Film editing is explored in Pratt program

Local Screenings

January 05, 2007|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter

"Jump Cuts," a series of short films that spotlights the art of film editing, will be shown tomorrow at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. The program, put together by Pratt sight and sound librarian Tom Warner, includes the famous "Odessa Steps" sequence from Sergei Eisenstein's groundbreaking 1925 Battleship Potemkin, an exercise in cinematic rabble-rousing that's a staple in film schools, along with such short films as Jim Henson's Oscar-nominated Time Piece (1965); Frank Mogubgub's kinetic The Pop Show (1966) and Susan Franzel's Flight of the Stone (1999), the story of a trans-world stone throw. Showtime is 2:30 p.m. in the library's Wheeler Auditorium, and admission is free. Information: 410-396-5430.

Girl power

A new year of works by local filmmakers kicks off at the Creative Alliance next Friday with Geewiz, Fil Sibley's documentary visit with a female drag racer from Laurel whose professional moniker is the same as the movie (her real name is Geneva Williams, which doesn't sound nearly as boffo). The film is paired with a short animation from Frank Ziegler about another risk-loving female, this one a crime fighter known as Kimmy, Danger Agent.

The fun begins at 8 p.m. Jan. 12 at the old Patterson Theatre, 3134 Eastern Ave. Tickets are $8, $6 for CA members. Information: 410-276-1651.

Wrapping at the AFI

Three film series wrap next week at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. "Judy Garland Sings!" concludes with 1948's delightful Easter Parade, her only on-screen pairing with the great Fred Astaire (today, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday). The retrospective on British director Carol Reed ends with his 1959 collaboration with novelist Graham Greene, Our Man In Havana, starring Alec Guinness, Noel Coward, Ralph Richardson and Maureen O'Hara (today, tomorrow and Wednesday), and 1968's Oscar-winning Oliver!, a musical version of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist starring Oliver Reed, Ron Moody and Mark Lester (tomorrow and Monday). Also ending is "Francis Ford Coppola Redux," which wraps with three films: The Cotton Club (1984), with Richard Gere and Diane Lane (today, tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday); Matt Dillon in 1983's Rumble Fish, an adaptation of the S.E. Hinton novel (today, tomorrow, Monday and Thursday); and Jeff Bridges as a car manufacturer who thinks tragically big in 1988's Tucker: A Man and His Dream (tomorrow, Sunday and Wednesday). Showtimes, ticket prices and more information: 301-495-6720 or

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