Films and talks on tap for today

The Baltimore Sun

The Maryland Film Festival 2008 continues today. Here are some highlights from today's first full day of screenings:

Patrick Creadon's I.O.U.S.A., from Baltimore-based Agora Entertainment, offers a primer on why deficit spending may ruin this country yet (11:30 a.m., Charles 1; 8 p.m., Charles 3).

Atlanta Film Festival head and former Maryland Film Festival programmer Dan Krovich moderates a panel on how to get your film shown at a festival. Panelists include Erik Jambor, of Indie Memphis; Stephen Rubin, of the Santa Fe Film Festival; and filmmaker Jason Connell (Strictly Background) (noon, tent village, across Charles Street from the Charles Theatre).

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' Black List asks 22 successful African-Americans (Chris Rock and Toni Morrison among them) to talk about life in black America. Former New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell asks the questions (2:30 p.m., Charles 2).

John Gianvito's Profit motive and the whispering wind quietly and gracefully traces American history through visits to oft-forgotten landmarks and gravesites that trace the migration of the struggling and the oppressed (2:30 p.m., Charles 5).

Nights and Weekends, from writer-directors Joe Swanberg and Greta Gerwig (mainstays of the growing mumblecore movement in film), watches as two people nurture a long-distance relationship (4:30 p.m., Charles 1).

The drolly decadent John Waters plays host to a screening of Claude Chabrol's Story of Women (Une affaire de femmes), with Isabelle Huppert as a French abortionist during World War II (7 p.m., Charles 1).

Baghead, from directors Jay and Mark Duplass, finds four struggling actors, lacking in almost every department imaginable, retreating to a cabin in the woods to write their masterpiece. Good luck! (10 p.m., Charles 1).

Find more festival coverage, including a full schedule, at Also, check out live reports from the festival at the Sun arts blog,

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