The 23rd Annual Maryland Film Festival, scheduled for May 19-27, will introduce two new “pathways” for film viewing.

The Baltimore Pathway will feature stories made in and about Charm City, while the Family Pathway will be geared toward stories related to family, coming of age, and discovery.

Audience members can now purchase festival passes, including the all-encompassing VIP All Access Pass and the new Exposure Pass, which includes access to 10 films.

Individual tickets for the films and programs will go on sale at 9 a.m. April 20 on the festival’s website.

This year’s lineup includes 104 films and 33 programs and will be topped off by the 2021 Closing Night film, “Women Is Losers,” directed by Lissette Feliciano.

Feliciano’s film, which premiered at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival in March, is a feminist coming-of-age drama set in 1960s San Francisco.

“I heard of Maryland Film Festival because Kathryn Bigelow was the first female director to ever close it,” Feliciano said in a statement. “You cannot be what you cannot see. It’s an honor to be here ten or so years later as the first Latinx woman to ever close MdFF.”

In the Baltimore Pathway, the documentary “Anatomy of Wings” starts with a group of Dunbar Middle School students and follows them over a 10-year period as they document their lives and grow into women.

Co-directors Nikiea Redmond and Kirsten D’Andrea Hollander said the documentary showcases the girls — and eventually women — taking control of how they tell their own stories.

“Beauty happens in Baltimore City. Healing happens. Young women grow up breaking cycles and improve our communities one breath at a time. The spirit of Baltimore lives in our community story, Anatomy of Wings,” Redmond and Hollander said in a statement.

The documentary shows some of candid conversations about pregnancy, abortion, HIV, what it means to be transgender, violence, losses of loved ones, and more.

In a February interview with Baltimore Fishbowl, Hollander and Redmond shared their process of making the documentary and what they learned along the way.

Hollander explained how at the beginning of each meeting, the members of the “Wings” group had a ritual of setting up the cameras and participating in breathing exercises to slow down and open up.

“When we would sit down and get quiet and slow down together and do some sort of breathing, that’s the beauty that you see coming out,” she said.

Director Jena Burchick’s film “Mom & M” will be featured in both the Baltimore Pathway and Family Pathway.

On her website, Burchick describes her documentary as “an intimate portrait of modern American parenthood.” The film focuses on the Richards family, comprising Nikki, a transgender writer; Elise, a social media influcer; and their daughter Sansa, who battles leukemia and whom the couple adopted from Hungary.

This year’s Maryland Film Festival will include a mixture of feature-length films, as well as short films categorized by “Altered States,” “Midnighters,” “Narrative Frontiers,” “Animated Shorts,” “Baltimore is Burning,” “Balti-Shorts,” “Queer Stories,” “Unorthodocs,” “Documentary Shorts,” “Teen Dreams,” “Lineage,” “Diverging Forms,” and “Charged Spaces.”

Here is the full lineup:

Feature Films

  • All Light, Everywhere directed by Theo Anthony
  • Anatomy of Wings directed by Nikiea Redmond and Kirsten D’Andrea Hollander
  • At the Ready directed by Maisie Crow
  • Beans directed by Tracey Deer
  • Cryptozoo directed by Dash Shaw
  • First Date directed by Darren Knapp and Manuel Crosby
  • Fugitive Dreams directed by Jason Neulander
  • Have a Nice Life directed by Artemis Shaw
  • iGilbert directed by Adrian Martinez
  • Lily Topples the World directed by Jeremy Workman
  • Mom & M directed by Jena Burchick
  • No Ordinary Man directed by Cameron Swanagon
  • Paradise directed by Immanuel Esser
  • Rival directed by Nicole Schink
  • Soy Cubana directed by Robin Miller Ungar
  • Strawberry Mansion directed by Albert Birney and Kentucker Audley
  • The Badger directed by Kazem Mollaie
  • Trees of Peace directed by Ron Ray
  • We’re All Going to the World’s Fair directed by Sarah Winshall
  • Women Is Losers directed by Lissette Feliciano

Short Films

Altered States

  • Asparagus 2 directed by Yuma Slowbinder
  • Best Guests directed by Max Sherwood
  • Common Dwelling directed by Nick Butler
  • FREEZE directed by Maya Albanese
  • Please Enjoy Your Stay directed by Tynan DeLong
  • Shoot-the-Chutes directed by Molly Pattison and Andrew Wood
  • Slow Vine directed by Glenn Fellman


