Beyond showcasing women-helmed films, the Maryland Film Festival once again features movies with local connections. Here's a sampling:
'Actress' Director Robert Greene's film tracks the decision by actress Brandy Burre (fondly remembered by many in these parts as Theresa D'Agostino on "The Wire") as she decides to resume an acting career after having given it up to start a family. (1:45 p.m. Friday and 2:15 p.m. Sunday, May 11 at University of Baltimore's Langsdale Auditorium)
'Baltimore in Black and White' Filmmaker Emily Topper (who co-directed with Mary Posatko) revisits the case surrounding the death of her father, Henry Selhorst, who was murdered in 1972, blocks from where he lived in Edmondson Village. (7:15 p.m. Friday at UB's Langsdale Auditorium and 11 a.m. Saturday at Maryland Institute College of Art's Brown Center)
'Call Girl of Cthuhlu' Baltimore horror maven Chris LaMartina spins a ghastly tale about a boy, a call girl and an octopus demon out to destroy the world. (9:45 p.m. Thursday and 10 p.m. Friday at UB's Langsdale Auditorium)
'Ping Pong Summer' University of Maryland, Baltimore County grad Michael Tully revisits his '80s-era summers in Ocean City in a film starring Susan Sarandon, Marcello Conte, John Hannah, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris, Robert Longstreet, Myles Massey and Judah Friedlander. (7 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at MICA's Brown Center)
'Point and Shoot' Marshall Curry's documentary looks at Baltimore native Matthew Van Dyke, who fought the Gadhafi regime alongside rebel forces in Libya in 2011, was captured and spent months in jail, much of it in solitary confinement. (11 a.m. Friday and 2:15 p.m. Saturday at the Walters Art Museum)
'Young Bodies Heal Quickly' This latest from UMBC alum Andrew T. Betzer follows two brothers on the run after accidentally killing a young girl. (6 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the UB Business Center)
In addition, several filmmakers with local connections have shorts playing the festival, including Animated shorts (8:45 p.m. Friday and 2:15 p.m. Sunday at the MICA Lazarus Graduate Studio Center, 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Windup Space) from former MFF programmer Skizz Cyzyk ("Alfred Jarry and 'Pataphysics'") and Kirsten Leopore ("Move Mountain"), and Avant-garde shorts (7:30 p.m. Thursday at the MICA Lazarus Graduate Studio Center, 4:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday at the Windup Space) from Jimmy Joe Roche ("Dead Rats of Baltimore"), Tom Borax ("The Novice Clairalient") and Margaret Rorison ("Pull/Drift").