The 12 best entries in Baltimore's 48 Hour Film Project, a competition for which teams of filmmakers had to shoot a short film in just two days, will be shown Wednesday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Among the movies being shown will be the two audience award-winners, the detective film I Will Not ... , from Bargain Basement Films and David Butler, and The Date, a romance from Dobler's Pen Productions and Chester Stacy. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $8. Information: 48hourfilm.com/baltimore or call the BMA at 410-396-7100.
Vintage song and dance
One of Hollywood's earliest and most successful musicals, 42nd Street, will be shown Wednesday night in the parish center at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, West 37th Street and Roland Avenue. The 1933 film, about backstage happenings preceding the opening of a Depression-era Broadway musical, stars Dick Powell, Ginger Rogers, Warner Baxter and, as the understudy who goes onstage a youngster but comes back a star, Ruby Keeler. It's got great music, too, including the classic title song. Showtime is 7 p.m. and admission is free, although donations are appreciated. Information: 410-366-4488.
Little Italy film fest
Keys to the House, the story of a father's meeting his disabled teenage son for the first time, is tonight's offering in the annual Little Italy Open-Air Film Festival. The 2004 film was directed by Gianni Amelio and is in English, French, German and Italian. Festivities at the corner of High and Stiles streets begin at 7 p.m., with the movie set to show at 9 p.m. Admission is free. Big crowds are expected, so arrive early and take a lawn chair. Information: littleitaly-baltimore.com.
Swordplay at the Charles
Zatoichi the Fugitive, the third in the long-running series of Zatoichi films that have been a Japanese mainstay since the early 1960s, is tomorrow's offering in the Charles Theatre's samurai film series. The 1963 film stars Shintaro Katsu as the not-to-be-messed-with blind swordsman, here after a gang leader who has put a price on his head. Showtime is noon tomorrow, with encores set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.
`Oz' at Hopkins
Johns Hopkins University's Summer Outdoor Film Series concludes tonight with a screening of The Wizard of Oz, a 1939 film that stands as perhaps the purest embodiment of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Judy Garland is the girl told to follow the yellow brick road, accompanied by a scarecrow (Ray Bolger), a tin man (Jack Haley) and a cowardly lion (Bert Lahr). Directed by Victor Fleming, who had quite a year in 1939, also directing Gone With the Wind. Films are shown on John Hopkins' Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., on the Upper Quad area outside Gilman Hall. The series includes live music, which begins at 7:30 p.m., with the movie beginning just after sunset. Admission is free; refreshments are available. Information: www.jhu.edu/summer/films.
UB presents `Pee Wee'
The University of Baltimore's Summer Family Film Series continues tomorrow with Pee Wee's Big Adventure, a 1985 feature as famous for being director Tim Burton's first film as for bringing that perpetual child, TV's Pee Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) to the big screen. Showtime is 10 a.m. in the UB Student Center's Performing Arts Theater, Maryland and Mount Royal avenues. Admission is free. Information: 410-837-5420 or ubalt.edu.