Presented By:DeRay Mckesson
Boaz Yakin’s critically acclaimed 1994 film Fresh tells the coming-of-age story of 12-year-old Michael (Sean Nelson of HBO’s The Corner), nicknamed Fresh. Amidst a gritty Brooklyn landscape of housing projects, hard drugs, and alcoholism, Fresh wields his hard-earned knowledge of life, chess, and the streets to seek a better life for himself and his sister. Boasting an outstanding cast, Fresh also marked an auspicious directorial debut for Yakin, who went on to direct such films as A Price Above Rubies and Remember The Titans.
Not a box-office hit on its initial release, the film nonetheless received raves from critics, and has gone on to become an enduring audience favorite. Jonathan Rosenbaum praised the film’s “first-rate perfor- mances,” and The New York Times’ Janet Maslin noted that, “the subject and visual style could not be more forcefully matched.” In a 4-star review, Roger Ebert wrote, “Here's a movie filled with drama and excitement, unfolding a plot of brilliant complexity, in which the central character is solemn and silent, saying only what he has to say, revealing himself only strategically.”
Each year Maryland Film Festival asks a personality best known for work outside the world of film to curate and host a screening of a favorite film. We’re proud to turn over the guest-host duties this year to activist (and John Waters-endorsed mayoral candidate) DeRay Mckesson. His selection of Fresh is an exciting one, and we can’t wait to hear what he has to say about it. (Eric Allen Hatch)
Tickets available online until one hour prior to showtime; after that time, tickets are available at the venue.
DeRay Mckesson is an organizer, activist, educator, and Baltimore mayoral candidate focused primarily on issues of innovation, equity, and justice. Born and raised in Baltimore, he graduated from Bowdoin College and has advocated for issues related to children, youth, and families for over 15 years. DeRay has served as an educator, student leader, and founding director of an after-school/out-of-school program. Spurred by the death of Mike Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, DeRay has become a leading voice in the effort to confront the systems and structures that lead to the mass incarceration and police killings of black and other minority populations.