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MICA to launch master's program for filmmakers

The Maryland Institute College of Art announced Wednesday that it will launch a master's program in filmmaking and will run it out of a historic Station North theater that will be home to both MICA and the Johns Hopkins University's film programs.

The master of fine arts in filmmaking program will begin in fall 2015 and be led by Patrick Wright, who co-produced the 2010 Oscar-winning short documentary, "Music by Prudence," and other films on HIV/AIDS, clergy sexual abuse, and political commentator Ann Coulter. The program will take advantage of the renovation of the former Centre Theatre at 10 E. North Ave. in the Station North arts district.

Hopkins and MICA began collaborating on film several years ago, with MICA offering a concentration in film through a partnership with Hopkins last year. The renovation of the dilapidated and abandoned theater, a collaboration between MICA and JHU, is expected to be complete in fall 2015.

Officials said they hoped to build on the success of films like Lotfy Nathan's "12 O'Clock Boys," as well as TV shows like HBO's "Veep" and Netflix's "House of Cards."

"MICA is committed to helping define Baltimore as an international center for filmmaking," MICA President Samuel Hoi said in a statement. "We aren't thinking small."

An earlier version of this article misstated that the film programs would be housed in the Parkway Theatre. The Centre Theatre will house the MICA and Hopkins programs. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

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