CineMaryland is going off the air

A screengrab from the fall 2012 showing of CineMaryland with Rebecca Jessop.
A screengrab from the fall 2012 showing of CineMaryland with Rebecca Jessop. (Screengrab from CineMaryland)

CineMaryland, a television newsmagazine devoted to films and filmmaking in Maryland that has been available to local TV stations for 15 years, is going off the air.

"We had a run of over 15 years, but at the end, nobody was watching," said show host and co-producer Rebecca Jessop. "It wasn't a tough decision to make, but it was sad."

Produced out of Howard Community College, CineMaryland had been broadcast on educational channels in Baltimore, Howard, Harford and Carroll counties, as well as other areas throughout the state. At its peak, the show was carried on 14 channels, Jessop said. The latest edition is being carried on 11 channels.

The show, which was being produced quarterly, concentrated on filming being done in Maryland, as well as on actors and filmmakers from the state and other area film-related events. Its cameras were a staple at the annual Maryland Film Festival, for example, where both filmmakers and festival-goers often found themselves being interviewed.

Over its 15-year run, CineMaryland's cameras have visited with Baltimore cinematic mainstays John Waters and Barry Levinson, as well as such visitors to the area as John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix, Dominic West, Johnathan Schaech, Patricia Neal and Harvey Pekar.

The final edition, which began airing this week, includes an interview with Baltimore writer-director Sheldon Candis on his recent film, "LUV," as well as a piece on Hagerstown native Erik Kristopher Myers, creator of the award-winning suspense drama, "Roulette." It also looks at two recent movies starring Columbia native Edward Norton, "Moonrise Kingdom" and "The Bourne Legacy."

Jessop said she and her CineMaryland partner, producer-director Karen Hinds Vadnais, hope to resurrect the show at some point, although she wouldn't speculate on what form it would take. "Everything is up for discussion," she said.

"We have 15 years of interviews with people behind-the-scenes, in front of the camera, all of that," Jessop said. "That's a wonderful archive."


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