of civil rights and history. They help us understand what progress we have made since one of the most shocking assassinations in American history. Included with museum admission.
Mon Jan 20
The MLK Streets Project
The documentary follows a group of teens across America as they visit the sobering conditions of streets named after the civil rights hero. Included with museum admission. Check www.rflewismuseum.org for show time.
American Masters/Paul Robeson: Here I Stand
Sun Feb 16, 2pm
(1 hour 57 minutes)
Athlete, singer, and scholar, Robeson was a charismatic champion of the rights of the poor working man, the disenfranchised, and people of color. He led a life in the vanguard of many movements, achieved international acclaim for his music, and suffered tremendous personal sacrifice. His story is one of the great dramas of the 20th century--spanning an international canvas of social upheaval and ideological controversy. American Masters/Paul Robeson: Here I Stand blends voices, music, visual montages, and interviews into a seamless portrait of a remarkable man. Included with museum admission.
Free Angela & All Political Prisoners
Sun Mar 2, 2pm
(100 minutes)Free Angela is a gripping historic account of the events that catapulted a young University of California philosophy professor into a controversial political icon in the turbulent late 1960's. Angela Davis joins the Communist Party, protests with the Black Panthers, and becomes a principle spokesperson for the burgeoning prison reform movement. As a result, she finds herself Fighting to keep her job, and in the national media spotlight characterized by her many detractors as a dangerous subversive menace, and by her supporters as a strong leader challenging authority and boldly advocating for "Power to All People." Included with museum admission.