A show of ghostly video art

Videos: A program at the Lodge features the work of digital artist Steve Estes, and a video anthology

Film

May 28, 1999|By Ann Hornaday | Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC

Baltimore-based digital artist Steve Estes makes videos that look like a hybrid of Nam June Paik-style video art and Terry Gilliam's animated collages, in which themes and images re-appear with ghostly familiarity and eerie technical precision. Estes will present a mini-retrospective of his videos, as well as early works in film animation, tonight at 9 tonight at the Lodge, 244 S. Highland Ave. Skizz Cyzyk will also present an "anthology" of videos from around the country. Admission is $5 ($4 for members). The Lodge is sponsored by the Fells Point Creative Alliance.

`Grapes of Wrath'

The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee continues its "Justice-Injustice" video series tonight with "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940), John Ford's unforgettable adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel, starring Henry Fonda as Tom Joad and Jane Darwell as his indomitable mother. The video will be shown at the American Friends Service Committee, 4806 York Road. Doors open at 7 p.m., show time is at 7: 30 p.m. A discussion will follow the program. Admission is free.

`Dear Jesse' at Charles

Cinema Sundays at the Charles will present "Dear Jesse," Tim Kirkman's award-winning documentary, on Sunday at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. The first-person documentary follows Kirkman, a native of North Carolina, as he returns to his home state to confront the homophobic demons of his past, primarily through questioning North Carolinians about Republican Sen. Jesse Helms. Kirkman will be on hand to discuss the movie. Memberships to Cinema Sundays are still available for $56 ($48 for renewing members). Walk-up tickets may be purchased for $15 if seats are available. Doors open at 9: 45 a.m. Show time is 10: 30 a.m. For information about Cinema Sundays call 410-727-3464.

Heritage shows `Dutchman'

The Heritage Shadows of a Silver Screen Black Film Museum and Cinema will screen "Dutchman," Anthony Harvey's controversial 1967 film based on Amiri Baraka's one-act play, on June 5 at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

The screening will kick off a campaign to select the 100 greatest African-American films of the century, according to Heritage founder Michael Johnson.

"Obviously we're piggybacking on the other lists coming out," he said of the recent list of 100 greatest American films released by the American Film Institute. "And the fact that there weren't many black films on that list."

Johnson said that he, along with advisers from around the country, has already selected numbers 25 ("Dutchman"), 10 ("The Learning Tree") and 1 ("A Raisin in the Sun"). He is soliciting ideas to fill in the blanks. "We're asking people to submit their suggestions," he said. "They don't have to be directed by an African-American, they just have to have a majority cast. And they can be anything -- a musical, a Western, anything." Johnson said the results should be tabulated by December.

Meanwhile, Johnson said that the Heritage is closer to finally getting a permanent address in the Howard Street entertainment district. "We've been working very closely with the city, and we hope to have an announcement within the next couple of weeks."

The museum's previous site, at 5 North Ave., was bedeviled with renovation and fund-raising problems, resulting in a debt that Johnson said is $3,000 away from being retired.

He said the new building, which will hold a 100-seat theater as well as a research library and a multi-use conference room, should only cost $70,000 to refurbish.

The screening of "Dutchman," which will be held at the Baltimore Museum of Art at 7: 30 p.m., will benefit the Heritage's building fund. Admission is $8. To submit a vote for the 100 greatest African-American films of the century, write to the Heritage at 2907 Fallstaff, Suite 45, Baltimore 21209. For tickets, call 410-764-1210.

Update on `Kramer'

Kirkman is in town to make the feature film version of David Drake's play "The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me," which Drake is performing at the Theatre Project. Kirkman has been filming Drake's performances this week, and will shoot with a live audience tomorrow. The film is being produced by Michael Caplan, Kirkland Tibbels and Gill Holland. Look for a release later this year.

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