'A Team' Director Joe Carnahan Screens at the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown

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Hollywood comes to Hagerstown October 13-16 when the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown (MDIFF) kicks off the annual event. The festival will include a special appearance by one of Fade Magazine’s top “100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know,” “A Team” Director, Joe Carnahan.

Joe Carnahan

I thought Joe Carnahan would be a perfect fit for our festival. He understands what it is like to be a struggling filmmaker and he also understands the necessity of festivals like ours. We are very thankful for Joe’s gracious support for us at MDIFF.

Hollywood comes to Hagerstown October 13-16 when the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown (MDIFF) kicks off the annual event. The festival will include a special appearance by one of Fade Magazine’s top “100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know,” “A Team” Director, Joe Carnahan. MDIFF Director, Tracie Donahue said, “Joe Carnahan is one of the most prolific filmmakers of our time who has written and directed some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster films. Our community will definitely benefit from his attendance.”

Joe Carnahan can relate to all struggling filmmakers. He too, cut his teeth in the film business barely making ends meet while working for a local television station. For Carnahan’s first film, “Blood, Guts, Bullets, and Octane,” he borrowed cameras, equipment, encouraged friends and family to be the actors and poured every last cent into his edgy film. His hard work paid off and after his festival success, Carnahan became famous with his critically acclaimed film “Narc.” Tom Cruise spotted this new director’s talent and hired him to direct Mission Impossible in 2006. But Mr. Carnahan left the project before it was completed. Instead he opted for his passion project “Smokin Aces” that he wrote and directed. Now he is one of most sought after directors in Hollywood. He has worked with Hollywood’s A-listers including Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Ben Affleck, Jeremy Piven and many more.

MDIFF Director Donahue says, “I thought Joe Carnahan would be a perfect fit for our festival. He understands what it is like to be a struggling filmmaker and he also understands the necessity of festivals like ours. We are very thankful for Joe’s gracious support for us at MDIFF.”

MDIFF is scheduled to run October 13-16, 2011. Carnahan will screen his film “A Team” at 7PM and “Narc” at 7:30 PM Saturday, October 14 at Leitersburg Cinemas. After the films there will be a Q & A and audiences will get a sneak peak of his new film “The Grey.”

Sponsors for the film festival include the Leitersburg Cinemas, the Historic Maryland Theatre, Hagerstown Magazine, High Rock Studios, Anderson Photographs, Thompson Gas, Sagittarius Salon & Spa, Med Trends, Jen-esis Communications Company, The Bridge of Life, Hager Hall, Cancun Cantina – West, The Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Bowman Hospitality, Kaplan University, American General Life & Accident Insurance Co: Rob Lorshbaugh and Michael Foster and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

MDIFF is a competition festival. The best films in categories including: Feature, Documentary, Student, Short and Animation will receive awards on closing night. The MDIFF mission is to be a platform for independent filmmakers to engage audiences, collaborate with other filmmakers and educate the community with the celebration of film. For more information about MDIFF please call 916-712-2781 or access the website http://www.marylandiff.com/.

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