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Sunday, May 6

May 03, 2001|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Staff

Day 4 starts with a rarity: a screening not at the Charles. But fear not, you only have to hoof it a block north and a little to the west. At 10 a.m., "Mr. Smithereen Goes to Washington," a documentary look at Smithereens lead singer Pat Dinizio's run for a U.S. Senate seat as the Reform Party candidate in New Jersey, screens at the Heritage Cinema, 19-21 E. North Ave. See what it's like to run against a candidate with a $20 million-plus war chest.

At 1:30 p.m., it's a trip to the Charles for "Startup.com," an amazing documentary about two recent college graduates and the dot.com company they started. Watch them quickly earn millions, then lose it all just as quickly. This remarkable documentary is from Chris Hegedus (who did "The War Room") and Jehane Noujaim.

(One consideration, however: "Startup.com" is scheduled to go into general release soon, so if you don't mind waiting a few weeks to see it, you instead might want to check out the screening of Stanley Kubrick's 1964 black-comedy classic, "Dr. Strangelove or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" at 1 p.m. Word is the print being shown is something to behold.)

"Mutant Aliens," the latest animated effort from the always-intriguing Bill Plympton, starts at 3:30 p.m. It's the story of an astronaut, thought lost in space, who returns to Earth after 20 years with his extraterrestrial friends in tow.

The festival roars to a close beginning at 6:30 p.m. with Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven." As if that isn't cool enough (and the print is said to be gorgeous), Ravens coach Brian Billick will be on hand to explain how he uses the film as a motivational tool for the team. I suspect ol' Clint would be proud.

The festival closes Sunday evening with a party at the National Aquarium. Come hang out with the fishes and the filmmakers, and start making plans for next year's cinematic celebration.

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