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November 11, 2005

MICROCINEFEST -- Baltimore's ninth annual celebration of moviemaking from the outer fringe, Microcinefest, will bring underground films and filmmakers to Charm City beginning tonight. The festival, lovingly assembled by longtime substream filmmaker Skizz Cyzyk, opens tonight at 8 with a shorts program that promises to explain it all. Shorts Program 1: Get With the Concept includes eight films ranging from three to 22 minutes, with such names as Full Metal Slacks, Have You Seen This Man?, One Nation Under Tommy and Spam Letter + Google Image Search = Video Entertainment. Opening night concludes at 10 p.m. by bringing the ever-enigmatic director tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE back to Baltimore with his film, Story of a Fructiferous Society, a journey through the ins and outs of language - or, as tENT describes it, "an ecstatic Kabbalist's eruption of language." Microcinefest 2005 closes with an 8 p.m. Sunday showing of Josh Rubin and Jeremy Lubin's Derailroaded: Inside the Mind of Larry "Wild Man" Fischer, profiling an underground club and concert favorite discovered and promoted by Frank Zappa. Festival tickets are $5 per film, and all screenings will be held at The G-Spot, 2980 Falls Road. Information: microcinefest.org.

MY DINNER WITH ANDRE -- Towson University's fall film series, celebrating "Theatre and/as Film," continues Monday with Louis Malle's My Dinner With Andre, an endlessly fascinating filmed conversation between actor/writer Wallace Shawn and avant-garde director Andre Gregory that touches on almost every topic imaginable. Danny Mydlack, of the school's Electronic Media & Film faculty, will serve as host and lead the post-film discussion. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in the university's Van Bokkelen Hall auditorium; admission is free. Future films in the series include The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Nov. 21) and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Nov. 28). Towson University is at 8000 York Road in Towson. Information: 410-704-2787 or towson.edu/~fuller.

ANNAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL -- The festival kicks off at 8 tonight with Alchemy, writer-director Evan Oppenheimer's romantic comedy about a computer science professor whose reputation rests on making a woman fall in love with his computer with emotions. Tickets are $35, and include a post-film reception; both events take place at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. Films continue at Maryland Hall and at the Crown Annapolis Harbour Center, 2474 Solomons Island Road, through Sunday. Among the offerings is the world premiere at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow of Dead Giveaway, starring two Washington actors, Marty Lodge and Lucy Newman-Williams. Filmed in the Washington, Annapolis and Arlington, Va., areas, the film concerns a salesman with illicit appetites and a con artist looking to exploit them. Tickets for the festival are $10 per film, $25 for an all-day pass. Information: 410-263-2388 or annapolisfilmfestival.com.

AT THE CHARLES -- Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1957), starring legendary director Victor Seastrom as an elderly medical professor revisiting his hometown, with all manner of visually arresting (and intensely symbolic) results, is this weekend's entry in the theater's continuing revival series. Showtime is noon tomorrow, with encore screenings set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6. For an advance look at a movie not set to open in Baltimore until Nov. 18, Cinema Sundays offers Scott McGehee and David Siegel's Bee Season, starring Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche as a spiritually adrift couple whose marriage unravels as their young daughter advances in the national spelling bee. Showtime is 10:30 a.m. Sunday, and tickets are $15. Information on both films: thecharles.com or 410-727-FILM.

WOMEN/FILM/GENDER -- The Women/Film/Gender series, sponsored by the Maryland Film Festival and the Maryland Institute College of Art, concludes Monday with The Odds of Recovery, experimental filmmaker Su Friedrich's account of her journey through the American medical establishment as she confronts a series of illnesses. Friedrich will be at the screening, set for 7:30 p.m. in MICA's Falvey Hall at the Brown Center, 1301 Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $8 to $10; free for MICA students, faculty and staff. Information: mdfilmfest.com or 410-752-8083.

JEWISH FILM -- The Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore's Cinefest concludes Monday with Go for Zucker, German director Dani Levy's story of two long-estranged brothers, one an Orthodox Jew, the other a luckless gambler, forced to attempt a reconciliation by the provisions of their mother's will. Sun movie critic Michael Sragow will lead the post-film discussion. Tickets for the film, set for 7:30 p.m. at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynbrook Ave. in Owings Mills, are $8. Information: 410-542-4900, ext. 239, or jcc.org.chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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