It’s Midday at the Movies, our monthly look at films and filmmaking.

Joining Tom today is Jed Dietz, the founder and retired director of the Maryland Film Festival.

The current directors of the Maryland Film Festival late last year announced they were putting the popular annual film event on hiatus until 2024, while the board conducts what it calls “a planning process to re-envision its role as an arts and culture hub in Baltimore and for the entire region.

“In response to that announcement, Baltimore film advocates decided to mount an alternative festival. With sponsorship from Your Public Radio (this station’s parent company), they began planning for the New/Next Film Festival, a weekend-long celebration of film culture that will take place August 18-20 at The Charles theater in Baltimore.

Read full article and hear podcast: Movies: Previewing the ‘New/Next Film Fest,’ coming to The Charles | WYPR