UPCOMING EVENTS
Dec 15, 2014

Sumit your film to MFF 2015! For more information, visit mdfilmfest.com/submissions.

Deadline to Submit Your Film to MFF is 12/15/14!
RECENT EVENTS
Oct 17, 2014

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational returns to Baltimore!  7:30pm at MICA's Falvey Hall.  Free for Friends of the Festival!

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational Returns!
Sep 25, 2014

HELLION screening with Kat Candler at Stevenson University's Soundstage.  7pm reception, 8pm screening. Free but space is limited.

Screening MFF 2014's HELLION with Kat Candler
Sep 10, 2014

Sneak preview of THE DROP at Landmark Harbor East, 7:30pm! Free passes for Friends of the Festival!

Sneak Preview of THE DROP at Landmark Harbor East!
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OPENING NIGHT SHORTS
Hosted/Presented By: Martha Shane and Alex Ross Perry

MFF 2014's Opening Night Shorts will be hosted by filmmakers Martha Shane and Alex Ross Perry, followed by a Q&A featuring the directors of each of the Opening Night shorts. Martha Shane is the co-director of the documentaries Bi the Way (MFF 2008) and After Tiller (MFF 2013). Alex Ross Perry is the director of the narrative features Impolex (2009), The Color Wheel (MFF 2011), and the forthcoming Listen Up Philip, which premiered at Sundance 2014. 

Run Time: 55 Minutes Total

All Opening Night shorts will be presented by their filmmaker on the evening of Wednesday, May 7th in MICA’s Brown Center.

 

THE BRAVEST, THE BOLDEST Directed by Moon Molson  17 minutes
EASY  Directed by Daniel Laabs  12 minutes
I WAS A TEENAGE GIRL  Directed by Augustine Frizzell  5 minutes
MORE THAN TWO HOURS Directed by Ali Asgari  15 minutes  Iran
VERBATIM  Directed by Brett Weiner  6 minutes
 

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CLOSING NIGHT: LITTLE ACCIDENTS
Directed By: Sara Colangelo

Sara Colangelo has won awards for her short films, and Little Accidents, which she wrote and directed, was developed at the Sundance Labs from her short film of the same name. The script won the Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship in 2011. A native of Massachusetts, Colangelo studied history at Brown University, and received an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She was named one of Filmmaker magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2010.

Hosted/Presented By: Director Sara Colangelo and Producer Jason Berman

Sara Colangelo has won awards for her short films, and Little Accidents, which she wrote and directed, was developed at the Sundance Labs from her short film of the same name. The script won the Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship in 2011. A native of Massachusetts, Colangelo studied history at Brown University, and received an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She was named one of Filmmaker magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2010.

The many production credits of Jason Berman, a Maryland native, include the features LUV and The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best, both of which were part of Maryland Film Festival 2012.

 
Run Time: 105 Minutes
Starring: Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland, Josh Lucas

Maryland Film Festival 2014’s Closing Night film will be Sara Colangelo’s drama Little Accidents, which explores the aftermath of a coal-mining disaster on a small Appalachian town. The film, which premiered at Sundance 2014 to great acclaim, stars Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland, and Josh Lucas, and was shot by Rachel Morrison (Fruitvale Station, Sound of My Voice). The script was developed at Sundance Labs, and won the 2011 Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship, which is administered by Maryland Film Festival. Director Sara Colangelo and some of her filmmaking team will host the screening, which will take place the evening of Sunday, May 11th in MICA’s Brown Center.  The Closing Night party will take place in the Filmmaker Tent Village immediately after the screening.

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ABUSE OF WEAKNESS, hosted by John Waters
Directed By: Catherine Breillat
Hosted/Presented By: John Waters

Legendary filmmaker John Waters is the writer/director of such films as Multiple Maniacs, Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Desperate Living, Polyester, Hairspray, Cry-Baby, Serial Mom, Pecker, Cecil B. Demented, and A Dirty Shame. He is also renowned as a visual artist, public speaker, and author. His books include Shock Value, Crackpot, Role Models, and the forthcoming Carsick, which will be released in June. 

Run Time: 104 Minutes
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Kool Shen

Beginning with its inaugural year in 1999, each Maryland Film Festival has included a favorite film selected and hosted by legendary filmmaker (and MFF board member) John Waters. This year’s selection is Abuse of Weakness, the latest feature from Catherine Breillat (Fat Girl, Romance). The film stars Isabelle Huppert as a filmmaker who suffers a stroke and, on the path to recovery, welcomes notorious hustler Vilko Piran (French rapper/producer Kool Shen) into her life. This brave and extraordinary work tells a painful and very personal story that parallels Breillat’s own recent real-life experiences.

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BARBARELLA, 35mm print hosted by Matmos
Directed By: Roger Vadim
Hosted/Presented By: Matmos

Matmos is M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel, aided and abetted by many others. Currently based in Baltimore, the duo formed in San Francisco in the mid 1990s, and self-released their debut album in 1997. Marrying the conceptual tactics and noisy textures of object-based musique concrete to a rhythmic matrix rooted in electronic pop music, the two quickly became known for their highly unusual sound sources. In 2001 they were asked to collaborate with the Icelandic singer Bjork on her “Vespertine” album, and subsequently embarked on two world tours as part of her band. Their many highly acclaimed albums include A Chance to Cut Is A Chance to Cure (2001), The Civil War (2003), and Supreme Balloon (2008). Their most recent album, The Marriage of True Minds, was released in 2013 by Thrill Jockey Records.

Run Time: 98 Minutes
Starring: Jane Fonda, Ugo Tognazzi, Anita Pallenberg, Milo O'Shea, Marcel Marceau, David Hemmings

Roger Vadim’s wild and irreverent 1968 sci-fi film Barbarella has been a source of direct inspiration for Baltimore-based electronic-music duo Matmos (Drew Daniel and M.C. Schmidt): as part of Barbarella (Jane Fonda)’s mission, she must survive the decadent city Sogo’s evil slime, Matmos. Whether it’s your first time seeing this cult classic or your hundredth, join us in submitting to the irrepressible adventures of Barbarella and dashing rebel leader Dildano!

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HE WHO GETS SLAPPED, with live original score by Alloy Orchestra
Directed By: Victor Sjöström
Hosted/Presented By: Alloy Orchestra

Alloy Orchestra, comprised of Roger Miller, Terry Donahue, and Ken Winokur, have performed numerous times under MFF sponsorship, including the world premiere of their score for Phantom of the Opera, December 2010’s remarkable screening of the restored Metropolis, and the first U.S. performance of the restored Man With a Movie Camera. They continue to write new scores, and revise their existing scores as new versions of films become available.

Run Time: 98 Minutes
Starring: Lon Chaney, Sr., Norma Shearer, John Gilbert

Each Maryland Film Festival since 2003 has included a silent feature or short-film program presented with live music by Alloy Orchestra (Terry Donahue, Ken Winokur, and Mission of Burma’s Roger Miller). Victor Sjöström’s 1924 drama stars Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, and John Gilbert in telling the story of a scientist who, betrayed by his superior and abandoned by his wife, starts a new life as a circus clown outside Paris.

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LIQUID SKY, 35mm print hosted by director Slava Tsukerman
Directed By: Slava Tsukerman

Slava Tsukerman is a Russian-born and trained film director, who has directed more than 30 films in Russia, Israel, and the U.S., working in many different genres and winning many awards. Other works include the documentary Stalin's Wife (2004) and Perestroika (2009). 

Hosted/Presented By: Slava Tsukerman

Slava Tsukerman is a Russian-born and trained film director, who has directed more than 30 films in Russia, Israel, and the U.S., working in many different genres and winning many awards. Other works include the documentary Stalin's Wife (2004) and Perestroika (2009). 

Run Time: 112 Minutes

1982 underground hit Liquid Sky is a high-concept science-fiction film set in Manhattan against a new-wave backdrop, telling the story of heroin-hungry aliens who discover that the human orgasm provides a kick stronger than any drug. Known for its eerie electronic soundtrack, brash neon post-punk aesthetic, and as a time capsule of a crucial moment in the downtown New York arts scene, the film was also ahead of its time in its unfettered exploration of sexuality and gender. Liquid Sky will be presented by director Slava Tsukerman from his own 35mm print, with filmmaker and Tsukerman colleague Clay Liford (Earthling, Wuss) moderating the Q+A.

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PUTNEY SWOPE, hosted by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky
Directed By: Robert Downey, Sr.
Hosted/Presented By: DJ Spooky

DJ Spooky aka Paul D. Miller is the executive editor of ORIGIN Magazine and is a composer, multimedia artist, editor and author. He's produced and composed work for artists such as Yoko Ono and Thurston Moore, and scored award-winning films, including Alex Winter's Downloaded (MFF 2013). Miller's work as a media artist has appeared in the Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and many other museums and galleries. His book Sound Unbound, an anthology of writings on electronic music and digital media is a best-selling title for MIT Press. Recently, he has been an artist-in-residence at MICA.

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Robert Downey, Sr.’s countercultural landmark Putney Swope (1969) stars Arnold Johnson as the new head of a formerly conservative advertising agency, who transforms the company into the bold and revolutionary Black Power operation Truth and Soul, Inc. This special screening has been curated by musician, composer, multimedia artist, and author Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, who will introduce the film.

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FREE OUTDOOR SCREENINGS IN THE MFF TENT VILLAGE

Friday May 9th at 9pm • Double Feature

BREWMORE | BALTIMORE • USA • 2014 • 65 minutes • Directed by Nicholas Kovacic II

WELCOME TO DEATHFEST • USA • 2014 • 48 minutes • Directed by Tom Grahsler & Alicia Lozano

Saturday May 10th at 9pm

POSITIVE FORCE: MORE THAN A WITNESS • USA • 2014 • 85 minutes • Directed by Robin Bell

The Tent Village is located at 131 W. North Ave. in the lot between Joe Squared and the MICA Lazarus Studio Center.

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ACTRESS
Directed By: Robert Greene

This is Robert Greene’s fourth feature as director. His Fake It So Real (MFF 2011) was highly praised, appearing on many “Best of” lists that year. A prolific writer about film for publications such as Filmmaker and Sight & Sound, his first book, Present Tense: American Nonfiction Cinema 1998-2013, is due out in February 2015.  He has produced and edited numerous films, including Sundance 2014 hit Listen Up Philip and MFF 2014’s Approaching the Elephant.

Hosted/Presented By: Robert Greene and Brandy Burre

This is Robert Greene’s fourth feature as director. His Fake It So Real (MFF 2011) was highly praised, appearing on many “Best of” lists that year. A prolific writer about film for publications such as Filmmaker and Sight & Sound, his first book, Present Tense: American Nonfiction Cinema 1998-2013, is due out in February 2015.  He has produced and edited numerous films, including Sundance 2014 hit Listen Up Philip and MFF 2014’s Approaching the Elephant.

Brandy Burre is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Theresa D’Agostino on the HBO Series The Wire. Other recent credits include Alex Ross Perry’s Listen Up Philip and the music video for Diplo’s “Revolution.” Brandy is theatrically trained with an M.F.A. from Ohio University. She has performed professionally across the country on stages including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Theatre Aspen, St. Louis Rep and the Contemporary American Theater Festival. Also a singer, she enjoys recording and performing in NYC. She is the mother of two beautiful children, Henry and Stella.

Run Time: 86 Minutes

Brandy Burre had a recurring role on HBO’s The Wire before giving up her career to start a family. When she decides to reclaim her life as an actor years later, the domestic world she’s carefully created crumbles around her. The latest non-fiction film from the director of Fake It So Real (MFF 2011).

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APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT
Directed By: Amanda Wilder

Amanda Wilder spent years writing poems, then in the hills of Vermont fell into filmmaking, which led to a B.A. thesis “The Poetic Documentary and the Documentary Poem,” for which she created poetic documentaries and studied the works of poets Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, Gary Snyder and Jorie Graham as they relate to the documentary impulse found in poetry. Approaching The Elephant is her first feature. Wilder has shot as second camera alongside Albert Maysles for Maysles Films, Inc. features and commissioned works. She has written articles on filmmaking and transmedia for IFP, Filmmaker Magazine, and Nonfics.com. She lives in New York.

Hosted/Presented By: Amanda Wilder

Amanda Wilder spent years writing poems, then in the hills of Vermont fell into filmmaking, which led to a B.A. thesis “The Poetic Documentary and the Documentary Poem,” for which she created poetic documentaries and studied the works of poets Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, Gary Snyder and Jorie Graham as they relate to the documentary impulse found in poetry. Approaching The Elephant is her first feature. Wilder has shot as second camera alongside Albert Maysles for Maysles Films, Inc. features and commissioned works. She has written articles on filmmaking and transmedia for IFP, Filmmaker Magazine, and Nonfics.com. She lives in New York.

