'Ping Pong Summer'

The 2014 Maryland Film Festival will feature the local debut of "Ping Pong Summer," writer-director Michael Tully's coming-of-age tale set in Ocean City in the 1980s and starring Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson, John Hannah and Amy Sedaris. (April 9, 2014)

The Maryland Film Festival, which for the first time this year will not be showing the majority of its films at a single location, will have shuttles transporting moviegoers among its seven venues.

Free shuttles will be running about every 10 minutes, festival director Jed Dietz said. The venues include the Maryland Institute College of Art Lazarus Graduate Studio Center, 131 W. North Ave.; the Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave.; University of Baltimore Business Center, 11 W. Mount Royal Ave.; UB Langsdale Auditorium, 1420 Maryland Ave. (entrance off Oliver Street); MICA Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.; MICA Gateway Building, 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.; and the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St.

The festival's box office and tent village will be set up adjacent to the MICA Lazarus Center.

In addition, festival attendees will be encouraged to use the Charm City Circulator's purple route, which travels along Charles and St. Paul streets.

Dietz also noted that the seven venues will each have digital projection and Dolby sound systems, some rented for the duration of the festival. "We really worked hard to have each of these venues lifted up to great moviegoing," he said.

The festival opens May 7 at the UB Brown Center with its traditional Opening Night Shorts program, which this year will include five films ranging in length from five to 15 minutes. The festival runs through May 11.