Melanie Griffith

Maryland Film Festival updates: Going a little ape over 'Sylvio'

Maryland Film Festival updates: Going a little ape over 'Sylvio'

Note: This article will be updated throughout the weekend with dispatches from the 2017 Maryland Film Festival. 

“Sylvio,” one of the quirkier pleasures of this year’s Maryland Film Festival, is a home-grown product in just about every sense.

Not only was this tale of a passive-aggressive gorilla seeking life’s simpler pleasures, and having an existential crisis while pursuing them, shot right here in Baltimore. And not only is its co-director, Albert Birney, from Baltimore. But Birney and his directing partner, Kentucker Audley, first met at a previous MdFF.

It happened about six years ago, Birney told his audience Saturday afternoon at the Stavros...

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