UPCOMING EVENTS
Apr 21, 2014

MFF & JHU present UNMANNED: AMERICA'S DRONE WARS with Robert Greenwald at JHU's Hodson Hall, 7:30pm.  FREE for FOFs!

JHU & MFF Present UNMANNED: AMERICA'S DRONE WARS
RECENT EVENTS
Apr 18, 2014

MFF & Sweaty Eyeballs present GHOST STORIES - a night of spooky animation!  MICA Studio Center, 131 W. North Ave., 7:30pm. $5.

MFF & Sweaty Eyeballs present GHOST STORIES!
Apr 17, 2014

Exlusive 2014 Members Only MFF Preview, hosted by the MFF Programming Team.  Free for FOFs; 7:00pm at the Walters Art Museum.

2014 Members Only Festival Preview
Mar 31, 2014

MFF 2013's IT FELT LIKE LOVE returns with director Eliza Hittman at MICA, 7:00pm!  $10/Free for FOFs and MICA Students!

MFF presents IT FELT LIKE LOVE with Eliza Hittman
FILM GUIDE
CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU
Directed By: Chris LaMartina

Baltimore-based D.I.Y. horror helmer Chris LaMartina’s latest tells the Lovecraft-inspired story of a virginal artist who falls in love with a call girl that turns out to be the chosen bride of the alien god Cthulhu.

CLUB SANDWICH
Directed By: Fernando Eimbcke

Poignant drama, gentle comedy, and a hint of transgression mix brilliantly as we observe the coming of age of a 15-year-old teen vacationing with his single mother in a sleepy Mexican beachfront resort. From the director of Lake Tahoe and Duck Season.

 

EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL
Directed By: Darius Clark Monroe

In this gripping blend of documentary, true-crime, and personal essay, a filmmaker confronts his past, dissecting the circumstances that led him to commit a bank robbery as a young man, and his journey since that act. Executive-produced by Spike Lee.

 

FIGHT CHURCH
Directed By: Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel

Christianity and the world of Mixed Martial Arts collide in this thought-provoking and expectation-challenging documentary from Academy Award Winner Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel.

 

FORT TILDEN
Directed By: Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers

Winner of the grand jury award for narrative feature at SXSW 2014, this satire of Brooklyn hipsters making their way to a day at the beach takes on Samuel Beckett-esque barbs as ordering coffee and locking a bicycle become almost insoluble dilemmas.

 

FREEDOM SUMMER
Directed By: Stanley Nelson

In the summer of 1964, a thousand civil-rights volunteers worked to combat segregation in Mississippi. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders; Jonestown: The Life & Death of Peoples Temple; The Murder of Emmett Till) tells their story.

 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS
Directed By: Joe Swanberg

Following his breakthrough hit Drinking Buddies, Joe Swanberg re-teams with star Anna Kendrick and cinematographer Ben Richardson (Beasts of the Southern Wild) for an insightful look at family and friendship centered around a Chicago Christmas. Cast includes Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, and Lena Dunham.

 

HIP-HOP FELLOW, THE
Directed By: Kenneth Price

The points of intersection between hip-hop culture and academia are explored in this documentary following Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder’s tenure at Harvard University. Interviewees include Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Kendrick Lamar, Young Guru, Phonte, and DJ Premier.

 

KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER
Directed By: David Zellner

The Zellner brothers (Goliath, KID-THING) bring their unique mix of resonant drama and offbeat comedy to an expanded canvas, following a young Japanese woman who believes her worn VHS copy of Fargo contains instructions to recover that film’s buried treasure.

 

MANAKAMANA
Directed By: Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez

This new feature from Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab (Leviathan, Sweetgrass) offers immersive access to an ancient journey now taken in a modern cable car, as viewers ride along in real-time with pilgrims and tourists bound for Nepal’s Manakamana temple.

 

MEND, THE
Directed By: John Magary

Shades of Cassavetes’ Husbands and Mike Leigh color this revelatory mix of comedy and drama, as estranged brothers (Josh Lucas and Stephen Plunkett) reconnect at a moment of crisis and embrace increasingly wild and impulsive behavior.

MOEBIUS
Directed By: Kim Ki-duk

South Korean maverick Kim Ki-duk returns with perhaps his most shocking and darkly humorous exploration yet of the connections between pleasure, penance, spirituality, and the human impulse for violence.

PING PONG SUMMER
Directed By: Michael Tully
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris, and Robert Longstreet

The director of Septien returns with a sweet and hilarious love letter to summers spent in Ocean City, MD during the golden era of hip-hop, boasting a cast that includes Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris, and Robert Longstreet.

 

POINT AND SHOOT
Directed By: Marshall Curry

When Baltimore native Matthew VanDyke traveled to Libya to join the rebels who were taking up arms against Gaddafi, his experiences became international news. His stranger-than-fiction story is told by the director of MFF documentaries Street Fight, Racing Dreams, and If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front.

