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Exhibit showcases Dorothy Dandridge; Memorabilia: Photographs, costumes and showings of the 1959 film 'Porgy and Bess' at the Heritage Shadows of the Silver Screen Museum and Cinema will highlight the career of the African-American actress.


Jim Wheeler's Dorothy Dandridge Exhibit will make an exclusive East Coast stop in Baltimore at the Heritage Shadows of the Silver Screen Museum and Cinema starting Feb. 19.

"Dorothy Dandridge: The Actress, the Myth, the Sister," a collection of photographs, film costumes and memorabilia from the life of the legendary actress, will be on view at the museum through Feb. 28. Museum founder Mike Johnson also will play host to two private showings of "Porgy and Bess," the 1959 film starring Dandridge and Sidney Poitier, Feb. 19 and 20. The events will benefit the Heritage's building fund. For tickets, call 410-528-8440.

Cinema Sundays

Cinema Sundays, the film lovers' series at the Charles Theater, kicks off its fifth year Sunday with a preview screening of "Affliction," Paul Schrader's acclaimed adaptation of the Russell Banks novel.

The film, about two adult sons coping with the legacy of their father's abuse, stars Nick Nolte, Willem Dafoe and James Coburn. Baltimore writer-director Darryl Wharton ("Detention") will introduce the film and lead the post-screening discussion.

Doors open at 9: 45 for a brunch of bagels and coffee; the screening will start around 10: 30 a.m. Memberships are available for the eight-film winter series at $96 or for the 14-film winter/spring series at $160.

Cinema Sundays members can rejoin for $80 and $128, respectively. For more information, call 410-727-3464.

'CineMaryland' honored

Congratulations to Karen Hinds and Rebecca Jessop, whose television show "CineMaryland," a monthly half-hour program dedicated to Maryland's film production industry, recently won the Crystal Award of Excellence from the Communicator Awards, a Texas-based organization dedicated to recognizing outstanding work in the communications field.

Jessop and Hinds conceptualized "CineMaryland" in 1997 in order to cover Maryland's rapidly growing film industry.

Guests have included award-winning filmmaker Steve Yeager ("Divine Trash"), actor Andre Braugher and cinematographer Allen Daviau.

"CineMaryland" can now be seen on eight cable stations in eight Maryland counties.

Rothschild looks back

Amalie R. Rothschild, Baltimore native and influential feminist filmmaker, will be in town next Friday for a screening of two of her early films, "Nana, Mom and Me" (1974), an intimate portrait of her family, and "Woo, Who?", a documentary about 1960s underground artist May Wilson.

The screening, sponsored by the Fells Point Creative Alliance, will be held at the Lodge, 244 S. Highland Ave., at 8 p.m. Admission is $6.

Slamdance fest

Baltimore will be well represented at the Slamdance Film Festival when it gets under way next week.

Cinema Sundays program director and Maryland Film Festival consultant Gabe Wardell will be there in his capacity as a Slam- dance board member and technical coordinator, and MicroCineFest's Skizz Cyzyk will serve as a juror and projectionist.

What's more, Lanham filmmaking team Julie M. Anderson, Scott A. Clark, Derek Scottie Russel and Christopher Skokowski will show their short film "Albert's Thumb" on the festival's opening night. As usual, the Maryland Film Office will sponsor the Filmmakers' Lounge. Here's to a slammin' time in Park City!

Legends salute in works

The American Film Institute announced Tuesday that it will create a new "national celebration of American film," similar in magnitude to last year's controversial "100 Years 100 Movies."

Presented as a three-hour CBS television special last June, "100 Years 100 Movies" paid tribute to the top 100 American movies as selected by filmmakers, critics, historians and other cultural leaders.

The results of the new poll, called "AFI's 100 Years 100 Stars," will also be unveiled in early June on another three-hour CBS special.

Fifty of today's stars will pay tribute to 50 of the screen legends.

The AFI defines a legend as "an actor or team of actors with a significant screen presence in American feature-length films whose screen debut occurred in or before 1950, or whose screen debut occurred after 1950 but whose death has marked a completed body of work."

The 1,800 jurors are being asked to consider star quality, craft, legacy, popularity and historical context.

"I think the movies this time will be different than last time," said Tom Pollock, AFI's board chairman. "We'll be able to highlight the movies from these legends, and because there are 50 rather than 100 entries, it gives us an opportunity to do more. We'll be able to show the body of work rather than a couple of clips from each film."

The AFI has created a list of 500 nominees, including four comedy teams: Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, the Marx Brothers and the Three Stooges. Also listed as one entry is the dance duo the Nicholas Brothers.

The earliest screen debut mentioned is Gilbert M. "Bronco Billy" Anderson, who appeared in "The Messenger Boys' Mistake" in 1903. Lillian Gish, who had the longest career of any of the nominees -- 75 years -- made her debut in 1912. Mickey Rooney, with 73 years, is the runner-up.

The list ranges from such lightweights as Tab Hunter and Mitzi Gaynor to true screen legends, including Marlon Brando and Judy Garland.

The late transvestite Divine made the cut, as did Grace Kelly, Sabu, Elvis Presley, Sidney Poitier, Peter Sellers, Dorothy Dandridge, Raul Julia, Steve McQueen and Jean Seberg.

More than 11 million people watched the show last summer. The poll also became the subject of a 10-week television series, and it significantly increased video sales and rentals of many of the top 100 films.

The Video Software Dealers Association estimates that rentals of the No. 1 film, Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane," increased by more than 1,600 percent after the television special.

Sun wire services contributed to this article.

Pub Date: 1/15/99

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