Here's the slate for the Maryland Film Festival. Check www.mdfilm for updates.


Senator Theatre

7:30 p.m. -- Opening Night Shorts (followed by Opening Night Party)


Charles Theatre 1

noon -- Narrative Shorts: Rinse Cycle

2:30 p.m. -- Narrative Shorts: Tales of the Fantastic

5 p.m. -- Aurora Borealis

8 p.m. -- Head-On (hosted by John Waters)

Charles Theatre 2

10:30 a.m. -- The Wire (discussion with David Simon)

1 p.m. -- Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela

3:30 p.m. -- The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros

6 p.m. -- Tell Me Do You Miss Me

8:30 p.m. -- Al Franken: God Spoke

Charles Theatre 3

11 a.m. -- Downtown Locals

1:30 p.m. -- Documentary Shorts: Other Worlds

4 p.m. -- Narrative Shorts: Hired Help

9 p.m. -- Wide Awake

Charles Theatre 4

11:30 a.m. -- Narrative Shorts: Duality

2 p.m. -- LOL

4:30 p.m. -- Cocaine Angel

7 p.m. -- Home Front

9:30 p.m. -- Narrative Shorts: Metaphysics

Charles Theatre 5

10:30 AM -- The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang

1 p.m. -- The Guatemalan Handshake

6 p.m. -- October Sky (hosted by Matt Stover)

8:30 p.m. -- Water


Charles Theatre 1

11 a.m. -- The Mad Magician (in 3-D)

1:30 p.m. -- We Go Way Back

4 p.m. -- Full Metal Jacket (hosted by Matthew Modine)

7 p.m. -- The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang

9:30 p.m. -- The Guatemalan Handshake

Charles Theatre 2

10:30 a.m. -- Crossing Arizona

1 p.m. -- These Girls

3:30 p.m. -- Novem

6 p.m. -- So Much So Fast

8:30 p.m. -- Sp!t

Charles Theatre 3

10:30 a.m. -- Narrative Shorts: Hired Help

12:30 p.m. -- My Country, My Country

3 p.m. -- Yours, Al

5:30 p.m. -- The Call of Cthulhu

8 p.m. -- Documentary Shorts: Other Worlds

Charles Theatre 4

noon -- Narrative Shorts: Connections

2:20 p.m. -- Black Maria Shorts

5 p.m. -- Avant-Garde Shorts

7:30 p.m. -- Hamilton

9:30 p.m. -- Comedy Shorts

Charles Theatre 5

11:30 a.m. -- Narrative Shorts: The Rinse Cycle

2 p.m. -- Narrative Shorts: Tales of the Fantastic

4:30 p.m. -- Look Both Ways

7 p.m. -- Conversations With Other Women

9:30 p.m. -- Opa!

Falvey Hall

12:30 p.m. -- Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story

3 p.m. -- Mentor

5:30 p.m. -- Darkon


Charles Theatre 1

2 p.m. -- Twelve and Holding

7:30 p.m. -- The Eagle (closing night)

Charles Theatre 2

11 a.m. -- Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris

1:30 p.m. -- The Lady from Sockholm

4 p.m. -- Stomp! Shout! Scream!

Charles Theatre 3

11:30 a.m. -- King Leopold's Ghost

2:30 p.m. -- Narrative Shorts: Duality

5 p.m. -- We Go Way Back

Charles Theatre 4

noon -- Animated Shorts

2:30 p.m. -- Hybrid Shorts

5 p.m. -- Documentary Shorts: Music

Charles Theatre 5

11:30 a.m. -- Aurora Borealis

2:30 p.m. -- The Scent of Green Papaya

5:30 p.m. -- Hamilton

Rotunda 1

11 a.m. -- The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros

1:30 p.m. -- Red White Black & Blue

4 p.m. -- Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela

Rotunda 2

11:30 a.m. -- Documentary Shorts: Works in Progress

2 p.m. -- LOL

4:30 p.m. -- Downtown Locals

What's Playing


ABDUCTION: THE MEGUMI YOKOTA STORY -- This is the remarkable story of a 13-year-old Japanese girl abducted on her way home from school by North Korean spies. For 20 years, her parents had no idea what had happened to her. Then, one day the whole world learned the shocking truth.

AL FRANKEN: GOD SPOKE -- The makers of The War Room turn their cameras on yet another burgeoning political career. A cinema verite pursuit of Al Franken shot over two years.

AURORA BOREALIS -- A 20-something slacker (Joshua Jackson) must confront his grandfather's (Donald Sutherland) failing health. He is also forced to face his own past as he begins a relationship with his grandfather's free-spirited nurse (Juliette Lewis).


THE BLOSSOMING OF MAXIMO OLIVEROS -- Coming-of-age story of a 12-year-old boy from a gritty area on the outskirts of Manila as he deals with his place in his criminal family when he falls in love with a policeman.


THE CALL OF CTHULHU -- A silent film adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft novel. A dying professor leaves his great-nephew a collection of documents pertaining to the Cthulhu Cult. The nephew begins piecing together the dread implications of his grandfather's inquiries.

COCAINE ANGEL -- A tragic yet darkly comic week in the life of a weary young drug addict who is clinging to the remnants of his once-hopeful existence amid the stink, the sweat and the unforgiving heat of Jacksonville, Fla.

CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER WOMEN -- When a man (Aaron Eckhart) and a woman (Helena Bonham Carter) flirt with each other at a wedding reception, the sexual tension seems spontaneous. But as the conversation deepens, their previous life together is gradually revealed. Shot in "dual-frame," an advanced split-screen effect.

CROSSING ARIZONA -- An up-to-the-moment look at the hotly debated issues of illegal immigration and border security on the U.S./Mexico border.


DARKON -- A documentary about a Baltimore-area Live Action Role Playing (LARP) group and the events that take place when an upstart challenges the most powerful kingdom in the land.

DOWNTOWN LOCALS -- A funny yet poignant glimpse underground, into the lives of six disparate New York City subway buskers -- including the Mercury Man, a struggling actor who stands motionless for hours at a time; Julio, a Colombian immigrant who dances with a life-sized doll attached to his shoes; and Helen, a Vassar graduate in her 40s who reinvents herself as an accordion-playing chanteuse.


FULL METAL JACKET -- (hosted by Matthew Modine) Stanley Kubrick's classic film about the dehumanizing effect of the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of a Marine from basic training through fighting on the streets in Vietnam.


THE GUATEMALAN HANDSHAKE -- In the confusion after a power outage, an awkward demolition derby driver vanishes, setting in motion a series of events affecting his pregnant girlfriend, his helplessly car-less father, a pack of wild Boy Scouts, a lactose-intolerant roller rink employee, an elderly woman in search of her lost dog, and his best friend -- a 10-year-old girl named Turkeylegs.


HAMILTON -- Chronicles two summer days in the life of a young family: Lena, 17, and Joe, 20, two recent, accidental, unwed parents residing in a diverse suburban neighborhood in Northeast Baltimore.

HEAD-ON -- (hosted by John Waters) A marriage of convenience in Hamburg between two troubled Turks changes both their lives in this fine, gritty, contemporary love story. Director Fatih Akin dives deep into Turkish culture and explores the slippery slope of identity and cultural pride faced by Turks who either move to or are born in Germany.

HOME FRONT -- Documentary about an injured Iraq war veteran as he returns home and the Wounded Warrior Project that lobbies on injured veterans' behalf.


KING LEOPOLD'S GHOST -- A documentary about the exploitation of the Congo by King Leopold II of Belgium and the legacy left behind.


THE LADY FROM SOCKHOLM -- World War II film noir told entirely with sock puppets as washed-up gumshoe Terrence M. Cotton takes on the case of the disappearance of high-end hosiery.

LOL -- Alex, Tim and Chris view the women in their lives through the dimensions of a computer screen or the lens of a camera-phone as they struggle to balance their online fantasies and addictions with the demands of real life.

LOOK BOTH WAYS -- Mixing animation and live action, Look Both Ways follows the misadventures of Meryl (Justine Clarke), a woman who sees disaster everywhere. One day Meryl is witness to a real accident that connects her to the lives of others affected by the tragedy, among them Nick (William McInnes), a photographer emotionally inhibited by his fears.


THE MAD MAGICIAN (in 3D) -- Vincent Price plays a master of disguise and inventor of magic tricks for other magicians. When his own debut as a stage musician is thwarted by a rival, he turns to nefarious measures to exact his revenge.

