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Avant-Garde Short Films At Maryland Film Festival

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Nestled within the mammoth Maryland Film Festival, which runs May 6-9 in Baltimore, is a collection of avant-garde short films that will screen twice during the fest in a single block. The program will run for 79 minutes and will include 11 shorts.

A full listing of the short films in the avant-garde block is below, but I want to spotlight two in particular. The first is Michael Robinson‘s Locking Gazes, described by the filmmaker as the “faded memory figment of someone never born.” You can watch some absolutely gorgeous clips from the film on Robinson’s Vimeo page. This seems like it’d be a sweet meditation up on the big screen.

The other short film to watch out for is Golden Hour by the prolific Robert Todd, which recently screened at the Boston Underground Film Festival. This film is described by the question: “What if the Looking Glass were, at the same time, a window and a mirror, if the window was the mirror, the mirror the window?

Here’s the full lineup of avant-garde shorts with the screening times:

May 7, 1:30 p.m.
May 8, 9:30 p.m.
Duet, dir. Ron Resendes
Ghost Train, dir. Gavin Heffernan
Golden Hour, dir. Robert Todd
Locking Gazes, dir. Michael Robinson
Media Archeology 2110, dir. Eric Dyer
Near the Egress, dir. Antonio Martinez
Needle Work, dir. Ron Resendes
Threshold Circuit, dir. Joe Reinsel
A Vitrine (The Vitrine), dir. Camila Cañeque
The Woman, dir. Isaac Diebboll
The Writings of Denis Kaufman, dir. Bobby Lewis

Also to look out for during the fest is the Underground Film Journal fave short film Attackazoids, Deploy!!, directed by Brian Lonano and Jeff Jenkins, which will be screening during the “Genre Mash-Up Shorts” block screening on May 7 at 10:00 p.m. and May 8 at 4:00 p.m. This is the wickedly entertaining follow up to Lonano’s original monster hit Attackazoids! and is like an old movie newsreel but with blood and giant robots. You can read a full review of the film here.

Lastly, also on May 7 at 7:00 p.m., Maryland filmmaking hero John Waters will host a special screening of Paul GreengrassUnited 93, which should make for an HILARIOUS evening. Actually, Waters named United 93 his favorite movie of 2006.

For more info on the full Maryland Film Festival, please visit their official site.


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