Posted February 5, 2016

Maryland Film Festival (MFF) 2016 All- Access Passes Now On Sale to General Public! Early Bird Discount Until 2/12!

We're excited to announce that the extremely popular MFF 2016 All-Access passes are on sale at the discounted rate of $350 (regular price $375). Call our office at 410-752-8083 to order your All-Access pass today; this offer is not available online.

We're offering a special early bird discounted rate of $350 for those who order All-Access passes by Friday 2/12! After 2/12, passes will be on sale for the full price of $375 while supplies last.

Maryland Film Festival returns to the Station North Arts District this May 4-8, 2016 for five days of incredible film, filmmakers, workshops, parties, and more, and the All-Access pass is the best way to experience everything Maryland Film Festival has to offer!

Don't miss out on your chance to save $25 off the regular price for an All-Access pass, the best way to experience everything Maryland Film Festival has to offer!

Pass holders get:

Priority seating at all screenings (including the John Waters and Alloy Orchestra screenings) without a ticket and ahead of regular ticket holders;
Access to our Opening Night Shorts Program and Gala at the MICA Brown Center, Closing Night Screening and Party, and the Filmmakers Lounge!


Call us at 410-752-8083 M-F, 10am-6pm to order yours today! Don't miss this rare opportunity!


On Sunday, February 14, Cinema Art Bethesda, a monthly Sunday morning film series, continues at the Landmark Bethesda Row, moderated by Melissa Houghton, WIFV-DC. We will show The Mystery of Happiness, from Argentina. Breakfast is at 9:30am, and the film is at 10, followed by a discussion. Find out more at

All-Access Passes are NOT available online. Supplies are limited, so act now!


(Southern Maryland  Film Festival) SMDFF 2016: The Sequel!

Calling all film lovers! Please mark your calendars for July 15-16, 2016 for the 2nd Southern Maryland Film Festival. The Friends of the Leonardtown Theater and the Southern Maryland Film Society have joined forces to become the Friends of the Leonardtown Film Festival to organize the festival as well as several other film-related events in the tri-county area.

Filmmakers of all ages and all levels of experience are invited to submit their own films to be shown at various locations throughout Leonardtown. Submission deadline will be Friday, May 13, 2016. Please visit for more information on how to submit your film for consideration, or if you’d like to volunteer to help with the 2016 festival. Businesses in the tri-county area interested in being a sponsor for the film festival should email


Talk Cinema -- Inside Hollywood -- at Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

Talk Cinema. Harlan Jacobson’s Talk Cinema, America’s longest running national film series of sneak previews, returns to Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema.

Founded in 1992 by the nationally acclaimed film critic Harlan Jacobson, Talk Cinema holds events all over the country for film lovers who want to see new cinema first and be part of the cultural conversation. Talk Cinema audiences get to see new independent films first, and then get to discuss them with one of the world's leading film critics and commentators, Harlan Jacobson, and other notable film professionals. Jacobson has interviewed top film stars from Matt Damon to George Clooney. His innumerable articles have appeared everywhere from The New York Times to USA Today and for the last 2 decades Jacobson has been the voice of cinema reason on WFUV-FM and WBGO-FM.

"Our goal is to magnify the film experience -- to give people the chance to experience going to a film early, to be part of the culture dialogue," Jacobson says. "And sometimes we give people the opportunity to see new talent in their first breakout performances, on their way to super stardom." Special guests appear for the post screening talk back in person or via Skype.

Talk Cinema subscribers got to see:
· Jennifer Lawrence performing in her first major role in Winter's Bone.
· Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook, in a performance that distinguished both Cooper and Lawrence.
· Danny Boyle, director of Slum Dog Millionaire, in person at Talk Cinema Lincoln Center, with his stunning young cast.

Jacobson's extensive career as a film journalist and programmer guarantees he can personally connect with many of today's leading movie stars, securing in-person interviews.

Surprise is part of the fun … Subscribers meet monthly and will preview ten movies in the 2015-16 season, without knowing what the movies will be or who is in them until the curtain rises – the way critics at major festivals first discover the season’s product lineup.

