The Telluride Mountainfilm Festival celebrates the indomitable human spirit through showcasing nonfiction stories that matter. As part of their world tour, they will bring an evening of film shorts to Baltimore.
Featured film Throw tells the story of Charm City native Coffin Nachtmahr. Growing up in East Baltimore surrounded by poverty and violence is hard enough, and Nachtmahr had the added challenge of being different. He stutters. He never quite fit in, and he was picked on. Then he discovered a lifeline in the unlikeliest of pursuits: yo-yoing. In the subculture of “throwers,” he found purpose, acceptance, and community. Today, Coffin is the city’s best, transforming the simple activity of yo-yoing into a transfixing dance of creativity, innovation, and connection.
Meet Festival Director David Holbrooke, Throw directors Dave Larson and Darren Durlach, and Coffin.
Made possible by support from the SAUL ZAENTZ CHARITABLE FOUNDATION.
In today’s saturated entertainment landscape, independent filmmakers need to be more creative than ever if they want to make sure their work finds an audience.
In this full day master class, former Senior Film Outreach Lead at Kickstarter and producer Dan Schoenbrun (The Eyeslicer, collective: unconscious), an expert in audience engagement and alternative distribution, will discuss innovative methods for getting independent films made and seen. We’ll discuss everything from crowdfunding essentials to grassroots outreach & PR to film festival strategy to new models in distribution.
Join us for this crash course on crafting a path out into the world for your film that’s as creative as the film itself.
Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson has been behind the camera on more than 40 projects. She has worked with such documentary luminaries as Michael Moore and Laura Poitras. Culling from hundreds of hours of outtakes from a number of features she’s worked on, in addition to her own personal footage, Johnson creates a remarkable memoir which Variety calls “a uniquely insightful memoir-cum-critical-treatise on the nature and ethics of [Johnson’s] craft.”
Five filmmakers contributed a written sketch of a dream they have had, which was then adapted by another filmmaker from the group, randomly and anonymously assigned. The result is a knockout of five short films. The filmmakers include Frances Bodomo, Daniel Carbone, Josephine Decker, Lily Baldwin, and Lauren Wolkstein. With lucid bursts of visual poetry, we intuitively explore the dream-logic of surreal narratives like a Grim Reaper-hosted television show and a gym class held inside a volcano. Lauren Wolkstein teaches film at Temple and just completed principle photography on her first feature based on her short film The Strange Ones.