Festival Schedule & Film Guide

Special Pullout Section

May 03, 2001

Nearly all film screenings are at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. Other venues for films and special events are

the Charles Palace, 225 N. Charles St.;

the Senator Theatre,

5904 York Road; Heritage Cinema House, 19-21 E. North Ave.;

the Bengies Drive-In, 3417 Eastern Blvd.;

Evergreen House, 4545 N. Charles St.;

and the National Aquarium, 501 E. Pratt St.

FILM GUIDE

THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT

(dir. Cory McAbee)

This offbeat, black-and-white, musical, space-western comedy was a hit at Sundance.

AMERICAN CHAI (dir. Anurog Mehta)

Slamdance Audience Choice Award winner. A heartfelt coming-of-age story about a young, first-generation Indian-American college student who secretly majors in music while his immigrant parents think he's graduating pre-med.

BALTIMORE RAVENS VIDEO

From NFL Films, a big-screen showing of the video that recaps the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl XXXV championship.

BAXTER (dir. Jerome Boivin)

John Waters serves as guest host for a rare public screening of this 1988 French film about a serial-killing bull terrier.

BRAZIL (dir. Terry Gilliam)

Terry Gilliam's visually stunning Orwellian masterpiece will be hosted by noted architect, Richard Gluckman.

BURNING MAN: THE BURNING

SENSATIONS (dir. Alex Nohe)

This documentary serves as a good introduction to the annual Burning Man Festival, held in Nevada's Black Rock Desert.

CHAIN CAMERA (dir. Kirby Dick)

Award-winning documentarian Kirby Dick handed out 10 video cameras to 10 students at ethnically diverse John Marshall High School in Los Angeles. These students filmed their lives for a week and then passed on the cameras to 10 other students, and so on.

COFFIN JOE: THE STRANGE WORLD

OF JOSE MOJICA MARINS

(dirs. Andre Barcinski and Ivan Finotti)

A documentary that chronicles the life and career of Brazilian gore director Jose Mojica Marins, from his beginnings in filmmaking to his persecution by the Brazilian government.

THE CONNECTION (dir. Steve Yeager)

World premiere of award-winning director Steve Yeager's film adaptation of Jack Gelber's classic play about drug addiction.

COBB (dir. Ron Shelton)

New Baltimore Sun movie critic Michael Sragow will host a screening of Ron Shelton's biography of baseball great Ty Cobb. The film's editor, Paul Seydor, will also participate in the screening and show scenes that did not make the final cut, and explain why.

DAYDREAM BELIEVER

(dir. Debra Eisenstadt)

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Feature at Slamdance. The age-old story of a small-town girl who leaves home to try her luck as an actress in the big city.

DR. STRANGELOVE

OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP

WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB

(dir. Stanley Kubrick)

National Public Radio's Scott Simon is guest host of this screening of the 1964 classic Cold War black comedy, starring George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens and Peter Sellers (playing three separate characters).

FOUR DOGS PLAYING POKER

(dir. Paul Rachman)

After four friends botch the delivery of a stolen piece of art, an art dealer gives them one week to come up with a million dollars or face death. Their solution: Take out million-dollar life-insurance policies on themselves and see who dies first. Starring Tim Curry, Stacy Edwards, Balthazar Getty and Olivia Williams.

THE GIRLS' ROOM

(dir. Irene Turner)

Two college roommates who couldn't be more different try to get along in the last weeks of college. Casey, played by Soleil Moon Frye, is rebellious and partakes in casual sex while Grace, played by Cat Taber, is the perfect Southern belle who is looking forward to her perfect wedding.

HAPPY MAN

(dir. Malgorzata Szumowska)

The story of a 30-year-old man who lives with his mother in tenement housing in Poland. His life becomes complicated when his mother becomes ill at the same time that he meets a woman who attracts him.

HARLEM ARIA

(dir. William Jennings)

A mentally slow young man from Harlem sets out on foot to fulfill his dream of becoming an opera singer in Italy. On the way, he befriends a street hustler (Damon Wayans) and a talented, but discouraged pianist.

HYBRID (dir. Monteith McCollum)

Major award winner at Slamdance and South by Southwest. A documentary about Milford Beeghly, a 100-year-old Iowa farmer, his troubled relations with his family and his life-long obsession with hybrid seed corn.

I REMEMBER ME (dir. Kim A. Snyder)

When filmmaker Snyder was stricken with chronic fatigue syndrome, she set out to learn all about this baffling disease. Her findings are in this documentary, which includes testimonials from dozens of individuals stricken with the disease, including film director Blake Edwards and soccer star Michelle Akers.

INTO THE WEST (dir. Mike Newell)

A modern fable in which two young Traveller boys flee from Dublin on a magical white horse. The screening will be presented by Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley as part of the ongoing Guest Host Program.

INVESTIGATION OF A FLAME

(dir. Lynne Sachs)

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