Filmmakers wooed Lures: As the Anaheim Angels played the Orioles, two Maryland groups that bring film projects to the state wined and dined Hollywood executives


July 31, 1998|By Ann Hornaday | Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC

The Maryland Film Office and the Producers Club of Maryland played host to some Hollywood players in Anaheim, Calif., on July 18 at the game between the Anaheim Angels and the Orioles. More than 150 filmmakers, executives and transplanted Marylanders chowed down on crab cakes from Angelina's and Berger's cookies at a party before the game.

Some Baltimore natives in attendance: producer Marykay Powell, actors Josh Charles and Ron Canada, writer-director Dan Rosen (whose film, "Dead Man's Curve," has been re-named "The Curve" and is due out from Trimark in February), manager Richard Baker and screenwriters Robert Ward and Joyce Brotman. They joined representatives of several movie and television production companies for the event.

"This was the second time we've done this, and it's very important," said Michael Styer, director of the Maryland Film Office, who said that in addition to the Maryland folks, many of the partygoers were "hot prospects" for projects that might come to Maryland in the next six months. "It was a good chance for people to meet and mingle," he said. And the game? "The one game we lost in that series was at our party," Styer said, laughing. "But it was still a big success."

'As Good As It Gets'

The Columbia Lakefront Summer Film Festival continues tonight with a screening of "As Good As It Gets," the Oscar-winning comedy starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt. On Monday, the film will be "Jumanji," a fantasy-comedy starring Robin Williams about a board game that pops into life. All screenings start at dusk (around 8: 30 p.m.) at the Columbia Town Center Lakefront, off Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, Md. Screenings are free. Call 410-715-3388.

See the 'Shadow'

Attention, trivia fans! A reader helpfully called this week to tell the Film Desk that "Shadow on the Wall," the 1950 B-noir starring Ann Sothern and Nancy Davis (Reagan), will be shown on TCM Sunday at 2 a.m. Set those VCRs!

Showcase at Orpheum

The Orpheum in Fells Point begins its annual Film Collector's Showcase on Monday. The series will be begin with "Paramount on Parade" (1930), a rarely seen all-star revue directed by Dorothy Arzner, and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1931), Rouben Mamoulian's adaptation of the classic tale, starring Fredric March.

"The Death Kiss" (1932), a murder mystery set in the film world; "Dust Be My Destiny" (1939), a B-film starring John Garfield; and "He Ran All the Way" (1951), also with Garfield, are some of the other rarities that will be shown. For the full program and show times, call 410-732-4614.

'Monkeys' predecessor

The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Office of Cultural Affairs wraps up its summer film series, "Designer Genes," with a screening on Wednesday of "Twelve Monkeys" (1997), Terry Gilliam's futuristic nightmare starring Bruce Willis. The movie will be preceded by Chris Marker's "La Jetee" (1962), the experimental short film on which "Twelve Monkeys" was loosely based. Jason Ravenel, a graduate student in the JHU School of Medicine, will led a discussion about the film.

"Twelve Monkeys" will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Preclinical Teaching Building Mountcastle Auditorium, 725 N. Wolfe St. Call 410-955-3363.

Norton at premiere

Columbia native Ed Norton will be on hand at the Baltimore premiere of his new film, "Rounders," on Sept. 12 at the Senator Theatre. Tickets are $75, and proceeds will benefit the Howard Hospital Foundation's Norton-Rouse Family Fund. For more information, call 410-740-7840.

Pub Date: 7/31/98

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