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Frederick Film Festival kicks off premiere event Friday

Frederick Film Festival kicks off premiere event Friday

March 26, 2009|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE

FREDERICK, Md. - Five years and more than 125 movies later, CinemArts organizers thought it was time to expand on their mission of film appreciation.

This weekend, CinemArts partners with the Weinberg Center for the Performing Arts will host the premiere Frederick Film Festival, known as F3. The event begins at 2 p.m. Friday and continues through 10 p.m. Saturday.

More than 15 films will be presented at two venues: The Weinberg Center for the Performing Arts and the Cultural Arts Center, both in downtown Frederick.

"Film is certainly a nearly universal thing," said Walter Chalkley, CinemArts executive director. "Not everybody likes or understands a painting ... but film can be understood and be entertaining. It has a broader appeal and more people can relate to it."


The two-day event begins Friday with a showing of the Frederick premiere of "Frontrunners" at the Weinberg and the Maryland premiere of "In a Dream" at the Cultural Arts Center.

Maryland's own John Waters, the edgy filmmaker who has a cult following with "Cry-Baby" and "Hairspray," will appear at 8 p.m. Friday at the Weinberg Center. He will present his one-man show, "This Filthy World - Dirtier & Filthier," which celebrates the career of novelist and social critic William Burroughs, once called "the pope of trash."

Many of the filmmakers, including Peter Mullet, David Butler, Nando Amabile and Mark Thimijan, will be on hand to discuss their films throughout Saturday.

Thimijan, writer, producer and director of "Barstool Cowboy," will be present for his movie at 3 p.m. Saturday. The flick is about a cowboy who, after getting his heart broken, decides to stay on a barstool for three months.

The Frederick Film Festival will be Thimijan's first trip to the East Coast. He said he's excited about meeting people at F3, saying it's a chance to meet other filmmakers and actors as well as audience members. "It's a chance to have an audience to see the film," he said.

Because a filmmaker can only truly exist when there's an audience. "Showing it? I love it, it's wonderful, it's scary, it's depressing sometimes, because it's a subjective art form," he said. "Some people are really going to like it, some people are really going to hate it. That's the life when you create something; you're going to have people who are really with you or really against you."

As for those audience members who come to see "Barstool Cowboy," Thimijan said he wants them to find truth, honesty and maybe a little bit of themselves in the picture

"Misery loves company," Thimijan said. "I think I was looking for other people who really felt like that before."

The festival will close Saturday with a showing of "Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison," followed by the Cash tribute band Cold Hard Cash at the Weinberg.

Chalkley said the festival includes a large collection of films. The flicks include shorts, documentaries, horror flicks such as "Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie," and critically acclaimed films such as "Wendy and Lucy," starring Michelle Williams.

Adults aren't the only ones who F3 is catering to. A children's film program begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cultural Center. The line up includes 12 shorts from the United States and around the world.

CinemArts regularly hosts screenings of classic, indie, experimental and concert films at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center.

Chalkley said in five years he would like to see F3 expand, adding more venues. "That way it really becomes a community festival," he said.

If you go ...

WHAT: Frederick Film Festival

WHEN: 2 p.m. Friday, March 27, through 10 p.m. Saturday, March 28

WHERE: Weinberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Cultural Arts Center in Frederick, Md.

COST: $20 for one-day pass; $30 for two-day pass

CONTACT: For a complete schedule go to www.frederick For tickets, go to or call 301-600-2828

WHAT: John Waters "This Filthy World - Dirtier & Filthier"

WHEN:8 p.m. Friday, March 27

WHERE: Weinberg Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Frederick, Md.

COST: $20 to $30

CONTACT: Go to or call 301-600-2828

MORE: An all-access pass is available for between $45 and $55, which includes admission to the John Waters event as well as the entire festival.

More online

o Read a complete story with Mark Thimijan, writer, producer and director of "Barstool Cowboy."

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