Local director due award


May 12, 1991|By Eric Siegel

Baltimore producer-director Tom Brandau will receive the top independent film award Thursday in Chicago at the National Media Owl Awards, given annually to producers of films, videos and television programs about the elderly.

Mr. Brandau, 30, a Towson State University graduate and producer-director for WBFF-TV (Channel 45), will be honored for "Sonny & Cornblatt," a 30-minute dramatic film about the friendship of two elderly neighbors, one black and one Jewish, the latter recently widowed.

"It's a buddy film," says Mr. Brandau. "It's about friendship and dealing with the loss of a spouse later in life."

Mr. Brandau, who came up with the idea while studying at the American Film Institute's Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies in Los Angeles, shot it here over three weekends with more than two dozen volunteers and a budget of $5,700. He says he is "weighing many options" for having the film aired on television.

He hopes to begin production in January on a semi-autobiographical story of four brothers who gather at an ocean resort following the suicide of their father.


* The Towson Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines, Mondays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. at the Towson Presbyterian Church, Highland and Chesapeake avenues. Formal auditions are held after six weeks of attendance at rehearsals. Call 828-0453.

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