Maryland Film Festival

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Brains screened at the 25th Maryland Film Festival. I got to attend a conference of the Film Producers Club of Maryland, which highlighted for me just how far removed I am from the “film industry.” I got to sit between my friends Skizz and Lynn Tomlinson.

Film makers club of Maryland in the Francis Scott Key room
Jim Doran and Skizz

Brains played in two animation showcases, and then I got to do a Q&A with Phil Davis, which was fun (as always).

Brains in the Fred Lazarus theater at MICA
Q&A with Phil Davis

There were some really interesting exhibits involving projection mapping and VR (my first experience with VR). I learned quite a bit.

I watched Secret Mall Apartment. Michael Townsend was on hand to introduce the film, and do a Q&A.

He explained that he and his colleagues in this sat on the footage. After he was arrested, they had at least 30 producers come forward and offer to make this. They decided to work with Jeremy Workman, who they felt could present artists to a non-art community with empathy and clarity.

In addition to teaching, Michael Townsend had several projects involving installing murals with painter’s tape in children’s hospitals, Oklahoma city, and to honor the victims of 9/11.

I was inspired by this. Colin Bliss, Michael’s friend and artist colleague, talks about how it’s not artists’ responsibility to use their talent to try and change the world, but when presented with an opportunity to contribute in some way, it sure feels good.

Another sentiment that rang like a bell inside me is the idea of living an artistic life. It was validating – I had a realization of just how important conscious art-making is in my life. I knew this already, of course, but I reflected back on just how much work I’ve done, and how it has impacted my life, and how grateful I am to have found my path. I’m not sure everyone finds, or arrives at, their most chosen path.

I took Beverly to see Anna Biller’s Viva. So many thoughts about this 2007 film. I’ll say what I loved most is the attention paid to the amazing decor and the soundtrack.

We also attended Skizz’s presentation of Divine Trash on 35mm. Skizz introduced the film, and then brought Steve Yeager on stage for a Q&A. One of the funniest answers was when question about the interview with the Film Censor, Steve mentioned that they didn’t tell here what the interview was for until later.

John Waters made an appearance to congratulate his old friend. What a screening!

I feel inspired and energized, and I didn’t expect to get quite so much from this festival. It was fantastic, and I am happy.