“World War Z” and “State of Play” Screenwriter to Attend Maryland International Film Fest

Hagerstown, MD — “World War Z” screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan is walking the red carpet with “A-Team” Director Joe Carnahan on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 6:30 PM. Both Carnahans will participate in a Q and A after the movie “Narc” is screened.

Film Festival Director, Tracie Donahue said, ”Matthew Michael Carnahan is one of the most gifted screenwriters in Hollywood today. He has written films such as “State of Play,” “Lions for Lambs,” “The Kingdom” and now the new film with Brad Pitt, “World War Z.” We are certainly delighted that he is willing to share some of his insight and expertise about screenwriting with the Hagerstown audience.”

“World War Z” is the new film with Brad Pitt that will be hitting the screens in December 2012. The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.
Carnahan has written films which included some of Hollywood’s biggest names including: Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck, Helen Mirren, Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman, and Jeff Daniels, to name a few.

Film Festival Director Donahue says, “Matthew Michael Carnahan pens intelligent scripts that force audiences to truly contemplate the depth and breadth of the movie. He is definitely a visionary in his field. We are looking forward to his attendance at the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown.”

The film festival runs from October 13-16. Theaters utilized include the Historic Maryland Theatre, the Bridge of Life, and the Leitersburg Cinemas. During the festival’s four day run, there are 51 films being screened, out of more than 250 that were submitted for consideration.

MDIFF-Hagerstown is a competition festival. The best films in categories including: Feature, Documentary, Student, Short and Animation will receive awards on festival’s closing night. The MDIFF-Hagerstown 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 media inquiries please call 916-712-2781 or access the website http://www.marylandiff.com.

Tickets for the film festival are already going fast. Tickets can be ordered online: http://www.marylandiff.com/buy-tickets. Tickets are available for individual screenings, or a package for the complete festival. Tickets can also be purchased at the Hagerstown Visitor Welcome Center, at 6 North Potomac Street.