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Step OUT: Take a Dip In a "Small Pond"

Filmmaker Josh Slates - Photo  Arianne Teeple
Filmmaker Josh Slates - Photo Arianne Teeple
Where can you get your independent-movie fix once the Maryland Film Festival ends on Sunday? 

Well the very next night, the Charles Theater is showing Small Pond, made by Baltimore filmmaker Josh Slates. The May 7 screening is the second time it has screened at the Charles. The first time was at last year's festival, at which Small Pond's two screenings sold out. 

The movie has also played in Columbia, Kansas City, Brooklyn and Manhattan. It will also screen May 4 in Los Angeles. One of Small Pond's stars, Amy Seimetz, has directed a movie that will screen at the Maryland Film Festival, May 3-6. Sun Don't Shine premiered at South by Southwest this year. 

Small Pond tells the story of Kirsten, who sponges off friends, drinks night after night and stagnates in her college town of Columbia, Missouri. That is, until an unfortunate and gruesome incident shakes her to the core and forces her to reexamine her life. A note for the faint-hearted: people have been known to walk out of the theater during this scene. 

Slates grew up in Missouri and now lives in Hampden. He has worked on more than two-dozen TV shows and movies, including the HBO movie Game Change, which was shot in Maryland, and The Dark Knight Rises, filmed in Pittsburgh. He has also worked on The Social NetworkUp in the Air and He's Just Not That Into You.


Filmmaker Josh Slates at The Charles Theater / Photo by Arianne Teeple

Film promo photo © 2011 Tenhoursaweek
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