Traveling festival stops at UMBC

Cinema: Works by filmmakers from around the world will be presented when the Ann Arbor Film Festival drops by for the weekend.


May 05, 2000|By Ann Hornaday and Chris Kaltenbach | Ann Hornaday and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is one of the best-regarded traveling festivals of independent and experimental short films in the United States.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County will play host to the festival today and tomorrow in room 306 in the Fine Arts Building.

Twenty-three new films by emerging filmmakers from around the world will be presented at the festival.

Screenings are at 7 p.m tonight and 6 p.m. tomorrow. Admission is $2 ($1 for students).

For more information, call 410-455-2959.

`Kahuna' at the Charles

Cinema Sundays at the Charles will present "The Big Kahuna," John Swanbeck's drama starring Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito as industrial lubricant salesmen facing the biggest sale of their lives. Local critic-at-large Larry Katz leads the post-screening discussion.

Doors open at 9: 45 a.m., and the screening begins at 10: 30 a.m. after a snack. Four-film mini-memberships cost $52; individual tickets cost $15. For more information about Cinema Sundays, call 410-727-3464.

Maryland in the movies

"Maryland Goes to the Movies," the free statewide film series sponsored by the Maryland Historical Society, kicks off in Cumberland this weekend with "Stand Up and Fight," the 1939 Western starring Wallace Beery and Robert Taylor.

The film will be shown at Cumberland's New Embassy Theater at 7: 30 p.m. tonight, 6: 30 p.m. Saturday; and 4: 30 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 410-685-3750, ext. 321, or visit the festival's Web site at

Cannes winner on screen

Also at the Charles, the Baltimore-Piraeus Sister City Committee presents the Baltimore premiere of Theo Angelopoulos's "Eternity and a Day" at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Angelopoulos's film, which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998, stars Bruno Ganz ("Wings of Desire") as a terminally ill poet who comes to terms with his past while helping an 8-year-old Albanian refugee.

Tickets are $12 and include a 1 p.m. reception. They can be bought Sunday at the Charles box office, 1711 N. Charles St.

For more information, call Ann Matthews at 410-821-5436.

`Wedding' at Towson

Towson University's Film and Video Society continues its spring "Comedies of Romance and Marriage" series Monday with a free, 7: 30 p.m. screening of P.J. Hogan's 1998 film "My Best Friend's Wedding" in Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium.

For more information, call 410-830-2787.

Weekend fests on horizon

Senator Theatre owner Tom Kiefaber is so pleased about the crowds that showed up for last weekend's large-format Maryland Film Festival that he hopes to schedule similar weekends, perhaps this fall.

The 800-seat theater was nearly sold out for the Saturday night showing of "Lawrence of Arabia," and an audience of 350 to 400 attended matinees of "My Fair Lady" on Saturday and "Spartacus" on Sunday.

All three films spotlighted the Senator for the exemplary film showcase it is.

No filmgoer should miss seeing "Lawrence" on the big screen, even though the print shown during the festival had minor flaws. And the print of "My Fair Lady" is owned by James Katz and Robert Harris, the team that restored all three films to their 1960s brilliance -- testimony to the high regard in which the theater and its projection equipment is held.

Kiefebar, Katz and Harris talked extensively about bringing more films like these to the Senator. One frequently mentioned title was "West Side Story."

We can only hope.

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