Kids on the Hill show their animation

Benefit: Kids on the Hill fund-raiser includes look at the black and Jewish experience on Reservoir Hill through the 20th century.


September 07, 2001|By Michael Sragow

At the top of the Creative Alliance calendar this month is a benefit for the Reservoir Hill-based youth outreach program Kids on the Hill. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the alliance will present an eclectic program including animation made by members of Kids on the Hill, real-life stories written and read by them, and, as the anchor of the evening, a half-hour video, History Hill, which investigates Jewish and black experience on Reservoir Hill throughout the 20th century (produced by a collaboration of Kids on the Hill, Wide Angle Community Media and Beth Am Synagogue).

It all takes place at Creative Alliance, 413 S. Conkling St., off Eastern Avenue in Highlandtown. Admission is $6 for members, $8 for nonmembers. Call 410-276-1651.

Chance to network

Women in Film and Video of Maryland inaugurates its fall season Thursday, Sept. 13, with "The Independents: Innovative Filming in Baltimore," featuring a panel of acclaimed local moviemakers including Steve Yeager, Joy Lusco, Mike Flanagan and Joe O'Ferrell.

The event takes place at the Merrick Barn on the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University. As WIFV is proud to proclaim, "networking" takes place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the discussion follows. Admission is $10, free to WIFV members. Call the WIFV hot line at 410-685-FILM for more information.

WIFV award ceremony

A week later, WIFV will present its fifth annual Charm City Award Ceremony and Dinner from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Belvedere Hotel, 1 E. Chase St.

The recipient of the Charm City Award, Martha Royall of Taylor Royall Inc., is being honored for her accomplishments as "a founding mother" of WIFV, a casting agent and a mentor.

The Maryland Film Office will receive the 2001 WIFV Reel Award, with recognition going to retiring MFO chief Michael Styer (who will leave come January), for the office's support of Women in Film and Video and its promotion of Maryland-based film and TV production. Again, "networking" begins at 6 p.m., but is followed this time by a Truffles-catered dinner and the award ceremony.

For tickets, call WIFV at 410-685-FILM, Ext. 3. Cost is $40 for WIFV members (or two tickets for $75), and $45 for nonmembers.

Bound for another Oscar?

Baltimore-based filmmakers Susan Hannah Hadary and William A. Whiteford, who won the Oscar for best short documentary of 1999 for King Gimp, their portrait of a heroic young artist with cerebral palsy, must be hoping for a repeat. They recently opened their latest documentary, Love, Josh, about a 15-year-old grappling with the death of his father, for a week at an art house in Pasadena, Calif. - what's known as "an Academy-qualifying run."

Olympic comedy

The Baltimore team of Mark Redfield and Stuart Voytilla (Redfield directs and acts in the scripts they co-write and co-produce) begins production Monday of Alex and Alex, a romantic comedy about a male Greek artist (Redfield) and a gal (Elana Torrez), set in Fells Point in 1954. Well, not entirely in Fells Point: in the story's framing device, Zeus and Hera pick the two to represent their respective sides in the battle of the sexes.

Presumably the scenes set on Olympus also take place in 1954. Well, contemporary Greek gods worked for Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht in One Touch of Venus. ...

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