Film festival at Senator, BMA offers kids alternative entertainment

March 27, 1992|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,Staff Writer

An article on the Second Annual Baltimore Children's International Film Festival in last Friday's Maryland Live incorrectly listed the location for three films. "The Dog Who Stopped The War" at 3 p.m. April 4, "Vincent and Me" at 3 p.m. April 11 and "Bach and Broccoli" at 3 p.m. April 18 will all be shown at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Children will be able to get a jump on a new movie, look back at some old friends and take in foreign films not widely available in this country during the second annual Baltimore Children's International Film Festival that begins tomorrow.

The festival, which continues through April 26 at the Senator Theatre and the Baltimore Museum of Art, features 12 films, five shorts and a collection of French tales that explore peace, perceptions, friendship, the environment and growing up. There is also plenty of wonder and whimsy in this collection of classic and contemporary films sponsored by the Baltimore Film Forum in tandem with its adult festival.


Last year's initial attempt at a children's film festival was not a popular or financial success, says Vicky Westover, the film forum's executive director. But she decided to try again, she says, because she is committed to "alternative entertainment" for children and because the response was positive, if limited.

"We had good response for the little response we had," said Ms. Westover, who chose the films for both festivals. "I think it's something that will catch on."

Ms. Westover says she picked Canadian and American films this year so children would not have to read subtitles. Many of the films carry an age recommendation as a guideline to parents. Few are recommended for children under 4; most are geared toward those 7 and older.

Recommended for all ages, however, is a "tribute to Dr. Seuss" with favorite tales such as "The Cat in the Hat" and "Green Eggs and Ham" and old friends, The Zax and The Sneeches.

Also expected to have broad appeal is the new animated film "Rock-A-Doodle," which will premier Saturday, as part of the festival's "gala opening" at the Senator. Unfortunately, tickets were only made available through a FOX 45 TV giveaway.

Among other festival offerings are the 1937 film "Elephant Boy" and "tom thumb" starring Peter Sellers, as well as recent Canadian films "Vincent and Me" about a young artist who meets her hero, Vincent Van Gogh, and "Tadpole and the Whale," the tale of a young girl who can hear the songs of the humpback whales.

"It's an interesting mishmash . . . with a little something for everybody," says Ms. Westover.

Here is the festival schedule:

March 28: Premier of "Rock-A-Doodle," 10:30 a.m., The Senator Theatre.

April 4: "The Biscuit Eater," 11 a.m., The Senator; "Tribute to Dr. Seuss," 1 p.m., Baltimore Museum of Art; "The Dog Who Stopped the War," 3 p.m., The Senator.

April 11: "Mr. Bug Goes to Town," 11 a.m., The Senator; "Magic Boat" and "Palooka," 1 p.m., BMA; "Vincent and Me," 3 p.m., The Senator.

April 18: "Elephant Boy," 11 a.m., The Senator; "Tadpole and the Whale," 1 p.m., BMA; "Bach and Broccoli," 3 p.m., The Senator.

April 25: "tom thumb," 11 a.m., The Senator.

April 26: "Animated French Tales by Michel Ocelot," 11:30 a.m., BMA. The artist will introduce his films and demonstrate his art of cut-paper animation.

Tickets for children's festival films shown at the Senator Theatre are $3 and will be available 45 minutes before show time at the theater, 5904 York Road. Tickets for films at the Baltimore Museum of Art are available at the film forum box office one hour before showtime and in advance at the Museum Shop at the BMA and by mail from the Baltimore Film Forum at the BMA, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore 21218. These tickets are $4, $3 for film forum, museum and Fox 45 Kids Club members, as well as students and senior citizens. For more information, call (410) 889-1993.

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