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The party had all the makings of a Hollywood A-list affair: a red carpet with reporters and photographers corralled behind velvet ropes, famous directors and lots of local glitterati. However, this event was in Baltimore. And all about Baltimore.

Baltimore-based filmmakers John Waters and Barry Levinson, as well as "The Wire" creator David Simon, were the guests of honor at the Maryland Film Festival's second fundraiser. Although the evening's main event would be an open conversation among the three - moderated by TCM's Elvis Mitchell - a couple of hundred folks had paid top dollar to mingle with the Baltimore favorites at a dinner reception beforehand.

"I love the Maryland Film Festival," Waters commented, "because I love taking all the visiting filmmakers each year on a bar crawl."

"This is very exciting. I've even got my 'Carcetti for Mayor' [campaign] button," said event co-chair Steve Schwartzman, referring to a story line on "The Wire."

Baltimore's see-and-be-seen crowd was out in full force. Maryland Film Festival director Jed Dietz, casting director Pat Moran, actress Mink Stole, production designer Vince Peranio and his wife, floral designer Dolores, mingled with folks like 3ality Digital chairman David Modell and his wife, painter Michel Modell, and New Enterprise Associates partner Patrick Kerins and his wife, community volunteer Terry Morgenthaler.

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