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JOHN WATERS’
RUSSIAN SHOCK NIGHT AT THE DRIVE-IN

Friday, May 21 at 8:30pm | Druid Hill Park Mansion House Lawn

Join resident filmmaker John Waters as he revives his always popular festival event! This year for his signature screening, he will present two recent movies from Russia that speed careening past the guardrails of believability and good taste: WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE! (Solokov, 2018) and THE ROAD MOVIE (Kalashnikov, 2016). You won’t believe these two!

OPENING NIGHT

Weds. May 19 @ 6pm

Balti-Shorts & Strawberry Mansion

Followed by Virtual Afterparty
w/ musicians Amy Reid, Jurdan Bryant, Infinity Knives, Brian Ennals, & Dustin Wong

PRIDE NIGHT

Friday, May 21

Baltimore is Burning @ 6pm
Tickets Here

Queer Stories @ 8pm
Tickets Here

Pride Party @ 10:15pm

BALTIMORE SCREEN
WRITERS COMPETITION

Sun. May 23 @ 12pm

Panel Discussion
w/ filmmaker Arnon Manor, executive producer Nina Noble, screenwriter Ken LaZebnik, & Keith Mehlinger from Morgan State University.

CLOSING NIGHT

Thurs. May 27 @ 5:30pm

Women Is Losers

Followed by Virtual Variety Show
w/ host Like Water, artist Liz Downing, musician Isabella Padma, drag artist Betty O’Hellno, & DJ Becca Brooks Morrin

OPENING CELEBRATION
@ FADENSONNEN

Wed. 5/19 @ 10pm

A free Opening Night Celebration streaming the Virtual Afterparty on a big outdoor screen!

CLOSING CELEBRATION
@ UNION COLLECTIVE

Thur. 5/27 @ 8pm

A free Closing Night Celebration streaming the Virtual Variety Show on a big outdoor screen!

AUDIENCE PATHWAYS

Look for these icons in our online program to find Family-friendly and Baltimore-specific films!

BALTIMORE PATHWAY

Stories made in & about Baltimore, celebrating the breadth of stories Baltimore inspires.

FAMILY
PATHWAY

Films for movie lovers young & old with stories of discovery, family, and coming of age.

VIRTUAL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

VIRTUAL HOW TO FEST GUIDE

We tell you how to make the most of your at-home MdFF experience with a little help from Baltimore film legend and supreme Friend of the Festival, John Waters.

FEATURE FILMS

Click on a poster image for details about each feature film and to purchase tickets. Please note geo-restrictions listed in each description.
Note: to purchase Opening and Closing Night tickets to Strawberry Mansion and Women Is Losers, see the special events section above.

All Light, Everywhere

Fugitive Dreams

Paradies (Paradise)

Anatomy of Wings

Have a Nice Life

Rivale (Rival)

At the Ready

iGilbert

Soy Cubana

We’re All Going to the World’s Fair

Beans

Lily Topples the World

Strawberry Mansion

Women Is Losers

Cryptozoo

Mom & M

The Badger

First Date

No Ordinary Man

Trees of Peace

SHORT FILM PROGRAMS

Click on a shorts block image to view included short films, descriptions of each block, and to purchase tickets.

Altered States
Diverging Forms
Animated Shorts
Documentary Shorts
Queer Stories
Balti-Shorts
Lineage
Teen Dreams
Baltimore is Burning
Midnighters
Unorthodocs
Charged Spaces
Narrative Frontiers

ACCESIBILITY ACCOMODATIONS

The SNF Parkway and MdFF strive to create a welcoming environment for all patrons. This year’s virtual Festival offers many short and feature films enabled with closed captions.

Festival titles with closed captions are idenitfiable by a CC logo located in the upper right hand of the film page. Closed captions are also mentioned in the NOTE line in the bottom left corner of the film page. All festival Q&As are enabled with closed captions.

Also this year, the Festival includes one short film enabled with audio descriptions that is availabe upon request. You can find a complete list Festival titles with closed captions and audio descriptions here.

If you have any questions or would like to request more specific accomodations, please contact:

Festival Accessibility Coordinator: Christy LeMaster
christy@mdfilmfest.com

PRESS INQUIRIES

Our 2021 filmmakers and Festival team are waiting to hear from you! For staff and artist interview requests, screener requests, promotional materials, and more, please reach out to:

Press Contact: Chris Wertz
christine@mdfilmfest.com

Want to cover the 2021 Festival live? Discounted MdFF Press Passes are available upon request and proof of credentials.

2021 SCREENING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Sumaiya Ananna
Jessica Baroody-Saada
Camille Blake Fall
Winona Caesar
Wendy K Callier
Eric Cotten
Lucas Cullen
Skizz Cyzyk
Amy Grace
David Langkamp
Andy Markowitz
Merle McCann
KJ Mohr
Miceal O’Donnell
Garrett Stralnic
Joe Tropea
Elayne Williams

VOLUNTEER PRODUCTION CREW

Nick Gorey
Ryan Clark
Gillian Waldo
Miles Engel-Hawbecker

EQUIPMENT PROVIDED BY

Charm Cine Rentals
Hot Damn Lights

SPECIAL THANKS TO

Fadensonnen
Union Craft Brewing
Well Crafted Kitchen
Colin Zweifel

2021 FESTIVAL STAFF

Sandra Gibson
Executive Director

Rob Lundquist
Cheif Financial Officer

Evan Rogers
Director of Parkway Operations

Christy LeMaster
Artistic Director

Emily Eddy
Guest Festival Shorts Programmer

Lucas Cullen
Festival Programming Associate

Eric Cotten
Festival Programming Associate

Garrett Stralnic
Festival Programming Associate

Ali McShane
Events Manager

Thomas Faison
Technical Producer

Gregory Golinski
Theatre Manager, SNF Parkway

Chris Wertz
Markeing & Communications Coordinator

Ginevra Shay
Grant Writer & Development Consultant

WITH THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

EXECUTIVE SPONSORS

M&T Bank

Maryland State Arts Council

PRODUCING SPONSORS

National Endowment for the Arts

FEATURED SPONSORS

Consilience LLC

Maryland Film Office

Morgan State University

Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund

SCREENING SPONSORS

PNC Charitable Trust

COMMUNITY SPONSORS

SAGindie

Towson University

IATSE Local 487

COMMUNITY SPONSORS

Serious Grip and Electric

Charm Cine

Yelp Baltimore

Sandra L. Gibson