The Maryland Film Festival kicked off its fall tour yesterday with a screening of Paul Zinder's documentary "Mom Mom Loves Herbert" and Elizabeth Holder's short film "Weekend Getaway" at the Slayton House Theatre in Columbia. Tonight, the show will come to the Weinberg Center in Frederick. The tour will resume Monday with a date at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis and end Tuesday in Easton at the Avalon Theater. Show times are at 7: 30 p.m. For more information, visit the festival's Web site at www.mdfilmfest.com or call the office at 410-752-8083.
Cinema Sundays this weekend will present "Music of the Heart," the dramatized version of the true story of a woman who brought a successful violin program to a Harlem school, directed by Wes Craven (yes, that Wes Craven). Meryl Streep stars as Roberta Guaspari, who fought to retain the program after funding cuts. Baltimore-based film writer Ian Grey will introduce the film and will lead the post-screening discussion. Doors open at 9: 45 a.m. Show time is 10: 30 a.m. Walk-up tickets are available at the door for $15. Mini-memberships for the series' remaining four programs are available for $56 ($48 if you're renewing). Cinema Sundays are held at the Charles Theater, 1711 N. Charles St.
For hearing-impaired filmgoers, Loews Cineplex Theaters will present an open-captioned version of the uproariously funny "Bowfinger," starring Steve Martin, Wednesday and Thursday at the White Marsh theater. Check The Sun's movie calendar, or call the theater, for show times.
Youth television gala
The Maryland Institute, College of Art will present its sixth annual Baltimore Youth Television (BYTV) Gala at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Baltimore Museum of Art's Meyerhoff Theatre. All of the video artists featured in the program are enrolled in Baltimore schools, and all took part in a summer project in creative video-making sponsored by MICA.
The program will include six videos created by students from Garrison, Harlem Park, Hamilton and Mount Royal middle schools, as well as two groups -- Kids on the Hill and Learning Circus. Northern High School students also will present four public service announcements on literacy, drugs and sexuality.
Sun art critic Glenn McNatt will speak, along with C-SPAN's Mary Foreman and BYTV consultant LaTanya Bailey Jones. The program is free and open to the public.
Pub Date: 10/22/99