Run Time: 89 Minutes

This documentary recalls the pioneering early work of Frederick Wiseman as it embeds viewers in the inaugural year of a democratic free school where classes are voluntary and children and staff have equal votes in creating the rules.

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APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
Directed By: Desiree Akhavan

 Iranian-American filmmaker Desiree Akhavan is the cocreator and star of the award-winning Web series The Slope, a comedy that follows a pair of superficial homophobic lesbians in love. She was recently featured as one of Filmmaker magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film" and is currently in production on an animated series called The Origin of Shame for former MTV CEO Judy McGrath’s new site, Astronauts Wanted. Appropriate Behavior is her first feature film.

Hosted/Presented By: Desiree Akhavan

 Iranian-American filmmaker Desiree Akhavan is the cocreator and star of the award-winning Web series The Slope, a comedy that follows a pair of superficial homophobic lesbians in love. She was recently featured as one of Filmmaker magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film" and is currently in production on an animated series called The Origin of Shame for former MTV CEO Judy McGrath’s new site, Astronauts Wanted. Appropriate Behavior is her first feature film.

Run Time: 82 Minutes
Starring: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Scott Adsit, Anh Duong, Arian Moayed

Shirin is a young woman caught between identities: bisexual, but afraid that coming out to her parents will prevent her from being the perfect Iranian-American daughter; a hip Brooklynite whose friends—and particularly her ex-girlfriend—can’t understand her trepidation about being honest with her family about her sexuality. In the depth of its characters and relatability of its situations, Desiree Akhavan’s warm and hilarious debut feature stands alongside filmmakers like Noah Baumbach, Lena Dunham, and Nicole Holofcener in delivering romantic comedy of the very highest order.

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ART AND CRAFT
Directed By: Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman; Co-director: Mark Becker
Hosted/Presented By: Sam Cullman

Sam Cullman co-directed, shot and produced the Oscar-nominated documentary, If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (MFF 2011). More recently, Cullman was a producer and DP on the Sundance Grand Jury prize-winner, The House I Live In (2012).

Run Time: 89 Minutes

For several decades, gifted and incredibly prolific forger Mark Landis compulsively created impeccable copies of works by a variety of major artists, donating them to institutions across the country and landing pieces on many of their walls. Art and Craft brings us into the cluttered and insular life of an unforgettable character just as he finds his foil in an equally obsessive art registrar. 

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AUCTION, THE
Directed By: Sébastien Pilote
Run Time: 110 Minutes
Starring: Gabriel Arcand, Gilles Renaud, Lucie Laurier, Sophie Desmarais

This poignant character study from Quebec follows a sheep farmer who’s stayed true to the way of life he inherited from his father even as, one by one, his neighbors sell off their farms to developers. As he reaches old age, his two daughters come back into his life in ways that change him forever.

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BALTIMORE IN BLACK AND WHITE
Directed By: Mary Posatko, Emily Topper

Mary Posatko and Emily Topper have been working together on documentary films since 2007.  Topper contributed cinematography to After Tiller, which played at the Sundance Film Festival and MFF 2013. Their last film together was Ain’t in It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm (2010), produced by Posatko and shot by Topper, which played at SXSW Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Hosted/Presented By: Mary Posatko, Emily Topper

Mary Posatko and Emily Topper have been working together on documentary films since 2007.  Topper contributed cinematography to After Tiller, which played at the Sundance Film Festival and MFF 2013. Their last film together was Ain’t in It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm (2010), produced by Posatko and shot by Topper, which played at SXSW Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Run Time: 90 Minutes

One night in 1972, a murder rocked a Baltimore family. Years later, Emily Topper returns to the city, seeking closure for a crime that has haunted her family over 40 years—and uncovers complex issues of race and class in the process.

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BUZZARD
Directed By: Joel Potrykus

Joel Potrykus resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he attended an unspecified high school. His first work with lead actor Joshua Burge was 2010's 8mm short Coyote, followed two years later with the feature, Ape, which won Best New Director at the 2012 Locarno Film Festival. 

Hosted/Presented By: Joel Potrykus

Joel Potrykus resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he attended an unspecified high school. His first work with lead actor Joshua Burge was 2010's 8mm short Coyote, followed two years later with the feature, Ape, which won Best New Director at the 2012 Locarno Film Festival. 

Run Time: 97 Minutes
Starring: Joshua Burge, Joel Potrykus

In the unnerving and darkly comic tradition of Frownland and Bad Fever comes the story of Marty, a bored and angry office worker who takes his penchant for cheating the system over the edge. Fresh from screenings at SXSW and New Directors/New Films.

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CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU
Directed By: Chris LaMartina

Since 2007, Baltimore filmmaker Chris LaMartina has produced ambitious low-budget horror flicks with a focus on morbid comedy and healthy doses of gory splatter, including Witch's Brew (2011) and WNUF Halloween Special (2013). His work has been covered by MTV, The New York Times, and NPR. Call Girl of Cthulhu is his seventh feature as a director. 

Hosted/Presented By: Chris LaMartina

Since 2007, Baltimore filmmaker Chris LaMartina has produced ambitious low-budget horror flicks with a focus on morbid comedy and healthy doses of gory splatter, including Witch's Brew (2011) and WNUF Halloween Special (2013). His work has been covered by MTV, The New York Times, and NPR. Call Girl of Cthulhu is his seventh feature as a director. 

Run Time: 92 Minutes
Starring: David Carollo, Melissa O'Brien, Nicolette Le Faye, Dave Gamble, Helenmary Ball, Ruby LaRocca, Scarlet Storm, Alex Mendez and Stephanie Anders

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.

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CASE AGAINST 8, THE
Directed By: Ben Cotner, Ryan White
Hosted/Presented By: Ryan White, Kris Perry, Spencer Perry

Ryan White is the director/producer of last year’s SXSW and MFF hit Good Ol’ Freda. Fresh out of Duke University, Ryan’s first film was a group effort called Pelada. He has done work for CNN and PBS’s Frontline. The Case Against 8 received a grant from the Sundance Documentary Fund.

 

Kris Perry has been with her partner Sandy Stier since 1997. They are the proud parents of four boys, including Spenceroa freshman at Georgetown University. Perry is executive director of the First Five Years Fund, a national organization that helps America achieve better results in education, health and economic productivity. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a M.S.W. from San Francisco State University. Perry and Stier first tried to marry in 2004, after San Francisco began issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples. After being denied a marriage license by the Alameda County clerk in 2009, Perry and Stier took legal action and were lead plaintiffs in the case against Proposition 8.

Run Time: 109 Minutes

With the passing of California’s Proposition 8 in 2008, the right for same-sex couples to marry was repealed. A very unlikely pair of lawyers—Theodore Olson and David Boies, who faced off during Bush v. Gore—decided to challenge Prop 8, and take their case all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary. This riveting documentary offers remarkable access as it follows that fight from day one to its emotional conclusion. 

 

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CELESTIAL WIVES OF THE MEADOW MARI
Directed By: Aleksey Fedorchenko
Run Time: 106 Minutes

From the writer/director team behind 2010’s Silent Souls comes this frank exploration of the sex lives of female members of the Meadow Mari, a western Russian ethnic group that prizes fertility, beauty, and happiness.

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CLUB SANDWICH
Directed By: Fernando Eimbcke
Run Time: 82 Minutes

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.

 

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DEEP CITY: THE BIRTH OF THE MIAMI SOUND
Directed By: Dennis Scholl, Marlon Johnson, Chad Tingle
Hosted/Presented By: Marlon Johnson

Marlon Johnson is a six-time Emmy award-winning producer and director with many years of experience in the film and television industry. A native of Miami, Marlon co-produced and directed the documentary Coconut Grove: A Sense of Place, which examined race-based gentrification in the West Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami; directed the 2006 short documentary Breaking the Silence, which explored the rising rate of HIV infection in the Black-American south; and co-directed the Emmy award-winning short documentary Sunday’s Best (2009).

Run Time: 67 Minutes (short + feature)

While the soulful sounds of Detroit and Memphis are celebrated worldwide thanks to influential labels like Motown and Stax, the 1960s and 1970s saw explosions of soul and funk scenes throughout the country. Deep City mixes wonderful music and archival footage with new interviews as it documents the songwriters, performers, and entrepreneurs behind a vibrant Miami record label that should’ve been huge. 

Screening with the short film THE HIGH FIVE, directed by Michael Jacobs.

 

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EVERYBODY STREET
Directed By: Cheryl Dunn

Cheryl Dunn is a documentary filmmaker and street photographer based in New York City. Her films have played at numerous film festivals including Tribeca, Edinburgh, Rotterdam, Los Angeles and Havana, and on PBS. Her work has been exhibited in various galleries and museums including The Tate Modern in London, and the Geffen Contemporary MOCA. Cheryl was one of the subjects of the documentary, book & traveling museum exhibition Beautiful Losers. She has had two books of her photographs published: Bicycle Gangs of New York and Some Kinda Vocation.

 
Hosted/Presented By: Cheryl Dunn

Cheryl Dunn is a documentary filmmaker and street photographer based in New York City. Her films have played at numerous film festivals including Tribeca, Edinburgh, Rotterdam, Los Angeles and Havana, and on PBS. Her work has been exhibited in various galleries and museums including The Tate Modern in London, and the Geffen Contemporary MOCA. Cheryl was one of the subjects of the documentary, book & traveling museum exhibition Beautiful Losers. She has had two books of her photographs published: Bicycle Gangs of New York and Some Kinda Vocation.

Run Time: 85 Minutes

More than a dozen photographers (including Ricky Powell, Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper, and Boogie) are the subject of this visually rich documentary celebrating artists who have given us new ways to see both the streets of New York and the colorful characters that populate them. 

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EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL
Directed By: Darius Clark Monroe

Darius Clark Monroe is a recipient of a National Board of Review Award, Austin Film Society Grant, Rooftop Filmmakers’/DCTV Grant, Warner Bros. Film Award, Cinereach Grant, King Finishing Award, and a NYU Spike Lee Production Fellowship. He’s a Screenwriters Colony, Tribeca All Access, IDFA Forum, and IFP Documentary Lab fellow.

Hosted/Presented By: Darius Clark Monroe

Darius Clark Monroe is a recipient of a National Board of Review Award, Austin Film Society Grant, Rooftop Filmmakers’/DCTV Grant, Warner Bros. Film Award, Cinereach Grant, King Finishing Award, and a NYU Spike Lee Production Fellowship. He’s a Screenwriters Colony, Tribeca All Access, IDFA Forum, and IFP Documentary Lab fellow.

Run Time: 81 Minutes

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.

 

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FAULTS
Directed By: Riley Stearns

Riley Stearns' short film The Cub premiered at Sundance 2013, was a part of the MFF 2013 Opening Night Shorts program, and later premiered online as part of VICE's series 'I'm Short Not Stupid'. The screenplay for Faults was voted into the 2013 Black List for best unproduced scripts. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife Mary. Faults is Stearns' first feature. 

 
Hosted/Presented By: Riley Stearns and Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Riley Stearns' short film The Cub premiered at Sundance 2013, was a part of the MFF 2013 Opening Night Shorts program, and later premiered online as part of VICE's series 'I'm Short Not Stupid'. The screenplay for Faults was voted into the 2013 Black List for best unproduced scripts. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife Mary. Faults is Stearns' first feature. 

Mary Elizabeth Winstead (expected to co-host our second screening of Faults) is an actress and recording artist known for such films as Final Destination 3Death Proof, Live Free or Die HardScott Pilgrim vs. The World, Smashed, and The Spectacular Now, as well as musical collaborations with such artists as Dan the Automator and Deltron 3030.

Run Time: 89 Minutes
Starring: Leland Orser, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Ellis, Lance Reddick, Jon Gries, Leonard Earl Howze, Beth Grant

Ansel Roth is one of the world’s leading experts on cults, and has built a career out of helping former members overcome brainwashing and reintegrate into society. He’s also a broken man, joylessly slogging from hotel to hotel in a futile attempt to promote his poorly received second book to ever-dwindling crowds. So when he’s approached by a distraught couple seeking his help in rescuing their daughter from a new and powerful cult family, Ansel’s anything but enthusiastic—until they put a large sum of money on the table. From Riley Stearns, director of MFF 2013’s Opening Night short The Cub, comes a brilliant film that confidently moves between dark comedy, thriller, serious drama.

