bonnie and clyde

“Bonnie and Clyde”

72 Film Fest

In its 12th year in Frederick, the 72 Film Fest resumes in October, when teams compete to create short films in 72 hours using certain criteria, then submit them for judging. All teams can watch their films on the big screen at the Weinberg Center for the Arts the following weekend in a two-day event open to the public that culminates with an awards ceremony.

Over the first 11 years, more than 400 teams have made films.

This year’s theme is “Constellations.”

The Launch Party, when teams are given their secret criteria and the 72-hour timeframe begins, will start at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Cafe 611, 611 N. Market St., with musical guest Cheshi performing at 7 p.m. Teams then get busy making their movies that night through Oct. 8.

The 72 Film Fest screenings will be hosted by Mikael Johnson and Doug Powell on Oct. 13 and 14 Weinberg Center. The official after party will be at Nido’s Little Italy Ristorante, 111 E. Patrick St., Frederick, on Oct. 14.

Regular registration ends Aug. 12. Late registration runs up until the Launch Party, however space is limited.

Want to get in the spirit? Bring a blanket and a picnic and check out the “Best of 72” event on Sept. 16 on the hillside behind Frederick Coffee Co., where several shorts from past fests will be screened.

For more info or to register, go to

Bonnie and Clyde turn 50

Fifty years ago, the most dangerous and famous couple in America wreaked havoc on the silver screen. Fueled by a violent crime spree through Depression-era Texas, the two bank robbers in love broke cinematic taboos with their open expressions of violence and sex, and “Bonnie and Clyde” became the blueprint for counter-culture filmmaking. Film lovers across the country will have the chance to rediscover director Arthur Penn’s crime-drama milestone as it returns to movie theaters for two days only on Aug. 13 and 16.

“Bonnie and Clyde” will play in movie theaters 50 years from its original release on Aug. 13, 1967, as a part of the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series, accompanied by specially-produced commentary before and after the feature by TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz.

Germantown 14, Rockville Center 13 and Columbia Mall 14 are nearby participating theaters. Visit for tickets and times.

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