Wednesday, April 29, 2020 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Eric Allen Hatch was the Director of Programming for Maryland Film Festival from 2007 until quitting in early 2018. During this period, he served as a juror and mentor for SXSW, participated in IFP Lab’s “Meet the Programmer” forum, and represented MdFF at Sundance and dozens of other festivals. Upon leaving MdFF, he authored the much-discussed Filmmaker article "Why I Am Hopeful,” and launched an independent business consulting with festivals on their programming as well as with filmmakers on their festival strategies. Currently, Eric also co-owns Beyond Video, a non-profit video library in Baltimore offering ~16,000 titles on DVD, blu-ray, and VHS; authors the ongoing MUBI Notebook column Infinite Fest, which takes the pulse of the North American festival scene; and coordinates the U.S. theatrical distribution of award-winning independent films such as Gabrielle Brady’s Island of the Hungry Ghosts and Jessica Oreck’s One Man Dies a Million Times.