A dozen films to be shown at this year's Maryland Film Festival have ties to Baltimore or Maryland — a record number, organizers say. Here are some of the highlights:
"12 O'Clock Boys" Maryland Institute College of Art grad Lotfy Nathan's documentary follows a teenager nicknamed Pug as he tries to get in good with the West Baltimore dirt-bike gang that gives the film its title. The film, Nathan's first, was a big hit at this year's South by Southwest festival. 7 p.m. Friday (MICA's Brown Center) and 5 p.m. Sunday (Charles Theatre 1).
"By and By: New Orleans Gospel at the Crossroads" The Electrifying Crown Seekers, the Big Easy's family-based gospel group, are the subject of this effort from Baltimore filmmakers Matt Bowden and Joe Compton. 8 p.m. Thursday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday (Charles 5).
"I Am Divine" Baltimore's favorite son/drag queen is the subject of this documentary, which includes interviews with his friend, John Waters. 10:30 p.m. Thursday (Charles 1) and 5 p.m. Saturday (Brown).
"I Used to Be Darker" This third feature from Baltimore's Matt Porterfield tells the story of a teenager who, after getting in trouble in Ocean City, seeks help from some Baltimore relatives who have their own problems. Shot entirely in Maryland. 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (Charles 1).
"If We Shout Loud Enough" Local underground music favorites Double Dagger embark on their final tour. 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday (Charles 2).
"V/H/S/2" One of the segments on this horror omnibus was shot in Maryland by Frederick native and "Blair Witch Project" co-director Eduardo Sanchez. 11:59 p.m. Friday (Charles 1) and 11 p.m. Saturday (Brown).Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun