Documentary follows a criminal's family

local screenings

November 24, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Movie Critic

Edgar Barens' documentary A Sentence of Their Own, exploring the effects of jail time on an offender's family, will be shown Thursday at the Creative Alliance as part of its "Views of Justice" film series. Filmmaker Barens spent two and a half months following the wife and two sons of Alan Raymond, a Georgia man serving a seven-year prison term in New Hampshire, and this film chronicles some of the hardships they faced. Showtime at the old Patterson Theatre, 3134 Eastern Ave., is 7 p.m., with a panel discussion to follow. Tickets are $8, $5 for CA members. Information: 410-276-1651 or creative

Jewish Films in Columbia

Tickets for the Columbia Jewish Congregation's 15th Jewish Film Series, opening Jan. 20 and continuing Feb. 17, March 17 and April 21, are on sale through the organization. The four films in the series are Ushpizin (2004), The Dybbuk (1937), Watermarks (2004) and Only Human (2004). Movies are shown in Room 200 of the Meeting House in Columbia, 5885 Robert Oliver Place. The cost, which includes refreshments and post-film discussion, is $24 for all four films, $20 for three, $14 for two or $8 for one (single tickets are sold only at the door). Information: 410-381-4809 or www.columbiajew

Cinema Lounge Benefit

A raffle and other events to benefit Brian Dragonuk, a member of the local film and theater community who is battling leukemia, is set for Thursday's weekly gathering of the Cinema Lounge at Gardel's Supper Club, 29 S. Front St. Many members of the local acting and filmmaking community are expected to attend, providing plenty of opportunities for discussion and networking. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $10. Information: or 410-837-3737.

3-D IMAX Santa

Director Steve Oedekerk's Santa vs. the Snowman, the animated 3-D tale of a battle royale between Mr. Claus and a snowman for the love of children throughout the world, opens today and will continue to be shown in the IMAX Theater at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., daily through Jan. 1. Showtimes and additional information: or 410-685-5225.

The Third Man at AFI

Carol Reed's noir classic The Third Man, with Joseph Cotten as a dime novelist investigating the murder of a friend, who may or may not really be dead, will be shown through Thursday at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring, as part of a film series celebrating the centennial of Reed's birth. The film also stars Orson Welles as the slippery Harry Lime; legend has it Welles directed his scenes, which includes one in which he gives a justly famous monologue on the virtues of corruption. The Reed retrospective continues through Jan. 10. For showtimes, tickets and further information: or 301-495-6720

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