Presented by the Park School Parents’ Association, the Cultural Diversity Film & Discussion Series has been meeting since 1995. The purpose of the group is to provide a forum for parents, faculty, students, and members of the community to celebrate multiculturalism and to achieve a greater understanding of diversity issues. All events are free and open to the public.
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Longtime New Yorker film critic Richard Brody, who has attended multiple Maryland Film Festivals, had some high praise for this year’s edition in the new Parkway Theatre – and it wasn’t just because of the luxurious new digs.
The Johns Hopkins Annual Film Festival, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Film Society, begins tomorrow. The rest of the movies will be shown Shriver Hall on the Hopkins Homewood Campus. The festival highlights films from independent, international, and student filmmakers, seeking to promote the films and careers of visionary filmmakers via a highly selective showcase of about 20 films. Organizers have selected a few important, influential films to be screened on 35MM prints.
The feature presentations this year include Vincent Gallo’s original and disarming triple crown of indie filmmaking, Buffalo ‘66 (1998), at The Charles Theater (with a special dinner-and-a-movie deal presented by the festival and Lost City Diner), Arthur Penn’s brilliant milestone in American cinema, Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Albert Magnoli’s glorified-music-video of a cult classic, Purple Rain (1984), starring Prince, and Edward Sedgwick’s silent classic The Cameraman (1928), starring Buster Keaton. This is a rare opportunity to watch these films projected on 35MM on the third-largest screen in Maryland.
So, maybe you can file this one under, “Yeah. Duh. We know.” In fact, there’s so much buzz about the festival (even just here at the Fishbowl) that it hardly needs our help. But, concerned as we are with the cultural life of our city and its citizens, we’d be remiss if we didn’t take the time to recommend attending this year’s Maryland Film Festival. Quoth David Simon (creator of The Wire): “The Maryland Film Festival is an essential stop in the festival circuit.” ‘Nuff said. We’re already a couple days into the festival, but there’s so much good stuff (and so many screenings) that believe us—you haven’t missed your chance. Yes, some films have already sold out—local films will do that—but there are so many great offerings from around the world that your dilemma will likely be trying to decide between films.
Sometimes you hear about a story, and the only reaction you can honestly have is to go, “Oh man! That is so cool!” And then to keep saying that over and over and over again– sometimes to another person, and sometimes just to yourself. So it is with the film Deaf Jam, which will be screening tomorrow night (March 14th) at the Creative Alliance. Deaf Jam follows the story of Aneta Brodski, a deaf teen, who seizes the day when she’s introduced to American Sign Language (ASL) Poetry and boldly enters the spoken word slam scene.This would probably be interesting enough to most viewers, but the story becomes even more amazing when Aneta, an Israeli immigrant living in Queens, meets Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slam poet. The two women embark on a collaboration and perform a duet, creating a new form of slam poetry that speaks to both the hearing and the Deaf. Need we say, “wow?”
Creative Alliance is known around town for their incredibly thought-provoking, creative, eclectic events. They find the hidden artistic gems in our city and generously put them on display for us. Baltimore-based filmmaker, Gregory Marsh, brings us the story of Victory for Change, a documentary about two Indian women fighting for the rights of the marginalized in Indian society. The untouchables, women and children are often neglected, and Marsh felt compelled to bring light to those who work for the betterment of others. This Thursday, check out a screening of this powerful film, followed by a panel discussion with Elizabeth Alex from Casa Maryland, Aida Pinto-Baquero from Mis Raices, Sawsan Al Sayyab of International Rescue Committee, and members of Baltimore Women’s Forum, a monthly dialogue group of refugee women, including Mary Kinyoli of Kenya, and Nidaa Haseeb of Iraq.
In honor of the Maryland FIlm Festival, which kicks-off tonight, we bring to your attention a story we ran in January about Baltimore native Sheldon Candis and his film “Luv”, to be shown at the festival on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Brown Center at MICA. (View the entire film festival schedule online.). The story was written at The Sundance Film Festival, where the film had its premiere. Learn more about Candis and “Luv” by viewing the video above. – The Eds.
Baltimore native Sheldon Candis debuted “Luv,” a gritty coming of age story set in Baltimore, at the Sundance Film Festival Monday night. Candis co-wrote and directed the story of an 11-year-old boy’s odyssey through Baltimore with his much-loved uncle.