Week-long Queer Film Fest continues Highlights: Among the festival offerings are 'Paul Monette: Brink of Summer's End,' 'American Cowboy' and 'Lilies.'; Film


Baltimore's Queer Film and Video Festival, which opened last night with the Baltimore premieres of "Leather Jacket Love Story" and "The Watermelon Woman," continues through next Thursday.

Highlights include weekend showings of "Paul Monette: Brink of Summer's End," Monte Bramer's provocative and highly moving documentary about the late author and activist; Kyle Henry's "American Cowboy," about a gay rodeo rider, and "Lilies," John Greyson's film about a Catholic bishop who is forced to come to terms with his past while hearing the confession of a prisoner in 1952.

The festival will also feature several short films about gay life, including "I Remember Her," by Baltimore filmmaker Kate Schaffer. Baltimore's Queer Film and Video Festival will be held at the Charles, the Orpheum and Maryland Institute, College of Art. For program and ticket information call 410-433-1395.

Lelouch classic remade

This week's Cinema Sunday will feature "An avoir (ou pas)," which translates as "To Have (Or Not)" in English, by the French filmmaker Laetitia Masson. The contemporary re-casting of Claude Lelouch's classic 1966 "A Man and a Woman" will be introduced by Baltimore filmmaker and distributor Rob Tregenza ("Talking to Strangers," "Inside/Out"), who will lead the post-screening discussion. Membership for the remaining three Cinema Sunday programs is available for $35; members can renew for $30. If seating allows, individual tickets will go on sale for $15 beginning at 9: 45 a.m. Sunday. For information on how to become a member of Cinema Sunday, Baltimore's hottest ticket for bagels, coffee, films and smart conversation (not to mention all the other goodies that go along with membership), call George Udel at 410-366-8675.

This week's B: 'Tall T'

The Charles Theatre continues its B-Films series tomorrow with a screening of "The Tall T" (1957), Bud Boetticher's cult Western starring Randolph Scott and Maureen O'Sullivan as a rancher and a mine owner's daughter who are kidnapped by renegades. The C's Bs unspool at 11: 30 a.m. Saturdays, and again at 7: 30 p.m. the following Monday. For more information call 410-727-FILM.

Local films make the rounds

"Louisville," the short film by Joy Lusco and Scott Kecken starring Andre Braugher that had its premiere at the Charles Theatre in March, will travel to the Atlanta Film and Video Festival in June. After a trip to Los Angeles, Lusco, who co-wrote the acclaimed season finale-100th episode of "Homicide," plans to return to Baltimore to film a documentary about a-rabs. That film should be completed by spring of next year.

Lusco isn't the only Baltimore filmmaker on the festival circuit: Darryl LeMont Wharton presented his feature debut, "Detention," for its American premiere at the Pan-African Film Festival in Los Angeles earlier this year.

"Detention" went on to play festivals in Cleveland, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Washington, where it won honorable mention at the Rosebud Film Festival. Wharton will take "Detention" to Paris for the Black Roots Film Festival in July, then it's on to Minneapolis-St. Paul for the Twin Cities Black Film Festival in September.

Lisa Lewenz, whose documentary "A Letter Without Words" was well-received at the Sundance Film Festival, had an even stronger run at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

Lewenz also took the film to festivals in Munich and Cleveland, and will travel to the Futures for Children festival in Arizona, the Human Rights Watch Festival in New York, the Florida International Film Festival, the Norwegian Short Film Festival and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival over the summer. "A Letter Without Words" will air on PBS next April.

Meanwhile, "Mixed Blessings," a comedy produced by Baltimore-based filmmaker Mary Hardcastle starring Timothy Bottoms and Kelly Curtis, will appear at the San Diego Film Festival in next month.

Pub Date: 6/05/98

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