In its 2014-15 season, the Talk Cinema audiences were among the first to see such great new films as Force Majeure, Nightcrawler, Timbuktu, The Clouds of Sils Maria, The 100 Year Old Man who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, and The Farewell Party. Past films have included everything from The Crying Game and Pulp Fiction to Fargo, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Being John Malkovich, The Girls With The Pearl Earring and The Dragon Tattoo, Man on Wire, 20 Feet From Stardom, Ida, The Artist, Blue is the Warmest Color, Silver Linings Playbook and Locke among thousands of others.

Since its beginning in 1992, Talk Cinema has hosted more than 2,800 screening events around the U.S.
Pro-rated season subscriptions are available, and general admission seating is available the morning of the show for $20 per person with check or cash. The doors open at 9:30 a.m. – complimentary coffee is available at check in. The program begins at 10 a.m.

Pro-rated Subscriptions are available on line at:'s-Bethesda-Row-Cinema

or by calling Talk Cinema 914-589-7553

Remaining 2015-16 Season Dates:
Jan 30, 2016 (new date in place of Jan 23)
Feb 6, 2016
Mar 5, 2016
Mar 19, 2016
Apr 2, 2016
May 7, 2016



From February 24 – March 6, the largest Washington Jewish Film Festival to date will feature 69 films, 150+ screenings and events, 12,000+ attendees

Now in its 26th year, Washington Jewish Film Festival (February 24 – March 6) explores gender, migration, the supernatural, Arab citizens of Israel, artists’ lives, and LGBTQ themes. In addition to the groundbreaking lineup of films, the Festival will host talkbacks and panel discussions with over 50 domestic and international filmmaker guests. The Festival is one of the region’s preeminent showcases for international and independent cinema.

Take a look at the full lineup at


Posted January 8, 2016

American Conservation Film Festival - Best of Fest at the Weinberg Theater in Frederick on February 6, 2016

The American Conservation Film Festival’s Best of Fest returns to the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, MD, for the fourth year for an event featuring live music, beer tasting, three films, and discussion about horse rescue following the feature film, Unbranded. This special cinematic event coincides with Frederick’s annual Fire in Ice – February First Saturday – so much festivity all in one place!

Line-up for February 6 at The Weinberg:
6pm - Reception with music from Woven Green, an acoustic folk duo and Beer Tasting with Flying Dog Brewery
7pm – Welcome and introduction of films and guests
7:10 – Osprey: Marine Sentinel – the first film in over 30 years starring one of the world’s most iconic and
significant raptors. A beautifully shot conservation success story. (15 minutes)
7:25 – White Earth – ACFF’s 2015 Student Filmmaker Award Winner – a striking story about the oil boom in America’s Northern Plains as seen through the eyes of a child
and young family. (20 minutes)
7:45 – Brief Intermission
7:55 – Unbranded – one of the world’s most popular documentary films of 2015, this exciting adventure follows four riders and 16 wild mustangs over 3,000 miles to tell a story of the plight of the west’s wild horses, land rights, and sheer determination.
(106 minutes)
9:40 – Discussion with Days End Farm Horse Rescue – representatives from DEFHR in Woodbine, MD, will discuss the challenges and joys of horse rescue, rehabilitation, and educational outreach.

Tickets are just $8 for adults; $5 for seniors/students and are available on the Weinberg’s website at or AT THE DOOR.

Best of Fest gives the American Conservation Film Festival the opportunity to take a sampling of what the annual film festival offers in Shepherdstown to other communities in the region. Best of Fests have been held in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia over the past several years.

This Best of Fest is generously sponsored by Flying Dog Brewery.

The Trail House has donated a gift certificate to be given to a lucky audience member at intermission. ACFF is very grateful to these businesses and the Weinberg Center for the Arts for their support!



Posted December 4, 2015

The Hungry Heart Screening & Community Dialogue

Blaustein Lecture Hall - The Park School of Baltimore

2425 Old Court Rd, Baltimore, MD 21208

Tuesday December 8, 7:00pm

The Hungry Heart (2014) provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the world of Vermont Pediatrician Fred Holmes who works with patients struggling with this disease. The road to recovery is paved with both success stories and strewn with relapses, downfalls and tragic losses. However, through the movie we see the many faces and diverse populations of addiction, and their continued search for a life of recovery.

