NEW/NEXT FILM FEST Announces 10 More Titles
Press Release :: July 13
The New/Next Film Festival, presented by 88.1 WYPR and taking place August 18-20, 2023 in Baltimore’s historic 5-screen Charles Theatre, continued its lineup announcements today with 10 more titles.
Features announced today for New/Next are Olivia West Lloyd’s stirring Tribeca-premiered psychological thriller Somewhere Quiet, starring Jennifer Kim and Kentucker Audley; Cédric Ido’s bold, banlieue-set science-fiction exploration The Gravity, Elaine McMillion Sheldon’s poetic and layered look at Appalachia’s relationship to the coal industry, King Coal; Tynan DeLong’s subversive triumph of DIY comedy, Dad & Step-Dad; and Sophie Compton and Reuben Hamlyn’s innovative documentary following a woman’s persistent search for justice in the disturbing subculture of deep-fake pornography, Another Body.
Also announced today were a new wave of short films, including the world premiere of Albert Birney (Strawberry Mansion)’s experimental animation 22 Rooms. Other shorts announced for New/Next include Chelsie Pennello’s portrait of a black sheep attending a family funeral in D.C.’s Chinatown, Mandarins; Raymond Knudsen’s bodybuilding fever-dream Prep; Cricket Arrison’s queer comedy/horror autofiction Some Day All This Will Be Yours; and Frank Mosley’s post-genre narrative Good Condition.
The titles announced today join previous announced titles including Sebastián Silva’s Rotting in the Sun, starring Jordan Firstman; acclaimed filmmakers Sam Pollard and Ben Shapiro’s Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes (SXSW 2023); and Baltimorean Meredith Moore’s joyous short documentary Margie Soudek’s Salt and Pepper Shakers (Sundance 2023). The festival will also include a secret screening (shhh!), a repertory film (to be named soon!) selected and hosted by Beach House, and an opening-night party co-headlined by TT the Artist and Dapper Dan Midas.
New/Next’s lineup announcements will continue through July. All emerging films screened will be Maryland premieres.
The festival, produced by Baltimore NPR News affiliate radio station 88.1 WYPR and curated by veteran programmer Eric Allen Hatch, conceived this first edition to fill the void left by Maryland Film Festival’s announcement that they would not have a 2023 event.
“My work programming films in Baltimore, including more than a decade with MdFF, has always emphasized young and diverse voices. Film culture is continually reinventing itself, and New/Next is an exciting new chapter in my never-ending search for the most visionary and entertaining emerging films I can put in front of our ever-adventurous audiences.”
All-access passes for New/Next are available now, and provide access to all New/Next screenings; an advance window for film and seat selection ahead of public ticketing; and attendance to all New/Next special events, including the Opening and Closing Night parties and concerts.