Courtesy Bmore Media – What happens when Jimmy Joe Roche and Dan Deacon, two of Baltimore’s most prominent artists, curate a film series that takes moviegoers back in time?
The resulting brainchild is the film series Gunky’s Basement, now in its third year. An outgrowth of the annual Maryland Film Festival, Gunky’s Basement highlights a single film from the 80s and 90s each month from fall to spring. And the movies aren’t the only throwback in film history: Each movie is shown in its original, 35-millimeter format in an age when theaters now universally rely on digital projection.
The $5 screenings take place on a full-sized cinema screen at the Charles Theater — not a basement — and draw between 250 to 300 movie buffs. Some movies are well known classics like “Silence of the Lambs” or “Alien.” Other selections, such as Jim Jarmusch’s “Dead Man” starring Johnny Depp, are more esoteric.