Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Cafeteria ManMFF 2011 opens Wednesday, May 4, and among the many documentaries they’re screening are two honing in on fascinating stories within the Baltimore school system.

Imelda director Ramona Diaz's THE LEARNING documents a year in the lives of four Filipino women recruited to work as teachers in the Baltimore school system; Richard Chisolm's CAFETERIA MAN follows Tony Geraci as he attempts to revamp Baltimore's school lunch program with an emphasis on fresh, healthy, local, and even student-grown ingredients. Both films are amazing portraits of our city, our schools, our students—and the way all of the above are seen by new residents hoping to make a difference.

The LearningBoth THE LEARNING and CAFETERIA MAN will be hosted by their directors—as will two other features directed by Baltimore-based filmmakers: Josh Slates' SMALL POND and former MFF programmer Skizz Cyzyk's FREAKS IN LOVE: A QUARTER CENTURY IN UNDERGROUND ROCK WITH ALICE DONUT. Don't miss them!

Visit their website to purchase tickets to THE LEARNING and CAFETERIA MAN!


VIVA RIVA, UNCLE BOONMEE Among MFF 2011's Global Highlights!

Viva Riva

If you have an appetite for international cinema, get ready to travel the globe this weekend with MFF 2011!

They're thrilled to present the stylish Congolese gangster thriller VIVA RIVA! with its acclaimed director, Djo Tunda Wa Munga, attending! Also in their line-up is UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES, the mystical Thai film that won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, and legendary director Catherine Breillat's latest, THE SLEEPING BEAUTY!

Need more? They’ve got you covered. Check out our write-ups for Uruguay's A USEFUL LIFE; The Ukraine's MY JOY; Chile's NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT; Quebec's CURLING; Portugal's CONVENTO; Japan's HOSPITALITE; France's DOMAINE; and the UK's WEEKEND, among many others globe-trotting films!