Things are beginning to roll again at the Maryland Film Commission. That's the word from commission director Michael Styer, the keynote speaker at the Maryland/DC Production Guide's new business symposium. Dozens of actors, agents, directors, cameramen and others who work in and around the film/video industry in Maryland gathered at the lovely old Senator Theatre Wednesday morning to network and catch up on the latest news.
After a dry spell, Styer says contacts and hard work are beginning to pay off again. At this time, 10 production companies are being shown around the state by Styer and Jack Gerbis, deputy director of the commission. There will definitely be some major good news to announce, soon.
But the best news, for now, is about Barry Levinson's television series, "Homicide." NBC is expected to announce its plans for that television series on Monday, so Styer could not comment officially. But he had heard that the staffers had been negotiating for the use of the Fells Point Recreation Pier, and that actors and others staffers are trying to find permanent housing; and children are being enrolled in schools; and 13 scripts are completed. But nothing is official until Monday.
There was a lot of discussion about Maryland's video business and Styer says one of his goals is to bring a bigger chunk of the commercial work to Maryland. Blair Barton, whose company Barton Dame publishes the production guide, was the host. She filled us in on a "Friends in High Places in the Film, Video, Television and Music Industries" idea. It's so basic that it's a great idea. Anyone who has a friend in a high place is asked to let her know at (410) 685-3626.
Caves Valley Golf Club was the scene of the University of Maryland's benefit golf tournament recently. Members of the cancer center's advisory board Mark Jankowski, Ellen Frank and Marcey Eisen coordinated the tournament, which attracted 92 players. First-place winners were Jim Buxbaum and Scott Tapper with a score of 62. And because the tourney was sponsored by Len Stoler Lexus, the twosome have been invited to play in the national Lexus Champions for Charity Tournament in Palm Springs.
"The Sky's the Limit" is the theme for the Friends School Parents Auxiliary springtime gala Sunday evening at the Morris Mechanic Theatre. Friends School parents and others will attend a performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and enjoy a champagne and dessert reception following the show. Gala proceeds will benefit the school's future Dance and Fitness Center. Tickets are $75 and may be reserved by calling (410) 435-2800, today.
There are also a few tickets left if you'd like to attend the Triple Crown Ball at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.For $275 a person, you can don your black-tie garb and be part of the glittery crowd at the Hyatt Regency, where the original Four Tops will perform.
Proceeds will go to the Baltimore Ronald McDonald House and you may call (410) 528-1010 for tickets.
Ken Jackson is looking for D-Day vets who are willing to share firsthand accounts of that June 6 invasion 50 years ago. Those interviews will be aired on radio station WWLG-AM, throughout the day on June 6. If you'd like to participate, call Ken at (410) 576-8860.
Tomorrow's 'HFStival at RFK stadium, sponsored by radio station WHFS-FM, is sold out. Billed as a carnival of senses, there will be dozens of bands, more than 125 non-profits and a host of attractions and distractions to keep the 60,000 people happy.
Music begins at noon, when the platinum-selling Counting Crows get the action started with Baltimore native and Crows lead singer Adam Duritz at the mike.