January 7, 1996
The Baltimore Film Forum will close out its 27-year history Friday with a screening of a restored print of Sam Peckinpah's classic 1969 western "The Wild Bunch." The screening is at 7:30 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art."The Wild Bunch," starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine, follows a group of aging American gunmen into the violent Mexico of 1913, where they become involved with a corrupt general. It climaxes in a shoot-out photographed in slow-motion that remains one of the most controversial movie sequences of all time.
December 25, 1995
IT'S THE LAST picture show all over again: After 26 years of enriching its hometown's movie scene, the Baltimore Film Forum has closed its doors forever.The reasons are many and complicated. Suffice to say the organization was deep in debt and decided it was no longer viable.The demise of the Baltimore Film Forum will sadden all those lovers of the silver screen who became accustomed to its annual film festivals in the Baltimore Museum of Art.Not all is lost, though.The film forum was created to fill a void caused by the closing of two early North Avenue cinema art houses, the 5 East and the 7 West.
November 30, 1995
Blue Cross chief won't share steakI could only feel betrayal after reading the Nov. 22 article, ''Blue Cross gave CEO 7.3 percent raise.'' This is the same company that, under the leadership of William L. Jews, is trying ++ to cut benefits to 300 former employees.These dedicated employees were promised a basic health/life insurance benefits package, since the company was trying to cut costs by eliminating certain positions. We kept our part of the agreement by retiring earlier than planned and were assured our benefits would be locked in, due to our mutual part.
November 30, 1995
Though it will end its 26-year life in January, the Baltimore Film Forum is going out in style. Tomorrow at 7 p.m., at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Forum will screen "Giant," the epic George Stevens film with Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean, in commemoration of World AIDS Day. Professor David Bergman, editor of "Men on Men," will discuss the significance of Hudson as the first major celebrity "outed" by AIDS.Admission is $4 for BMA and BFF members, seniors and students; $5 otherwise.
November 21, 1995
After 26 years of providing unusual and provocative fare for film lovers, the Baltimore Film Forum will close its doors -- and its screen in the Baltimore Museum of Art -- forever.Sadly, the greatest drama of its last year may have played off screen. Saddled with a $40,000 debt, controversy and ill feelings that have separated board from administration and a former director from the current director, the organization will dissolve as a corporation in late January."We just reached a point where it was no longer possible to operate," says Caroline Castro, a board member and the last director of the organization.
May 4, 1995
A single, sharp point of view can sometimes broaden everybody's vision. So contends the programmer behind "Independent Eye," a Maryland Public Television series premiering tonight that showcases the work of local filmmakers and videographers."