UPCOMING EVENTS
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Jul 18, 2014

Maryland Film Festival Presents FREE SHORT FILMS during Artscape 2014 at the Charles Theater!

2014 Artscape July 18-20 2014!
Jul 15, 2014

Join MFF as we celebrate Artscape 2014 with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails + animated shorts at By Degrees Cafe, 415 South Central Street!…

Artscape 2014 Kickoff Party at By Degrees Cafe!
Jul 14, 2014

Sneak preview of Rob Reiner's AND SO IT GOES at AMC White Marsh at 7pm.  Free passes for Friends of the Festival!

AND SO IT GOES Sneak Preview
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APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
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 (writer/director Desiree Akhavan) 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 don't always understand her trepidation about being honest with her family about her sexuality. When her brother announces his marriage, Shirin feels even more pressure to follow suit and conform—and instead throws herself into a series of new sexcapades.

Akhavan’s debut feature (following the award-winning web series The Slope, of which she is the star and co-creator) is warm and hilarious, and delivers remarkable artistic confidence even as it depicts a character caught in a web of confusion. In its relatable characters and endearingly warts-and-all portrayal of sex and dating, it may remind viewers of the films of Nicole Holofcener, with an acerbic wit having as much in common with Lena Dunham or Noah Baumbach.  

At the same time, the issues of identity at Appropriate Behavior’s core are deep, complex, and fruitfully explored. It’s a film that delivers first-rate entertainment in the realms of romance, comedy, and drama, while broadening those genre’s scopes to include characters too infrequently realistically portrayed in American film. Fresh from its premiere within Sundance 2014’s Next section, Appropriate Behavior is an assured and wildly enjoyable debut from an exciting new voice in cinema.  (Eric Allen Hatch)

 

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Screenings
May 09, 2014
APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
06:30 PM
The Walters Art Museum
May 11, 2014
APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
01:15 PM
MICA Gateway Building