Every spring, the Maryland Film Festival takes over Station North, drawing thousands to the Charles Theatre and nearby blocks.
Since 2008, a smaller, more experimental video exhibit has run the same weekend inside the Metro Gallery — across the street from the Charles. Called Videopolis, it showcases features which don't meet traditional formats, according to 35-year-old curator Guy Werner.
We caught up with Werner, who is married to Metro Gallery founder Sarah M. Werner, and talked about RVs and old TVs.
Worst pet peeve? Improperly used ratchet straps & tape on windows from old flyers.
What song are you hating/loving right now? Anything by the Sterling Sisters.
Last concert/gig you went to? The Beach House show at the Lyric.
Your worst habit? Hoarding old TVs.
Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Interlacing.
Last movie you liked/disliked? Best lately is "The Gatekeepers."
What were your criteria for Videopolis pieces? We don't try to rule anything out, but I tend to like more sculptural things that mix media.
TV show(s) you can't get enough of? "Breaking Bad"!
Last great meal you had? My wife makes some great salmon.
Favorite and most loathed fashion statements? Beards.
Favorite place to get a drink in Baltimore? The Metro Gallery, of course.
Best advice you ever got? Don't get that RV. I didn't listen.
Favorite thing about Baltimore? The endless variety without the endless cost.
AS TOLD TO THERESA SINTETOS
If you go
Videopolis runs May 9 and 10 at the Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St. Doors open at 7 p.m., performances start at 9 p.m. Free. Go to themetrogallery.net/videopolis