Baltimore hosts features, docs, shorts, and a John Waters pick for the 14th annual Maryland Film Festival.May 3rd, 2012 | Steven Abrams
Maryland invites familiar faces from The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Streets, and past festivals, for the 14th year of this broad-based regional festival that takes place in Baltimore May 3-6.
The Maryland Film Festival (MFF) is a regional film festival that takes place annually in Baltimore, Maryland, this year from May 3-6. Entering its 14th year, the festival is known as a filmmaker friendly experience that reflects the character and atmosphere of its host city.
A look at Amy Nicholson's film, which aired on PBS's "Independent Lens"June 4th, 2008 | Fernanda Rossi
To make Muskrat Lovely (view the trailer), her first full-length documentary, Amy Nicholson packed a small crew into a car and drove from New York City to rural Maryland. Her subjects were the women participating in the 50th anniversary muskrat-skinning competition, which they refer to as a pageant. She had only one camera and under three weeks to get all of the footage she needed. Here, she explains how she pulled it off. Also, check out the Doc Doctor's previous Anatomy columns.
About this column: Many filmmakers ponder in anguish, How do other people—celebrated people—do it? Am I taking too long to make this documentary? Does everybody spend as much money as I am spending, or am I spending too little? And when filmmakers share their lessons learned in interviews in the glossy trade magazines, their tales seem to follow the arc of otherworldy heroes rather than real documentary makers, i.e. human beings like you and me. So each month, the Doc Doctor will go out into the world (this real world) of filmmakers who are successful and find out how they made it. The "Anatomy of a Film Column" is a chance to learn from filmmakers' hits and misses in real life examples. —Fernanda Rossi, story consultant a.k.a. the Documentary Doctor
Director Andrea Kalin talks about making a film set in the 18th Century and on two continentsMarch 3rd, 2008 | Mike Hofman
Directors Andrea Kalin and Bill Duke certainly had their work cut out for them when they teamed up to film Prince Among Slaves (watch the trailer), a film that aired recently on PBS. The film tells the story of Abdul Rahman Ibrihima, a Muslim prince who was captured by slave traders in Africa, and sold to the owner of a Mississippi plantation. Recreating the story involved scouting locations, casting the prince, renting a schooner, and scrupulously researching the historical record. Kalin discusses the making of the film with The Independent's Mike Hofman.
Prince Among Slaves, which aired in February on PBS as part of public television's Black History Month programming, is the story of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima, an African prince who was captured by slave traders in 1788. He completed the Middle Passage in shackles, and ended up sold to a farmer of modest means in Natchez, Mississippi.
The legendary happy-atmosphere of Waters’ townSeptember 1st, 2004 | Richard Gorelick
Languishing in the shadows of bigger-shouldered cities like Washington and Philadelphia, Baltimore is burdened with something of a municipal chip on its shoulder, exposed in reasonless civic sloganeering like the much-scorned recent campaign proclaimin
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Amy Nicholson's film about an offbeat pageant aired on PBS's "Independent Lens"June 4th, 2008
Amy Nicholson's film about an offbeat pageant aired on PBS's "Independent Lens"
"The Nine Lives of Marion Barry" draws a large crowd at SilverDocs 2009.June 22nd, 2009 | Enette Ngoei
Independent blogger Enette Ngoei attends the closing night screening of The Nine Lives of Marion Barry, where filmmakers Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer explore the political career and private life of the former D.C. mayor. The world premiere was kicked off with a visit from Barry, which was ill-received by gay rights protesters (watch a YouTube video of Barry's arrival here) and ended with an after-screening Q&A, where Barry deflected tough questions from the audience.
Excitement at SilverDocs 2009 reached a crescendo on its closing night. Throngs of people turned up in Silver Spring, MD, to catch the sold-out film, The Nine Lives of Marion Barry. Not all of them got a seat in the AFI Silver Theatre.