On Screen / In Person Independent Film Series

The On Screen/In Person Independent Film Series continues on Thursday, November 8 at 7 pm with "Dislecksia: The Movie" and a discussion with the director, Harvey Hubbell. Tickets are $10; $7 for Maryland Hall members. (Click here to purchase tickets.)

Come early for a beer or glass of wine and to meet Harvey Hubbell. Patrons will receive free popcorn and one complimentary glass of wine per paid ticket beginning at 6:30 pm. Wine and beer will be available for purchase for the evening.

 
Maryland Hall has partnered with The Summit School to present a discussion with the director, Harvey Hubbell, and a panel of experts following the film to answer questions and share thoughts on the film and subject.
 

Sitting down to view the film I thought to myself, sure, I’m familiar with Dyslexia. That is when people see words backwards, right? Well, there is a lot more to this learning difference than what I thought I knew. I expected to sit down and spend 90 minutes learning facts from professional interviews and seeing stats across the screen. I thought I would return to my reality armed with these new facts a wiser person. Well I did, and much more.

Director Harvey Hubbell V brings us through not only his journey with Dyslexia but the journey of the disorder itself. The myths and truths are explored through Harvey’s contagious lightheartedness and positivity. Some of the most interesting perceptions are how many highly successful people live with Dyslexia and the ways they have learned to adapt. People like Stephen J. Cannell, Billy Bob Thornton and Emmy winning actress Sarah Joy Brown have made successful careers based on the need to read, yet share this learning difference.

I can only think how immeasurably frustrating it must be to feel like you can’t keep up with your friends in class. School can be hard enough. As I watched the intimate views of struggles & shortcuts, it made me wonder what resources were available and how involved are the school systems? Well, those questions seem to have become easier to answer thanks to the determination and passion of some. Educators and scientists have developed learning programs that have evolved through the years to benefit those with Dyslexia and without. One of the places that these practices focus on is instructing teachers & educators on how to recognize and teach a child that experiences hurdles in learning. The Haskins Laboratories of Yale University have been implementing this practice worldwide. It seems that many teachers never knew how to reach a student who enters their classroom before these practices were taught to them. Many teachers have given feedback on how teaching in these new ways has eased the stress on the relationship they have with the students. The best part, all of the kids in the class can learn reading and writing skills this same way so students don't feel segregated or that they have a difference at all. Technology has proved to be a friend for the dyslexic as well. Former Harvard Neuroscientist turned educator Dr. Gordon Sherman takes advantage of technology to facilitate computer programs in audio/video that allow the dyslexic brain to thrive. Students are able to learn in a way outside of words, outside of ways that cause them anxiety and inside environments that encourage confidence to grow.  

This film turned out to be one of my favorites that I viewed for this series. Harvey Hubbell V brings Dyslexia to light what many people don’t even know about it and the constant attention that it needs in order for schools to continue to receive funding for their programs and to keep these priceless educators inside their walls. Watching these stories brings hope not just to those dealing with Dyslexia, but to people who are affected by any learning challenge.

--Rebecca Daubney, Performing Arts Coordinator

On Tuesday, October 16, Maryland Hall hosted a screening of the film "Runaway" along with a brief question and answer forum with the director, Amit Ashraf. This was the second screening of the On Screen/In Person Independent Film Series taking place this fall and winter.

After patrons purchased their popcorn and recieved their complimentary drink, they settled in for what was said to be a wonderful evening. Maryland Hall employee, Michael Macey, attended the screening and was more than happy to offer a review of the film:
 
"Runaway, the latest film in the On Screen In Person series at Maryland Hall, offers a gritty, sometimes disturbing view of a bounty hunter in Bangladesh who tracks down and returns runaway men to their families, but not before forcing them to confront the circumstances that got them to that point in the first place. Set in the capital city of Dhaka, Runaway chronicles the journey of one man, Babu, as he captures Akbar, a corrupt politician, and forces him to reexamine his life and the choices he has made.
 
Beautifully photographed, Runaway is visually stunning and gives a hard hitting look at the culture and customs of a society that believes the road to redemption for these runaway men is whatever it takes to return them to their families.
 
The film is skillfully directed by first time director Amit Ashraf. Although it is an ultimately uplifting tale, there is quite a bit of violence. Murder, blackmail, adultery and evil spirits all figure into a scenario that, at times, can be difficult to watch. Both lead actors are more than capable in their roles, and bring a depth to their characters that transcends the obvious language barrier of this English subtitled film. The development of the story line, as well as the characters and their history are fully realized, so that by the end of the film you’re able to understand the perspective and motivation of both Babu and Akbar. All in all this film offered a very satisfying viewing experience."
 