 

SEPTEMBER
Directed By: Penny Panayotopoulou

After a seemingly solitary woman’s beloved dog passes away, she becomes overwhelmed by her loneliness. In her search to ease the pain of losing her best friend, she unexpectedly connects with a sympathetic family that lives in her neighborhood. This expertly crafted and warmly human film from Greek director Penny Panayotopoulou signals her triumphant return after a decade-plus hiatus from filmmaking.

 

SHORTS: ANIMATION
Directed By: Various

Cutting edge animated short films from across the globe!

ALFRED JARRY & ‘PATAPHYSICS Directed by Skizz Cyzyck  2 minutes
THE ALLIGATOR  Directed by Alexandra Barsky  2 minutes
CAVEIRÃO (THE MASTER’S VOICE) Directed by Guilherme Marcondes 10 minutes  Brazil
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH  Directed by Leah Shore  4 minutes
LORD I: THE RECORDS KEEPER  Directed by Lori Damiano  15 minutes
MOVE MOUNTAIN Directed by Kirsten Lepore  11 minutes
THE ORPHAN AND THE POLAR BEAR  Directed by Neil Christopher  9 minutes  Canada
SYMPHONY NO. 42  Directed by Réka Bucsi  10 minutes  Hungary
UNICORN BLOOD  Directed by Alberto Vazquez  9 minutes  Spain
YEARBOOK   Directed by Bernardo Britto  5 minutes
 

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SHORTS: AVANT-GARDE

Films that explore the boundaries of cinematic form and content.

DEAD RATS OF BALTIMORE Directed by Jimmy Joe Roche  8 minutes
EAGER  Directed by Allison Schulnik  8 minutes
HOME NEAR WATER Directed by Christopher Lange 16 minutes
THE NOVICE CLAIRALIENT  Directed by Tom Borax  10 minutes
PULL/DRIFT Directed by Margaret Rorison  10 minutes
REAL ETHEREAL  Directed by Evan Mann  14 minutes
THROUGH THE HAWTHORN  Directed by Anna Benner, Pia Borg, Gemma Burditt  8 minutes
A TONGUE SILENT LIKE YOUR WORDS  Directed by Vita Hsu  6 minutes  Taiwan
XXX   Directed by Julie Orser  4 minutes
 

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SHORTS: CHAOS REIGNS
Directed By: Various

A program of short films from the edge of reason!

BUFFALO JUGGALOS  Directed by Scott Cummings  30 minutes
FORMER THINGS  Directed by Adam R. Brown  15 minutes
GARY HAS AN AIDS SCARE  Directed by Joe Callander  17 minutes
MASTER MUSCLES  Directed by Efrén Hernández  14 minutes

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SHORTS: CHARACTER STUDY
Directed By: Various

An unbelievable array of characters populate these brilliant, artful short films filled variously with wry humor, wit, warmth, satire and a penetrating insight into human nature.
BE WITH ME (THE NOTEBOOK) Directed by Zach Clark  16 minutes
THE IMMACULATE RECEPTION Directed by Charlotte Glynn  17 minutes
I WILL PAINT YOUR SPIRIT  Directed by Jason Giampietro  6 minutes
NAILED IT   Directed by Jean-Paul DiSciscio  8 minutes
PERSON TO PERSON Directed by Dustin Guy Defa  18 minutes
SUPER SLEUTHS Directed by Benjamin Dickinson  14 minutes
 

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SHORTS: DOCUMENTARY
Directed By: Various

The best in short form documentary film from across the continent!

80 TO 90 FT Directed by Jason Kohl  8 minutes
BINGO NIGHT Directed by Conor Fetting-Smith  22 minutes
THE CHAPERONE  Directed by Fraser Munden, Neil Rathbone  13 minutes  Canada
CINEMA TIME CAPSULE  Directed by Scott Norwood  6 minutes
DAVID HOCKNEY IN THE NOW (in 6 minutes)  Directed by Lucy Walker  6 minutes
SILLY BASTARD NEXT TO THE BED Directed by Scott Calonico  11 minutes
THAT B.E.A.T.  Directed by Abteen Bagheri  9 minutes
WHAT KIND OF MAN  Directed by Kamau Bilal  13 minutes
 

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SHORTS: DRAMATIC
Directed By: Various

A stellar collection of dramatic short films!

BABY MARY Directed by Kris Swanberg  8 minutes
BIG GIRL  Directed by Lisa Melodia  16 minutes
FRUIT  Directed by Madeleine Parker  12 minutes  Australia
HOUSEKEEPING  Directed by Catherine Licata  16 minutes
POSSUM Directed by Eleanor Wilson  17 minutes

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SHORTS: DURING LAUGHTER COMES TEARS
Directed By: Various

You'll laugh. You'll cry. You might laugh 'til you cry. Or you might cry 'til you start laughing again.
 
