Pull it out, tape it to the fridge, put it in your pocket or throw it in the car. This handy, dandy guide to the Maryland Film Festival is meant to be at your side for the next four days. Included are the dates, times and venues for all of the films and related festival events. All films are at the Charles Theater except where noted. Venue locations, as well as ticket prices, are listed elsewhere on this page. For last-minute changes in this schedule, call the festival office at 410-752-8083 or check out the Web site at

All screenings are at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St., unless otherwise noted. Other venues for films and special events are the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road; the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St.; Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St.; the Charles Palace, 225 N. Charles St.; the National Aquarium, 501 E. Pratt St.; and Atomic Books, 1806 Maryland Ave.

April 27


7:00 King Gimp (w/A Whole New Day)

9:00 Opening-night party (Maryland Historical Society)




9:30 A. J.'s Dogumentary

10:15 George Wallace

11:00 Panic


12:00 Bad Money

12:15 La Esquina Caliente

1:15 Panel: Writing in Two Media

2:00 Rosebud Presents

2:15 I Am Cuba

2:15 Joyce Scott: Long, Hot Summer

2:30 The Corner

2:30 Omaha (the movie)

4:15 Blue Collar/Juvies

5:30 Kill by Inches

4:30 Brothers Kuchar: Video

5:15 Jay Carr: TBA

5:15 Compensation


7:15 Makebelieve

7:45 Wattstax

8:00 John Waters: Clean, Shaven

8:15 The Initiate

8:30 Bill Miller: TBA

9:00 Filmmaker's party (Charles Palace)

9:30 Enter, Happy? Window Work

11:00 The Great Rock n' Roll Swindle

11:15 Shorts: A Real Barrel of Laughs

11:30 Work in Progress: Barry's Gift




10:00 Paradise Lost 2

10:15 This Is Cuba

11:00 Danny Plotnick's Wild Kingdom

11:00 Long Night's Journey Into Day


12:00 Compensation

12:00 Omaha (the movie)

1:00 Panel: Filmmaking Outside the Mainstream

1:15 The Battle of City Springs

1:00 Panel: Filmmaking Outside the Mainstream

1:00 My Fair Lady (at the Senator)

1:30 Another Planet

2:15 We Married Margo

2:30 Finley/Serra

2:30 I Am Cuba

3:00 Shael Stolberg (International Film Festival Guide) book signing (Atomic Books)

4:00 Good Kurds, Bad Kurds

4:30 Bad Money

4:45 Cooley High

5:00 Brothers Kuchar: Films


6:30 Acting Class

7:00 Kill by Inches

7:00 Scott Erickson: TBA

7:15 Double Parked

7:30 Searching for Roger Taylor

8:00 Lawrence of Arabia (Senator)

9:00 The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me

9:30 La Esquina Caliente

9:30 Forbidden Zone

9:45 Shorts: Short Stories

11:00 Trash

11:00 The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me after-party (at Theatre Project)

11:30 The Scott and Gary Show (followed by performance by Jad Fair)

11:45 Trashmonster

12:00 Girl Next Door




9:30 The Wizard of Oz

10:00 A. J.'s Dogumentary

10:00 Acting Class

10:00 Taylor Branch: One-Eyed Jacks

10:30 Behind the Scenes of the Local News


12:00 Jonathan Richman: Cyrano de Bergerac

12:00 The American Magic Lantern Theater (Maryland Historical Society)

12:15 Another Planet

12:30 The Girl Next Door

12:30 The Fall of Newt Gingrich

1:30 Trash

2:00 Double Parked

2:00 Spartacus (Senator)

2:00 Lecture: Julia Fair: Making Up History (Maryland Historical Society)

2:15 Black Maria Film Festival

3:00 A Sign From God

3:30 Makebelieve

4:00 Great Rock n' Roll Swindle

4:30 A Long Night's Journey into Day

4:45 Shorts: Other Worlds

5:00 Wilgus Stories


7:00 Panic

7:00 Spring Forward

9:00 Closing-night party with performance by Jonathan Richman ( National Aquarium in Baltimore)


Individual tickets are $10 ($8 for seniors and students with ID). A three-pass is $20, good for any three regular screenings. Tickets for the opening-night gala (tonight) are $75. A screening of the Academy Award-winning film "King Gimp" is included. Closing-night tickets are $25 (admission to a film and the closing-night party). An all-access pass is $250, good for admission to all festival events. Several events are priced separately. Call 410-752-8083 to purchase tickets, buy them online at or visit the festival box office at the Charles Theater beginning at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow.


Acting Class (w/Please Kill Mr. Kinski)

Comic mock documentary spoof. (2000) Saturday, 6:30 p.m., Charles, Sunday, 10 a.m., Charles.

