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Little Accidents / Sunday May 11th at 7:45 PM / MICA Brown Center

Elizabeth Banks, Josh Lucas and Chloe Sevigny star in this drama about the aftermath of a coal-mining disaster in a small, Appalachian town. While the director, Sara Colangelo, is a newcomer, the cinematographer is the brilliant Rachel Morrison, of Fruitvale Station fame – one of 2013’s most underrated films. Little Accidents, which is the 2011 Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship winner, will close the festival on Sunday night at the MICA Brown Center.

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Brewmore BaltimoreFriday May 9th at 9pm / Tent Village

It seems like not so long ago that The Brewer’s Art was the only craft brewer in town, but that has all changed. Now we’ve got several to choose from including Heavy Seas and Union, which are featured, along with Brewer’s Art, in Nick Kovacic’s film about the Baltimore craft-brew scene. You’ve got no excuse not to head to the tent village on Friday night because Brewmore Baltimore is playing for FREE.

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Call Girl of CTHULHU / Thursday, May 8th at 9:45pm & Friday, May 9th at 10:00pm / UB Langsdale Auditorium

“A virginal artist falls in love with a call girl who turns out to be the chosen bride of the alien god Cthulhu.” That’s the plotline from the Call Girl of CTHULHU tumblr page, which is DIY horror-comedy director, Chris LaMartina’s seventh feature film. RIYL John Water’s more raunchy flicks plus nudity and gore. The trailer (and the film) are certainly NSFW.

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Happy Christmas / Thursday, May 8th at 9:45pm & Sunday, May 11th at 2pm / MICA Brown Center

My favorite film from 2013’s MFF was Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies. The light but starkly real romantic comedy was a nice change-of-pace amongst a year of very serious, gut-wrenching heavy hitters. Swanberg’s newest feature, Happy Christmas, will run at MMF this year and it stars Anna Kendrick and Lena Durnham.

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Obvious Child / Saturday May 10th at 4:45pm / MICA Brown Center

Comedies about struggling twenty-something females in urban American seem to be the bees knees these days, but Obvious Child looks exceptionally identifiable and honest. The story of a struggling stand-up comic and generally awkward, over-sharer, Donna Stern, stars SNL comedian, Jenny Slate.

*Author Taylor DeBoer grew up in the Baltimore area and studied Writing and Sociology at Loyola University Maryland. He is a local writer, music lover, and edits a website that he co-founded, Manikmusic.net.  He is the communications manager for the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Follow him on Twitter at TayDeBoer23

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