Steve Yeager is starting production on "In Bad Taste," a follow-up to "Divine Trash," his award-winning documentary about the early career of John Waters. "In Bad Taste" will take up where "Divine Trash" left off, following Waters' career from "Pink Flamingos" through his new film, "Pecker."
"We don't know if it's going to be 60 minutes or 90 minutes," Yeager said, "but it will air on Bravo and the Independent Film Channel starting in late January." "In Bad Taste" will follow "the same basic format as 'Divine Trash,' " according to Yeager. "We hope to interview Kathleen Turner and Ricki Lake. Tab Hunter already said yes."
Meanwhile, the deal with Stratosphere Entertainment to release "Divine Trash" in theaters has fallen through, and Yeager is "entertaining offers from other companies."
Yeager said he's also working on plans for "the first Charles Village International Film Festival," which he would like to hold at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Yeager hopes to capitalize on recent development activities in the Charles Village neighborhood. "We want to get Charles Village on the map."
'Slipping Down' wraps
The filmed adaptation of Anne Tyler's novel "A Slipping Down Life" just wrapped production in Austin, Texas. Lili Taylor ("Girls Town," "I Shot Andy Warhol") plays Evie Decker and Guy Pearce ("L.A. Confidential") portrays Drumstrings Casey in the love story set in the music world.
Singer-songwriters Joe Henry, Ron Sexsmith, Robyn Hitchcock and Vic Chesnutt have all submitted songs to the soundtrack for the film, which will embark on the festival circuit and a search for distribution once it is completed. First-time filmmaker Toni Kalem directed from the script she adapted.
Learn how to audition
The Actors Company Theatre will play host to a film and television auditioning seminar conducted by John Strawbridge of Pat Moran Casting Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon. The seminar will be held at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. The session fee is $25 and includes light refreshments. For more information, call 410-760-5800.
Actor, singer, civil rights leader and Baltimore native Paul Robeson would have turned 100 this year. In celebration of Robeson's birth and life, the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center will present the event "Paul Robeson -- A Centennial Celebration" on Aug. 30 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Brokerage, 34 Market Place.
"The Emperor Jones" and "The Proud Valley," both starring Robeson, will be presented on videotape, and the dramatic group Sonz of Robeson will perform. Admission is $5. For more information, call 410-625-3113.
Fox 45 and WB 54 continue their Free Friday Flicks series tonight at Double Rock Park in Parkville. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the movie begins at dusk (around 8: 30 p.m.). For tonight's movie title and directions, call 410-467-4545.
The Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival continues its free family film nights tonight with a screening of "Tomorrow Never Dies" (PG-13), the latest James Bond film starring Pierce Brosnan. All films begin at dusk and are free and open to the public. The screenings are held at the Columbia Town Center Lakefront, off Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. For more information, call 410-715-3388.
Socially conscious films
The American Friends Service Committee and the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee will sponsor the video series "Film & Social Consciousness" starting Sept. 25. Such films as "Little Big Man" (1970), "The Year of Living Dangerously" (1983) and "Missing" (1982) will be shown on videotape at the AFSC headquarters, 4806 York Road. Details will follow in Friday issues of The Sun.
BTC "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," the classic 1954 musical, will splash onto the screen at the Senator Theatre on Sept. 17, as part of a fund-raising event for the Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO).
Jane Powell, who co-starred in the film with Howard Keel, Russ Tamblyn and Julie Newmar, will attend the screening, as well as a dinner reception prior to the show.
Tickets to the dinner and screening are $150; tickets to the screening and a dessert reception are $35.
GEDCO is a nonprofit, community-based developer of affordable housing and social service programs for citizens in need. The event is sponsored by the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. For ticket information, call 410-433-2442.
Feikin to be honored
Women in Film and Video of Maryland (WIFV) events: An open membership meeting will be held Sept. 10 with local filmmakers Mary Hardcastle and Shelly Morhaim ("Mixed Blessings") as guest speakers. The two will discuss their nearly all-female production, as well as their experiences on the festival circuit this year.