To say that finding an international film festival in the idyllic downtown section of Hagerstown is unexpected may well be an understatement.
And yet, this weekend the Maryland International Film Festival will screen 70 films at four venues over the course of three days.
The fourth annual Maryland International Film Festival will take place Thursday through Saturday with screenings and after-parties in downtown Hagerstown.
Highlights of the festival include a screening of “Stretch,” a direct-to-video film about a limo driver who carts around a sketchy billionaire for quick cash, which stars Jessica Alba, Chris Pine and Brooklyn Decker, as well as the chance to walk the red carpet outside The Maryland Theatre on Thursday.
And while the likes of Alba and Pine won’t be gracing Hagerstown’s red carpet, celebrities including director Joe Carnahan and stuntman Ben Bray will make appearances for the Friday night screening of “Stretch.”
The films “Writer’s Cramp” and “In God We Trust,” will also premiere during the festival, and a special screening of local high school students’ short films will take place Friday.