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FIGHT CHURCH
Directed By: Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel
Hosted/Presented By: Bryan Storkel

Bryan Storkel is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who loves quirky characters and is fascinated by religious topics. His work as editor and cinematographer includes Strictly Background (MFF 2008). Storkel's directorial debut, Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians played at over 40 festivals and won 10 Best Documentary Awards.

Run Time: 83 Minutes

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.

 

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

Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers are filmmakers based in Brooklyn who met at NYU Graduate Film school. They have each written and directed award-winning short films that have screened at festivals such as Telluride, Sarasota, and Aspen Shortsfest. Fort Tilden was conceived and produced last summer and is their first collaboration.

 
Hosted/Presented By: Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers

Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers are filmmakers based in Brooklyn who met at NYU Graduate Film school. They have each written and directed award-winning short films that have screened at festivals such as Telluride, Sarasota, and Aspen Shortsfest. Fort Tilden was conceived and produced last summer and is their first collaboration.

 
Run Time: 97 Minutes
Starring: Bridey Elliott, Clare McNulty, Griffin Newman, Jeffrey Scaperrotta, Neil Casey, Alysia Reiner, Will Hines, Peter Vack, Max Jenkins, John Early

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.

 

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FREEDOM SUMMER
Directed By: Stanley Nelson

Stanley Nelson, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, Emmy Award–winning MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellow, and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is the director of 12 documentary features, including The Murder of Emmett Till (2003), A Place of Our Own (2004), Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006), and Freedom Riders (MFF 2010). He is cofounder of Firelight Media, which provides technical education and professional support to emerging documentarians. With seven films in competition at Sundance to date and multiple industry awards to his credit, Nelson is acknowledged as one of the premier documentary filmmakers working today.

Hosted/Presented By: Stanley Nelson

Stanley Nelson, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, Emmy Award–winning MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellow, and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is the director of 12 documentary features, including The Murder of Emmett Till (2003), A Place of Our Own (2004), Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006), and Freedom Riders (MFF 2010). He is cofounder of Firelight Media, which provides technical education and professional support to emerging documentarians. With seven films in competition at Sundance to date and multiple industry awards to his credit, Nelson is acknowledged as one of the premier documentary filmmakers working today.

Run Time: 113 Minutes

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.

 

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GLENA
Directed By: Allan Luebke

Allan Luebke is an Emmy-winning filmmaker from Portland, Oregon. He produced the web series ZetamanTV, the first-ever documentary about real-life superheroes, and has produced non-fiction entertainment programs for cable including Discovery International. Allan earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, where he won the 2006 National College Emmy Award for Best Short Documentary for Behind These Walls, a revealing and uplifting look at Oregon's prison inmate work programs.

Hosted/Presented By: Allan Luebke

Allan Luebke is an Emmy-winning filmmaker from Portland, Oregon. He produced the web series ZetamanTV, the first-ever documentary about real-life superheroes, and has produced non-fiction entertainment programs for cable including Discovery International. Allan earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, where he won the 2006 National College Emmy Award for Best Short Documentary for Behind These Walls, a revealing and uplifting look at Oregon's prison inmate work programs.

Run Time: 83 Minutes

This rousing documentary follows Glena Avila, a woman who, despite no background in the sport, gave cage fighting a try. In the process, she discovered a deep passion and strong talent—but also put new pressures on her finances, love life, and relationship with her teenage son.

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS
Directed By: Joe Swanberg

Joe Swanberg is a seminal and tireless figure in the new American wave of do-it-on-your-own-terms filmmaking. His films have been screened at numerous film festivals ranging from Sundance to Berlin to SXSW, and he happily helps other filmmakers with their projects. Joe has brought many films to MFF, and last year’s Drinking Buddies went on to real commercial success. Joe helped found MFF’s Filmmakers Taking Charge gathering.

Hosted/Presented By: Joe Swanberg

Joe Swanberg is a seminal and tireless figure in the new American wave of do-it-on-your-own-terms filmmaking. His films have been screened at numerous film festivals ranging from Sundance to Berlin to SXSW, and he happily helps other filmmakers with their projects. Joe has brought many films to MFF, and last year’s Drinking Buddies went on to real commercial success. Joe helped found MFF’s Filmmakers Taking Charge gathering.

Run Time: 78 Minutes
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham, 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.

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HELLION
Directed By: Kat Candler

Kat Candler's short films Hellion (2012) and Black Metal (2013), both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and screened within MFF. Her previous films have screened at such festivals as Los Angeles Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, SXSW, and Slamdance. She is a two-time IFP participant and was recently awarded the San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation filmmaking grant. Candler is also a lecturer on film at the University of Texas in Austin.

Hosted/Presented By: Kat Candler

Kat Candler's short films Hellion (2012) and Black Metal (2013), both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and screened within MFF. Her previous films have screened at such festivals as Los Angeles Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, SXSW, and Slamdance. She is a two-time IFP participant and was recently awarded the San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation filmmaking grant. Candler is also a lecturer on film at the University of Texas in Austin.

Run Time: 98 Minutes
Starring: Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins, Deke Garner, Jonny Mars, Walt Roberts

Juliette Lewis, Aaron Paul, and newcomer Josh Wiggins shine in this drama following a Southeast Texas teen trying to find himself amidst a group of hell-raising friends and a father tormented by his own personal demons. A feature developed from Candler’s short of the same name, which screened within the festival in 2012.

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HIP-HOP FELLOW, THE
Directed By: Kenneth Price

Kenneth Price is a North Carolina based Emmy Award winning filmmaker. The Hip-Hop Fellow is his second documentary with 9th Wonder and fourth feature film. Price is best known for his extensive music video work with artists such as Mac Miller, Big K.R.I.T., Phonte, 9th Wonder, Rapsody, Buckshot, The Foreign Exchange, Skyzoo, and Idris Elba.

Hosted/Presented By: Kenneth Price

Kenneth Price is a North Carolina based Emmy Award winning filmmaker. The Hip-Hop Fellow is his second documentary with 9th Wonder and fourth feature film. Price is best known for his extensive music video work with artists such as Mac Miller, Big K.R.I.T., Phonte, 9th Wonder, Rapsody, Buckshot, The Foreign Exchange, Skyzoo, and Idris Elba.

Run Time: 78 Minutes
Starring: 9th Wonder

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.

 

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I PLAY WITH THE PHRASE EACH OTHER
Directed By: Jay Alvarez

Jay Alvarez was raised in a five-car garage in Northern California by his single father. In 2006 he relocated to Portland, Oregon to make a living through high-priced Craigslist sales. Over the course of six years, Alvarez earned enough profit to fund his feature debut film, I Play with the Phrase Each Other.

