Maryland Film Festival, Everyman Theatre to collaborate on film series

The 1993 film version of “M. Butterfly,” starring Jeremy Irons as a French diplomat who falls in love with an opera singer, will be the first entry in a film series at the Parkway tied to Everyman Theatre’s 2017-2018 season.

Set for 7 p.m. Sept. 26, the screening of “M. Butterfly,” directed by David Cronenberg and written by David Henry Hwang, based on his Tony-winning play, will be tied to Everyman’s production of the play, running Sept. 6-Oct. 8.

Vincent M. Lancisi, the founding director of Everyman and the production’s director, will host the screening and lead a post-film discussion.

“All arts audiences are passionate audiences, and we are delighted by this opportunity to merge two mediums," Lancisi said in a release announcing the partnership.

On Oct. 24, the Parkway will screen director Ava DuVernay’s 2012 “Middle of Nowhere” as a companion to Everyman's production of “Intimate Apparel,” with actor Dawn Ursula as host. On Dec. 12, French director Benoît Jacquot’s 2012 "Farewell My Queen" will accompany the theatrical production of “The Revolutionists,” hosted by set designer Daniel Ettinger.

Additional screenings are set for Feb. 6, March 20 and May 15 of next year, to go with productions of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” “Aubergine” and “The Book of Joseph.” Movies for those dates have yet to be chosen.

"We’re building many community partnerships, and we have been big fans of Everyman’s work, so it’s especially exciting to be part of this Everyman season,” said Jed Dietz, the film festival’s founding director.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway is located at 5 W. North Ave. Tickets will run $8-$10. Information: mdfilmfest.com.

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