`Liberty Heights' premieres

Notes: Barry Levinson's latest film will open at a Sunday benefit.

November 05, 1999|By Ann Hornaday | Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC

"Liberty Heights," Barry Levinson's new movie that was filmed in Baltimore last year, will have its premiere Sunday night at the Senator Theatre. The coming-of-age film, which portrays a young man grappling with race and religion in 1954 Baltimore, opens in theaters Nov. 19.

Levinson, as well as members of the movie's cast, will be in attendance at the premiere, which will benefit Dr. John Mann of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Jewish Musuem of Maryland. Dr. Mann will donate his share of the benefit's proceedings to the Osler Scholars Endowment of Johns Hopkins.

The screening of "Liberty Heights" starts at 6 p.m. Carlton J. Smith, who portrays James Brown in the film, will perform at a cocktail buffet at 8 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased for a $100 donation, $80 of which is tax-deductible, through the Johns Hopkins Fund for Medicine at 410-614-6700. The Senator is at 5400 York Road.

Microcinema program

MicroCineFest '99 continues today with a free outdoor screening at the Coffee Mill in Hampden at 5 p.m. Some favorites from the festival's shorts program will be shown.

Tonight don't miss "A Primer For Dental Extraction" in the 8 p.m. program and Mike Mitchell's funny and clever "Herd" at 10 p.m. A Huck Botko retrospective follows at midnight.

Saturday's screenings begin at 4 p.m. with a screening of "Barbie: An American Biography," followed by three shorts programs. Craig Baldwin's highly anticipated "Spectres of the Spectrum" will be shown at midnight. The festival wraps Sunday with a screening of "Existo," a hilariously subversive musical comedy from Nashville, which will be shown at the Charles Theatre at 7 p.m. With the exception of "Existo" and the Coffee Mill screenings, MicroCineFest will take place at The G-Spot, 2980 Falls Road.

Cinema on Sunday

Cinema Sundays this weekend will present "Mansfield Park," Patricia Rozema's adaptation of the Jane Austen novel starring Frances O'Connor. The Sun's own Milton Kent will introduce the movie and lead the post-screening discussion.

Four Cinema Sundays "mini-memberships" are available for $56 ($48 for renewals), and walk-up tickets will be available for $15 when doors open at 9: 45 a.m. Show time is 10: 30 a.m. Cinema Sundays is held at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St.

Showing of `Metropolis'

Also on Sunday, the Maryland Institute, College of Art will present Fritz Lang's modernist masterpiece "Metropolis" (1926) in the Mount Royal Station Auditorium. The screening will be held in conjunction with the coming conference "Rethinking the Work Environment," which will be held at the Institute Nov. 13.

The screening, which starts at 2 p.m., will be followed by a panel presentation and discussion. Admission is $12.

Thriller at Wilde Lake

"The Spiral Staircase," a classic 1946 thriller starring Dorothy McGuire and George Brent, will be shown tonight at the Slayton House Theatre in the Wilde Lake Village Center in Columbia. The screening is part of the center's "Marvelous Movies and More" series, and will be followed by dessert, coffee and discussion. The film begins at 7: 30 p.m. Admission is $6. For reservations call 410-730-3987.

Film visit to Martinique

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County continues its celebration of National French Week on Monday with a screening of Euzhan Palcy's "Sugar Cane Alley" (1984), about a sugar cane plantation in 1930s Martinique. All screenings are held in Lecture Hall III on the UMBC campus at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Professionals to speak

Women in Film & Video of Maryland (WIFV) will hold its next open membership meeting Thursday at the Radisson at Cross Keys Inn, 5100 Falls Road. Networking begins at 6 p.m., and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. Jack Gerbes of the Maryland Film Office will moderate a discussion with John Waters' location manager Debbie Donaldson Dorsey and production designer Vincent Peranio. Peranio is a longtime Waters collaborator; recent projects also include "Homicide: Life on the Street," "The Corner" and "Liberty Heights."

Festival at Rehoboth

The Rehoboth Independent Film Festival kicks off Wednesday night with a gala party at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. The festival will continue through the following Sunday with screenings of 100 films culled from the best independent releases of the year. Highlights include Hirokazu Kore-eda's "After Life," Bernardo Bertolucci's "Besieged" and "Lovers on the Bridge," a rarely seen 1991 film that hasn't even played in Baltimore!

There will also be a sneak preview of a work-in-progress about Cinerama, the 3-camera, 3-projector film process that changed movies forever; a screening of "Ben Hur" with an 11-piece orchestra and a special kids' program.

Tickets may be purchased at the Rehoboth Mall Cinemas, 4493 Route 1, Rehoboth Beach, Del. Call 302-645-9095. The festival's entire schedule is on the Web at www.rehobothfilm.com.

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