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Film & New Media Program launches at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

| October 17, 2017, 10:52 AM

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (MHCA) has launched the Faith Goldstein and Jesse Cunitz Center for Film and New Media which will use the artistic disciplines of film and media to present programs to engage, entertain and educate audiences on critical contemporary, historical and cultural issues.  The Center’s programming kicks off this fall with the film presentation of Wasted:  The Story of Food Waste (Produced by Anthony Bourdain) on October 10, at 7 pm in collaboration with the Annapolis Film Festival.  The creation of the Center is made possible through generous gifts from Annapolis residents Faith Goldstein and Jesse Cunitz.

The Center will provide new opportunities for community engagement as part of MHCA’s mission of “art for all,” complementing Maryland Hall’s education classes and performing and visual arts programs.  Through the Center, Maryland Hall will present ongoing film and media-related activities throughout the year.  Activities will range from stand-alone film presentations discussions to classes, workshops and lectures in partnership with colleague organizations, such as the Annapolis Film Festival.  A new Fall education class at Maryland Hall called Be a Film Critic..and Know What the Heck You are Talking About began running September 27, inspired by the new Center.  The 6-week class for adults (ages 16 and older) focuses on the elements of film including what makes a great/poor story, good/weak direction, and artistic vs. plain cinematography.

On Tuesday, October 10 at 7 pm, Maryland Hall and the Annapolis Film Festival will co-present the documentary film Wasted:  The Story of Food Waste, in the lower level theatre.  (Tickets are $13/person and are available through  The documentary premiers to the general public on October 13, enabling the Annapolis community a sneak preview of this film that addresses the global food waste problem.  Up to 40 percent of food in the United States ends up in a landfill, according to a recent study from the Natural Resources Defense Council, and a press release for the doc claims 1.3 billion tons of food, worth $218 billion, is thrown out annually. A question and answer session will follow the film.

Faith Goldstein has been a passionate and avid film aficionado for most of her life. She is a former board member of the Annapolis Film Festival.  Faith’s husband, Jesse Cunitz, is Vice President of the Maryland Theater for the Performing Arts. He and Faith were both involved in the creation of the Compass Rose Theater at its present location and are enthusiastic supporters of the arts and Maryland Hall.  Goldstein says:  “Film and media today combine information with technology; creativity with new forms of creation, and the experience of viewing reality from different vantages.  My hope is that this Center at Maryland Hall will provide opportunities to use film as the catalyst for discussion and to educate and inform our community.”

“This is wonderful opportunity to promote the cinematic arts to the Annapolis and Anne Arundel communities on an ongoing basis,” says Emily Garvin, MHCA’s VP of Programs.  “We are looking forward to creating innovative programming that brings new people to Maryland Hall to learn about the art of film and the power it has to educate and inform.”

Dedicated to delivering “art for all,” Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is the community’s arts center, providing lifelong opportunities in the arts for all ages. Serving 100,000 people each year, Maryland Hall educates, enriches and enhances lives through performances, exhibitions, education classes and outreach programs.  For more information on Maryland Hall, go to

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