It used to be that the Maryland Film Festival was just a cool neighborhood event for Courtney Knipp — a bunch of obscure movies being shown just up the street from her home in Mount Vernon.
Not anymore, not with thousands of film fans massing in and around the Charles Theatre, watching movies — 127 this year -— and comparing notes with hundreds of filmmakers from all over the world. This tiny corner of the Station North Arts District becomes the center of the film universe for one weekend every May.
And that is so cool by Knipp.
"I have always...