Post-Fest Coverage of 2017 @MdFilmFestival @hammertonail (5 Interviews), Part 2 + Reviews of “Risk” and “Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation,” and of “Baywatch” @filmfesttoday

The second part of my coverage of the 2017 Maryland Film Festival, consisting of five interviews with filmmakers, has run over the past two weeks at Hammer to Nail. I have two more interviews pending, one that will have to wait until August when that particular film is released. Stay tuned. Hammer to Nail also ran two of my reviews of films now out online or in theaters. In addition, Film Festival Today ran my review of Baywatch. Here are links to all eight pieces:

Enjoy!

Post-Fest Coverage of 2017 @MdFilmFestival @filmfestoday (Overall Impressions) and @hammertonail (4 Reviews), Part 1

The Maryland Film Festival (MdFF), founded in 1999 by Festival Director Jed Dietz, just ran its 2017 iteration May 3-7, in Baltimore. With 11 blocks of short films – including the traditional opening-night program of five – plus 34 features, the festival brought its usual eclectic mix of documentary and fiction, international and national, and narrative-based and experimental selections to Charm City, with some crew or cast representative from most films on hand for the post-screening Q&A’s. This year, the festival debuted its new venue, a renovated historic theater in the heart of the city, which will now become a year-round hub of curated cinema events, including movie revivals and other, more indie, fare.

You can check out my two pre-fest pieces, at BmoreArt and The Baltimore Sun’s “Roughly Speaking” podcast, here. For my post-fest coverage, I have so far had 4 reviews (the total I will do) published at Hammer to Nail, and one comprehensive article about my overall impressions published at Film Festival Today. Check them out:

Enjoy! Stay tuned for my interviews with the filmmakers I met up with at the festival, coming soon …

The 2017 Maryland Film Festival Is Here, in Brand New Digs!

If it’s early May in Baltimore, it must be time for the Maryland Film Festival again. This year, the festival premieres its brand new venue, the renovated Parkway Theater, located on the southwest corner of Charles Street and North Avenue. Want to know what to see? You’re in luck! I wrote a piece in BmoreArt this week, and also participated in a podcast for Dan Rodricks on his Baltimore Sun podcast, “Roughly Speaking,” in which we discussed the festival (as well as the current movies Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Their Finest). Here are links to both pieces:

Enjoy!

3 Recent “BmoreArt” Articles: Maryland Film Festival’s “Between the Screens” Event, Holiday Movie Guide, and “Wits End” Review

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In November, BmoreArt published my first-ever print article – an interview with famed local filmmaker John Waters – in its third print edition (which you can buy at this link). Since then, the magazine’s online site has published three more pieces of mine: an overview of a recent Maryland Film Festival event featuring filmmakers Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Lodge Kerrigan (Starz! Network’s The Girlfriend Experience) and Baltimore-based Matt Porterfield (Putty Hill); a guide to movies playing in our area at the end of December/start of January; and a brief review of a low-budget indie dramedy, Wits End, from local standup comedian Mike Finazzo. Here are links to all three articles:

Enjoy!

“Reel Talk” – with Chris Reed and Scott Braid – on “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Moonlight” and “Trolls”

Christopher Llewellyn Reed, “Reel Talk” host, w/ Scott Braid, Associate Director at the Maryland Film Festival

Christopher Llewellyn Reed, “Reel Talk” host, w/ Scott Braid, Associate Director at the Maryland Film Festival

Welcome to the second episode of the 2016-2017 season of Dragon Digital Media‘s Reel Talk with Christopher Llewellyn Reed. My guest this time was Scott Braid, Associate Director, Associate Director at the Maryland Film Festival. We reviewed three new films: Hacksaw Ridge, Moonlight, Trolls.

In Howard County, Maryland, you can watch the show on Channel 41 (if you’re a Verizon customer) or Channel 96 (if you’re a Comcast customer), and you can watch it online from anywhere. You can also still catch the  the first episode of this current season, plus all six from last year (firstsecondthirdfourthfifth and sixth), as well as the six episodes from my first season with Reel Talk (Episode 1Episode 2Episode 3Episode 4Episode 5Episode 6). And you can also always watch the previous segments from each episode on our YouTube channel. Enjoy!

The fantastic Dragon Digital Media team did their usual superlative job putting this together, especially producer Karen Vadnais and director Danielle Maloney. We’ll be back at the start of January with another episode, so stay tuned. Until then, have fun at the movies!

Post-2016 Maryland Film Festival Coverage, Part 2, for Hammer to Nail

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I still have some movie reviews and filmmaker interviews from the recent 2016 Maryland Film Festival popping up on Hammer to Nail. Here’s what’s been published since my last MFF post:

Still pending are my interviews with director Michael Faulkner (SHU-DE!) and co-directors Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang (Hotel Dallas). Stay tuned for the final installment!

Post-2016 Maryland Film Festival Coverage, Part 1, for Bmoreart and Hammer to Nail

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Last week, on the Monday before the 2016 Maryland Film FestivalBmoreart published my preview piece on this year’s offerings. Today’s post is an aggregation of part of my post-festival coverage, for both Bmoreart and Hammer to Nail:

Still pending is my review of Hotel Dallas (for Hammer to Nail) and my interviews with the filmmakers of all five films that I reviewed for that site. Stay tuned!

“Roughly Speaking” on “Green Room,” “Keanu” and “The Jungle Book”

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On yesterday’s edition of Dan Rodricks’ Roughly Speaking podcast for The Baltimore Sun, we discussed three films currently out in cinemas: Green RoomThe Jungle Book and Keanu.

Here is the link. I come on at around 40 minutes.

There’s other good stuff on there, too, including an interview with Jed Dietz, Director of the Maryland Film Festival, which starts next week, and a new book review by Paula Gallagher of the Baltimore Public Library.

Enjoy!