In short, the Walters has hit the film-circuit jackpot

November 11, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

Gina Caruso, director of the film series at the Walters (Art Gallery) Film House, has pulled off an international coup for Baltimore film buffs.

Short Circuit 1995 has agreed to bring exciting, innovative short films, made by emerging and established United States directors, to be screened in the museum's Graham Auditorium on May 5, 12, 19, 26 and June 2.

First, a brief history: In 1990, Elendil Productions (it produces and distributes short films and features) created and co-produced Short Circuit to showcase in Europe the work of the United States' most promising directors. Short Circuit 1990, held in Paris, screened the works of 27 of the most promising recent grads and famous alums of New York University.

Members of that group included Spike Lee, Jim Jarmusch, Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, Amy Heckerling, Jeremy Kagan and Martin Brest.

Prince Albert of Monaco expressed an interest and last year was host of Short Circuit in Monaco. That event featured 30 short films from directors like David Lynch, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Tim Burton, Kathryn Bigelow, Matthew Modine, Rob Morrow and many others.

No word yet what's in store for Baltimoreans, but with that history, how can we go wrong?

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The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, SPCA, had a lovely day to show off its fine facility for housing dogs and cats on Falls Road a couple of weeks ago. I'm told that this agency, unlike some others, keeps animals awaiting adoption, indefinitely.

Guests were treated to an obedience demonstration and a doggie fashion show. And not to be outdone, the Angelos family, Peter, Georgia and John, arrived with their bulldog, dressed in Orioles attire, of course. Others who stopped by for the festivities were SPCA president Randy Brenton, Connie Bendann, Ellen and Richard Sullivan, Townsend and Bob Kent, Bob and Debby Wood, Ann, Harvey and David Clapp, Joan and Howard Frudel, Katherine Harrison and Tucky Ramsey.

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"Bring a friend, make a contribution and have a great time" are the code words for those participating in the annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. This is the 11th year for this non-competitive, five-mile run/three-mile walk that begins and ends at the home of Harriet and Mort Hyatt in the Chestnut Ridge area of Baltimore County.

This unique event began in 1983 when eight friends and neighbors joined Morty, who has Crohn's disease, to raise money for the Maryland Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

The event attracted about 200 last year. Turkey Trot registration is at 8:30 a.m. and after your walk/run you are invited to have breakfast in a lovely tent on the Hyatt's lawn between Greenspring Avenue and Falls Road. Call (410) 486-9501 for more information and directions.

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Paul Anka put on quite a show Monday night at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, which was filled with supporters of the Signal 13 Foundation. Signal 13 is a call made when an officer is in distress and the foundation, begun by former Baltimore Police Commissioner Frank Battaglia, is set up to help officers and their families in times of need.

Guests seemed to like all of Anka's repertoire, especially when he sang "My Way," a song he wrote in 1968 that turned out to be Frank Sinatra's signature song. I hear Nancy and Lou Grasmick had a great time with Anka as they took him to the airport after the show.

Lou and Hanan Sibel were co-chairs of this very successful event, which had two other highlights besides Anka's performance. Henry J. Knott Jr. was honored as the Signal 13 Foundation's Man of the Year. Henry was there with his wife, Marianne, his mother and father, and 20 other members of the Knott clan. The other highlight for about 40 police officers and their wives was being at the show, thanks to the owner of the Mechanic Theatre, Clarisse Mechanic, who bought the tickets and donated them to the Baltimore police officers.

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Congratulations to:

Nancy Fangue, who won an I.O.U. certificate for World Series tickets. O's pitcher Mark Williamson and the O's Bird were at the Rite-Aid Store in Merritt Park Shopping center to present her with her prize. Nancy is the winner of Parents Anonymous of Maryland's "Safe At Home" campaign sweepstakes, which raises money to stop child abuse . . .

Vickie Rosellini, owner of Parkville-based Absolute-Care Ambulance, named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners. She's been in business for 16 years and now has 15 ambulances and 64 employees.

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