2021 Maryland Film Fest

Opening Night Live: Balti-Shorts and Strawberry Mansion

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A Baltimore-centric Opening Night extravaganza! Kick off MdFF 2021 with this special live presentation of our 2021 Balti-Shorts program and Opening Night feature film Strawberry Mansion, followed by a Maryland Film Fest exclusive Virtual Afterparty with some of Baltimore's best musical talents!


In this live presentation of Balti-Shorts and Strawberry Mansion, each program will be followed by a live discussion with our local filmmakers. All films, discussions, and the exclusive Virtual Afterparty will be streamed back-to-back right here, all in one ticket!


Balti-Shorts Films and Filmmakers

The Cal, The Coz, and The Streak by David Bonnett Jr.

The Aviary by Charlie Knott

Words for Thomas by Alonzo Hellerbach

Fugazi's Barber by Joe Tropea & Robert A. Emmons Jr.

SAVE THE MANCHILDS, FOR THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH by Gyasi Mitchell

Diary by Gillian Waldo


Strawberry Mansion Credits

Directors/Writers: Albert Birney and Kentucker Audley

Producers: Emma Hannaway, Matisse Rifai, Sarah Winshall, Taylor Ava Shung

Cast: Penny Fuller, Kentucker Audley, Grace Glowicki, Linas Phillips, Reed Birney

Composer: Dan Deacon

Cinematographer: Tyler Davis

Production Design: Becca Brooks Morrin


Virtual Afterparty Performers


Amy Reid

Amy Reid is a queer electronic musician, producer, sound and visual artist striving to transform spaces visually, sonically and socially. Her work often explores the intersection of the natural, human-made world, and the liminal spaces of existence through the use of field recordings, vocals, and electronic instruments. Reid has studied Painting and Art Education obtaining a BFA and MAT from Maryland Institute College of Art where she began playing in bands and often incorporating original soundtracks into her visual works of art. Inspired by her experiences as a musician, visual and community artist, her lifelong goal is to explore the environments in which all three worlds intersect.


Jurdan Bryant

Baltimore Native Jurdan Bryant, is a member of the music collective Spillage Village. Housing artists such as EarthGang, J.I.D, Hollywood JB, Mereba, 6lack & Benji. Bryant is coming off of the release of the group's Album "Spilligion" and is gearing up to release a solo EP entitled, "Not For Nothing."


Infinity Knives and Brian Ennals

Baltimore experimentalists Infinity Knives and Brian Ennals self-released their maiden album in the summer of 2020 to much praise and critical acclaim, while they haven’t quite hit the big stage, they’ve garnered a tiny army of dedicated followers. Sometimes funny, sometimes heart wrenching—their combination of Neo-classical minimalism by the way of John Cage and “Old School” hip-hop makes them truly unique.


Dustin Wong

Dustin Wong is a prolific American guitarist known for collaborations with Takako Minekawa, art-rock band Ponytail, and experimental guitar duo Ecstatic Sunshine. Born in Hawaii and growing up in Hawaii, attended California College of Arts and Maryland Institute College of Art. Dustin has toured the US and Europe on numerous occasions, creating intricate pieces based on cyclical guitar loops.