Touching 'Smoke Signals' at the Charles Odyssey: Coming-of-age tale follows two young Native American men on a journey from their reservation in the Pacific Northwest to Arizona


June 19, 1998|By Ann Hornaday | Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC

Cinema Sundays, the film lovers' series at the Charles Theatre, wraps up its 12th season Sunday with a screening of "Smoke Signals," a film by Sherman Alexie and Chris Eyre that opens in Baltimore in July.

This coming-of-age tale follows two young Native American men as they travel from their reservation in the Pacific Northwest to Arizona, where one of them will recover the remains of his late father.

The touching and funny film, which was a hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival, will be introduced by WJHU radio host Marc Steiner. Steiner will also lead the post-screening discussion.

Memberships to the one remaining program are available for $20; single seats will be sold for $15 starting at 9: 45 a.m., pending availability. Call George Udel 410-366-8675 for information on how to join.

Sinatra times two

If you've been looking for the right way to honor the memory of Frank Sinatra, here's one he'd approve of:

See the Sinatra double feature that opens Monday at the Orpheum in Fells Point. Baltimore's finest revival house is bringing in two of the finest examples of Sinatra's work on screen: "Anchors Aweigh" (1945), the singer's first MGM musical with Gene Kelly in which they play two happy-go-lucky sailors on shore leave (Frank sings "I Fall in Love Too Easily"); and "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962), John Frankenheimer's masterpiece of Cold War paranoia and political intrigue.

And when you leave, pop into a Fells Point watering hole and raise a glass of Chivas to the Chairman.

Engaging gay porn story

Somewhere between "Hustler White" and "Boogie Nights" is "Shooting Porn," Ronnie Larsen's engaging behind-the-scenes

look at the gay pornography industry, which opens its three-day run at the Charles Theatre today.

Larsen coaxes candid observations about porn and its makers from some of the sweetest, most intelligent and funniest people to be found on the screen lately. But family newspaper readers be forewarned: Many of the scenes shown are graphic and may offend viewers. But what do you expect from an industry whose products range from "Lords of Leather" to "Total Corruption 1 & 2?"

Next up at the Charles' B-Film series: "Nightfall" (1956), Jacques Tourneur's classic starring Aldo Ray as an artist who is wanted for a murder he didn't commit.

From the director of "Out of the Past," and out of print, so don't miss this rare chance to see it projected on film! Saturday at 11: 30 a.m.; Monday at 7: 30 p.m. Call 410-727-FILM for more


Levinson on the lookout

That was Barry Levinson spotted around town earlier this week. The director visited the Senator Theatre and a number of other locations in preparation for a movie that should start filming here this fall.

Short subjects

Levinson isn't the only Baltimore filmmaker on the move.

Darryl LeMont Wharton took the audience award for his film, "Detention," at the Atlanta Film and Video Festival on Sunday, and "Louisville," Joy Lusco and Scott Kecken's short film starring Andre Braugher, received a special jury award.

Charm City was also represented by Andy Bely, who presented PTC his short film "Louie," Sean Williams and Evan Guylfoyle, who brought along their short film, "Act III, Scene 4," and Jeff Schmele and Matt Pittroff, who presented their film "Entrepose." Skizz Cyzyck also went south to lend a hand with his acclaimed skills as a projectionist.

Pub Date: 6/19/98

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