CHOCOLATE HEART  Directed by Harrison Atkins  6 minutes
CRUISING ELECTRIC (1980)  Directed by Brumby Boylston   2 minutes
FUNNEL   Directed by Andre Hyland  7 minutes
PEEPERS  Directed by Ken Lam  6 minutes
RAT PACK RAT  Diretcted by Todd Rohal  18 minutes
SHAWNSEY’S REVENGE  Directed by Linas Phillips  5 minutes
VING RHAMES  Directed by Dean Peterson  10 minutes
WAITING FOR BERTA  Directed by Laimir Fano  14 minutes
WHIFFED OUT  Directed by Jason Giampietro  12 minutes
 

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SHORTS: FASTER, WTF SHORTS! KILL! KILL!
Directed By: Various

A mind-expanding, brain-melting shorts program for the adventurous viewer only!

BEASTS IN THE REAL WORLD  Directed by Sol Friedman  8 minutes  Canada
BEST SOUND  Directed by Josh Polon  6 minutes
BOX ROOM Directed by Michael Lathrop  15 minutes  Ireland
C#CKFIGHT  Directed by Julian Yuri Rodriguez  10 minutes
CHAPEL PERILOUS  Directed by Matthew Lessner  14 minutes
THE GREGGS  Directed by Bruce Bundy, Nigel DeFriez, Jessie Levandov, Robert Malone, Alex Mechanik, Kira Pearson, Jonathan Rosenblit  20 minutes
PINEAL WARRIORS Directed by Otto von Schirach, Egon von Schirach 10 minutes
WAWD AHP  Directed by Steve Girard  3 minutes
 

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SHORTS: INTERNATIONAL
Directed By: Various

A cross-section of stellar short films from around the world.
 
LA HIJA (THE DAUGHTER)  Directed by Jazmín Rada  5 minutes  Spain
LAMBING SEASON Directed by Jeannie Donohoe  15 minutes  Ireland
MORE THAN TWO HOURS (BISHTAR AZ DO SAAT)  Directed by Ali Asgar 15 minutes  Iran
PERFIDIA (GLOOM)  Directed by David Figueroa García  30 minutes  Mexico
TEUFEL (DEVIL)  Directed by Lisa Bierwirth  25 minutes  Germany
 

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SHORTS: NARRATIVE
Directed By: Various

AFRONAUTS  Directed by Frances Bodomo  13 minutes
AFTERMATH  Directed by Jeremy Robbins  20 minutes
JONATHAN’S CHEST  Directed by Christopher Radcliff  14 minutes
SKUNK  Directed by Annie Silverstein  16 minutes
STRAIGHT DOWN LOW  Directed by Zach Wechter  25 minutes
 

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STRANGE LITTLE CAT, THE
Directed By: Ramon Z├╝rcher

This strikingly original film builds on Robert Bresson’s ideas of space and sound to create a moving-image sculpture inside a Berlin apartment during a family gathering. Notes of gentleness and tension merge to form a strange visual symphony.

 

STRAY DOGS
Directed By: Tsai Ming-liang

The first digitally shot feature from master director Tsai (whose films I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone and Walker screened within the festival) continues his unique 25-year collaboration with lead Lee Kang-sheng, this time situating him as the homeless guardian to two young children in Taipei.

 

THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY
Directed By: Josephine Decker
Starring: Joe Swanberg, Sophie Traub, Robert Longstreet, Kristin Slaysman

Following her Butter on the Latch, which premiered at MFF 2013, Josephine Decker further explores themes of budding romance and psychological terror against a backdrop of bucolic beauty. Fresh from its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale).

 

WATER LIKE STONE
Directed By: Zack Godshall, Michael Pasquier

A documentary portrait of Leeville, Louisiana, a fishing village among the fastest-disappearing wetlands in the United States—and the unforgettable characters who call it home.

WHITEY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA V. JAMES J. BULGER
Directed By: Joe Berlinger

This documentary dissects legend from fact in investigating the story of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, uncovering a web of corruption in the process. From the director of Crude and co-director of Brother’s Keeper, Some Kind of Monster, and the Paradise Lost trilogy.

WHO TOOK JOHNNY
Directed By: David Beilinson, Michael Galinsky, and Suki Hawley

When Johnny Gosch disappeared in 1982, his picture appeared on milk cartons, catapulting the issue of missing children into the public’s imagination. The team behind Horns and Halos and Battle for Brooklyn follows the search for answers over decades of stunning twists and turns, resulting in an unforgettable documentary experience that will have audiences questioning everything and everyone.

 

WILD CANARIES
Directed By: Lawrence Michael Levine

From the director of 2010’s Gabi on the Roof in July comes this captivating blend of comedy, romance, and mystery set in contemporary Brooklyn. The all-star indie cast includes Levine alongside Sophia Takal, Alia Shawkat, Annie Parisse, Jason Ritter, and Kevin Corrigan.