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Matthew Modine

Film festivals like Md.'s crucial for 'Hurt Locker'

The sweeping victory of "The Hurt Locker" at the Academy Awards wasn't just a triumph for American independent filmmaking. It was a championship moment for independent-film showcases like the 2009 Maryland Film Festival, which made the movie its closing-night presentation.

Kathryn Bigelow, the director, and Mark Boal, the screenwriter, maintained creative control of their audacious artistic enterprise from the first words Boal put on paper to Bigelow's final cut. They pulled off the feat of putting audiences in the boots of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit. Then they faced an almost equally formidable challenge - attracting audiences without the help of big-studio...