Maryland International Film Festival schedule

October 07, 2011

There are 50 films from 19 different countries that are part of the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown. The festival will be from Thursday, Oct. 13, through Sunday, Oct. 16, at three main locations — The Maryland Theatre, Leitersburg Cinemas and Bridge of Life. Each film includes running time, start time and location. For more information on the costs for each show, see go to

Thursday, Oct. 13

“White Knight” ( 1 hour, 25 minutes), 7 p.m. The Maryland Theatre
Q&A with Hector Jimenez, Olga Segura and director Jesse Baget after screening.
Film synopsis: Leroy Lowe, grand dragon of the Texas Ku Klux Klan, confronts everything he’s been taught to hate when he’s sentenced to three years of hard labor on a prison work farm.

Friday, Oct. 14

Student High School Shorts Program, 10 a.m., Leitersburg Cinemas

  •  “Frenemies” (25 minutes):  Isabel and Tanya were best friends as kids, but they are drifting apart during freshman year of high school. After a night of bad decisions involving older boys and alcohol results in an embarrassing sext being sent to the entire school, the girls must decide to be friends, enemies or “Frenemies.”
  •  “Consequential Lies” (17 minutes): An isolated suburban woman with a dark past receives a phone call that reveals an 18-year-old secret.
  •  ”American Karoshi”  (18 minutes) :After being fired from his job, Lee is given a second chance by his boss and CEO of the company, Scott Anderson III. Unfortunately, instead of filling out forms, Lee must save Scott’s life.
  •  WCPS Student Films  (20 minutes)

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“Zeitgeist: Moving Forward” (2 hours, 41 minutes)
Time and location: 11 a.m., Bridge of Life
Synopsis: Peter Joseph directs this feature-length documentary that presents a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm, which governs the entire world.

“The Little Things” (1 hour, 26 minutes), 11:30 a.m., Leitersburg Cinemas
Synopsis: Dee believes she has a gift that can alter people’s destinies, provided she never leaves her house. However, when her powers are threatened by the possibility of eviction, her only hope is the first life she affected with her gift, Mitch. But he may not be so willing to help when he finds out she’s been manipulating his entire life.

“Rats and Bullies” (1 hour, 30 minutes)
Time and location: 11:40 a.m., Leitersburg Cinemas
Q&A with director and cast after screening
Synopsis: The film follows the story of 14-year-old Dawn-Marie Wesley, who committed suicide after being bullied at school, and the aftermath that resulted in the first court case in which teens were made to stand trail for bullying.

“Victims” (1 hour, 27 minutes)
Time and location: 1:10 p.m., Leitersburg Cinemas
Synopsis: A man is kidnapped and bundled in the back of a van by balaclava-clad gang who accuse him of a heinous crime from his childhood. As the journey continues, the lines blur, leaving the question, who is the victim?  

“Marianne” (1 hour, 40 minutes), 1:30 p.m., Leitersburg Cinemas
Q&A with director and cast after screening.
Synopsis: “Marianne” is a small town psychological horror drama with roots in Swedish folklore.  
“Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend” (1 hour, 30 minutes), 1:55 p.m., Bridge of Life
Film synopsis: Based on footage shot in the early 1970s and lost for more than 30 years, Esther Anderson takes viewers on a journey to the Caribbean islands, to Jamaica and into 56 Hope Road, Kingston, to see and hear the young Bob Marley before he was famous.  

“Despicable Dick and Righteous Richard” (1 hour, 19 minutes), 2:50 p.m.,  Leitersburg Cinemas
Synopsis: This feature-length documentary follows recovering addict Richard Kuchera on a journey of self-discovery as he seeks to right the wrongs of his past.

Short Session No. 1 (1 hour), 3:20 p.m., Leitersburg Cinemas
Q&A for Shorts Session No. 1 films after screenings.

  •  “Blink” (18 minutes): This film explores the way we hide parts of ourselves, and what happens when those parts are finally exposed.
  •  “Homeland” (14 minutes ): A short drama with a surreal and intense atmosphere. No one can escape from their destiny, even Mark. Far away from any kind of life’s fundamental questions, Mark will experience chaotic memories until he faces the truth without any sort of compromise.
  •  “BOOBatary” (2 minutes)

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