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Maryland Film Festival founder to retire after 20 years

Maryland Film Festival founder to retire after 20 years

Jed Dietz, founding director of the Maryland Film Festival, will retire Nov. 1.

“Personally, I felt it was time,” said Dietz, who organized the first film festival in 1999 at the Charles Theatre, oversaw its move in 2014 to the Maryland Institute College of Art campus and other nearby venues, and leaves after two years in the Niarchos Foundation Parkway in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. “And it just seemed like, institutionally, it was absolutely the best moment.”

Dietz, 70, who has been at the helm for 20 film festivals and led the renovation of the 103-year-old Parkway Theatre as the festival’s year-round home, will remain a consultant and board...

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