An award-winning documentary about a family wrestling with one of its member's 20-year drug addiction is featured in the final segment of the Independents' Weekend '90 film series at Towson State University.
Hosted by the Baltimore Film Forum, the two-weekend program was organized to create awareness of the work of film and video makers who produce and distribute outside of the entertainment mainstream. All films shown are winners in the 21st Baltimore Independent Film/Video Makers Competition. This year more than 140 entries were judged in six categories and competed for $4,000 in prizes.
"Home Movie" by Chris Mosner of Lutherville records Mosner's family member as they confront his addicted brother. Awarded the prize for best Maryland film, this documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday in Van Bokkelen Hall.
The main winners in the documentary category will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday. They are "Ralph Nader: Up Close," a documentary by Mark Litwak and Tiiu Lukk; "Trouble Behind," Robby Henson's portrait of the 1919 race riot in Corbin, Ky.; "Emergency Unit," a look at medical care at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital by filmmaker Richard Kahn; and "At the Crossroads: Jews in Eastern Europe Today," a film by Yale Strom and Oren Rudavsky.
The competition's top films will be shown Saturday evening along with "Home Movie." "Revolution," a drama described by filmmaker Jeff Kahn as a "Marxist musical comedy" and "Ralph Nader: Up Close" were selected as the best films of the competition. Their screening will begin at 8:15 p.m.
In other weekend events, cultural critic Mark Crispin Miller will host a live taping for "Paper Tiger Television," a weekly media analysis program on Manhattan Cable Television. The taping will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday in Towson State's media center.
After the taping, Miller will lead a panel of media critics, producers and directors in discussing the importance of perpetuating independent works. The panelists include Daniel Marcus, producer of "Paper Tiger Television," and independent filmmakers Richard Chisolm, Steve Weiss and Julie Simon. This event is at 5 p.m. in Van Bokkelen Hall.
Admission for either night of films is $4 general; $3 for Film Forum members, students and seniors; and $2 for TSU students. The Saturday afternoon panel discussion is free.