Festival offers more than 48 gay and lesbian films

October 21, 1993|By Stephen Hunter | Stephen Hunter,Film Critic

The 1993 Baltimore Lesbian and Gay Film Festival opens today with acclaimed filmmaker Derek Jarman's "Wittgenstein" at 8 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

The festival, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Alliance, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore and the Baltimore Film Forum, will show more than 48 films in 14 programs over the next 10 days. Screenings will be at the museum and at Bloomberg Hall on the campus.

Jarman, who achieved worldwide attention with his brilliantly stylized "Edward II," tells the story in his new movie of the Cambridge philosopher who dazzled the intellectual world while treating the working-class man who was his lover rather shabbily.

The film won the Teddy Award at the 1993 Berlin International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival for best gay feature.

There will be an opening night party at the museum after the screening.

Tomorrow's feature, also at the museum, is the Japanese film "Okoge," by director Takehiro Nakajima.

It's a comedy about a young woman who is friendly with two gay men and lets them use her apartment for lovemaking, to the consternation of her neighbors.

On Saturday, the festival moves to the Hopkins campus, with a series of shorts beginning at 8 p.m. The films are "The Fairy Who Didn't Want to Be a Fairy Anymore," "Queerdom" and the documentary "Greetings From Out Here," about the gay lifestyle in the South. Then, at 10 p.m., the two movies are "The Rock & Roll Years" and "Thank God I'm a Lesbian." At midnight, the film is "No Skin off My ---," about a skinhead and a hairdresser who fall in love.

On Sunday, the festival offers some Hollywood revisionism, with a short, "Aged in Wood," which is about three friends watching "All About Eve" and then the real thing itself, 123 minutes worth of "All About Eve," the great Bette Davis vehicle from 1950, which festival notes describe as possessing "an excess of gay subtext: lesbian intrigue among Davis, Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm and Thelma Ritter, along with a classically queer turn by George Sanders." The screenings are in Bloomberg Hall, beginning at 8 p.m.

Next week's schedule includes films and programs titled "Queer TV," an evening of television selections; "Cutting Up Culture," "queer takes on Hollywood, Western art, African-American history, Asian mythology and Vampire legends"; "Homoteens" and "HOT: Sexually Explicit Shorts."

The big event is "An Evening With Barbara Hammer," America's most famous lesbian filmmaker. Her film "Nitrate Kisses," a history of gay and lesbian culture in America, will be shown, and Ms. Hammer will appear and take questions from the audience.

The event takes place at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Baltimore Film Forum.

The festival closes next weekend with the German-American film "My Father Is Coming" at 8 p.m. at the museum on Friday and "Sex Is . . . " at Bloomfield Hall at 9 p.m. on Saturday.

For information, call the Johns Hopkins Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Alliance at (410) 516-4088, the Baltimore Film Forum at (410) 889-1993 or the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore at (410) 837-5445.

LESBIAN & GAY FILM FESTIVAL

Where: Baltimore Film Forum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive, North Charles and 31st streets.

8 tonight: "The Attendant" (1993), "Hammam" (1992) and "Wittgenstein" (1993)

L 8 p.m. tomorrow: "Okoge" (1992), Director: Takehiro Nakajima

8 p.m. Wednesday: "Nitrate Kisses" (1992), Director: Barbara Hammer

8 p.m. Oct. 29: "Fontvella's Box" (1992) and "My Father Is Coming" (1991)

Call: (410) 889-1993.

Where: Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center, Johns Hopkins

University Homewood Campus, San Martin Drive

8 p.m. Oct. 23: "The Fairy Who Didn't Want to Be a Fairy Anymore" (1992), "Queerdom" (1978), "Greetings From Out There" (1993)

10 p.m. Oct. 23: "The Gay Rock and Roll Years" (1991), "Thank God I'm a Lesbian" (1991)

Midnight Oct. 23: "No Skin off My ---" (1991)

8 p.m. Oct. 24: "Aged in Wood" (1975) and "All About Eve" (1950)

8 p.m. Oct. 25: "Queer TV"

7:30 p.m. Oct. 26: "Grab Bag"

9:30 p.m. Oct. 26: "Cutting Up Culture"

7:30 p.m. Oct. 28: "Homoteens" (1993), "Our House: Gays and Lesbians in the 'Hood" (1992)

9:30 p.m. Oct. 28: "HOT: Sexually Explicit Shorts"

9 p.m. Oct. 30: "B.U.C.K.L.E." (1993), "She Thrills Me" (1993), "Sex Is . . ." (1993)

$ Call: (410) 516-4088

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