Cinema Sundays series opens with `State and Main'

January 05, 2001|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN FILM CRITIC

Cinema Sundays opens its 2001 Winter Series Sunday with "State and Main," a new comedy from David Mamet.

The film, which skewers the make-this-picture-at-all-costs Hollywood mentality, stars an ensemble cast headed by William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin, Sarah Jessica Parker and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. In it, a major Hollywood production takes over a small Vermont town after being kicked out of a New Hampshire hamlet under mysterious circumstances. Although initially glad to partake in the Hollywood glamour and ballyhoo, the town's residents soon develop a less-flattering attitude toward the invading hordes - particularly after realizing that the only thing these people care about is getting their movie made.

The film was written and directed by Mamet, whose earlier works include "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Wag the Dog."

The doors to the Charles Theatre open at 9:45 a.m., with coffee and bagels available. The screening begins at 10:30 a.m. Admission is $15 at the door; full series memberships, including admission to eight films, are $88; four-film mini-memberships cost $52. Series major domo Gabe Wardell promises big things for the Cinema Sunday's 20th film series. "The Winter Series is always one of the best," he notes, "since many of the Oscar contenders are released in Baltimore during these months. This series is often the first place Baltimore movie lovers can come and see and discuss many of the season's `big buzz' movies." Wardell also notes that the new, improved Cinema Sundays Web site - - is up and running, offering a listing of previous series offerings, information about future screenings and links to related sites.

FOR THE RECORD - In the Friday movie column appearing in the Today section, the location for Thursday's meeting of Women In Film and Video of Maryland was incorrectly given. The meeting will be held at Spicer Productions, 1708 Whitehead Road in Baltimore.
The Sun regrets the errors.

`Hopkins' director to speak

Baltimore native Richard Chisholm, director of ABC's documentary series "Hopkins 24/7," is the scheduled guest speaker at Thursday's open membership meeting of Women In Film and Video of Maryland. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Spencer Productions, 1708 Whitehead Road in Baltimore. Admission is free to WIFV members, $10 for everyone else.

Information: 410-685-3456.

Film scholarship funded

James G. Robinson, head of Baltimore-based Morgan Creek Productions, has donated $10,000 to Towson University's Department of Electronic Media & Film to help fund a scholarship for undergraduate students majoring in film.

The scholarship will be named after Robinson's oldest son, Michael J. Robinson, a Towson graduate. School officials expect the scholarship to be available to students in 2002.

Robinson's gift was matched with $5,000 from Comcast Cablevision and $7,500 from the state's Private Donor Incentive Program II.

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