Hosted/Presented By: Jay Alvarez

Jay Alvarez was raised in a five-car garage in Northern California by his single father. In 2006 he relocated to Portland, Oregon to make a living through high-priced Craigslist sales. Over the course of six years, Alvarez earned enough profit to fund his feature debut film, I Play with the Phrase Each Other.

Run Time: 110 Minutes
Starring: Will Hand, Megan Kopp, Jay Alvarez, Alexander Fraser, Robert Thrush, Dana Dae, Todd Robinson, Jeanette Conner

The first feature film composed entirely of cellphone calls centers around Jake, a young neurotic who moves to the city to live with his friend Sean, a fanatical poet who survives by swindling inexperienced Craigslist customers. Winner of a Special Jury Prize for Original Vision at Slamdance 2014. 

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KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER
Directed By: David Zellner

David Zellner is an Austin-based filmmaker who, with his brother Nathan, has written, produced, and directed numerous award-winning shorts and the feature films Goliath and KID-THING. Goliath premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and played MFF that same year, while KID-THING followed a 2012 Sundance premiere with an extensive festival run, including MFF 2012. The Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema held a retrospective of the Zellner brothers' work to date in 2012.

Hosted/Presented By: David Zellner

David Zellner is an Austin-based filmmaker who, with his brother Nathan, has written, produced, and directed numerous award-winning shorts and the feature films Goliath and KID-THING. Goliath premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and played MFF that same year, while KID-THING followed a 2012 Sundance premiere with an extensive festival run, including MFF 2012. The Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema held a retrospective of the Zellner brothers' work to date in 2012.

Run Time: 105 Minutes
Starring: Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, Shirley Venard

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.

 

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MANAKAMANA
Directed By: Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez
Hosted/Presented By: Pacho Velez

Pacho Velez is an affiliate of Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Lab, a fellow at the Harvard Film Study Center, and a visiting professor at Bard College. His films include Occupation (2002), Orphans of Mathare (2004) and Bastards of Utopia (2010).

Run Time: 117 Minutes

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.

 

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MEND, THE
Directed By: John Magary

John Magary attended Columbia University’s graduate film program. His short film The Second Line was a national finalist for the Student Academy Awards, and has played at festivals around the world, including Sundance, SXSW (Special Jury Prize), Tribeca, AFI Dallas (Grand Jury Prize, Best Short), Edinburgh, and Torino. He has attended the Sundance Directors/Screenwriters Labs and received a Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship and Annenberg Film Fellowship. 

Hosted/Presented By: John Magary

John Magary attended Columbia University’s graduate film program. His short film The Second Line was a national finalist for the Student Academy Awards, and has played at festivals around the world, including Sundance, SXSW (Special Jury Prize), Tribeca, AFI Dallas (Grand Jury Prize, Best Short), Edinburgh, and Torino. He has attended the Sundance Directors/Screenwriters Labs and received a Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship and Annenberg Film Fellowship. 

Run Time: 110 Minutes
Starring: Josh Lucas, Stephen Plunkett, Lucy Owen, Mickey Sumner, Cory Nichols, Sekou Laidlow, Louisa Krause, Sarah Steele, Leo Fitzpatrick, Austin Pendleton

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.

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MILITANT, THE
Directed By: Manolo Nieto
Run Time: 121 Minutes
Starring: Felipe Dieste, Rossana Cabrera, Leonor Courtoisie

A wave of exciting films from Uruguay has hit the festival circuit over the last decade, evidence of a rich film culture previously under-represented on U.S. screens. As with Gigante and A Useful Life (MFF 2011), films that share beautiful camerawork from The Militant’s Arauco Hernández Holz, this film focuses on an idiosyncratic loner struggling to find his rhythm with the people around him—in this case, a taciturn student organizer who relocates from the big-city university to a rural outpost after his father passes away.

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MOEBIUS
Directed By: Kim Ki-duk
Run Time: 88 Minutes

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.

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OBVIOUS CHILD
Directed By: Gillian Robespierre

Gillian Robespierre was born and raised in New York, and, having spent a year at college in Boston, graduated from NYC’s School of Visual Arts. Obvious Child is her first feature and was developed from a 2009 short by the same name. The feature has played Sundance, international festivals, and was selected for MoMA's and The Film Society of Lincoln Center's acclaimed series, New Directors/New Films.  Her next feature is a comedy about divorce.

Hosted/Presented By: Gillian Robespierre

Gillian Robespierre was born and raised in New York, and, having spent a year at college in Boston, graduated from NYC’s School of Visual Arts. Obvious Child is her first feature and was developed from a 2009 short by the same name. The feature has played Sundance, international festivals, and was selected for MoMA's and The Film Society of Lincoln Center's acclaimed series, New Directors/New Films.  Her next feature is a comedy about divorce.

Run Time: 83 Minutes
Starring: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, David Cross, Gabe Liedman, Richard Kind

When a 20-something Brooklyn comedian gets dumped, her comedic material and personal life both head in impulsive new directions, leading to an unwanted pregnancy and an appointment at Planned Parenthood. Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, David Cross, Gabe Liedman, and Richard Kind star in this comedy that mines a divisive issue for surprisingly warm and hilarious returns. 

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PING PONG SUMMER
Directed By: Michael Tully

After his directorial debut Cocaine Angel world-premiered at the 2006 International Film Festival Rotterdam, Michael Tully was named one of Filmmaker magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film." His follow-up film, Silver Jew, world-premiered at the 2007 SXSW Film Festival. In 2011, he wrote, directed, and acted in Septien, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. All four features have played the Maryland Film Festival. Since 2008, he has been the head writer/editor of HammerToNail.com, a website devoted to championing ambitious cinema.

Hosted/Presented By: Michael Tully

After his directorial debut Cocaine Angel world-premiered at the 2006 International Film Festival Rotterdam, Michael Tully was named one of Filmmaker magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film." His follow-up film, Silver Jew, world-premiered at the 2007 SXSW Film Festival. In 2011, he wrote, directed, and acted in Septien, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. All four features have played the Maryland Film Festival. Since 2008, he has been the head writer/editor of HammerToNail.com, a website devoted to championing ambitious cinema.

Run Time: 92 Minutes
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Marcello Conte, John Hannah, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris, Robert Longstreet, Myles Massey, Judah Friedlander

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.

