Maryland Film Festival


May 02, 1999|By Sloane Brown

The hometown went Hollywood for the opening of the Maryland Film Festival. About 600 cinephiles swarmed to the historic Senator Theatre to see local-boy-done-really-good Barry Levinson present his documentary in progress, "Diner Guys."

The audience included local filmmakers John Waters, Steve Yeager, Dan Rosen, Paul Zinder and Elizabeth Holder; film festival founder Jed Dietz; festival consultant Gabriel Wardell; Dr. Sylvan Feldman and Dr. Larry Becker, two of the "Diner Guys"; casting director Pat Moran; CBS-TV reporter Vicki Mabrey; Dr. Lovell Smith, an assistant professor at Loyola College; performance artist David Sawyer; Mike Styer, Maryland Film Office director.

After the flick, movie fans flocked downtown to the newly expanded Charles Theatre to enjoy a '50s night out, complete with soda pop, box lunches and ice cream bars. The shindig produced about $35,000 for both next year's festival and a film-preservation project.

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