MENTOR -- A celebrated writer/professor and his two star pupils become entangled professionally, romantically and emotionally in this story of love and ambition.

MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY -- Documentary that follows the agonizing predicament and gradual descent of one man caught in the contradictions of the U.S. occupation of Iraq and its project to spread democracy in the Middle East. The story unfolds through the eyes of Dr. Riyadh, a medical doctor, father of six, devout Sunni Muslim, and a political candidate in Iraq's January 2005 parliamentary elections.


NOVEM -- About a group of college kids who recorded an album in 1973 and then died in a car crash. The album is discovered 30 years later at a garage sale.


OCTOBER SKY -- (hosted by Baltimore Ravens kicker Matt Stover) When the Sputnik satellite is launched, Homer Hickam, a teenager in a small coal mining town in West Virginia, is inspired to take up amateur rocketry with his friends. Despite the fact that the rest of the town and his father in particular think he is wasting his time, he pursues his dream to become a rocket scientist. Based on the memoirs of Homer Hickam.

OPA! -- An American archaeologist comes to a Greek isle on his quest to find a sacred chalice once used by St. John the Divine. Though armed with the latest technology, when a local woman catches his eye he risks being distracted from his objective.


RED WHITE BLACK & BLUE -- Documentary about a WWII incident when the Japanese invaded and occupied part of Alaska and the American soldiers who were charged with the task to take it back.


THE SASQUATCH DUMPLING GANG -- A group of friends finds what they believe to be Bigfoot tracks in the local woods, and a Sasquatch expert is brought in to verify the find. From some of the group that made Napoleon Dynamite.

THE SCENT OF GREEN PAPAYA -- (hosted by Branford Marsalis) Set in prewar Vietnam, this is an exquisitely sensuous memory of a servant girl, Mui, and her transformation when she goes to work for a large, wealthy household.

SO MUCH SO FAST -- When Stephen Heywood finds out he has ALS, his brother Jamie becomes obsessed with finding a cure. The woman who's falling in love with Stephen has a decision to make. A black-humored cliffhanger of romance, guerrilla science and the redefinition of time.

SP!T -- Documentary follows several individuals as they strive to compete in the National Poetry Slam finals.

STOMP! SHOUT! SCREAM! -- This beach party rock 'n' roll monster movie is set in 1966 and intertwines the adventures of an all-girl garage rock band with the legend of the Skunk Ape (the Florida Everglades' version of Bigfoot).


TELL ME DO YOU MISS ME -- The four members of the New York-based indie-rock band LUNA confront the ceiling of their ambition, the harsh realities of their modest success and their conflicted feelings about each other as they embark on their final world tour and uncertain middle-aged futures.

THESE GIRLS -- Coming-of-age dark comedy about three teenage girls who in turn seduce and then attempt to share a married older man (David Boreanaz).

TIS AUTUMN: THE SEARCH FOR JACKIE PARIS -- Documentary about jazz vocalist Jackie Paris, who worked with Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie and was ranked by critics as in the same class with Sinatra.

TWELVE AND HOLDING -- Three pre-teen friends try to take control of their lives and make their way toward adulthood after a tragic event.

TWELVE DISCIPLES OF NELSON MANDELA -- A documentary about the first wave of South African freedom fighters who galvanized the anti-apartheid movement from exile.


WATER -- Set in 1938 Colonial India, against Mahatma Gandhi's rise to power, Water begins when 8-year-old Chuyia is widowed and sent to a home where Hindu widows must live in penitence.

WE GO WAY BACK -- A funny, tender character study about a young actress named Kate whose refusal to admit to her romantic and professional dissatisfaction leads her to a surreal confrontation with her own past.

WIDE AWAKE -- Filmmaker Alan Berliner's uniquely personal tour through his lifelong obsession with insomnia. Berliner once again uses his own life as a laboratory -- this time to confront the anguish of his sleeplessness and the blessing of extra time that it affords his creative life.

THE WIRE -- David Simon (executive producer, writer, series creator) and other members of the creative staff will discuss the process and challenges of coming up with a story arc for an entire season. The discussion will be accompanied by clips including some clips previewing the coming fourth season of the HBO series.


YOURS, AL -- Documentary about Canadian poet Al Purdy, told through his poems and letters.

Courtesy Maryland Film Festival

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