I usually write on the spot reviews and post a review of my favorite film of the festival about a month after the annual festival. Last year I did not. I was exhausted. Last year I was “doing the most”.
I started a lot of it before the festival began. Starting with the MINORITIES IN FILM panel at the festival.
Pictured Left to Right: Michelle Farrell, Kim Moir, Monique Walton, Nicki Mayo, Dankwa Brooks,
Eric R. Cotten and Darius Clark Monroe
Our plan was to engage the audience about what it’s like to be a minority filmmaker and the challenges we face as far as budget, staffing and resources. We want to educate the audience on resources in the region as well as production options available in the area.
Everyone on the panel was minority filmmakers from Maryland and we had two visiting filmmakers who were gracious enough to sit on the panel. Monique Walton was a Producer on the 2014 Official Selection Skunk and Darius Clark Monroe was the director of 2014 Official Selection Evolution of a Criminal.
I also wrote an article for the indiewire blog Shadow & Act about the black films playing at the 2014 Maryland Film Festival. You can read that article here
I saw a lot of great films like the ones below. (Each film is linked to their IMDb page)
• Evolution of a Criminal
• The Hip Hop Fellow
• All Fall Down (formerly Baltimore in Black and White)
• Everybody Street
• Fight Church
My favorite film of the 2014 festival was actually the first feature film I saw. You can read about that here
As you can see before and during the festival I was doing A LOT. I still saw a lot of films and met a lot great people. I still posted lots of pics from the 2014 festival on the ‘Nother Brother Entertainment Facebook page below.