BMA showing 2 local movies Screening: 'Detention' and 'Louisville,' both by area filmmakers, have won acclaim at various film festivals.

August 28, 1998|By Ann Hornaday | Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC

The Baltimore Museum of Art will screen two locally made films Thursday: "Detention," Darryl LeMont Wharton's ensemble drama about a group of high school students grappling with their futures, and "Louisville," Joy Lusco and Scott Kecken's short film starring Andre Braugher as a man whose young son helps him re-connect with his own father.

Both films were nominees for the 1998 Rosebud Film Video Awards. "Detention" recently won the director's award at New York's Urbanworld Film Festival, and last Friday "Louisville" won first runner-up for best short film at Martha's Flavor Fest, a festival held at Martha's Vineyard. Martha's Flavor Fest is a film and script festival that was established this year to spotlight work by African-American filmmakers.

"Louisville" also received honorable mentions from the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and the Crested Butte Reel Fest in Colorado. The film is next scheduled to travel, oddly enough, to ++ the Louisville Film Festival.

The BMA screening will be held at 7 p.m. at the museum. Admission is free. For more information, call 410-396-6314.

Indie fest

MicroCineFest, Baltimore's festival of independent, alternative and otherwise off-off-Hollywood films, presents its "Independent Exposure" showcase tonight at the Lodge in Highlandtown.

Curated in Seattle by Blackchair Productions, tonight's program includes 16 films, including works by local filmmakers Skizz Cyzyk, Dwayne Moser, Alvin Ecarma and Serina Lin.

The Lodge is located at 244 S. Highland Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m., the show starts at 9 p.m. and admission is $2.

Today is the deadline for submissions to MicroCineFest, which will unspool Nov. 4 at the Orpheum and other Fells Point venues.

Bring VHS copies and an entry fee of $15 ($25 for films over 60 minutes) to tonight's screening (entry forms will be available) or call 410-243-5307 for more information.

'Waco' returns

The Charles Theatre welcomes back the Oscar-nominated documentary "Waco: The Rules of Engagement" this weekend. The acclaimed film, which sheds new and sometimes shocking light on the 1993 standoff between Branch Davidian leader David Koresh and the federal government, will be shown Saturday and Sunday at 4: 30 p.m.

Family Films Night

The Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival continues its Family Film Nights tonight with a free screening of "Bean" (PG-13), a comedy starring Rowan Atkinson. Movies begin at dusk (around 8: 30 p.m.) and are held at the Columbia Town Center Lakefront, off Little Patuxent Parkway. For information, call 410-715-3388.

Ultra disco

That's Baltimore musician Ultra Nate singing the final number in "54," which arrives in theaters today.

Ultra sings a disco mix of "If You Could Read My Mind" with Amber and Jocelyn Enriquez in the film's final -- and liveliest -- sequence.

A call for Heritage

This weekend wraps up the monthlong phone-a-thon to raise funds for the Heritage Shadows of the Silver Screen African American Film Museum and Cinema.

You will be billed $10 for a call to 1-900-933-1155, $8 of which will go to the museum, which needs money to finish renovation and painting of the former Parkway Theatre at 5 W. North Ave. Lines will stay open 24 hours a day through Monday, when the phone-a-thon ends.

For more information about the Heritage, call 410-528-8440.

'Rat' redux

Last week's film column referred incorrectly to the address for Drage Vukcevich's amateur production "Mega Rat."

Volunteers interested in working as cast or crew members should send a cover letter and resume (actors should include a photograph) to: LaRata, c/o Drage Vukcevich, P.O. Box 428, Annapolis Junction, Md. 20701.

Get in the picture

Is your organization sponsoring a film-related event? Send the information, including a phone number, to the Film Desk, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278.

Pub Date: 8/28/98

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