The On Screen in Person series at Maryland Hall allows independent film fans the unique opportunity to view and participate in a discussion of the featured film with the director. Get inside the head of the director and find out what motivates and inspires them to make the films they do. The On Screen In Person series now features beer, wine and popcorn for purchase.

The next film in the series is Dislecksia: the Movie, a comical look at dyslexics and the people who teach and study them. Tickets are $10; $7 for MHCA members and students.

MHCA Presents: Dan Zanes

Sunday, September 30, 2012 | 3 pm

$28/$23 MCHA members/$18 Child (10 & under) and Senior (65+)

Dan Zanes Website

Dan Zanes has two things that set him apart from everyone else. First, he makes homemade family music and encourages similar behaviors in friends and neighbors. Second, he is the guy that sings along with anyone, anywhere. This Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Album for Children will take the stage on Sunday, September 30 at 3 pm.

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On Screen/In Person: “Runaway” – Amit Ashraf

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 | 7 pm

$10/$7 MCHA members

"Runaway" Trailer

In Amit Ashraf’s first feature film, “Runaway,” the crowded city of Dhaka is the perfect hiding place for men seeking to disappear. Babu has made it his life mission to find these runaways and return them to their families and rural villages. But Akbar is a man with powerful connections and a race against time begins as Babu tries to return him home before his pursuer catches up.

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Showcase Artist Series: Casey Driessen

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | 7:30 pm

$15/$10 MCHA members

Casey Driessen Website

With limitless energy and spontaneity, The Singularity Tour kicks off in the summer of 2012, putting Casey Driessen’s unique creative vision center stage. The setup is simple: One man, one fiddle, one pedal board. Mixing his signature percussive fiddle style with digital loops and effects, the Grammy-nominated fiddler will build each show layer by layer in real time in front of the audience. The result is a one of a kind experience that pushes the boundaries of musical genres and styles.

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MHCA Presents: Chris Isaak

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | 7:30 pm

$78/$73 MCHA members

Chris Isaak Website

As a child spinning his parents 45s in their Stockton, California home, Chris Isaak has been obsessed with the glory days of Memphis' Sun Studio and the visionary artists who got their starts there—including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis—all of them discovered and nurtured by the late, great Sun Records founder Sam Phillips. Now, at long last, Isaak has acted on this lifelong obsession, magically recapturing the transformative hepcat brilliance of the classic sides cut by these greats at Sun with Phillips during the mid-'50s, while also getting down to the heart and soul of his own deeply rooted musical identity. "Beyond the Sun", Isaak's first Vanguard Records release, is truly a labor of love. Nominated Grammy singer-songwriter, American rock musician Chris Isaak will perform live at Maryland Hall on Tuesday, November 13.

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Showcase Artist Series: Dirk Hamilton

(Georgie Jessup opening)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | 7:30 pm

$15/$10 MCHA members

Dirk Hamilton Website

Singer-songwriter Dirk Hamilton picked up a guitar as a youth and was writing songs and playing live performances by the time he was in high school. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 70s and recorded four critically acclaimed albums: two while at ABC Records, and two while at Elektra/Asylum Records. A poet and musician known for his uniquely intelligent lyrics and passionate performance style, Hamilton creates music that can't be pigeon-holed into one genre or another, so indie rock, alt-rock, roots music, americana and folk-rock are often used. For his lyrics and performance style he is most often compared to Dylan, Van Morrison, and John Hiatt.

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On Screen/In Person: “Dislecksia: The Movie” – Harvey Hubbell

Thursday, November 15, 2012 | 7 pm

$10/$7 MCHA members

"Dislecksia: The Movie" Trailer

The light-hearted documentary “Dislecksia: The Movie” chronicles dyslexic director Harvey Hubbell V’s journey across the United States to learn more about a condition affecting 35 million Americans. Along the way he discovers that scientists are close to unlocking its secrets. The film gives dyslexics and their families hope as well as a crash course in how to keep smiling.

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Showcase Artist Series: Rob Levit Holiday Show

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | 7:30 pm

$15/$10 MCHA members

Rob Levit Website

Get in the holiday spirit with noted area musician Rob Levit and talented local performers for an enjoyable assortment of holiday music and carols.

