Last December, when the Parkway Theatre announced that they would be temporarily going dark and postponing the 2023 Maryland Film Festival (MdFF), a collective groan could be heard from cinephiles throughout Maryland.

Among them was Sam Sessa.

The director of events and community engagement for WTMD and WYPR is not just a film buff (and occasional filmmaker), he’s a guy who wants all good things for Baltimore.

“It felt like such a punch to the gut because Baltimore had gone without Artscape, Light City, and the Baltimore Book Festival for three years straight [thanks to COVID,]” Sessa says. “And then to hear the news that Baltimore was going to go without the film festival. It was such a sad revelation.”

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