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Good Early Press for Putty Hill

February 17, 2011
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Good Early Press for Putty Hill

We’ve been buzzing about Baltimore filmmaker Matt Porterfield’s second feature Putty Hill for a while now, but the reviews and other press coverage from the first week or so of its bonafide theatrical run have started appearing. And so far it’s been a general lovefest: The New York Times, Modern Painters, The L, and...
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Q&A: Lena Dunham, the Writer, Director, and Star of Tiny Furniture

February 8, 2011
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Q&A: Lena Dunham, the Writer, Director, and Star of Tiny Furniture

Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture is a minor miracle: a portrait of twenty-something post-collegiate life that engagingly balances the funny, the sad, the awkward and the tender. It’s the sort of movie that’s been a staple of independent American cinema for the past 30 years, but Dunham–who wrote, directs, and stars as Aura, the Oberlin...
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“The Baltimore Food Ecology Documentary,” Freedom Riders, and other screenings

February 3, 2011
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“The Baltimore Food Ecology Documentary,” Freedom Riders, and other screenings

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future screens “The Baltimore Food Ecology Documentary,” the product of a class led by MICA faculty member Hugh Pocock, Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. in Sheldon Hall on the east Baltimore campus; it’s showing with “Out to Pasture: The Future of Farming?”....
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Last Chance: My Dog Tulip Ends Tonight at the Charles Theater

November 18, 2010
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Last Chance: My Dog Tulip Ends Tonight at the Charles Theater

My Dog Tulip Directed by Paul and Sandra Fierlinger At the Charles Theater through Nov. 18. “Unable to love each other, the English naturally turn to dogs,” and so British writer J.R. Ackerley adopts “Alsatian bitch” Tulip, and we are pulled into an artfully animated and intimate look at the life of a friendless...
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John Waters on Sheila Dixon’s Conviction

December 2, 2009
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Our fellow alt-weekly Washington City Paper just put up an online Q&A with Baltimore’s own John Waters to coincide with his (now sold out) Dec. 17 spoken-word performance at the Birchmere in suburban Virgina. Questioner Mike Riggs leads with the question du jour and asks Waters about freshly convicted Mayor Sheila Dixon. He answers,...
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Hamilton Named Among Best Films of the ’00s

December 1, 2009
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Hamilton Named Among Best Films of the ’00s

Matthew Porterfield | Image by Jeremy Saulnier Writing on his New Yorker blog, editor/critic Richard Brody recently named his picks for the best films of the past decade. Among the honorable mentions sits a surprising (or maybe not so surprising) title: Hamilton, the 2006 independent feature debut of Baltimore filmmaker Matthew Porterfield, which was...
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Gospel Hill Screens at the Senator

October 16, 2009
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Gospel Hill Screens at the Senator

Angela Bassett and Danny Glover in Gospel Hill We don’t know if searchlights will be sweeping the sky outside the Senator Theatre this weekend as they used to when it hosted premieres, but the Belle of Govans is definitely presenting a marquee event this Saturday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m.: the Baltimore theatrical debut...
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Maryland Film Festival Now Accepting Films for 2010

October 14, 2009
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The Maryland Film Festival has just announced that it is now officially accepting submissions for its 2010 installment, which unspools over a long weekend May 6-9. Click here for full details.
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The Senator Theatre Passes the Hat

March 19, 2009
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The Senator Theatre‘s recent history has included several last-ditch efforts to raise money from fans of the vintage Govans cinema to keep various financial wolves from the door. Just two years ago, the Senator beat back its creditors with $110,000 raised mostly from ordinary donors. Now closed because of foreclosure proceedings and staring down...
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The Senator Closes

March 16, 2009
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The Senator Closes

| Image by senator.com In the past several years, my wife and I went to movies at the Senator Theatre probably more than any other local cinema. Not that we don’t love the Charles Theatre and its programming, but the Senator is an easy walk from our house, and tended to play the kind...
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“King Gimp” Back at UB

March 3, 2009
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“King Gimp” Back at UB

Dan Keplinger | Image by kinggimp.com One of the more triumphant and touching moments in recent Academy Awards memory came in 2000, when Susan Hannah Hadary and William A. Whiteford’s “King Gimp” won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short, with its subject, Baltimorean Dan Keplinger, on hand to celebrate. The short, which documents Keplinger’s...
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Baltimore NOT Among the 25 Best Places to Be a Filmmaker

February 24, 2009
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. . . at least according to indie-filmmaker magazine Movie Maker. For its ninth-annual survey, the MM staff looked at quality of life issues (affordability, crime, etc.), filmmaker friendliness (film schools, festivals, crew, days of production, etc.), and government filming incentives (an area where in recent years Maryland has been surpassed by other states),...
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