Filmmakers to Travel With Films to Public Screenings 


Baltimore, MD – April 27, 2018 – Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) has announced the film lineup for the 2018-2019 season of the On Screen/In Person (OSIP) program. On Screen/In Person tours independent American filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region to screen their recent work and increase accessibility and appreciation for film through direct audience engagement. At the December 2017 deadline, MAAF had received 66 films from filmmakers in 28 states. Films went through a multi-round selection process with the final round bringing together representatives from the ten OSIP host sites at the MAAF offices in Baltimore.

Selected 2018-2019 films include:

Image of nine young women dressed in black and white posed in a white industrial hallway.
Break the Chain
Director Laura E. Swanson

Break the Chain captures the first-hand accounts of Debbie and Kwami, two survivors of child sex and labor trafficking, to provide a startling look at how this overly sensationalized issue is, in reality, hiding in plain sight. Accompanied by interviews with those actively working to raise awareness and create creative solutions to combat this global problem, the film helps us learn that we have the power to change lives by choosing how we consume our information, and what we support.


Movie Poster featurn large sepia image of Chavela Vargas in left profile with the back of her hand lifted to her forehead. Titling at top in yellow on rust background.
Director Daresha Kyi

A thought-provoking look at the life of Costa Rican singer Chavela Vargas, CHAVELA weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, perform, and dream to her own unique beat. Centered around exclusive, never-before-seen interview footage of Vargas shot in 1991 and guided by the artist’s voice, CHAVELA explores the myths and tales others have told about her and those she spread about herself.


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From the Second Wave to the Tidal Wave 
and NextStepRun!
Director and Producer Pam Maus

From the Second Wave to the Tidal Wave is the story of filmmaker, Pam Maus, told through the voices of others who came of age and went off to college just in time to be swept up into the Second Wave Feminist Movement. Landmark legislation of 1960’s outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin and unlocked the doors to social justice. Now all they had to do was open them.

NextStepRun! follows four women from different locations, backgrounds, and political affiliations running for elective office in their local House districts during the 2014 midterm elections. Regardless of their differences, they all have one thing in common: to bring integrity to the legislative process through consensus, collaboration, and inclusion.

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Holden On
Director Tamlin Hall

Holden Layfield is a 17-year-old junior and it’s homecoming week in his small Georgia town. The popular, athletic teen is already fielding early scholarships. But Holden has a secret. Over the next two years, Holden fights to keep his mental illness hidden as he morphs from a beloved, small town football player to a lost, self-medicating prophet. Based on a true story, filmmaker Tamlin Hall weaves audiences through Holden’s harrowing tale in this narrative film set in the early 1990s.


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Man on Fire
Director Joel Fendelman

Grand Saline, Texas, a town east of Dallas, has a history of racism, a history the community doesn’t talk about. This shroud of secrecy ended when one man self-immolated to protest their racism in 2014, shining a spotlight on the town’s dark past. Man on Fire untangles the pieces of this protest and questions the racism in Grand Saline today.


Director Pamela Tom

Tyrus is Pamela Tom’s tour-de-force documentary about Guangzhou-born, American artist, Tyrus Wong, his breathtaking scope of work across multiple artistic mediums, and his personal and professional journey navigating racial bigotry in 20th century America. Weaving together images of his work, archival footage, interviews, and commentary from the artist himself, the film captures how Wong’s unique style helped shape the Disney animated film, Bambi (1942), and established a signature style of animation in early Hollywood.

Regional nonprofit venues and arts organizations actively participate in the program by serving as host sites for the touring filmmakers through a partnership with Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. The filmmakers will tour with their films to the venues for public screenings which include question and answer sessions with the audience. Each filmmaker visit will also include a community engagement activity collaboratively developed by the filmmaker and local host site.

The tour will travel to ten venues in six states during fall 2018 and spring 2019. Host sites include:
Atlas Performing Arts Center (Washington, DC)
Appell Center for the Performing Arts (York, PA)
BlackRock Center for the Arts (Germantown, MD)
Montgomery County Community College (Blue Bell, PA)
The Queen Theater (Wilmington, DE)
Reading Area Community College (Reading, PA)
TAMARACK: The Best of West Virginia (Beckley, WV)
The Ware Center at Millersville University (Lancaster, PA)
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (Bradford, PA)
Wayne Theatre Alliance (Waynesboro, VA)

For a complete list of dates, times, locations, and other program activities, please contact the venues directly.

For more on the On Screen/In Person program, including host site contact information, please click here.

Questions concerning On Screen/In Person should be directed to Kimberly Steinle-Super at

On Screen/In Person is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

About Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation develops partnerships and programs that reinforce artists’ capacity to create and present work and advance access to and participation in the arts. The Foundation was created in 1979 and is a private non-profit organization that is closely allied with the region’s state arts councils and the National Endowment for the Arts. It combines funding from state and federal resources with private support from corporations, foundations, and individuals to address needs in the arts from a regional, national, and international perspective. To learn more about MAAF, its programs and services, visit our website at