April 29, 2018
‘Hagerstown boy’ wins in city film festival
A filmmaker originally from Hagerstown captured the Best Local Film award Sunday at the conclusion of the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown.
Erik Kristopher Myers was one of seven winners in various categories in the four-day festival, during which films were shown at downtown locations.
Myers won for "Butterfly Kisses," the inspiration for which came from a trailer he saw of found footage in the style of "The Blair Witch Project."
Myers said he thought about films that present themselves as being discovered footage of an alleged supernatural incident leading to the disappearance or death of the filmmakers.
He said he wondered what the real-life journey of someone discovering forgotten footage would be like, as well as the journey that would lead to the film being shown in a movie theater.
The 42-year-old Myers said he was proud to receive the award, especially because he is "a Hagerstown boy." Myers, who lives in Baltimore, entered a film in the local festival in 2013.
April 27, 2018
Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown opens
The Historic Maryland Theatre rolled out the red carpet Friday night for the seventh annual Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown in downtown Hagerstown.
The festival, which continues through Sunday, will showcase more than 106 films from 13 countries. Films will be shown in various venues throughout downtown Hagerstown.
"This is a great event," Tom Riford, president of the film festival, said during a VIP reception at The Grand Piano Ballroom in downtown Hagerstown. "This is very important for filmmakers to be able to have their films shown."
Paul Frey, president and chief executive officer of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, said the festival is a great showcase not only for Washington County, but downtown Hagerstown.
"Anything related to tourism and tourists visiting and spending money in Hagerstown and visiting Washington County is excellent," Frey said. "It's excellent. It really helps to make Washington County and Hagerstown shine."
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April 27, 2018
The Maryland International Film Festival returns to Hagerstown
Experience over one hundred new films this weekend without leaving the tri state area. The Maryland International Film Festival returns to Hagerstown for the seventh year of screening new films and offering movie entertainment opportunities.
April 26, 2018
Smithsburg native returns to receive award from film festival
Right out of college, Strong got her first break. The home of her then-boyfriend's parents was being rented for exterior shots for 1990's "Avalon," which was filmed in Baltimore. A film and communications major, Strong wanted to watch.
"I remember going over there, sitting on the curb and just watching. Seeing (cinematographer) Allen Daviau lighting, and all the makeup and hair people, and actors — and everything going on — was so exciting," she said. "I just knew that's what I was going to do."
April 24, 2018
First-time Filmmaker has ‘Jitters’ at Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown
“Jitters” might be the name of Otoja Abit’s film directorial debut, but it’s a notion he shouldn’t be feeling with big names behind his short film. “Jitters” will be shown as part of the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Historic Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown, Md. The film festival runs Friday, April 27, through Sunday, April 29.
April 22, 2018
'Blacklist' actor Amir Arison will receive the Mendez Award from the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown
It is because of that mentality that Arison will receive the 2018 Mendez Award at the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown. The award is given annually at the festival and is named in honor of Antonio “Tony” Mendez, a former CIA agent who wrote “Master of Disguise” that went on to be made into the movie “Argo.”
According to a press release, the Mendez Award is “awarded to someone who has succeeded in the television and film industry; or has supported film and television, and has given back to the community.” Past winners have included Joe Carnahan, film director and producer and the festival’s creative director; prolific author and Boonsboro resident Nora Roberts; and Kerry Cahill, actress and activist.
March 9, 2018
Seventh Annual Maryland International Film Festival, Hagerstown Will Host 106 Films
The Seventh Annual Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown has selected 106 films from 13 countries for the 2018 festival! MDIFF Festival Director, Tracie Hovey said, "After a meticulous selection process, we are so grateful to have the opportunity to screen all these fabulous films at our festival. It becomes more difficult every year to pick our slate of films because we enjoy them all."