What to catch on the silver screen today at Maryland Film Festival

May 03, 2008|By Chris Kaltenbach

The 10th annual Maryland Film Festival continues today at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St., and environs. Here are a few highlights:

Those who don't mind wearing funny glasses for about 90 minutes will get to see golden-age movie sex queen Rita Hayworth in 3-D in 1953's Miss Sadie Thompson, based (somewhat loosely, perhaps) on W. Somerset Maugham's story "Miss Thompson." (11 a.m., Charles 1)

Listening Project, from directors Dominic Howes and Joel Weber, sends four Americans (including Baltimore native Han Shan) out into the world to ask people what they think of the United States. Surprise -- not everyone hates us. (2 p.m., University of Baltimore Student Center)

Maryland Institute College of Art grad Billy Pappas spent 8 1/2 years on a single drawing of Marilyn Monroe, one he hoped would "take realism, naturalism, and set a new precedent." Judge how well he did in Julie Checkoway's Waiting for Hockney. (2:30 p.m., MICA's Brown Center)

Director Josh Koury (We Are Wizards) moderates a panel discussion geared toward first-time filmmakers. With filmmakers Joe Maggio (Paper Covers Rock), Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy) and Daryl Wein (Sex Positive). (3 p.m., Tent Village, across Charles Street from the Charles Theatre)

Oscar winner Alex Gibney screens his new film, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. (6:30 p.m., Charles 1)

In Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie, director Jay Delaney tracks two men, Dallas and Wayne, obsessed with proving the existence of Bigfoot, and watches as a falling out threatens their friendship and quest. (10:30 p.m., Charles 5)

Find more festival coverage, including a full schedule, at baltimoresun.com/mff. Also, check out live reports from the festival at The Sun's arts blog, baltimoresun.com/criticalmass.

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