  • Inheritance directed by Annalise Lockhart
  • Mealworm directed by Eddie Shore
  • PHANTOM VALLEY directed by Nina Kotyantz
  • Someone’s In Here directed by Ben Kitnick
  • Standing Woman directed by Tony Hipwell
  • The Star in the Mirror directed by Miceál Og O’Donnell
  • ZONA directed by Masami Kawai

Narrative Frontiers

  • Enviar y Recibir directed by Collins Salovaara
  • Kabibi directed by Elaisha Stokes
  • Stagiaire directed by Marina Michelson
  • Succor directed by Hannah Cheesman
  • Whalebone directed by Cameron Morton
  • World directed by Christine Haroutounian

Animated Shorts

  • Bad Mood directed by Loris Giuseppe Nese
  • Concoction directed by Jon Frier
  • Grab My Hand: A Letter to My Dad directed by Camrus Johnson and Pedro
  • Night Lights directed by Hannah & Todd Churn
  • Nuevo Rico directed by Kristian Mercado
  • Our Bed is Green directed by Margaret Brennan
  • Sad Beauty directed by Arjan Brentjes
  • Snow Angel directed by Evie Metz
  • The Wind directed by Miranda Javid

Baltimore is Burning

  • Children of Paris directed by Brandy Creek
  • Into the Light: A Trip Through Baltimore Ballroom directed by Jason Gray and
    Kathryn Martin
  • The Filthiest People Alive directed by Thomas Hedges


  • Diary directed by Gillian Waldo
  • Fugazi’s Barber directed by Joe Tropea and Robert A. Emmons Jr.
  • The Aviary directed by Charlie Knott
  • The Cal, The Coz, and the Streak directed by David Bonnett Jr.
  • Words for Thomas directed by Alonzo Hellerbach

Queer Stories

  • BUTTERFLY directed by Lazarus Lazarides
  • It’ll Be Over Soon directed by Benjamin Rigby
  • Kind Of directed by Noah Schamus
  • Light on a Path, Follow directed by Elliot Montague
  • Lilac Lips, Dutchess County directed by Tristan Scott-Behrends
  • Plaisir directed by Molly Gillis
  • Pure directed by Natalie Jasmine Harris
  • Trade Center directed by Adam Baran


  • American Wildlife directed by Elizabeth Lo
  • BALTIMORE directed by Margaret Rorison
  • Drills directed by Sarah Friedland
  • Space Lady directed by Sophia Feuer
  • There Was Nobody Here We Knew directed by Khaula Malik
  • Wavelengths directed by Jessie Zinn

Documentary Shorts

  • Florida Woman directed by Catie Skipp
  • God’s Plant directed by Jeremy Seifert and Malek Asfeer
  • Lion on the Mat directed by Asali Echols
  • Ten Leaves Dilated directed by Kate Hinshaw
  • Ti David directed by Dan Kitnick and Jess Obert

Teen Dreams

  • Afro directed by Jenn Shaw
  • CLASS OF 2020 directed by Faye Tsakas
  • Cousins directed by Mandy Marcus
  • Forever Tonight directed by Swetha Regunathan
  • In Sync directed by Chaconne Martin-Berkowicz
  • Twice as Good directed by Kristian King


  • Bruiser directed by Miles Warren
  • Leave a Message directed by David Malouf
  • Lina directed by Elizabeth Manashil
  • MADA (Mother) directed by Joseph Douglas-Elmhirst
  • Soon directed by Jérémi Roy
  • Strawberry Shake directed by Dianne Bellino

Diverging Forms

  • Animal Trials directed by Drew Durepos
  • Another Horizon directed by Stephanie Barber
  • Malembe directed by Luis Arnias
  • Morning Sickness in the USA directed by Cristine Brache
  • News from Nowhere directed by Ben Balcom
  • The Canyon directed by Zachary Epcar
  • Valid & Literal Magic directed by Ebony DeGrace

Charged Spaces

  • Benjamin, Benny, Ben directed by Paul Shkordoff
  • Da-Dzma (A Sister and a Brother) directed by Jaro Minne
  • Grandma’s House directed by Xixian Wang
  • In Accordance With directed by Sarah Friedland and Alessandra Lacorraza
  • Outsiders directed by Gleb Osatinkski
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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at