Join guest speaker Peter Bruun, the New Day Campaign founder and director, whose daughter Elisif began her opiate addiction with prescription drugs, and moderator Richard Chisolm, who is the co-curator of the New Day Campaign’s Film Series, in a dialogue after the film.

Free and Open to the Public

More Info here.

Sponsor: Greg and Betsey Hobelmann


Posted December 1, 2015

Now in its 28th year, the AFI European Union Film Showcase continues its tradition of bringing the best in European cinema to Washington audiences.

December 1- 20, 2015 at AFI Silver
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910



Posted November 17, 2015

Censored Women's Film Festival  -  November 19-20, 2015  -  George Washington University
A 2-Day Film Festival & Summit to Give Voice to the Voiceless

The Global Women’s Institute is hosting the first annual Censored Women’s Film Festival. This event will include feature films by and for women, whose voices have been censored. The two day event will take place on November 19-20th and will include film screenings, workshops, and panels. Tickets range from $15-$25 and students get in free. Click here for a full schedule and to register!


Posted October 9, 2015

Annapolis Film Festival Holds Special Screening of Powerful Documentary

The Annapolis Film Festival is hosting a special screening of Frame by Frame at the Annapolis Harbour 9 movie theatre on Solomons Island Road in Annapolis on Wednesday, October 28, at 7:00 pm.  Tickets at just $10.50 can be purchased through Space is limited so early reservations are encouraged.

The Hollywood Reporter calls this documentary by the female director/producer team of Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli “artful and empathetic...powerful.” This screening is one night only and one of just a handful in the Baltimore/Washington area.

When the Taliban made photography in Afghanistan illegal, a countryman lamented, “If a country is without photography, that country is without an identity.” After the regime fell from power in 2001, a fledgling free press emerged and a photography revolution was born.

As the foreign troops and media withdraw, Afghanistan is left to stand on its own, and so are its journalists. Set in a modern Afghanistan bursting with color and character, Frame by Frame follows four Afghan photojournalists as they navigate an emerging and dangerous media landscape, reframing Afghanistan for the world, and for themselves.

This 2015 film has been an audience favorite at many film festivals including Best Doc at Camden IFF, a nominee for the Grierson award at BFI London, and an award winner at a dozen other film festivals. Through cinema vérité, intimate interviews, powerful photojournalism, and never-before-seen archival footage shot in secret during the Taliban regime, the film connects audiences with four humans in the pursuit of the truth.

Visit for more information about the film and to purchase tickets. Monies raised from this screening will go to benefit The Annapolis Film Festival which will take place in downtown Annapolis March 31 to April 3, 2016.


Posted October 7, 2015

The second annual Baltimore International Black Film Festival will take place Wednesday, October 7 through Monday, October 12 at the Charles Theatre and the University of Baltimore Learning Commons.  For details, go to


Posted October 2, 2015

The Wheaton Pop-up Film Festival will take place on 10/23/15 from 3:30-9:30pm at Chuck Levin’s Music Center in Wheaton, Md. The Festival features 2 panel discussions, networking, and film screenings.

The panels are:

Panel #1 is Filmmaking A to Z [and don't forget Sound] with Pierre Bagley and Adam Levin.

Panel #2 is Entertainment Law 101 with John Mason of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts.

Members of Women In Film and Video are eligible to get a 75% discount off of festival tickets up until noon on 10/5/15-15. Tickets are limited, so if you plan to attend, please order sooner than later.

Full Schedule:

3:30pm - 4pm Doors Open, informal networking, welcome


6:10pm - 6:30 pm Networking, refreshments available, and gear exhibition [part 1]

6:30pm - 7:10 pm Networking, refreshments, and gear exhibition [part 2]

7:10pm to 9:10pm FILM SCREENINGS

9:10pm - 9:30pm Award Presentations and Closing Comments


Here is more info on the panel speakers:

• Pierre Bagley has more than 35 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry.  Pierre served as the director of the DC Office of Motion Picture and Television Development (MPTD) from 2014 to 2015. Bagley is the producer, director, and co-writer of the independent feature From the Rough, starring academy award nominees, Taraji P. Henson (Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile), and British actor Tom Felton (Harry Potter). He guided the project from development to production in less than six months and raised nearly $7.5 million in equity to complete the film. Other recent projects include two critically-acclaimed documentaries, A Legacy of Leadership, hosted by Sidney Poitier; and LAPD: Transforming the Dream, commissioned by former LAPD Police Chief, and current NYPD Police Commissioner, William H. Bratton.