 

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POINT AND SHOOT
Directed By: Marshall Curry

Marshall Curry has made three documentary films, Street Fight (MFF 2005), Racing Dreams (MFF 2009), and If A Tree Falls… (MFF 2011), two of which were nominated for Academy Awards. An Executive Producer on the recent hit, Mistaken for Strangers, Marshall is also familiar to MFF audiences because he participated in our 2011 discussion with broadcast journalist Meredith Vieira, “Are Documentary Filmmakers the New Journalists?”

Hosted/Presented By: Marshall Curry

Marshall Curry has made three documentary films, Street Fight (MFF 2005), Racing Dreams (MFF 2009), and If A Tree Falls… (MFF 2011), two of which were nominated for Academy Awards. An Executive Producer on the recent hit, Mistaken for Strangers, Marshall is also familiar to MFF audiences because he participated in our 2011 discussion with broadcast journalist Meredith Vieira, “Are Documentary Filmmakers the New Journalists?”

Run Time: 82 Minutes

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.

 

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SECRET SCREENING
Hosted/Presented By: The Film's Director

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Run Time: 120 Minutes

What's this year's Secret Screening? Don't ask, we can't tell you. Okay, but what's a secret screening? It's a screening of a film that we can only present in the festival if we do so without ever revealing the title--often an anticipated emerging independent film so young in its life that the filmmaker and/or distributor will only screen it under secret circumstances. We've done several of these in the past (no, we can't tell you what they were, either!) when the opportunity to screen something exciting came along with these string attached, and they almost always sell out, so don't snooze and lose. One thing we can tell you: the director of the film will be in attendance for this screening, and there will be a Q+A following the film.

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SEPTEMBER
Directed By: Penny Panayotopoulou

Penny Panayotopoulou was born in Athens. She studied law and political sciences at the University of Athens. She then moved to London, where she received her BA in film directing from Polytechnic of Central London (University of Westminster). Her debut film, Hard Goodbyes: My Father, premiered at 55th Locarno Film Festival, and won the Golden Leopard for Best Actor. The film received several festival prizes internationally and has been theatrically released in the US, UK, Japan,  and Germany, among others. Since then she has been writing directing and producing a number of creative documentaries. September is her second feature film.

 
Hosted/Presented By: Penny Panayotopoulou

Penny Panayotopoulou was born in Athens. She studied law and political sciences at the University of Athens. She then moved to London, where she received her BA in film directing from Polytechnic of Central London (University of Westminster). Her debut film, Hard Goodbyes: My Father, premiered at 55th Locarno Film Festival, and won the Golden Leopard for Best Actor. The film received several festival prizes internationally and has been theatrically released in the US, UK, Japan,  and Germany, among others. Since then she has been writing directing and producing a number of creative documentaries. September is her second feature film.

 
Run Time: 105 Minutes

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.

 

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SHORTS: ANIMATION
Directed By: Various
Run Time: 77 Minutes Total

Cutting edge animated short films from across the globe!

ALFRED JARRY & ‘PATAPHYSICS Directed by Skizz Cyzyk  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
Run Time: 82 Minutes Total

Films that explore the boundaries of cinematic form and content.

DEAD RATS OF BALTIMORE Directed by Jimmy Joe Roche  6 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  UK
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
Run Time: 76 Minutes Total

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
Run Time: 79 Minutes Total

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
Run Time: 88 Minutes Total

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
Run Time: 68 Minutes Total

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
SKUNK  Directed by Annie Silverstein  16 minutes

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SHORTS: DURING LAUGHTER COMES TEARS
Directed By: Various
Run Time: 80 Minutes Total

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  Directed by Todd Rohal  18 minutes
SHAWNSEY’S REVENGE  Directed by Linas Phillips  Co-directed by Christian Anderson  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
Run Time: 86 Minutes Total

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
Run Time: 90 Minutes Total

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 Asgari 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
Run Time: 89 Minutes Total

AFRONAUTS  Directed by Frances Bodomo  13 minutes
AFTERMATH  Directed by Jeremy Robbins  20 minutes
JONATHAN’S CHEST  Directed by Christopher Radcliff  14 minutes
POSSUM Directed by Eleanor Wilson  17 minutes
STRAIGHT DOWN LOW  Directed by Zach Wechter  25 minutes
 

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STRANGE LITTLE CAT, THE
Directed By: Ramon Zürcher
Run Time: 72 Minutes
Starring: Jenny Schily, Anjorka Strechel, Mia Kasalo, Luk Pfaff, Matthias Dittmer, Armin Marewski, Leon Alan Beiersdorf, Sabine Werner, Kathleen Morgeneyer, Monika Hetterle, Gustav Körner, Lea Draeger

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.

 

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STRAY DOGS
Directed By: Tsai Ming-liang
Run Time: 138 Minutes
Starring: Lee Kang-sheng, Yang Kuei-mei, Lu Yi-ching, Chen Shiang-chyi, Lee Yi-cheng, Lee Yi-chieh

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.

 

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SUMMER OF BLOOD
Directed By: Onur Tukel

Onur Tukel is a filmmaker, writer/illustrator, and occasional actor. He co-starred in Michael Tully's feature film Septien (MFF 2011). He co-starred in Alex Karpovsky's first feature film Red Flag, and recently wrote and directed the feature film Richard’s Wedding.

Hosted/Presented By: Onur Tukel, Anna Margaret Hollyman

Onur Tukel (expected to host our first screening) is a filmmaker, writer/illustrator, and occasional actor. He co-starred in Michael Tully's feature film Septien (MFF 2011). He co-starred in Alex Karpovsky's feature film Red Flag, and recently wrote and directed the feature film Richard’s Wedding.

Anna Margaret Hollyman (expected to host both screenings) was born in New York City and grew up in Connecticut with a little bit of Austin, Texas thrown in. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and graduated with a concentration in Theater Arts and Art History. Among her many film credits are the shorts Adelaide (MFF 2010) and Social Butterfly (MFF 2013's Opening Night) and the features The Color Wheel (MFF 2011), Gayby (MFF 2012), and White Reindeer (MFF 2013).

Run Time: 86 Minutes
Starring: Anna Margaret Hollyman, Onur Tukel, Dakota Goldhor, Dustin Guy Defa, Melodie Sisk

Neurotic romance collides with bloody horror and the mixed blessing of immortality in this vampire comedy set in contemporary New York. Starring writer/director Tukel (co-star and co-writer of MFF 2011’s Septien) alongside Anna Margaret Hollyman (star of MFF 2013’s White Reindeer), Dakota Goldhor, and Dustin Guy Defa.

