A Generational Shift in Independent Filmmaking, at the 2017 Maryland Film Festival

The New Yorker 

The Maryland Film Festival, in Baltimore, has long been one of the crucial showcases for independent films. This year's festival, from which I've just gotten back, has a new home, the Parkway Theatre (formally, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Film Center), which is a renovation and expansion of a movie theatre that has been in the center of town since 1915 and that had previously been shuttered since the nineteen-seventies. The main hall is a majestic space, with a sweeping balcony, a dramatic ceiling, and enticing terra-cotta details. Two smaller theatres, plus a spectacular glass-walled lounge that invites the city into the room and opens the room up to the city, have been added. But a festival is made not by its theatre but by its movies, and this year's schedule was a cornucopia unmatched in my previous years of attendance--one that reflects major shifts in the world of independent filmmaking.