Native son Barry Levinson, whose documentary “Diner Guys” opened the first Maryland Film Festival in 1999, is getting a similar place of honor at the 19th annual event, the first to be held in the newly renovated 102-year-old Stavros Niarchos Parkway theatre.
Levinson’s latest film, “The Wizard of Lies,” will be shown at 4 p.m. May 4 during the second day of this year’s festival, making it the first feature film to be shown at the Parkway since it was shuttered in 1978. The festival kicks off May 3 with the traditional opening-night program of short films, a long-time festival staple.
“Wizard of Lies,” scheduled to debut on HBO May 20, stars Robert De Niro as financier Bernie Madoff, whose massive stock fraud case rocked Wall Street when it broke in late 2008. Michelle Pfeiffer plays his wife, Ruth.
Levinson is scheduled to be on hand to introduce the film.
Information on the Maryland Film Festival, including tickets, can be found at mdfilmfest.com.