The 2008 Towson University Student Media Arts Festival, showcasing the work of students in the school's media arts program, kicks off Monday with entries in the categories of Dance for the Camera, Documentary and Experimental. Other screenings are set for May 1 (TV Shows, News, PSA/Commercials/Trailers/Shorts, Corporate Video, Music Video and Digi-Post), May 2 (Narrative) and May 5 (Directing, Social Issues and Audio Documentary). Entries are judged each night, and the winners will be shown during a best-of screening set for May 10. Screenings begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Van Bokkelen Hall on the school's Towson campus, 8000 York Road. Admission is free. Information: 410-704-3755 or pages.towson .edu/faller/MAFHome Page.html.
More student films
More of the best work of the Baltimore area's student filmmakers will be screened during tonight's CAmm College Film/Video Bake Off, set for 8 p.m. at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., in the old Patterson Theatre. Audience members will pick the best entries in the fields of narrative, documentaries, animation and avant-garde, with cash prizes being awarded. Lots of good food, too. Tickets are $7, $5 for alliance members. Information: 410-276-1651 or creativealliance .org.
Alfred Hitchcock retreads himself in this weekend's entry in the Charles Theatre's Hitchcock retrospective, 1956's The Man Who Knew Too Much, a remake of his 1934 British film centering on a family that unwittingly gets drawn into a political assassination plot. The more elaborate U.S. version stars Jimmy Stewart as an American tourist who hears a dying man's last words, revealing details of a planned act of political terror; Doris Day as his surprisingly resilient wife, and Christopher Olsen as their kidnapped son, whose fate depends on his father keeping his mouth shut. The film's climax, set in London's Royal Albert Hall and centering on the clash of a cymbal, is one of Hitchcock's signature exercises in film suspense. Showtime is noon tomorrow, with encores set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-3456 or thecharles.com.
Young@Heart, documentary filmmaker Stephen Walker's visit with a group of geriatric rock and rollers who cover songs by everybody from James Brown and David Bowie to the Clash and Coldplay, is this weekend's scheduled Cinema Sundays offering. Showtime is set for 10:35 a.m. Sunday at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., preceded by 50 minutes of no-additional-charge coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15. Information: cinemasundays.com or 410-727-3456.
Filmfest DC, running through May 3 at venues throughout Washington, features works from more than 30 countries. This year's festival focuses on political films and new Latin American cinema. Today's offerings include pioneering punk rocker Patti Smith introducing her new film, Patti Smith: Dream of Life, 9:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. N.W. Also tonight: Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi's Heavy Metal In Baghdad (9 p.m. at Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. N.W.), featuring the band Acrassicauda and its anachronistic attempts to carve out a place for anarchic heavy-metal music in Iraq. For ticket information and a full festival schedule: filmfestdc.org or 202-628-3456.