Hip-hop film series opens at Pratt

local screenings

November 03, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter

A series of films featuring and/or centering on hip-hop culture begins tomorrow at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. The series opens with two films: Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant's Style Wars, a 1983 documentary that looks at subway graffiti in New York, and Freshest Kids: A History of the B-boy, a 2002 documentary look by director Israel at the breakdancers (or B-boys) whose energy and visibility were key to spreading hip-hop culture. The film series, which continues Nov. 14 and 15, is part of the library's "Hip-Hop Happenings," sponsored in part by Free Fall Baltimore. Showtime is 2 p.m. in the library's Wheeler Auditorium. Admission is free. Information: epfl.net/events or 410-396-5430.

Behind the camera

Joe Swanberg's Young American Bodies, a 12-episode film series created for the Web and centering on the entangled romances of six twentysomething friends, is the latest scheduled entry in the Maryland Film Festival's continuing Monday night series, "Focus on Cinematography." Swanberg, who handled the camera duties himself, will be on hand for the 7:30 p.m. screening at the Maryland Institute College of Art's Brown Center, 1301 Mount Royal Ave. Admission is free. Information: 410-752-8083 or mdfilmfest.com.

Film at Hopkins

Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, starring Helen Mirren as a neglected wife who decides to have a fling with a regular customer of her husband's restaurant, with especially distasteful results, will be shown at 8 tonight in Shriver Auditorium on the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. Admission is $6, $3 for JHU students, faculty and staff. Information: hopkinsfilmfest.com.

EU movies

The 2006 European Union Film Showcase, featuring movies from 23 European countries, continues through Nov. 19 at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. Today's features are Luxembourg's Bye Bye Blackbird, starring James Thierre (grandson of film great Charles Chaplin) as a runaway who falls in love with a trapeze artist (5 p.m.); France's The Bridesmaid (La Desmoiselle d'honneur), director Claude Chabrol's tale of a young man who falls in love with one of his sister's bridesmaids, who turns out to be a bit more dysfunctional than he had expected (7 p.m.), and Denmark's Soap (En Soap), the tale of an unlikely relationship between a 32-year-old soap-opera addict and a transsexual (9:30 p.m.). For a full schedule and ticket information: 301-495-6720 or afi.com.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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