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October 20, 2014 Stavros Niarchos Foundation Makes $5 Million Naming Gift for Parkway Theater! -plus- MFF 2014's BABA YAGA and MFF Alum Alex Ross Perry's LISTEN UP PHILIP in The New York Times! UPCOMING EVENTS Tue 10/28 Sneak preview of BIRDMAN at Landmark Harbor East, 7:30pm Click here to join or renew your Friends of the Festival membership today! PAST EVENTS Fri 10/17 3rd Annual Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational at MICA Brown Center! Tue 10/
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  October 20, 2014   Stavros Niarchos Foundation Makes $5 Million Naming Gift for Parkway Theater! -plus- MFF 2014's BABA YAGA and MFF Alum Alex Ross Perry's LISTEN UP PHILIP in The New York Times ! UPCOMING EVENTS   Tue 10/28  Sneak preview of BIRDMAN at Landmark Harbor East, 7:30pm Click here   to join or renew your Friends of the Festival membership today!   PAST EVENTS   Fri 10/17  3rd Annual Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational at MICA Brown Center! Tue 10/7  Sneak preview of ST. VINCENT at Landmark   Stavros Niarchos Foundation Makes $5 Million Naming Gift for Parkway Theater! Parkway Theater interior. (Photo credit: Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun )  We are thrilled to announce that the Stavros Niarchos Foundation has committed $5 million to Johns Hopkins University, enabling Maryland Film Festival, JHU, and the Maryland Institute College of Art to transform Baltimore's historic Parkway Theater into a center for the study, production, and exhibition of film. The new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Film Center will be a cinema showplace with three screens, 600 seats and live performance space. Scheduled to open in late 2016, it will help to anchor the Station North neighborhood's developing role as a Baltimore arts destination, supporting cultural and economic growth in the area.  Harbor East Mon 10/6  Sneak preview of MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN at The Charles Theater Wed 10/1  Sneak preview of KILL THE MESSENGER at Landmark Harbor East Thu 9/25  MFF 2014's HELLION with Kat Candler at Stevenson University Wed 9/10  Sneak preview of THE DROP Tue 8/26  Sneak preview of THE NOVEMBER MAN Thu 8/21  Sneak preview of PRIDE Wed 8/20  MFF 2014's CALL GIRL OF CTHULHU with Chris LaMartina at WTMD Thu 8/7   MFF at AVAM's Flicks From the Hill's screening of TIME BANDITS     With the new state-of-the-art Stavros Niarchos Foundation Film Center, the Maryland Film Festival will greatly expand its reach, said MFF director Jed Dietz . The center will enable us to bring more great films and filmmakers to Baltimore, host a broad range of arts programs, serve as a cultural anchor for the film community, and continue to market Baltimore as a leading location for film and TV production. The center will be a thriving hub for film culture and creative film-making on the East Coast. This is a once-in-a-generation moment for Johns Hopkins and our partners at MICA and the Maryland Film Festival to reclaim a part of Baltimore's storied cultural history and transform it into the heart of our community's vibrant, dynamic future, Johns Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels  said. With the visionary support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, we are seeding artistic and economic opportunities for our students, our neighbors, and our city. The 420-seat Parkway Theater, built in 1915 near the corner of Charles Street and North Avenue, was a classic American movie palace patterned after the West End Theater in London and the Strand in New York. It closed in the urban decline of the 1970s, but in recent years the corner of Charles and North has become a key component in planning for the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. Maryland was one of the first states to create arts and entertainment districts as an economic model and Station North was Baltimore's first, generating significant economic development, tax revenue and employment since its inception in 2002. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is firmly committed to supporting community development such as that at the Station North Arts and Entertainment District and excited to partner with this unique alliance of academic and cultural institutions in Baltimore, said Andreas Dracopoulos , co-president of the board of directors of the foundation. We believe the combination of universities and arts organizations is a great untapped resource for improving our cities, and seek to provide support for the best initiatives such coalitions develop. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Film Center will be one of these. Artist's Conception of the Stavros Niarcos Foundation Film Center. (Rendering courtesy of Ziger/Snead Architects)   Fri 7/18-Sun 7/20   MFF Presents Free Short Films at Artscape   Tue 7/15   Artscape Kickoff Party at By Degrees Cafe   Thu 6/12   Book signing and release party for John Waters' Carsick at Atomic Books   Sat 6/7   Michael Tully presents MFF 2014's PING PONG SUMMER   Sat 6/7   Sneak preview of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 in 3D   Click here to make your tax-deductible gift today!     MFF 2014's THE VANQUISHING OF THE WITCH BABA YAGA and MFF Alum Alex Ross Perry's LISTEN UP PHILIP in The New York Times ! THE VANQUISHING OF THE WITCH BABA YAGA  MFF 2014's ethereal and mysterious feature THE VANQUISHING OF THE WITCH BABA YAGA, directed by Jessica Oreck , was recently reviewed in The New York Times . Other films directed by Oreck include BEETLE QUEEN CONQUERS TOKYO and AATSINKI: THE STORY OF ARCTIC COWBOYS, both of which played within the festival. This two-track meditation wraps ethereal glimpses of age-old Slavic locales around a fairy tale told through hand-drawn illustrations. Electronically scored footage, shot on Super 16-millimeter film with every last numinous ray of dawn sunshine, drifts among farmers, loggers, weavers, mushroom foragers and icon-kissing churchgoers. These scenes periodically open up to vistas of valleys, streets at night and overgrown ruins, some of which suggest similar post-Soviet territory covered by the filmmakers Chantal Akerman and Naomi Uman. -Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times . Click here  for the complete review. MFF alum Alex Ross Perry also received some love from The New York Times  for his new film, LISTEN UP PHILIP, which was a NYT   Critic's Pick. Perry was co-host of MFF  2014's Filmmakers Taking Charge conference and his film THE COLOR WHEEL played within MFF. LISTEN UP PHILIP is itself exhilarating because, for all its brutal comedy, it's a serious work about the struggle to follow your muse and be fully alive in a world shared with other people. Zimmerman's tragedy, one that surfaces in his lacerating asides and battles with his daughter, Melanie (Krysten Ritter), is that he's sacrificed life - and loved ones - nominally for his art, though more truly for his devouring narcissism. As Philip seems headed to embrace Zimmerman's self-immolating example, the film moves in another direction. Nothing speaks better to this than the astonishing coda to a late, bitter fight in which Mr. Perry and Ms. Moss together create - with a lingering close-up and eddies of triumph, despair, elation and regret - a masterwork about what it is to live for love and not just the self. -Manohla Dargas, The New York Times . Click here  for the complete review. Traveling to Florida? Take Amtrak Auto Train and take your car along for the ride! Relax in a private room or comfortable Coach seats, enjoy delicious meals, movies and personal service - all included in the price of each ticket. And, when you travel Amtrak Auto Train, you'll save money on gas, car rentals while in Florida, AND train fare, because kids, ages 2 through 15, travel at 50% off the standard adult fare everyday! Go ahead, share the fun and bring the kids and the car along for the ride. It will be a trip they'll never forget. Visit Amtrak.com for more information.  
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