Hot on the heels of its stellar second edition, the Maryland Film Festival will sponsor a between-festivals event May 19.
"Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her," a romantic comedy directed by Rodrigo Garcia, will be shown at Johns Hopkins University's Shriver Hall at 7: 30 p.m.
Garcia, who will introduce the movie and answer questions afterward, will have just returned from the Cannes Film Festival, where the film is being shown.
The Baltimore screening is a homecoming of sorts for the project, which received crucial early funding from the Maryland Producers Club in 1998.
Garcia germinated the script while at the Sundance Filmmakers Laboratory and received $10,000 in a Producers Club of Maryland Fellowship, which is given yearly to help along promising films from the lab.
"Rodrigo didn't know where he'd go after the lab," recalled Jed Dietz, founder of the Producers Club and the Maryland Film Festival. "He didn't know if the script was any good."
After winning another $10,000 prize from the Japanese corporation NHK, Garcia continued to struggle with the project. Then he called Dietz.
"I'll never forget this call," said Dietz. "He said Glenn Close had agreed to take on the project, and I said, 'That's great.' And then he said, 'Yeah, and Holly Hunter's going to do a role. And Cameron Diaz.' And then he started listing this cast."
In addition to Close, Hunter and Diaz, "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her" features Camryn Manheim, Kathy Baker, Amy Brenneman and Calista Flockhart.
Admission is $8 ($2 for students). To purchase advance tickets, call 410-752-8083.
Sprucing up the Senator
If you walk up to the box office at the Senator Theatre next week, don't hyperventilate if you find it dark.
Owner Tom Kiefaber is shutting down the theater from Monday to Thursday to install a new screen, paint and otherwise fine-tune Baltimore's premiere movie showplace.
Plans for the weekend of May 19 have yet to be finalized, but with luck, a 70mm print of Tom Cruise in "Top Gun" could end up on the screen as a warm-up to the Senator's upcoming engagement of "Mission Impossible 2."
Watch this space for more details.
'Dogme' at the Charles
"Mifune -- Dogme 3," director Soren Kragh-Jacobsen's story of a Copenhagen yuppie forced to return to his family's dilapidated farm and care for his retarded brother, will be featured this weekend at Cinema Sundays at the Charles.
Kragh-Jacobsen directed the film using hand-held cameras and without artificial lighting, sets or sound. The film will be introduced by award-winning filmmaker Steve Yeager.
Doors open at 9: 45 a.m., snacks will be served, and the show begins at 10: 30 a.m. Individual tickets cost $15, with four-film mini-memberships available for $52.
'All That' at TU
Towson University's spring film series, "Comedies of Romance and Marriage," continues Monday with a free screening of Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook in "She's All That."
Show time is 7: 30 p.m. in the university's Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium. Call: 410-830-2787.
Maryland in the movies
"For Richer or Poorer," a 1997 comedy starring Kirstie Alley and Tim Allen as make-believe Amish, will be shown for free at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Western Maryland College Theater in Westminster.
The film is part of "Maryland Goes to the Movies," the free statewide film series sponsored by the Maryland Historical Society.
For more information, call 410-685-3750, ext. 321, or visit the series' Web site at www.mdhs.org.