May 06, 2015

The 16th annual Maryland Film Festival will take place May 6-10, 2015!

Save the Date for MFF 2015!
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!
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

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PUTNEY SWOPE, hosted by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky
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

Maryland Film Festival’s guest-host program asks personalities known primarily for work outside the world of film—writers, visual artists, and frequently musicians—to select and host a favorite film. This year we have two very exciting such screenings, and by coincidence both guests chose cult favorites from the same era: Matmos’ presentation of Barbarella, and this special screening of Robert Downey, Sr.’s satirical landmark Putney Swope, introduced by composer, visual artist, and author Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky).

Putney Swope tells the story of the new head of a stodgy advertising agency (Arnold Johnson) who transforms the painfully white business into Black Power outfit Truth and Soul, Inc. He quickly introduces a new policy of refusing work from alcohol, tobacco, and weaponry companies, fires most of his white employees, and produces ads that are bold, revolutionary, and deliriously R-rated.  But how long can Putney Swope’s subversive activities continue without drawing the attention of The Man?

For a low-budget underground film, Putney Swope intriguingly enjoyed a particularly strong multi-year run here in Baltimore, screening on as many as four screens at once during its original release and living on for years afterwards as a drive-in staple. It’s a particular pleasure to bring Putney Swope back to Bmore in 2014. We can’t wait to hear what DJ Spooky—who, among his many creative projects, is himself a filmmaker and film theorist—has to say about it. (Eric Allen Hatch)

May 11, 2014
PUTNEY SWOPE, hosted by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky
11:00 AM
The Walters Art Museum