A.J.s Dogumentary (w/Sporting Dog)

Doggie day care, dog parks and other issues are examined in this affectionate documentary tribute to our four-legged friends. (2000)Friday, 9:30 a.m., Charles. Sunday, 10 a.m., Charles.

American Magic Lantern Theater

One-of-a-kind presentation for kids of all ages. (c. 1890) Sunday, noon, Maryland Historical Society.

Another Planet

The first feature film written, directed and produced by a black woman in Canada is an offbeat tale of self-discovery. (1999) Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Charles. Sunday, 12:15 p.m., Charles.

Bad Money

Canadian comedy stars Graham Greene and Karen Sillas as people with money problems. (1999) Friday, noon, Charles. Saturday, 4:30 p.m., Charles.

The Battle of City Springs

A documentary examination of an inner-city Baltimore school's attempt to implement a controversial "direct instruction" program. Saturday, 1:15 p.m., Charles.

Behind the Scenes of the Local News (w/ Special Report)

A day in the life of WJZ-TV in Baltimore shot on the day of the Rodney King verdict. Features Denise Koch and Al Sanders. (1993) Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Charles.

Black Maria Film Festival

Shorts program featuring cutting-edge films. (2000) Curator John Columbus will present the program, named in honor of Thomas Edison's first motion picture studio. Sunday, 2:15 p.m., Charles.

Blue Collar and Juvies

Two documentaries tackle the issue of juvenile crime in Maryland. (1999, 2000) Friday, 4:15 p.m., Charles.

Brothers Kuchar: Film

A program of films from the mid-'60s by George and Mike Kuchar. Saturday, 5 p.m., Charles.

Brothers Kuchar: Video

A program of video works by the pioneering Kuchar brothers. (1960s-2000)Friday, 4:30 p.m., Charles.

Clean, Shaven

A psychological thriller about a schizophrenic attempting to regain custody of his daughter. (1995) Friday, 8 p.m., Charles.


Inspired by a 1906 poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar, this dramatic film explores various aspects of black and deaf culture in two eras. (1999)Friday, 5:15 p.m. Charles. Saturday, noon, Charles.

Cooley High

Seminal feature film inspired a wave of African-American filmmakers. (1975) Saturday, 4:45 p.m., Charles.

The Corner

A free screening of an episode of the Baltimore-based HBO miniseries. (2000) Writer/producer David Simon will be host. Friday, 2:30 p.m., Charles.

Cyrano de Bergerac (w/Manipulators)

Classic starring Jose Ferrer as the long-nosed romantic. (1950) Sunday, noon, Charles.

Danny Plotnick's Wild Kingdom

A retrospective program of works by this Super-8 auteur. (1980s-present) Saturday, 11 a.m., Charles.

Double Parked

Callie Thorne stars as a single mom trying to make ends meet. (2000) Saturday, 7:15 p.m., Charles . Sunday, 2 p.m., Charles.

Enter (w/Happy? and Window Work)

Real life never looked more real than in these shorts. (2000) Friday, 9:30 p.m., Charles.

La Esquina Caliente

American premiere of a documentary about the Orioles' breakthrough 1999 trip to Cuba. (1999) Friday, 12:15 p.m., Charles. Saturday, 9:30p.m., Charles.

The Fall of Newt Gingrich

World premiere of a documentary chronicling the former Speaker of the House as he struggles to hold on to the Republican majority. (2000) Sunday, 12:30 p.m., Charles.


A retrospective of works by cutting-edge filmmakers Jeanne Finley and M. M. Serra. (1990s-2000) Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Charles.

The Forbidden Zone (w/Elevator World)

Cult classic by director Richard Elfman, starring Herve Ville-chaize. Saturday, 9:30 p.m., Charles.

George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire

Documentary look at the populist segregationist Gov. George Wallace. Friday, 10:15 a.m., Charles.

The Girl Next Door (w/Tell-Tale Vibrator)

Adult film star Stacy Valentine went from housewife to porn actress. Saturday, midnight, Charles . Sunday, 12:30 p.m., Charles.

Good Kurds, Bad Kurds

Independent journalist Kevin McKiernan explores the plight of Kurds in Turkey. (2000) Saturday, 4 p.m., Charles.

The Great Rock n' Roll Swindle

Rare screening of the original Sex Pistols documentary. (1980) Friday, 11 p.m., Charles. Sunday, 4 p.m., Charles.

I Am Cuba

Restored visionary film that romantically showcases the Communist revolution. (1964) Friday, 2:15 p.m., Charles. Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Charles.

The Initiate

Southern Gothic film noir. (2000) Friday, 8:15 p.m., Charles.

