Jack Gerbes is a salesman. On a given day, he might drive around the state, looking for the perfect Victorian house or an old granary silo that can be used in a film shoot instead of a department store.
He's spent days in a van with Jodie Foster and in a helicopter with Clint Eastwood, all in the hopes of getting film crews to set up shop in the place known as "America in Miniature."
"My job is to sell the state of Maryland," Gerbes, a Forest Hill resident, who has led the Maryland Film Office since 2002, said.
The film office's and his most prominent "sale" to date may be the "House of Cards" franchise, whose first three seasons...