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WAE Presents: Israeli Vocalist and Band

Monday, December 17, 2012 | 7 pm

FREE

World Artists Experiences Website

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Showcase Artist Series: Jayme Stone

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 | 7:30 pm

$15/$10 MCHA members

Jayme Stone Website

Two-time Juno-winning banjoist Jayme Stone makes music inspired by folk traditions from around the world. His latest album, Room of Wonders, explores music from Norway, Sweden, Bulgaria, Brazil, Italy and North America. The repertoire includes a movement from Bach’s French Suite, a Moorish sword-fighting dance and Stone’s lush, edgy originals.

Stone thrives on unexpected inspiration: Japanese poetry, Brazilian literature, instruments he found while traveling in remote Malian villages. He finds it with influences as diverse as Anouar Brahem, Bill Frisell, and Toumani Diabaté. His Juno Award-winning albums, most notably Africa to Appalachia, both defy and honor the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling music.

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MHCA Presents: Peking Acrobats

Thursday, February 7, 2013 | 7 pm

$27/$15 MCHA members and children

Peking Acrobats Website

The Peking Acrobats, a troupe of China's most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists, and gymnasts complemented by live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments will bring their 2,000-year-old tradition of acrobatics to North America for an extensive tour of North America.

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On Screen/In Person: “Cafeteria Man” – Richard Chisholm

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | 7 pm

$10/$7 MCHA members

"Cafeteria Man" Trailer

“Cafeteria Man” tells the true story of rebel chef Tony Geraci and his mission to radically reform the way kids eat at our nation’s schools. It’s about overhauling a dysfunctional system. It’s about what’s possible when citizens come together and what it takes, and who it takes, to make solutions happen.

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MHCA Presents: Footworks Percussive Dance – “Steps & Stripes”

Friday, March 8, 2013 | 8 pm

$25/$20 MCHA members and children

Footworks Website

”Steps & Stripes” was conceived when The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts commissioned Footworks to create a piece to commemorate The Star Spangled Banner’s 200th anniversary and perform it for the 50th annual Americans for the Arts conference in Baltimore in June of 2010. Robert L. Lynch, President of Americans for the Arts, wrote that it was a “rousing and patriotic performance” and that the audience “loved the portrayal of our American history and its many threads through dance. [It was] a deeply moving and entertaining piece that resonated with us all.”

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On Screen/In Person: “Abel Raises Cain” – Jenny Abel

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 | 7 pm

$10/$7 MCHA members

"Abel Raises Cain" Trailer

In “Abel Raises Cain”, the filmmaker provides an unprecedented glimpse into the life and extraordinary career of her father, Alan Abel, the notorious media prankster who has made a name for himself several times over with a series of elaborate hoaxes and schemes, all of which were designed to provoke, amuse and make people question everything that they see, hear or read.

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Showcase Artist Series: The Farewell Drifters

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 | 7:30 pm

$15/$10 MCHA members

The Farewell Drifters Website

Rising out of Nashville’s thriving independent music scene, the Farewell Drifters are an alt-folk band known for their 60’s era-inspired harmonies and adventurous musical energy. They have crafted a seamless blend of intellectual psychedelic pop with melodic songs that openly explore the brightest and darkest corners of life with raw intensity. The Farewell Drifters’ latest album, Echo Boom, has been met with critical praise and finds them growing from young men into thinking men and establishing their considerable place in this world.

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Showcase Artist Series: “Music in Art” – Joe Dickey

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | 7:30 pm

$15/$10 MCHA members

After jamming together for two decades, friends Joe Dickey and Henry and Cindy Whitesel took their music to the streets, and Crabgrass made its debut at a street festival in Annapolis in 1993. From there, the band played at gallery openings in the local area, retirement homes, and street festivals. When the washtub bass player retired in 2001, Tim Bowen joined the band. The band has been playing regularly at the famous 49 West Restaurant and Café in downtown Annapolis since 2000. They bring their special blend of harmonies and instrumentation to traditional and contemporary bluegrass, gospel, folk, and country music. On display will be a collection of woodturning pieces by Joe Dickey.

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On Screen/In Person: “What We Need Is The Impossible” – Sam Green

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 | 7 pm

$10/$7 MCHA members

“What We Need Is The Impossible!” gathers together an evening length program of short films by Academy Award nominee Sam Green. The eclectic mix of documentaries range from a portrait of the world’s largest shopping mall in China to an elegy for Meredith Hunter, the young man killed by Hells Angels at the notorious 1969 Altamont concert, to an exploration of the little- known universal language of Esperanto.

To purchse tickets, visit our website www.marylandhall.org or click here.

 

 

 

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