Quartet by Levinson

Film: Maryland Film Festival screens `Diner,' more at the Charles on Sunday


November 12, 1999|By Ann Hornaday | Ann Hornaday,SUN STAFF

The Maryland Film Festival will present a Barry Levinson marathon Sunday at the Charles Theatre in anticipation of the release next week of "Liberty Heights," the fourth installment of Levinson's Baltimore cycle.

The day starts at 9: 45 a.m. with doughnuts and coffee from the Hollywood Diner (where "Diner" and parts of "Liberty Heights" were filmed). "The Original Diner Guys," Levinson's documentary about the real-life group of friends that inspired his debut film, follows at 10: 30.

"Diner" will be shown at 12: 15 p.m. Boxed lunches will be served at 2 p.m., followed by a screening of "Tin Men" at 2: 30; "Avalon" will be shown at 4: 30 p.m.

After a dinner break at 6: 30, there will be a screening of a "mystery movie" at 7: 30 p.m. A $45 marathon pass includes admission to all the films (only pass holders will be admitted to the mystery screening), as well as other goodies. Tickets to individual films are $5, with the exception of "The Original Diner Guys," which costs $10 (breakfast included).

Tickets to single shows will be available on Sunday only. Marathon passes may be purchased by calling 410-752-8083.

Macro cine success

The results are in: MicroCineFest '99 was a rousing success, proving once again that underground films consistently outstrip their mainstream counterparts in genius, humor, resourcefulness and just plain chops.

MicroCineFest founder Skizz Cyzyk estimated that about 2,000 people attended the festival, which took place over five days last week and weekend at the Charles Theatre and the G-Spot, a private loft space in Hampden. While afternoon screenings were sparsely attended, evening shows were packed, he said, adding that aside from two small technical glitches, the festival went off without a hitch.

After a well-received screening of the cheerfully subversive musical comedy "Existo" Sunday night, awards were announced at the festival's wrap party. "Existo," created by Coke Sams and Bruce Arntson, took the grand jury prize for best feature, as well as the audience choice award. Grand jury prizes also went to the short film "Knuckleface Jones," "Project: Tiki Puke Puka," the animated short "Monkey vs. Robot," the experimental film "Mind's Eye," Jeff Krulik and Diane Bernard's documentary "I Created Lancelot Link," Andrew Betzer's minute-long "Diet Pink Lemonade" and "TV Ministry," a video about people who worship television.

The audience award for best short film went to "The Hangnail," Shane Acker's excruciatingly clever animated film about the dangers of biting your nails.

Apted's `Oglala' screening

The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee will screen Michael Apted's "Incident at Oglala" (1992) tonight at 7: 30 p.m. Apted's documentary examines the 1975 slaying of two FBI agents in Oglala, S.D., which resulted in the arrest and conviction of Native American activist Leonard Peltier. The video will be shown at the American Friends Service Committee, 4806 York Road in Govans. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

`Passion of Joan of Arc'

If you pass on Luc Besson's "The Messenger," you might want to check out Carl Dreyer's "The Passion of Joan of Arc" tomorrow at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis. J. Ernest Green will direct the Annapolis Chorale and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Richard Einhorn's musical score to the silent classic. The performance starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $20. For tickets call 410-263-1906.

Happy 60th for Senator

The historic Senator Theatre will celebrate its 60th anniversary Monday through Wednesday with 25-cent screenings of movies released in 1939, the year of the theater's birth.

Goerge Cukor's "The Women," starring Rosalind Russell, Moira Shearer and Joan Crawford, will be shown Monday; on Tuesday "Only Angels Have Wings," starring Cary Grant and Jean Arthur, will be shown and Wednesday's feature will be "The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle," with Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers.

Catonsville Nine project

Lynne Sachs is working on a documentary about the Catonsville Nine, a group of activists arrested in 1968 for burning draft cards with homemade napalm to protest the Vietnam War. Sachs will be holding an open discussion of the project and will show interviews she's already filmed Thursday from 6: 30 p.m. until 8: 45 p.m. Sachs invites anyone with memories of the group, or anyone who would like to learn more about this moment in local history, to come to the Catonsville Public Library, 1100 Frederick Road. Admission is free and open to the public. Information: 410-455-2065.

`Mega Rat' screening

Local filmmaker Drage Vukcevich wants the folks who worked on his new movie "Mega Rat" to know that there will be a cast-and-crew screening at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Holiday Inn Express, 7481 Ridge Road, in Hanover.

Information: 410-744-8139.

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