Waters' `Demented' to play Cannes

Film: The director's Hollywood satire will play in the festival's non-competitive section.


April 21, 2000|By Ann Hornaday and Chris Kaltenbach | Ann Hornaday and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

"Cecil B. Demented," the Hollywood satire John Waters directed in Baltimore last year, has been selected to play in the non-competitive section of the Cannes Film Festival this year.

The comedy, which stars Stephen Dorff, Alicia Witt and Melanie Griffith, will be shown along with films by Brian De Palma, Ang Lee and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics.

"Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her," the directorial debut of Rodrigo Garcia, will make its European premiere at the festival. Garcia received early financing for the project with a Producers Club of Maryland Fellowship. The Maryland Film Festival will sponsor a Baltimore screening of the film later in May, when Garcia is on his way back from Cannes.

The Cannes Film Festival unspools May 10 through 21.

Familiar face

If you've seen "Deterrence," Rod Lurie's political thriller currently playing at the Rotunda and thought you saw a familiar face, you're probably right.

Rigg Kennedy, who grew up in Waverly and attended St. Bernard's School and Roland Park Middle School, has a supporting role in the film playing a communications expert for a U.S. president.

Kennedy, who formerly was a dancer on the legendary "Buddy Deane Show," was last seen in Lurie's award-winning short film "4 Second Delay," which was a hit at last year's MicroCineFest.

Kennedy left Baltimore in 1975 and has been working in Los Angeles for several years, appearing on stage, on television and in such movies as "Dayton's Devils" and "RPM." Upcoming projects include "Silent Scream," "The Flunkie" and "Play Back."

"Deterrence" plays at the Rotunda for one more week.

Earth Day film

The Senator Theatre will continue its annual Earth Day tradition Saturday with a free screening of "Baraka."

The movie is the result of a 14-month journey by filmmakers to capture images that describe the planet's evolution. Admission and refreshments are free. The film will be shown at 10 a.m., after the Partners Across the Road community clean-up. There will be a second screening at 11: 30 a.m.

Screenings at Towson

There will be several screenings on the Towson University campus this week: The Women's Studies program film festival wraps up this weekend with "Taafe Fanga" ("Skirt Power") tonight, and Sally Potter's 1983 film "The Gold Diggers" on Saturday. Both films will be shown in room 204 of Van Bokkelen Hall at 7: 30 p.m. Admission is free.

Monday, the annual Spring Film Series, Comedies of Romance and Marriage, wraps up with a the 1996 film "Wedding Bell Blues," starring Illeana Douglas. The screening is set for 7: 30 p.m. in the Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium. Admission is free.

Tuesday, the annual Towson University Student Media Arts Festival opens. After taking Wednesday off, the festival resumes Thursday and runs through Saturday. Free screenings will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 7: 30 p.m. Saturday in the Van Bokkelen Hall auditorium.

The best of the festival will be screened Saturday night, followed by the awards ceremony.

For more information, call Greg Faller at 410-830-3755, or check the Web site at www.towson.edu/ (tilde)faller.

Food films

Films about that second-favorite human activity are the subject of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions' Spring Film Series, The Culture of Eating.

Sponsored by the schools' Office of Cultural Affairs, the series continues Wednesday with a double feature of "Like Water for Chocolate" at 5 p.m. and 1994's "Eat Drink Man Woman" at 7 p.m. The series concludes May 3 with 1987's "Tampopo" at 7 p.m. The free screenings are held at the Mountcastle Auditorium in the Preclinical Teaching Building at 725 N. Wolfe St.

For more information, call 410-955-3363.

Animated classics

"Spike & Mike's Classic Festival of Animation," featuring some of the best animated features from the past 22 years -- including a pair of Oscar winners and the cult classic "Bambi Meets Godzilla" -- plays Wednesday and next Friday at Shriver Hall on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

Admission to the 8 p.m. and 10: 30 p.m. screenings is $5 for the general public, $3 for those with a Hopkins I.D.

Seeking `Young Americans'

Teens looking for a summer job in front of the camera may want to hang around Baltimore. "Young Americans," the new WB show that takes place at an exclusive New England private school, is looking for young people to work as extras.

Paid positions are available for men and women aged 18-22, who will play prep school students and townies in the pilot and seven episodes.

Athletic young adults experienced in rowing, baseball and lacrosse are especially encouraged to try out.

"Young Americans" will be filmed in Maryland from May through July. To audition, send a photograph with your age, height, weight and phone number on the back to: Pat Moran and Assoc. Casting, Attn: "Young Americans," 3500 Boston St., Suite 425, Baltimore, Md. 21224. No phone calls, please, and no photographs will be returned.

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