Jed Dietz – Founding Director of MdFF, President of the Producer’s Club of Maryland
Jed Dietz oversees all MdFF activities including the Maryland Film Festival, the Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship (in partnership with the Sundance Labs), the Maryland Regional Production Guide, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway.
Dietz is a founding Board member of the Maryland Film Industry Coalition, an advocacy group for more film and television production in Maryland. Among other advisory roles, Dietz has served on the Acquisition Committee of the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the National Aquarium’s Marketing Committee. He is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Baltimore Center Stage. He graduated from Deerfield Academy, the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead Scholar, and he holds an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester. Dietz is married to Dr. Julia McMillan and they have three children.
Eric Allen Hatch – Director of Programming
As Director of Programming for MdFF, Eric Allen Hatch oversees the film selections for both the annual Maryland Film Festival and the year-round Parkway Theatre. Eric has worked as a staff programmer for MdFF since 2007, and became director of programming in 2010. He has represented MdFF at such other festivals as Sundance, TIFF, and True/False, and served as both a film mentor and juror at SXSW. Previously, Eric programmed international films for the Baltimore Museum of Art and contributed hundreds of film, music, and literature reviews to Baltimore City Paper. He also co-founded the Red Room Collective, the experimental-music organization behind the High Zero festival. Eric collects vinyl records and photographs of historic Baltimore movie theaters and streetcars; he can be found photoshopping Paul Blart into transgressive art-house films on Twitter and Instagram at @ericallenhatch. His favorite film is Possession (1981).
Scott Braid – Associate Director
Associate Director Scott Braid completed a BFA in Cinematic Arts at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in the Spring of 2012. His love of film brought him to MdFF as Tent Village Coordinator in 2008. He served as the Public Relations Coordinator in 2009 and joined the festival full time as Programming Administrator in 2010. Scott’s spirit animal is an owl. He loves long walks on the beach and drinking champagne in a heart-shaped hot tub in the Poconos. He is an Aries with a waxing Gemini moon.