Academy awards for films by students Competition: The Oscar organization invites submissions of movies made by those attending college.

Arts Notes

March 16, 1997|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is sponsoring its 24th annual Student Academy Awards competition for college students throughout the country.

The competition divides the country into three regions, with Maryland and surrounding states as part of Region Two. Students will compete first on this regional level, and then the winning films from each of the three regions will compete as national finalists.

Finalist films will be screened and judged at the academy's headquarters in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the academy membership -- the same people who vote to select Oscar winners.

Interested students may enter films in one of four categories: alternative, animation, documentary or dramatic. Films of 16 mm or larger must be produced within the curriculum of an accredited college or university, must have been produced as part of a student-teacher relationship and must have been completed after April 1, 1996.

National winners will be flown in June to Los Angeles for a week of industry-related events and activities and receive prize money and their trophies at the academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Students interested in entering the competition should send their application request and a business-size, self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) to: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Attn: Student Academy Awards, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, Calif. 90211.

Entries must be received at the regional center by April 1. Call regional coordinators Dan Ladely at 402-472-5353 or Barbara Scharres at 312-443-3735 for entry information.

Gifts for history

Thanks to wise investments and recent bequests totaling more than $5 million dollars, the Maryland Historical Society's endowment presently stands at an all-time high of approximately $22 million.

Since October, the historical society has seen an unprecedented endowment increase of 70 percent, virtually all through gifts from donors.

Donations ranging from $1,000 to more than $1.8 million from long-standing supporters and other individuals have helped ensure the future of the museum and library, including the educational activities, acquisitions and public programming essential to the historical society's viability.

Theater workshops

Two six-week workshops with Barry Feinstein will be offered at the Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St.

A directing workshop will start March 18, and a scene-study class is scheduled to begin March 19. Both sessions will run from 7: 30 p.m. to 10: 30 p.m. Some experience is needed. The cost is $50 a person.

Call 410-337-7569 for more information.

Writing submissions

The Baltimore Review, a biannual literary magazine, is accepting fiction and poetry submissions for its summer 1997 issue.

The magazine welcomes traditional and experimental forms with story lengths and subjects open to the author. Send one story or up to five poems to: The Baltimore Review, P.O. Box 410, Riderwood, Md. 21139. Deadline is April 1. Enclose SASE for reply. Call 410-377-5265 for more information.

Directors wanted

The Bowie Community Theatre is seeking directors for its 1997-1998 season.

Those interested in directing should send resumes along with names and synopses of plays or musicals of directorial interest to: Bowie Community Theatre, P.O. Box 604, Bowie, Md. 20718. Interviews will be scheduled through April. For more information, call 301-805-0219.

Auditions

The Bowie Community Theatre will audition for "Weekend Comedy" at 7: 30 p.m. March 17-18 at the Bowie Playhouse in White Marsh Park, Route 3 South, one mile south of Route 450. Callbacks are scheduled for March 19. All parts are open. Call 410-923-2001.

Asian actors are needed for a reading of "Ballad of Yachiyo," by Philip Kan Gotanda, at the Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St. Auditions will take place from 2: 30 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 22, and the reading will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 6. There are possibilities for future readings. Call 410-466-8341.

The Covered Bridge Theatre Company, in residence at Cecil Community College, will hold auditions for its summer musical, "Damn Yankees," March 24-25 at the Cultural Center on campus, 1000 North East Road, North East. Callbacks are scheduled for March 26. Come prepared with a song and be ready to dance. An accompanist will be provided. To schedule an audition, call 410-287-1023.

Local artists wishing to be part of the 1997-1998 "Performing Arts for Everyone" season at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts are invited to apply for an audition by March 31.

From those who apply, more than 300 individuals and groups will be selected to appear as part of the Millennium Stage performances, daily; the Thirteenth Annual Open House Arts Festival, Sept. 7; Holidays at the Kennedy Center, each December; and the Kennedy Center Spring Celebration, spring 1998.

For more information on auditioning, call 202-416-8043.

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