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THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY
Directed By: Josephine Decker

After earning a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature and creative writing at Princeton University, Josephine Decker studied literature, film studies, and political science in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She began shooting her own short films in 2003. Today she works as a screenwriter, director, editor, actress and producer. Her previous features Bi The Way (as co-director), Butter On The Latch and her short Me The Terrible have all screened within previous MFFs.

 
Hosted/Presented By: Josephine Decker

After earning a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature and creative writing at Princeton University, Josephine Decker studied literature, film studies, and political science in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She began shooting her own short films in 2003. Today she works as a screenwriter, director, editor, actress and producer. Her previous features Bi The Way (as co-director), Butter On The Latch and her short Me The Terrible have all screened within previous MFFs.

 
Run Time: 79 Minutes
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).

 

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VANQUISHING OF THE WITCH BABA YAGA, THE
Directed By: Jessica Oreck

Jessica Oreck's award-winning first feature-length documentary Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo played MFF 2009, had a world-wide theatrical release, and aired on PBS' Independent Lens series in 2011. Her second feature Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys screened at MFF 2013 and went on to international realease. 

 
Hosted/Presented By: Jessica Oreck

Jessica Oreck's award-winning first feature-length documentary Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo played MFF 2009, had a world-wide theatrical release, and aired on PBS' Independent Lens series in 2011. Her second feature Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys screened at MFF 2013 and went on to international realease. 

 
Run Time: 73 Minutes

From the director of Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo and Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys, both of which screened within the festival, comes this mysterious feature that descends into Eastern Europe’s haunted woodlands to deliver a captivating mix of documentary, experimental film, folklore, and animation. 

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WATER LIKE STONE
Directed By: Zack Godshall, Michael Pasquier
Hosted/Presented By: Zack Godshall

 Zack Godshall lives in South Louisiana, where he makes fictional and documentary films. His first two narrative films Low and Behold (MFF 2008) and Lord Byron (2011), both doc-fiction hybrids, premiered at Sundance. Lord Byron was a New York Times Critics’ Pick. His first documentary, the award--?winning God’s Architects (MFF 2010), screened at film festivals and in museums around the country before being broadcast on the Documentary Channel. 

Run Time: 76 Minutes

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.

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

Joe Berlinger has been a noted documentary filmmaker since Brother’s Keeper won the Audience Award at Sundance in 1992. The fascinating Paradise Lost trilogy changed the legal course of a murder trial, and Crude is a key part of the ongoing discussion about protecting filmmakers’ sources. MFF audiences have been longstanding admirers of his work, including Under African Skies (MFF 2012).

Hosted/Presented By: Joe Berlinger
Run Time: 109 Minutes

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.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

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

The partners behind production studio Rumur Inc., David Beilinson, Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley, have collaborated on award-winning documentary films for over 10 years, including Horns and Halos (MFF 2003), Code 33 (2005), and Battle For Brooklyn (2011). Their collaborations with HBO, A&E, MSNBC, and PBS have garnered critical acclaim.

Hosted/Presented By: David Beilinson, Michael Galinsky, and Suki Hawley

The partners behind production studio Rumur Inc., David Beilinson, Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley, have collaborated on award-winning documentary films for over 10 years, including Horns and Halos (MFF 2003), Code 33 (2005), and Battle For Brooklyn (2011). Their collaborations with HBO, A&E, MSNBC, and PBS have garnered critical acclaim.

Run Time: 80 Minutes

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.

 

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WILD CANARIES
Directed By: Lawrence Michael Levine

Lawrence Michael Levine is the award-winning writer, director and star of the critically acclaimed feature film, Gabi On The Roof In July (MFF 2010). Lawrence also produced and starred in Sophia Takal’s Green (SXSW, MFF 2011). Wild Canaries is his third feature as a writer/director.

Hosted/Presented By: Lawrence Michael Levine and Sophia Takal

Lawrence Michael Levine is the award-winning writer, director and star of the critically acclaimed feature film, Gabi On The Roof In July (MFF 2010). Lawrence also produced and starred in Sophia Takal’s Green (SXSW, MFF 2011). Wild Canaries is his third feature as a writer/director. 

 
Sophia Takal is the director of MFF 2011's Green. In addition to starring in Wild Canaries, she is also the star of Zach Clarks' Be With Me (The Notebook), which screens in MFF 2014's Character Studies Shorts program. 
Run Time: 98 Minutes
Starring: Sophia Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine, Alia Shawkat, Annie Parisse, Jason Ritter, Kevin Corrigan

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.

 

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YOUNG BODIES HEAL QUICKLY
Directed By: Andrew T. Betzer

Andrew T. Betzer’s short films have played in numerous festivals, including Cannes, London Film Festival, Rotterdam, AFI, Torino, and Slamdance. In 2009, he was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces Of Independent Film." His short film, Small Apartment (MFF 2008), won the Grand Jury Award for best narrative short film at the SXSW; and another short, John Wayne Hated Horses (MFF 2009), was an official selection of the 2009 Cannes Directors' Fortnight. Young Bodies Heal Quickly is Andrew’s first feature film as writer and director.

Hosted/Presented By: Andrew T. Betzer

Andrew T. Betzer’s short films have played in numerous festivals, including Cannes, London Film Festival, Rotterdam, AFI, Torino, and Slamdance. In 2009, he was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces Of Independent Film." His short film, Small Apartment (MFF 2008), won the Grand Jury Award for best narrative short film at the SXSW; and another short, John Wayne Hated Horses (MFF 2009), was an official selection of the 2009 Cannes Directors' Fortnight. Young Bodies Heal Quickly is Andrew’s first feature film as writer and director.

Run Time: 102 Minutes
Starring: Julie Sokolowski, Hale Lytle, Gabriel Croft, Daniel P. Jones, Kate Lyn Sheil, Alexandre Marouani

At once meditative and transgressive, this challenging art film shot in and around Maryland brings to mind the work of Harmony Korine and Bruno Dumont in telling its story of two young brothers on the run as they hope to reconnect with their estranged father, a key figure in a disturbing subculture. Cast includes Kate Lyn Sheil (Sun Don’t Shine, The Comedy) and Julie Sokolowski (of Dumont’s Hadewijch).

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