`Cinema Paradiso' ends summer series

Screening: Giuseppe Tornatore's 1988 memoir is the final offering of the Open-Air Italian Film Festival.

September 03, 1999|By Ann Hornaday | Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC

Tonight's the night we've all been waiting for: The Open-Air Italian Film Festival will screen its official final film, "Cinema Paradiso," Giuseppe Tornatore's beguiling 1988 film about a boy's coming of age working in a tiny outdoor cinema in a small town in World War II Italy. The only thing more charming than watching this moving memoir is watching it in the very kind of outdoor theater it depicts.

The show starts at 9 p.m. at the corner of High and Stiles streets. Admission is free and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair for comfort.

Little Big Bang videos

Little Big Bang, a young performance group from Baltimore, will show its videos tonight at The Lodge, the alternative art space sponsored by the Fells Point Creative Alliance. The group says to "expect digitally manipulated performances, animations and Grrl Westerns."

The show begins at 9 p.m. A $3 donation is encouraged. Come at 7: 30 p.m. and enjoy a vegetarian dinner for $7. The Lodge is at 244 S. Highland Ave.

`Adams' and `Space Jam'

The annual Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival continues its family film nights with a screening of "Patch Adams" (PG-13) tonight and "Space Jam" (PG) Saturday. The films begin promptly at dusk on the lawn at the Columbia Town Center Lakefront (Lake Kittamaqundi), off Little Patuxent Parkway. Admission is free and open to the public.

Honors

News from Women in Film and Video of Maryland: WIFV will hold an open membership meeting Sept. 9 at UPN24, 4320 Seton Drive, Suite M & N.

After a networking session and a business meeting, WIFV of Maryland will bestow its first annual Scholarship/Mentorship award to Morgan State University student Samantha Codes. Codes, who was chosen for her exemplary grades, written and spoken eloquence and professorial recommendations, will receive $500 toward pursuing her career goals in television and related industries. She will also be mentored by WIFV members.

On Sept. 30, Baltimore film doyenne Rebecca Jessop (of the Senator Theater and the cable program "CineMaryland") will be honored with WIFV's Reel Award, and documentarian Lisa Lewenz will receive a Charm City award at a gala dinner at the Belvedere Hotel. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $35 for WIFV members and $40 for nonmembers. Call 410-685-FILM for more information.

New `CineMaryland' season

"CineMaryland" is back and bigger than ever. The local cable program, which can now be seen on 10 channels in Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Montgomery, Harford, Howard, Wicomico and Prince Georges counties, as well as Baltimore City, kicked off its new season this week. It's produced and directed by Karen Hinds and co-produced by host Rebecca Jessop. In coming months, "CineMaryland" will feature visits to the Bengies Drive-In and Charles theaters, as well as an inside look at the "Blair Witch Project" premiere.

To find out where to see "CineMaryland" in your area, visit the show's Web site at www.howard cc.edu, click on the satellite dish and follow the link to "CineMaryland."

`Great directors' series

Johns Hopkins University's Odyssey Program will present "Great Directors and Their Masterpieces" this fall. The eight-session series of lectures and films will focus on the masterworks of Alfred Hitchcock, Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick and Federico Fellini. Lecturer Greg Metcalf, Ph.D. will use film clips from "Vertigo," "The Seventh Seal," "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" and "La Dolce Vita" to explore the filmmakers' cinematic techniques, artistic voices and impact on subsequent directors.

The program, which will take place on JHU's Homewood campus, begins Oct. 14 and will be held on successive Thursdays through Dec. 9. Registration is $180. For more information, call 410-516-4842.

Watts, Boister and Buster

Maryland chanteuse and musician Anne Watts and her band Boister will accompany Buster Keaton's silent classic "Steamboat Bill, Jr." at the Sept. 12 fund-raiser for the New Orpheum Cinema. San Francisco percussionist Steve Garling will also perform an original electronic score to the German Expressionist masterpiece "Berlin, Symphony of a City" (1927).

Martha Colburn will present new work, Joy Lusco and Scott Kecken will present a trailer for their documentary about Arabbers, and host Steve Yeager will present some clips from the films he's taken of John Waters over the years. As a special bonus, beloved Orpheum projectionist Billy Colucci will show up with some gems from his film collection.

The fund-raiser for the New Orpheum, which Figgs hopes to turn into a nonprofit film archive and co-op, will take place Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. at the Charles Theater. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by sending a check to the Orpheum, 1724 Thames St., Baltimore, Md., 21231. Tickets may also be purchased at all Video Americain outlets and Margaret's Cafe, 909 Fell St. (Since the Orpheum is not yet nonprofit, purchases are not tax-deductible.)

Pub Date: 9/03/99

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