Presented By:Lauren Wolkstein, Zach Clark, and the MDFF 2016 Opening Night Filmmakers
DOORS AND RECEPTION AT 7pm, FILMS BEGIN AT 8pm
A Maryland Film Festival tradition, we're proud once again to devote our Opening Night to an exciting array of short films. The evening will be hosted by MDFF alums Lauren Wolkstein and Zach Clark, and each Opening Night filmmaker will be present for a Q+A following the screening. Admission to our Opening Night Shorts also gets ticket-holders into our Opening Night party following the screenings!
1985 (Yen Tan, 9 minutes) A dying man prepares to move in with his estranged mother. He makes an appointment with a beauty consultant to hide his symptoms.
Affections (Bridey Elliott, 17 minutes) This dreamy and understated character study follows Bridey, a young woman bored with her long-term relationship and looking for a change. She finds it in the form of a handsome vagabond, and the two lost souls spend a day together at the beach, where Bridey's desperation comes to a head. This funny and introspective investigation of tedium and longing is inspired by the great female performances of independent 1970s cinema.
Doorcuts (Zachariah Tatham, 5 minutes) Short-cutting time and space takes some stretching.
Pickle (Amy Nicholson, 16 minutes) Pickle is an ode to man’s capacity to care for all creatures throughout their sometimes greatly protracted existence until their occasionally sudden and unfortunate demise.
Soy Cubana (Jeremy Ungar and Ivaylo Getov, 17 minutes) The Vocal Vidas are a female a cappella quartet from Santiago de Cuba, the cradle of Afro-Cuban music. This documentary explores their unique sound and tells the story of crafting a musical career in a society in which artistic merit is not measured solely by economic success.
Lauren Wolkstein is among a select few directors to have had two films in different MDFF Opening Nights (2011’s The Strange Ones, co-directed with Christopher Radcliff, and 2013’s Social Butterfly). She also directed a segment in the dream-inspired omnibus feature collective:unconscious, which screens within this year’s festival.
In addition to his work as director, Zach Clark has worked on many MDFF films in a variety of capaciities, including appearing in Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture and editing Sophia Takal’s Always Shine (also playing MDFF 2016). His features as director include Modern Love Is Automatic (MDFF 2009), White Reindeer (MDFF 2013), and Little Sister (MDFF 2016).