The Maryland film industry honors Vince Peranio for his contributions to the business

Vince Peranio at the event honoring his 50 years in the Maryland film industry. Photo by Ashton Pilkerton

Because of the coronavirus, Vince Peranio and his wife Dolores Deluxe, owners of The Palace on Dallas, never got to have a farewell party before they moved to Portugal last month.

But before he left, Peranio was honored for his contributions to the Maryland film industry at a gala at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. Peranio worked for 50 years as a production designer for filmmaker John Waters and others and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Maryland Film Industry Coalition, a group that works to improve business conditions for filmmakers in Maryland.

The award presentation, which included a tribute from Waters, was the highlight of a gala fundraiser that drew several hundred people to the hotel, shortly before the coronavirus began spreading in the U.S., last November.

Photo by Ashton Pilkerton.

In one of his patented spoken-word presentations written just for the occasion, Waters gave a movie-by-movie rundown of how much Peranio contributed both to his work and the larger film industry. He made the point that since the vast majority of Peranio’s movie and television work was in Maryland, it was fitting that he should be honored in Maryland, too.

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