If you're more familiar with words like "chiaroscuro" and "vorkapich montage" than ones like "Canadian egg roll" and "power play," then ditch the lacrosse game this weekend and check out the 14th annual Maryland Film Festival.
Well, you don't actually need to skip the lacrosse game because the festival runs all weekend from May 3 to May 6. And even if you don't appreciate esoteric film lingo, there's sure to be something you will appreciate in the 50 feature films and 75 short films that will be screened at the nearby Charles theatre (1711 North Charles Street).
The festival will feature narratives, documentaries, animation and experimental and hybrid films. I can't tell you exactly what the last two mean, but based on the celebrity filmmakers who have previously attended, Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker"), Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs") and David Simon ("The Wire"), everything is sure to tickle even the most discerning visual fancies.
Local legend John Waters, will also be making an appearance to host a screening of one of his favorite films, "Wanda". Other highlights include a 3-D screening of the 1953, black-and-white musical, "Those Redheads from Seattle".
Tickets only cost $10 per screening so hop on the JHMI this weekend, escape the drunken debauchery of homecoming alumni trying to relive their glory days and expand your hipster, film-noir vocabulary.
For schedules, film synopses and tickets go to www.md-filmest.com.