City-related cinema fest launches with 1982's 'Diner'

The Baltimore Sun

"Film Baltimore," a seven-week series of films made in and about Charm City, kicks off Thursday with that most Bawlmer of films, Barry Levinson's 1982 Diner. Steve Guttenberg, Paul Reiser, Mickey Rourke, Daniel Stern, Kevin Bacon and Timothy Daly star as a group of friends hesitant to leave the joys of adolescent camaraderie behind. Chip Silverman, one of the "diner guys" who inspired the film, will host the festival. Showtime is 8 p.m. in the University of Baltimore's Performing Arts Theatre, in the student center at 21 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $5, $2 for students. Information: 410-837-4053 or

Tribute to film noir

The Charles Theatre's salute to the seedy pleasures of film noir continues tomorrow with Jacques Tourneur's 1947 Out of the Past. Robert Mitchum stars as a private eye hired to find a gangster's moll (Jane Greer) who's made off with $40,000. He finds her, then decides having her is worth more than $40,000. Bad call. Kirk Douglas and Rhonda Fleming also star. The film was remade in 1984 as Against All Odds, with Jeff Bridges and Rachel Ward. Showtime at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., is noon tomorrow, with encores set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-FILM.

Silverdocs highlights

Silverdocs, the American Film Institute and Discovery Channel's annual salute to the best in documentary filmmaking, runs through Sunday at the AFI's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. This weekend's potential highlights include Tony Kaye's Lake of Fire (11:15 a.m. today), a history of the struggle over abortion; AJ Schnack's Kurt Cobain About a Son (10:15 p.m. today), featuring tapes in which the late singer tells his own story; Richard Talbot's Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women (9:15 p.m. Saturday), with comedians Judy Gold, Cory Kahaney, Jackie Hoffman and Jessica Kirson discussing their comedic influences; and John and Brad Hennegan's The First Saturday In May (5:30 p.m. Sunday), a history of the Kentucky Derby. Tickets are $10 per film, $8 for students and AFI members. Schedule and ticket information: 301-495-6776.

'Voices of Refuge'

The Creative Alliance commemorates World Refugee Day tonight with "Voices of Refuge," a program including two short documentaries: Rising Up: The Alams, a look at immigrant backlash after Sept. 11, and selections from On One Field: Patterson Park, a documentary-in-the-works about refugees playing soccer. In addition to the films, discussions will be led by Courtland Robinson of the Hopkins Center for Refugee and Disaster Response and Bob Carey of the International Rescue Committee Baltimore. The program starts at 8 p.m. at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Tickets are $8, $6 for students and alliance members. Information: 410-276-1651.

Scorsese Celebration

A free series devoted to the films of Martin Scorsese continues Wednesday. After Hours (1985) features an unsuspecting Griffin Dunne getting a nightmare tour of some of the more unconventional aspects of New York's Greenwich Village. Showtime is 7:15 p.m. in the Preclinical Teaching Building, 725 N. Wolfe St. Free coffee and cookies are included with the series, which is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Office of Cultural Affairs. The series concludes June 27 with 1973's Mean Streets. Information: 410-955-3363 or

Outdoor Movie Action

Belvedere Square is hosting the 2nd Annual Action at the Square Outdoor Movie Series.

Beginning tomorrow (and every third Saturday through August at 8:30 p.m.), the square will take out the big screen for a free concert film.

Jimmy Buffett's Live at Wrigley Field in Chicago will be shown tomorrow; Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out in honor of the group's appearance at the Virgin Festival, July 21; and Bruce Springsteen - Live in Dublin, Aug. 18

The free screenings will take place in the parking lot, York Road and Belvedere Avenue. Movies will be canceled if it rains.

For more information, call 410-534-BELV.

In the June 15 Movies Today section, the director of Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women was misidentified. The director is Rachel Talbot.The Sun regrets the error.
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