Kill by Inches

Cross David Lynch and the Brothers Grimm and you might come up with something as vivid and bizarre as this. (1999) Friday, 5:30 p.m., Charles. Saturday, 7 p.m., Charles.

King Gimp (w/A Whole New Day)

Academy Award-winning documentary about Baltimorean Dan Keplinger -- a young man with cerebral palsy -- who overcame numerous obstacles to become an artist.(1999) Thursday, 7 p.m., Senator.

Lawrence of Arabia

Restored 70 mm print of the David Lean classic. (1962) Saturday, 8 p.m., Senator.

The Long, Hot Summer

Artist Joyce Scott will be host for this classic starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. (1958) Friday, 2:15 p.m., Charles.

Long Night's Journey Into Day

Documentary about South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. (2000) Saturday, 11 a.m., Charles. Sunday, 4:30 p.m., Charles.


World premiere of debut feature from Towson University student Mike Flanagan. (2000) Friday, 7:15 p.m., Charles. Sunday, 3:30 p.m., Charles.

My Fair Lady

Why can't a woman be more like a man? Find out in this restored 70 mm classic. (1964) Saturday, 1 p.m., Senator.

The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me

American premiere. Baltimore native David Drake adapted his acclaimed one-man show to screen. (2000) Saturday, 9 p.m., Charles.

Omaha (the movie) (w/Endgame)

Off-beat comedy shot in Nebraska about a boy, his family, a girl, some Colombian jewel thieves, car chases and a really good haircut. (1995) Friday, 2:30 p.m., Charles. Saturday, noon, Charles.

One-Eyed Jacks

Marlon Brando directed only one feature film. This Western is it. (1961) Historian Taylor Branch will be host. Sunday, 10 a.m., Charles.


A low-key, darkly humorous farce by Henry Bromell starring William H. Macy and Neve Campbell. Friday, 11 a.m., Charles. Sunday, 7 p.m., Charles.

Paradise Lost 2

Directors Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger return to Robin Hood Hills to follow up their 1995 documentary. (2000) Saturday, 10 a.m., Charles.

Rosebud Presents

A showcase of award-winning short works by local film and video makers. (2000) Friday, 2 p.m., Charles.

The Scott and Gary Show (w/Obsessed With Jews)

A look back at the early days of local cable access. (2000) Saturday, 11:30 p.m., Charles.

Searching for Roger Taylor (w/Ladies and Gentlemen the Fabulous Stains: Behind the Movie)

After the success and excess of the '80s, Duran Duran keyboard player Roger Taylor retired from public life. This documentary attempts to track him down. (2000) Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Charles.

Shorts Program: Short Stories

Narrative shorts. Saturday, 9:45 p.m., Charles 3.

Shorts Program: Other Worlds

Shorts that go new places. Sunday, 4:45 p.m., Charles.

Shorts Program: A Real Barrel of Laughs

Comic shorts. Friday, 11:15 p.m., Charles.

A Sign From God (w/Falling off the Edge of the World)

Caveh is being evicted from his apartment, his girlfriend is leaving him, and he just crashed his car. ( 2000) Sunday, 3 p.m., Charles.


Restored 70 mm classic from director Stanley Kubrick. (1960) Sunday, 2 p.m., Senator.

Spring Forward

Ned Beatty and Liev Schreiber star in this character study. (1999) Sunday, 7 p.m., Charles.

This Is Cuba

Without permits, or permission, director Chris Hume shot interviews with people in the streets of Havana. (1995) Saturday, 10:15 a.m., Charles.


Restored print of the Andy Warhol-produced, Paul Morrissey-directed classic. (1970) Saturday, 11 p.m., Charles. Sunday, 1:30 p.m., Charles.

Trashmonster (w/Diet Pink Lemonade)

Cult classic from Baltimore's own Henry Turner about a series of murders, a bum detective and a monster made of trash. (1989) Saturday, 11:45 p.m., Charles.


Classic documentary about Black Woodstock features performances by Isaac Hayes and Richard Pryor. (1973) Friday, 7:45 p.m., Charles.

We Married Margo (w/Mutual Love Life)

Comedy, based on a true story about a pair of roommates who both share the same ex-wife. (2000) Saturday, 2:15 p.m., Charles .

Wilgus Stories

A compilation of three short films about Wilgus Collier (at 9, 14 and 23), adapted from Gurney Norman's book. (2000) Sunday, 5 p.m., Charles.

The Wizard of Oz

The children's classic has as host Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran. (1939) Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Charles.

Work in Progress: Barry's Gift

When Barry finds that he is endowed with the ability to restore life to the dead, he learns that his "gift" may do more harm than good. Friday, 11:30 p.m., Charles 3.

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