Midday host Tom Hall is joined by Jed Dietz, the Maryland Film Festival's founder and director; Ann Hornaday, Washington Post film critic and author of Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies; plus a panel of distinguished guests, for a special broadcast of Midday, live from the main theater of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway, the new home of the Maryland Film Festival.
The 19th Annual Maryland Film Festival will take place May 3rd-7th 2017. You can find the full schedule here.
Midday's Sneak Peek at The Parkway Special Guests:
Steve Ziger - Founding Partner, Ziger/Snead Architects
Steve Ziger is a founding partner of Ziger/Snead Architects of Baltimore. As Design Principal, he is responsible for maintaining the highest standard of design excellence for the firm and has extensive experience with cultural, educational, and religious institutions. Ziger/Snead is a design-focused architecture firm based in Baltimore. Through dedication to a distilled design approach, focus on relationships, and active community engagement, the firm’s mission that great design can have a positive impact on our quality of life has resulted in transformative projects for many non-profits and institutions in Baltimore and beyond. Ziger/Snead has been honored with more than 100 local, state, national, and international design awards. In 2014, the firm was listed as one of the top 50 architects in the nation by ARCHITECT magazine, the publication of the American Institute of Architects. Steve currently serves on the boards of the Baltimore Design School, Parks and People Foundation, Baltimore Community Foundation, The William G. Baker Fund, and the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Steve’s life-long passion for design excellence, appreciation of art, and commitment to the community inspire his colleagues, clients, and friends.
Elissa Blount Moorhead - Executive Director & Chief Creative Officer, Station North Arts and Entertainment District. Partner, TNEG film studio
Elissa is a Baltimore-based arts leader and artist. She has served as advisor for both The Contemporary and a Public Art Commissioner since moving here from Brooklyn, New York in 2014. In NYC and beyond she spent 25 years as curator, producer, and arts programmer.
Previously, Ms. Blount Moorhead taught at Pratt Institute’s Graduate School of Art and Cultural Management, and Parsons Graduate School of Design. She served as curator and Executive Director at Red Clay Arts in NYC, as Program Director of RushKids, arts education program administered by Rush Arts Gallery. She lectures and publishes work internationally. She served as Weeksville Heritage Center’s Vice Director and Director of Design, Programming, and Exhibitions for seven years where, she developed the education, exhibition, and programming slate for WHC’s contemporary gallery, garden, and performance spaces. She also launched its 19,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold Cultural Arts Building. She has been both co-curator and artist in multisite public art projects with groups such as Creative Time, FLUX, and Art in Odd Places. As a former entertainment attorney she served as in-house counsel for Children’s Television Workshop (Sesame Street) MTV Networks, and BET. She hold’s degrees from Syracuse University, American University, and Parson School of Design. She is a partner in TNEG film studio alongside film icons Malik Sayeed and Arthur Jafa. She recently published a sex positive double entendre “children’s” book entitled P is for Pussy. Moorhead is a Baltimore City resident and the mother of two children.
Roberto Busó-Garcia - Lecturer,Program in Film and Media Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Roberto Busó-García holds extensive experience in screenwriting, film acquisitions, independent film financing, and production. As a filmmaker, he has written and directed two feature-length films and a television mini-series in his native Puerto Rico. Based out of New York, he works as a consultant on independent film financing and distribution, as well as a screenwriter and story analyst. His eight-year tenure as film acquisitions executive for HBO, HBO Video, HBO Latino, and Cinemax provided him the opportunity to analyze thousands of films and screenplays while representing the company in prestigious films festivals like Cannes, Sundance, San Sebastián and Berlin. He recently wrote the pilot for Solvency, a one-hour dramatic series set in the world of high finance, currently in development. Since 2015, Roberto has served as the Program Director of the Film & Media Master of Arts Program and the Director of the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film & Media at Johns Hopkins University.
Matthew Porterfield, Filmmaker
Matt Porterfield (b. 1977) has written and directed four feature films, all produced in Baltimore: Hamilton (2006), Putty Hill (2011), I Used To Be Darker (2013) and Sollers Point (2017). In 2011, Matt won the Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize with Days Are Golden Afterparty, a photo and video installation at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The following year, he was a featured artist in the Whitney Biennial, a Creative Capital grantee, and the recipient of a Wexner Center Artists Residency. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Harvard Film Archive and has screened at the Walker Art Center, Centre Pompidou and festivals such as Sundance, the Berlinale, and SXSW. In 2014, Matt produced and directed his first narrative short, Take What You Can Carry, about a young artist living in Berlin, Germany. The following year, he co-produced and co-wrote Gaston Solnicki’s first fiction feature, Kékszakállú (based on Béla Bartók’s opera of the same name), in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Matt teaches screenwriting, theory and production at Johns Hopkins University.