Viva el Cine Latino, a celebration of Hispanic culture organized by the Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs, kicks off tonight at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, with Julie Taymor's Frida (7 p.m.). The 2002 film earned Salma Hayek an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the iron-willed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. The festival continues through mid-October at the BMA and the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. Films include the Argentine/Spanish Historias Minimas (Sept. 22, BMA), Spain's Zoot Suit (Sept. 23, CA), Argentina's Valentin (Sept. 27, CA), Cuba's Guantanamera (Oct. 4, CA), Cuba's Suite Habana (Oct. 6, BMA), Spain's Flores de Otro Mundo (Oct. 11, CA) and Spain's Te Doy Mis Ojos (Oct. 13, BMA).
The films were selected by Eduardo Gonzalez, a professor of Latin American literature and cinema at the Johns Hopkins University, who says his primary goal was to showcase the diversity of Hispanic cinema - to remind audiences, for instance, that Spanish cinema is "more than just [Pedro] Almodovar." Discussions will follow each film. Information and tickets: 410-767-7425 or www.maryland hispanics.org.
Local filmmakers with the ability to work fast may want to consider this year's CAmm Slam, set to begin at 7 tonight at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. CAmm Slam challenges teams of moviemakers to make a short film (8 minutes or less) in 48 hours, incorporating a prop provided by event organizers. Registration for any remaining slots (the field is limited to 20) begins at 6 tonight. The cost is $65 per team. Information: 410-276-1651 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All films will be screened Sunday at the Senator, 5904 York Road, beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8; $6 for CA members.
A new round of silent films with live musical accompaniment begins Thursday night at the Creative Alliance, 3144 Eastern Ave., with a screening of actor John Barrymore's 1920 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Show times are 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Information: 410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org.
Robert K. Headley, author of Motion Picture Exhibition in Baltimore: An Illustrated History and Directory of Theatres 1895--2004, will be signing copies of his book from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Bengies Drive-In, 3417 Eastern Blvd. Information: 410-687-5627 or www.bengies.com.
Buster Keaton's 1927 The General will be the subject of this weekend's FilmTalk at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. Showtime in the library's Wheeler Auditorium is 10 a.m. tomorrow, with discussion to follow. Admission is free. Information: 410-396-5487 or www.pratt.lib.md.us/events.
Niall Johnson's Keeping Mum, a comedy about a man of the cloth so concerned with his flock that he doesn't realize his own family is crumbling, is this weekend's Cinema Sundays at the Charles offering. Showtime is 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., preceded by 45 minutes of no-extra-charge coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-3456 or thecharles.com.
Amnesty film festival
The second annual Amnesty International Film Festival runs through Sunday at the National Geographic Society's Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. N.W. in Washington. Tonight's offerings include The World According to Sesame Street (6:30 tonight), a documentary of the production of international versions of the much-loved children's show; and All About Darfur, offering citizens of Sudan the chance to talk about the ethnic prejudices ripping apart their country (8:30). Ticket prices range from $5 to $10. Complete schedule and tickets: 202-857-7700 or nationalgeographic.com/nglive.
Waging a Living: Opportunities for Action, a documentary look at three families struggling to make a living on the money brought in from low-wage jobs, will be shown at noon Tuesday at Baltimore's Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. Information: 410-234-8040.