The Maryland Film Festival launched last night in Baltimore and those in or near the city should make the trip to check out this year's line up. Some things that caught my eye: Salon.com's Andrew O'Hehir selected a film out of Mali called Bamako. In the film, citizens of Mali stage a trial against the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund for crimes against the people of the Third World.
There's also the documentary Beautiful Losers about the DIY art scene born in New York in the 1990's. Filmmakers Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard collect the stories of artists in a film that is described as "the perfect antidote to documentaries that would present the act of creation as a mysterious practice performed by lonely geniuses -- and instead paints an empowering picture of art as spontaneous, natural, fun, and universal." And its got a soundtrack by Money Mark, keyboardist for the Beastie Boys.
Writer Anne Haddad is going to be blogging from the festival all weekend about the films and the scene, so check it out by clicking here.
More stills of artwork from Beautiful Losers: