A contest for those with gift for scripts

Local screenings

November 17, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter

Aspiring screenwriters, take note! The second annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition is open to any who submit a feature-length script and the $50 submission fee; winners will be chosen by a jury that includes John Hopkins University faculty member and actor John Astin (The Addams Family) and David Simon, creator of HBO's The Wire. Submit scripts no later than Jan. 16 to the Baltimore Screenwriters Competition, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, 7 E. Redwood St., Suite 500, Baltimore 21202. Information: 410-752-8632 or balti morefilm.com.

World premiere horror

Terror In the Pharoah's Tomb, the latest film from Midnight Marquee, will have its world premiere tomorrow night at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Conference Center, 6501 N. Charles St. Written and directed by A. Susan Svehla, it incorporates new footage (starring local actors Wayne Shipley, Leo Wayne Dymowski and Heidi Emmer) with public-domain footage starring such horror greats as Bela Lugosi, and Lon Chaney Jr. Showtimes are 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; tickets are $10. Information: 410-665-1198 or www.midmar.com.

Filmtalk at the Pratt

Les Blank's Burden of Dreams, a riveting documentary on Werner Herzog and the making of his 1982 masterpiece, Fitzcarraldo, will be the subject of this month's Filmtalk at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. Showtime is 10 a.m. tomorrow in the library's Wheeler Auditorium, with discussion to follow. Admission is free. Information: www.epfl.net or 410-396-5487.

Coal country

Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal & The Fight for Coalfield Justice, documentary filmmaker Catherine Pancake's look at the devastating effect mountaintop removal coal mining has on her native West Virginia, will have its Baltimore premiere this weekend at the Creative Alliance. Showtime is 8 p.m. today and tomorrow at the old Patterson Theatre, 3134 Eastern Ave. Tickets are $8, $6 for CA members.

Also tomorrow in the theater, One Voice, a 1970s documentary about Baltimore's Bethlehem Steel plant, will be shown as part of an exhibit and panel discussion titled Stainless: Families of Steel. The exhibit includes many of photographer J.M. Giordano's portraits of steelworkers and their families; historian Bill Barry will lead the discussion. The program begins at 3 p.m., and admission is free. Information: 410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org.

Cinema Sundays

Steven Shainberg's Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, with Nicole Kidman as the famed photographer of society's outer fringe, is this weekend's scheduled feature for Cinema Sundays at the Charles. Showtime at the theater, 1711 N. Charles St., is 10:30 a.m. Sunday, preceded by 45 minutes of no-additional-charge coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-276-FILM or cinemasun days.com.

Artists on film

Towson University's fall film series, "Film, Art, and Artists," continues Monday with In the Realms of the Unreal, Jessica Yu's documentary on iconoclastic writer and artist Henry Darger. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Van Bokkelen Hall. Towson University is at 8000 York Road. Information: tow son.edu.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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