Opening night at Film Festival


May 13, 2001|By Sloane Brown

Baltimore's past and present intermingled at the Maryland Film Festival's opening night party. Four hundred fifty guests converged at the Evergreen Carriage House after the world premiere of "Investigation of a Flame," a documentary about 1968's Catonsville Nine. In the evening's crowd were members of the anti-Vietnam War group -- who took files from the Selective Service office in Catonsville and burned them -- as well as people who supported, prosecuted and reported on them or sat on the jury determining their fate. It all made for fascinating dinner conversation.

"I'm always interested in bad priests," commented John Waters, referring to the group's leaders, Daniel and Philip Ber-rigan (neither of whom was present). "They were bad priests in a good way," B-more's cult filmmaker clarified.

Included in the mix: Jed Dietz, Maryland Film Festival founder; Skizz Cyzyk, festival programming manager; Lynne Sachs, "Investigation of a Flame" director; John Hogan, Tom Lewis, Marjorie Melville and George Mische, Catonsville Nine members; Bill O'Connor and Dean Pappas, Catonsville Nine supporters; Steve Sachs, prosecutor; Pat McGrath, WTTG reporter / anchor; Alva Grubb, jury member; Pat Moran, Pat Moran & Associates CEO; Carroll Armstrong, Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association president / CEO; Camilla Carr, Maryland Public TV news anchor; Bill Jennings, film writer / director; Jim Dale, Baltimore author; Jill Hurlbrink, France-Merrick Foundation program officer; Stuart Matz, Matz Enterprises Inc. president; Darryl Pryor, film producer; Colette Kennedy, WMAR-TV meteorologist; Matthew Kimball, Niles, Barton & Wilmer partner; John Standiford, Charles Theatre co-owner; Tom Kiefaber, Senator Theatre owner; Darryl Wharton-Rigby, Lisa Lewenz and Steve Yeager, Baltimore filmmakers; Joyce Glandon, First Equity Mortgage loan officer; Koli Tengella, Baltimore stand-up comic / actor; Archie Williams, Baltimore actor; and Larry Katz, Baltimore film critic.

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