local screenings

June 16, 2006|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

DOCUMENTARY FEST -- Silverdocs, the American Film Institute's annual celebration of documentary films, continues through Sunday at the AFI's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. This weekend's lineup includes tonight's 9:45 world premiere of Frank Popper's Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?, which focuses on a young Missouri politician named Jeff Smith and his energetic campaign, run by college volunteers; Faith Isiakpere and Firdoze Bulbulia's Soweto Blues, an examination of the South African political struggle through the musicians who helped chronicle, and sometimes push, it (9:30. tonight on Veterans Field, steps away from the theater, preceded by an hourlong concert on the theater plaza); JL Aronson's Danielson: A Family Movie (5 p.m. tomorrow), a visit with the Christian rock band Danielson Famile, followed by a live performance; and Christopher Quinn's 21 Up America (7:30 p.m. tomorrow), in which he borrows the formula of British director Michael Apted's 7 Up Films, in which a group of subjects are visited every seven years, to catch up with their physical and emotional growth (this is the third visit with Quinn's group, who are now 21); and Linas Phillips' Walking to Werner (6:30 p.m. Sunday), in which the filmmaker walks 1,200 miles along the Pacific Coast as preparation for a visit with the German director Werner Herzog. Sunday's program also includes the announcement of the festival's award winners. For a complete schedule and more information: silverdocs.com or 1-877-DOCSTIX.

CINEMA SUNDAYS -- Patrick Creadon's Wordplay, a documentary celebration of The New York Times crossword puzzle and its creator, Will Shortz, is this weekend's scheduled offering for Cinema Sundays at the Charles. Showtime is 10:35 a.m. Sunday at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St., preceded by 45 minutes of no-extra-charge coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-FILM or cinema sundays.com.

BRESSON AT THE CHARLES -- The Charles Theatre's French revival series continues tomorrow with Robert Bresson's 1967 Mouchette, the tale of a teenager growing up in far-less-than-ideal circumstances, with her alcoholic father and dying mother. Showtime is noon tomorrow at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., with encore showings set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 at other times. Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.

AT HOPKINS -- Monty Python and the Holy Grail, perhaps the most riotous film ever made (you'll never think of the legend of King Arthur the same way again!), will be screened outdoors on the Johns Hopkins' University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., at 8:30 tonight. Admission is free, and refreshments will be offered for sale.

ALSO AROUND TOWN -- Robert Altman's 1993 Short Cuts will be shown for free at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in the Mountcastle Auditorium of the Pre-Clinical Teaching Building. Monument and Wolfe streets, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Office of Cultural Affairs (410-955-3363 or jhoca.org); Akira Kurosawa's 1993 Madadayo, 7 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Thomas Aquinas Church parish center, West 37th Street and Roland Avenue. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Information: 410-366-4488; Elia Kazan's 1954 On the Waterfront, 9 p.m. Thursday outdoors on Federal Hill, sponsored by the American Visionary Art Museum. There is no charge for the film, or for admission to the museum, 800 Key Highway, between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., but donations are appreciated. Information: avam.org or 410-244-1900.

chris.kaltenbach @baltsun.com

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