Syndromes and a Century

At last, proof that we're not the only ones missing the Baltimore Museum of Art's late,

film series. Justin Blemly, webmaster at local music/culture site

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(and boyfriend of

City Paper

contributor Raven Baker), has launched an

to try to convince the museum to bring it back.

For the better part of two years, series programmer (and long-time

CP

contributor) Eric Allen Hatch booked free First Thursday screenings of an eclectic slate of films never or rarely seen in Baltimore before--everything from Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's hypnotic 2006

Syndromes and a Century

to the soul-driven 1973 concert documentary

Wattstax

--until the BMA brought the program to a close in August 2008.

With the economy in the toilet and funding at even well-heeled arts organizations surely set to take a corresponding dip, we don't know how likely it is that the powers that be at the BMA will actually revive the invaluable series, but, as Blemly writes in an e-mail, even if the signatures fail to move the BMA, they "might help persuade another venue to pick [the series] up."

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