A financial lift for debate league

September 14, 2007|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter

A screening of Jeffrey Blitz's Rocket Science, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Baltimore Urban Debate League, is set for 4 p.m. Sunday at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. The film centers on a teenager with a severe stuttering problem who is tricked into joining his high school's debate team. After the film, members of the league will answer questions and show a short video of their own. Tickets are $6. Information: budl.org.

Award-winning `Trash'

Trailer Trash, in which filmmaker Don Diego Ramirez traces a nightmarish three-year period in which his family had to deal with the slow death (from cancer) of his grandmother and the murder of his grandfather -- allegedly at the hands of his younger sister and her boyfriend, will be shown tonight at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. The film, a mix of interviews and home movies, won Best Documentary at the 2007 United States Super 8 Digital Video Film Festival. Ramirez, as well as MicroCineFest founder and Maryland Film Festival programmer Skizz Cyzyk; Cheryl Fair, former executive director of Maryland Lawyers for the Arts; and Curtis B. Cooper, Ramirez's legal counsel, will be on hand to discuss the film. Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets are $8, $6 for alliance members. Information: 410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org.

The death of a taxi driver

Taxi to the Dark Side, a documentary about the death of an Afghan taxi driver from injuries sustained during an attack by U.S. forces at Bagram Air Base, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Falvey Hall at the Maryland Institute College of Art's Brown Center, 1301 Mount Royal Ave. Directed by Alex Gibney, whose Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room was a big hit at the 2005 Maryland Film Festival, Taxi follows its story line from Afghanistan to Guantanamo Bay to the White House. Tuesday's screening, a Baltimore premiere, is the latest offering in a fall film series sponsored by MICA and the festival. Tickets are $10, free to Friends of the Festival members and MICA students, faculty and staff. Information: 410-752-8083 or md-filmfest.com.

Latin American Film Festival

The 18th annual Washington Latin American Film Festival will be screening more than 30 films from Latin America, as well as Spain and Portugal, at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre in Silver Spring. The festival opens Wednesday with two films: Spanish director Daniel Sanchez Arevalo's Dark- bluealmostblack (2006), the story of a young man caring for his sick father and the childhood flame whose return makes him yearn for something more (7 p.m.), and Peruvian director Francisco J. Lombardi's Black Butterfly (2006), about a schoolteacher trying to uncover the political motivations behind her fiance's murder (9:10 p.m.). The festival runs through Oct. 7 at the Silver, 8633 Colesville Road. Ticket prices, a schedule and additional information: 301-495-6720 or afi.com.

Fall for `The Magic Flute'

The Magic Flute, director Ingmar Bergman's 1975 film adaptation of the Mozart opera, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Van Bokkelen Hall at Towson University, 8000 York Road. The film will be introduced by Leneida Crawford of the school's music faculty. The screening is part of the university's Fall Film Series: Music/Musicians/Musicals, running Mondays through Dec. 10. Admission is free. Information: www.new.towson.edu/centerforthearts/comm film.htm or 410-704-2787.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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