Monday, August 14, 2017

MdFF PRESENTS “THIS WEEK @ SNF PARKWAY”

MdFF is excited to continue our FREE THURSDAYS series on August 17 with COME BACK, AFRICA. After witnessing firsthand the terrors of fascism as a soldier in World War II, director Lionel Rogosin vowed to fight against it wherever and whenever he saw its threats reemerging. In an effort to expose “what people try to avoid seeing,” Rogosin travelled to apartheid-struck South Africa and secretly filmed COME BACK, AFRICA which revealed the cruelty and injustice with which black South Africans were treated.

FREE SCREENING—no ticket required—first-come, first-served!

THE GHOUL
Screening through 8/17
Director: Gareth Tunley, 2016, UK, 85 mins
A detective goes undercover as a patient to investigate a psychotherapist he believes is linked to a strange double murder. As his therapy sessions continue the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur… a dark psychological thriller about murder, madness, maths and magic. From executive producer Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Free Fire) comes this mind-bending British psychological thriller reminiscent of such classics of the genre as Nicolas Roeg and Donald Camel’s Performance, David Lynch’s Lost Highway and Christopher Nolan’s Following. Visit mdfilmfest.com for showtimes!

SOUL ON A STRING
Screening through 8/17
Director: Yang Zhang, 2016, China, 142 min
Language: Tibetan with English Subtitles

After discovering a sacred stone in the mouth of a slain deer, Taibei, a young Tibetan wanderer, embarks on a mission to bring it back to the holy mountain of Buddha’s handprint. His journey proves to be long and difficult as black market traders seek the priceless artifact for themselves, and two brothers – Kodi and Guori – seek revenge for the murder of their father. An obstinate woman, Joan, and a psychic elf, Pu, soon decide to join him. The trio’s earthly conflict is suddenly thrown off course by strange and mystical events. Visit mdfilmfest.com for showtimes!

PERSON TO PERSON
Director: Dustin Guy Defa, 2017, 84 min
Person to Person is a pure cinematic joy punctuated with a cast of quirky Big Apple characters. The overly eager newspaper reporter Phil (Michael Cera) and his new co-worker Claire (Abbi Jacobson) are trying to pry crucial evidence about a suspicious death from a watch repairman (Philip Baker Hall). Meanwhile, Benny (Bene Coopersmith), an obsessive record collector, is trying to avoid getting burned on a rare record deal. At the same time, he is helping his lovesick friend rebound from some bad decisions he made during a recent break-up. The film rolls out one fascinating character after another, offering up an engrossing, low-key, slice-of-life comedy. Visit mdfilmfest.com for showtimes

MdFF 2017 WTF SHORTS PROGRAM
Various directors, 2016-2017, 101 minutes
Maryland Film Festival launched its signature “WTF Shorts” program in 2007. A decade later, we’re proud to offer our latest edition of these unclassifiable, decidedly NSFW shorts a theatrical run at the SNF Parkway! Come enjoy, and/or drop your jaw at, some of the most deranged short films being made today. Visit mdfilmfest.com for showtimes!



MAMA AFRICA
Director:
Mika Kaurismäki 2011, Germany, South Africa, Finland
Language: English, French

Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba introduces to a new generation of Americans the world-famous South African singer Miriam Makeba and her legacy. Miriam Makeba (1932-2008) spent half a century travelling the world spreading her political message to fight racism, poverty and promote justice and peace. Through rare archive footage of her performances and through testimonies of her contemporaries and supporters including Harry Belafonte, Stokely Carmichael, Hugh Masekela, Paul Simon, Angélique Kidjo and many others – we discover Miriam Makeba’s remarkable journey. Starts Friday, August 18. Visit mdfilmfest.com for showtimes!

COLUMBUS
Director: Kogonada, 2016, USA, 104 min
Cast:
John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey, Michelle Forbes & Rory Culkin
Casey (Haley Lu Richardson) lives with her mother in a little-known Midwestern town haunted by the promise of modernism. Jin (John Cho), a visitor from the other side of the world, attends to his dying father. Burdened by the future, they find respite in one another and the architecture that surrounds them. Love and personal ties are matters of life and death in Columbus, where the pair’s connection then probes a soul-searching exploration of familial duties for both parties. "Video essayist Kogonada crafts a hypnotic and intimate debut feature." - IndieWire Starts Friday, August 25. Visit mdfilmfest.com to learn more!


AUGUST 25 - 31: TWO FILMS BY STEPHANIE BARBER

DAREDEVILS
A portrait of risk and language, the experimental narrative DAREDEVILS, presents a writer as she interviews a well-known artist and feels the reverberations of their discussion throughout her day. Visually spare, still and verbose, the video considers three formal handlings of language - a dialog, two monologues and a song. Visit mdfilmfest.com to learn more!

IN THE JUNGLE
In The Jungle, playfully and sorrowfully tells the tale of an unreliable narrator in a self imposed exile. This jungle serves as an extended metaphor for excessive and continual growth and death, fear and sustenance; a metaphorical space of chaos in which the scientist finds solace and which stands in contrast to the human jungle of ‘civilization’. Visit mdfilmfest.com to learn more!

Visit our website for a full list of showtimes and to purchase tickets. Tickets are also available for sale onsite at the SNF Parkway (5 W. North Ave).

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