• Adam Levin comes to us from Chuck Levin's Music Center, the largest independent music store in the country. Opened in 1958, it is still family owned and operated. Adam has vast experience with the huge array of audio and recording equipment available. Adam has worked with clients ranging from large corporations to indie filmmakers to help find the right tools and solutions.

• John Mason, of Copyright Counselors LLC and Mason Literary is a Washington D.C. based art and entertainment and intellectual property attorney and literary agent. His practice focuses on copyright and trademark registrations and transactional matters, litigation, copyright infringement, publishing and media issues, defamation, licensing and contracts, and commercial matters relating to creative industries.

The mission of the festival is to contribute to the greater arts community and bring more arts programming to Wheaton. Supported in part by the Montgomery County government, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Chuck Levin’s Music Center, Arune Labs, DC Filmmakers, DC Media Makers, Docs In Progress, Adobe Software, Final Draft Software, and a lot of other great sponsors/partners.


The 10th Annual Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival, Oct 8-17

Since 2006, October has belonged to the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival.

The festival that brought the DC area such films as THE BABADOOK, EXISTS, TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, HOUSEBOUND, and EXCISION–-holds its 10th annual event in Washington, D.C. from October 8-17 at the AFI Silver Theatre.  The Opening Night film is Sony Pictures’ THE FINAL GIRLS.

As in past years, the Spooky Movie Festival showcases the best in new horror cinema from around the world, and again, the entire festival (more than 40 shorts and features) unspools at AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Also featured in this year’s festival is a special closing night event – the 40th anniversary screening of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW presented by drag performer, emcee, filmmaker, and actor, “Peaches Christ.” Expect two completely different screenings! The first will include a hysterical and passionate pre-show filled with songs and surprises, and a second will include an once-in-a-lifetime “shadowcast” performed by all-star performers from the Washington, D.C. area.

Additional highlights of the festival include Henry Rollins in HE NEVER DIED, the Sundance hit “creature feature” THE HALLOW, the bloody and crazy NINA FOREVER, the best horror anthology of the year GERMAN ANGST, the award winning CRUSH THE SKULL, the unnervingly brilliant THE INVITATION, and the North American premiere of the horror comedy NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEB.

Tickets are sold exclusively by the AFI Silver Theatre at the box office and online at or through

Founded in 2006, the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival is Washington, D.C's only genre-based film festival. Recognized as one of D.C.'s premiere festival events, as well as "the world's premiere horror film festival" (; Fangoria Magazine), Spooky Fest works closely with our partners to offer year round screenings of feature and short films, in addition to our signature festival event every October.

All Fest Pass

The Spooky Movie All Fest Pass grants the bearer access to all screenings in the 2015 Spooky Movie Film Festival.  All Fest Passes can be purchased at AFI Silver online for just $80 (a savings of $136). After purchase, passes can be picked up at AFI Silver Theatre beginning October 8.

Additional information on the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival can be found at


The 6th Annual Reel Independent Film Extravaganza is from October 9-15.  Don’t miss out on a chance to check out local independent filmmakers from Maryland.  

Check out our website for the schedule and tickets! ...


Coming off the heels of its Audience Award win for Best Feature at the qFLIX Philadelphia Film Festival in July, “LUV Don’t Live Here Anymore,” the feature film debut of Mikal K. Odom, makes its Maryland premiere at the Baltimore International Black Film Festival on October 10th.


In its 2nd year, the BIBFF promotes and celebrates culturally significant films directed, produced, and staring African American and members of the African Diaspora, with special emphasis on films with content of interest to the Same Gender Loving – Lesbian Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (SGL-LGBT) community.


Learn more info on the film here.

WHEN: Saturday, October 10th 2015 at 6:45pm

WHERE:  University of Baltimore Learning Commons

            1415 Maryland Ave., Baltimore, Maryland 21201