JHU film festival begins tonight

All showings to be in Shriver Hall

April 08, 2004|By Chris Kaltenbach

A documentary look at a drag queen pageant, a parody of "women in prison" films, a chronicle of Floridians struggling to reform their state's voting process and an investigation of racial identity within the punk scene - these are just some of the experiences awaiting visitors to this year's Johns Hopkins Film Festival.

The sixth-annual festival, opening tonight and running through Sunday, is scaled back from previous years, when films were shown at venues scattered throughout the campus. All of this year's offerings will be shown in Shriver Hall on the Homewood campus.

But scaling back in size doesn't necessarily translate to a similar reduction in quality, and several of the offerings sound promising. They include:

I Shot Andy Warhol (11 p.m. tonight), director Mary Harron's documentary on Valerie Solanas, feminist author and attempted assassin of Andy Warhol

Tarheels and Short Skirts (8 p.m. tomorrow), offering a peek into the North Carolina drag queen pageant

Velvet Goldmine (9:30 p.m. tomorrow), director Todd Haynes' 1998 musical drama about a glam-rock superstar's rise to and fall from grace (think David Bowie as the basis for Citizen Kane). Ewan McGregor stars.

Afro-Punk (8 p.m. Saturday), a look into the black punk-rock lifestyle

Prison a Go-Go (10 p.m. Saturday), a parody of women-in-prison films

Trouble in Paradise (4 p.m. Sunday), in which a disparate group of Floridians attempt voting reforms in their state.

Tickets to the Johns Hopkins Film Festival are $3 per film, $5 per day or $15 for an all-festival pass.

Information: www.jhu.edu/~jhufilm/fest/index.html or 410-235-8719.

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