Why Do We Go to the Movies?
An Introduction to the Maryland Film Festival...Plus a Chance to Win Tickets
Good news for local film fans then, because this year’s seventh annual Maryland Film Festival contains at least modest amounts of every one of the aforementioned movie menu items. No ’spense-y computer-generated special effects or explosion-studded action epics and no Burger King promotional tie-ins, but other than that, MFF’s stalwart organizers pretty much have you covered, in both the feature-length and short forms. And to help you navigate a long weekend of flitting around the Charles Theatre (with occasional darts over to MICA’s Brown Center), the film fans here at City Paper present our annual guide to the goings-on.
In addition to our full schedule for MFF ‘05 and our capsule reviews of each and every feature and short we could get our hands on, we devote some extra ink to Palindromes and its director, indie cause célèbre Todd Solondz; to The Boys of Baraka, a documentary tracing the course of a handful of young Baltimoreans who attended the now-shuttered Baraka School in Kenya; and to local writer/director Lee Boot and his Euphoria, a whole new kind of feel-good flick.
Our two cents on the festival and its offerings are free, of course, but one lucky reader can get into all the movies for free (save the opening- and closing-night events) by tackling the Film Fest Frenzy-related trivia questions listed to the left. Be the first person to e-mail the correct answers and you’ll win an all-access pass to MFF 2004. Be sure to include your name and daytime phone number. Past FFF quiz winners and members of the CP extended family are not eligible.)
Film Fest Frenzy 2005 (not affiliated with the Maryland Film Festival) was written by Blake de Pastino, Violet Carberry, Anna Ditkoff, Edward Ericson Jr., Lee Gardner, Eric Allen Hatch, Tim Hill, Nicole Leistikow, Joe MacLeod, Bret McCabe, Erin Sullivan, and Wendy Ward. Derf provided the illustrations. Our thanks, as always, to Jed Dietz, Dan Krovich, and the rest of the folks at MFF.
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