Film fest highlights

May 06, 2007

The Maryland Film Festival in Baltimore winds up today. Here are a few highlights from the program:

11 a.m.:

Nosferatu (1922), Charles Theatre 1, 1711 N. Charles St. German master F.W. Murnau's superbly creepy, silent vampire movie set the ghoul standard. The Alloy Orchestra will augment it with its seductive, clangorous score.

11:30 a.m.:

A Sense of Loss, MICA Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave. Marcel Ophuls' engulfing 1972 documentary about Northern Ireland rarely plays on the big screen. Independent director Lodge Kerrigan (Keane, Close-Shaven), this festival's first guest programmer, will introduce this factual tragic epic.

2 p.m.:

Secret screening, Charles Theatre 1, 1711 N. Charles St. We can't even discuss last year's secret screening, but we can say it was one of the biggest and best-loved hits of 2006.

4 p.m.:

Last Days of Left Eye, UB Langsdale, 1420 N. Charles St. Lauren Lazin, who made Tupac: Resurrection, hopes to work similar documentary magic with footage left behind by Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, the late member of the R&B trio TLC, who was starting to make her own documentary when she died at age 30.

5 p.m.:

Blood, Boobs, and Beast, MICA Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave. Baltimore-area filmmaker Don Dohler made real grindhouse movies such as Nightbeast; this documentary tells his fascinating story.

7:30 p.m.:

Rocket Science, Charles Theatre 1, 1711 N. Charles St. Jeffrey Blitz, who started a wave of word-game mania with his 2003 documentary Spellbound, conquered Sundance four years later with this first fictional feature, about a stuttering teenager who joins his high-school debate team. Rocket Science was filmed in Baltimore.

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