A day devoted to exploring the image of women

Movies: With words and pictures, a daylong festival will focus on women's roles in film, video and television.


September 28, 2001|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Women's experiences in the movies will be the focus of a day-long Film Festival planned for the Charles next Saturday, Oct. 6.

Registration for "Diverse Voices: Women In Film & Video" begins at 8:30 a.m. The day's program opens at 9 a.m. with a series of short films and videos by Washington filmmakers Christa Dickey and Rachel Max. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Among the festival's highlights will be:

A discussion on "The Status & Empowerment of Women In the Film & TV Industry." Panelists will include local casting director Pat Moran, who won an Emmy for her work on Homicide: Life On the Street and is a long-time favorite of director John Waters; Jane Love, assistant executive director for AFTRA/SAG, the actors' union; Carol Bidault, a French film producer and distributor; Maria Mager, a news writer for WMAR, Channel 2, and Dovile Mark of Baltimore's Creative Alliance.

Local Girl Scouts, who worked under the supervision of Women In Film & Video of Maryland, will be featured in a film they made about themselves called Teen Vision.

Changing Channels, a video about efforts to diversify opportunities and offerings in British television. Parminder Vir, an adviser for cultural diversity for London's Carlton TV, will act as host and participate in a panel discussion that also will include Isazetta Spikes of the Maryland NAACP; Barbara Duke, of the Maryland Governor's Office on Hispanic Affairs, and Gayle V. Economos, president of Women In Film & Video of Maryland, organizer of the event.

A screening of Not a Lady Among Us: A Documentary About the Woman's Exchange Movement, by local filmmakers Lillian Bowers and Matt Pitroff.

The film, which looks at one of the country's oldest philanthropic organizations, received its world premiere last year at the Senator Theatre. (This is the same organization responsible for the Woman's Industrial Exchange restaurant, a Charles Street fixture since 1880.)

Tickets for the day's events are $10 for WIFV members, $15 for the public, and may be bought in advance by calling 410-685-FILM, mailbox 3.

`Liam' on Sunday

Liam, the story of a speech-impaired young boy growing up in 1930s Liverpool, is the scheduled feature for this weekend's Cinema Sundays at the Charles.

The film stars Ian Hart, Anthony Beckett and Claire Burrows, and was directed by Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons, The Grifters).

Movie critic and Cinema Sundays favorite Mike Giuliano will serve as host for the screening, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. Free coffee and bagels will be served at 9:45 a.m.

Admission to Cinema Sundays at the door is $15; five-film mini-memberships can be bought for $65.

Call: 410-727-3464.

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