The faces of the Maryland Film Festival

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Over five days, the 17th annual Maryland Film Festival screened approximately 50 feature films, 13 shorts programs, and hosted 100 filmmakers who discussed their work with fans. The festival screened movies throughout Station North and central Baltimore, hosting screenings at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Museum of Art, multiple MICA locations, Single Carrot Theater and the Windup Space.

“We always devote our Opening Night to a collection of short films; this year’s closing night film was Crystal Moselle’s The Wolfpack,” said Eric Allen Hatch, director of programming for the event. “The festival this year also included a special event conversation between Taylor Branch, Ta-Nehisi Coates, David Simon, and James McBride, the co-writers of upcoming mini-series ‘America in the King Years.’

“This year we announced our campaign to restore the historic Parkway Theatre, opened for film in 1915; we will restore the original auditorium and add two additional screens in adjacent spaces, creating a year-round 3-screen film center, to open in 2017.”

Photos and text by Jen Mizgata, a Baltimore-based photographer, who can be reached at See more of her work at