Frightfully festive

MARYLAND SCENE

July 25, 1999|By SLOANE BROWN | SLOANE BROWN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Fear and filmmakers were the big attraction at a sold-out benefit screening of "The Blair Witch Project" at Baltimore's Charles Theatre. The filmed-in-Maryland fright flick certainly threw a scare into the audience members, but they loved every minute of it.

(For more on the movie's fright quotient, see the "Around Town" item on this page.)

After the screening, the movie's makers, Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick, chatted with the audience about how they created their hair-raising yarn. Then the 450 freaked-out film fans got back to a more rosy reality at a post-show reception.

Among those enjoying the night, and the fright: Jed Dietz, Maryland Film Festival founder; John Standiford, Charles Theatre co-owner; Lonnie Glerum, Rick Moreno, Sandra Lukas and Bob Griffin, "Blair Witch" crew and cast members; John Waters, Joy Lusko and Joshua Solomon, Maryland filmmakers; Michael Styer, Maryland Film Office director; Paula Rome, owner of Paula Rome & Associates Inc.; and Scott Huffines, Atomic Books owner.

The screening and reception raised $7,000 for the Maryland Film Festival.

Pub Date: 07/25/99

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