Makeup artist's film at festival


October 29, 2004|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Lightning Bug, the story of a special-effects artist who dreams of making it big in Hollywood but is held back by family pressures and small-town prejudices, will kick off this year's Annapolis Film Festival on Thursday night.

Written and directed by Robert Hall, a makeup artist whose work has been seen on TV (Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files) and in feature films (Secretary, Die, Mommie, Die), Lightning Bug stars Laura Prepon (That '70s Show), Bret Harrison (The OC), Kevin Gage, Bob Penny and Hal Sparks. Hall will be in attendance Thursday night.

The movie is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis, followed by an opening night party. Tickets are $50 in advance, $75 at the door, and may be purchased over the Internet at www.mdhall

The festival, featuring a mix of feature films, shorts and documentaries, continues through Sunday at Maryland Hall and at the Annapolis Cinema Grill, in the Forest Plaza Shopping Center off Forest Drive. Individual tickets will cost $10 at the door, while all-day passes for Friday, Saturday or Sunday will be available for $20.

Information: 410-263-2388 or

Buzz on `Chainsaw'

Speaking of openings ...

Chainsaw Sally, the latest movie from Maryland-based Redfield Arts studios, will have its Maryland premiere Dec. 1 at The Charles, 1711 N. Charles St.

The movie, not for the squeamish, stars April Monique Burrill as Sally, a woman who grew up traumatized after witnessing the murder of her parents when she was 10. As one might suspect, given the unfortunate events of her youth, Sally has grown up to be something of a horror herself (they don't call it Chainsaw Sally because she fells trees). When a land developer sets his sights on the house where Sally's parents lived, she takes what she deems appropriate action.

Written and directed by Baltimore's own JimmyO Burrill, the film also stars Mark Redfield and Alec Joseph, with guest appearances by Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and famed exploitation director Herschell Gordon Lewis.

Tickets for the Dec. 1 premiere go on sale Wednesday. Information: 410-409-5465 or

Fall festival

A chance for costumed kids to march across the Senator Theatre stage, followed by free screenings of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and The Adventures of Mr. Toad, highlight the eighth annual Belvedere Fall Festival, set for 10:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the theater, 5904 York Road, and across the street at Belvedere Square.

Events are free. Information: 410-464-9773 or www.belvedere

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