Birth of a film festival

June 04, 1998|By Ann Hornaday

Baltimore's Queer Film and Video Festival was born of that mother of so many good ideas: self-interest.

Chris Lines, a graduate film student at Towson University, had just finished his short film, "Acceptance," seeing to the details of post-production and entering festivals, when a chilling thought occurred to him. "I thought, 'What if it doesn't get in?'" Lines recalled recently. "I'll create a festival! Baltimore hasn't had one in a while - the last one was in 1995, as part of the Baltimore Film Forum. So I decided we needed a new one. The prime purpose was to give not only myself but other Baltimore filmmakers an opportunity to show their work."

Lines received 25 films when he put out a call for entries in January, from which he selected 18 films to run alongside such acclaimed features as "Leather Jacket Love Story," Cheryl Dunye's "The Watermelon Woman" and "Wilde," which opens in Baltimore theaters tomorrow. Whether they're short films or feature-length, live action or animated, dramas or comedies, the films in Baltimore's Queer Film and Video Festival will "introduce the gamut of gay and lesbian and bi-sexual experience," according to Lines. "They should show not only our own community the different things going on in our lives, but also the rest of the world."

Baltimore's Queer Film and Video Festival begins tonight with an opening party at the Club Charles at 6 p.m., followed by screenings of "Leather Jacket Love Story" and "The Watermelon Woman" at the Charles Theatre starting at 7:45 p.m. The festival continues through June 11 at the Charles, Orpheum and the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Festival passes cost $30. To purchase passes and for program information call 410-433-1395.

Pub Date: 6/04/98

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