Moviemaking competition gets rolling

September 28, 2007|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter

Time for Baltimore's fleet-of-foot filmmakers to once again show off what they can do. CAmm Slamm 2007, in which teams are given 48 hours to make a film incorporating a common prop, takes off at 7 tonight. Those who haven't registered already can do so beginning at 6 p.m. at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., in the old Patterson Theater. Registration fee is $65 per group. One member of the team must belong to the alliance, but don't let that stop you - memberships will be available at the door. Participation is restricted to 20 teams, and some have signed up in advance, so get there early. The finished films will be showcased at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road, after which the winner of the competition will be announced. Tickets for the screenings are $8, $6 for alliance members, as well as for the films' casts and crews. Information: 410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org.

Russian movies

"Russian Fantastik Cinema," a retrospective of Russian fantasy and science fiction films, running Saturdays through Nov. 24, continues tomorrow at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., with Aleksandr Ptushko's 1972 Ruslan and Ludmila, a three-hour epic detailing an unfortunate groom's struggle to rescue his bride, who has been abducted by a sorcerer and taken to a land of grotesque characters with 50-foot beards, shimmering palaces inhabited by midget sorcerers and decapitated giants' heads. Showtime is noon tomorrow, with encores set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.

Jazz flick

A Film Portrait of Miles Davis, featuring film and interview clips with the jazz great, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday as the latest entry in the Jazz Film Series at An die Musik Live, 409 N. Charles St. Among the clips is rare footage from 1959 of the Miles Davis Quintet performing with the Gil Evans Orchestra. Other featured performers include John Coltrane, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb. Showtime is 7 p.m., and tickets are $8. Information: 410-385-2638 or andiemusiklive.com.

Music-in-film series

Scott Hicks' Shine (1996), starring Geoffrey Rush in his Oscar-winning role as pianist David Helfgott, whose promising career was nearly destroyed when he had a nervous breakdown, will be shown Tuesday as part of Towson University's Fall Film Series, "Music/Musicians/Musicals." Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in the Van Bokkelen Hall auditorium on the Towson campus, 8000 York Road. Information: towson.edu/emf or 410-704-3755.

BMA's First Thursday showing

French director Claire Denis' 1997 Nenette and Boni, concerning the complicated relationship between a brother and his pregnant sister, who have been raised separately since their parents' divorce, is this month's entry in the Baltimore Museum of Art's First Thursday film series. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday in the Meyerhoff Auditorium at the BMA, 10 Art Museum Drive. Admission is free. Information: artbma.org/calendar/films.html or 443-573-1700.

Women's films

The National Museum of Women in the Arts' inaugural Festival of Women's Film and Media Arts runs through Sunday in Washington. The weekend offerings include "Border Crossings," a program of short films looking at "lives shaped by immigration and cross-cultural contact" (2 p.m. today); another shorts program, "Homegirls: A Screening and Panel Discussion with Local Filmmakers" (6:30 p.m. today); the film American Zombie, focusing on the distressingly growing zombie population in Los Angeles (8 p.m. tomorrow); and the closing program, "Power to the People," a collection of activist documentaries and experimental works (6:30 p.m. Sunday). Films will be shown in the theater at the museum, 1250 New York Ave. N.W., Washington. Tickets, available at the door 30 minutes before showtime, are $10, $8 for museum members, students and seniors. Further information, including a full schedule of films: nmwa.org/filmfest/index.shtml or 202-783-5000.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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