Hill alive with 'Sound of Music'

The Baltimore Sun

Flicks From the Hill, a free outdoor film series sponsored by the American Visionary Art Museum, opens Thursday with Robert Wise's 1965 adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and a cast of youngsters. For a time, the film was the biggest cinematic moneymaker of all time. Showtime is 9 p.m., and films are viewable from Federal Hill. On film nights, admission to the museum, at 800 Key Highway, is free from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. The series runs weekly through Aug. 7. Information: avam.org or 410-244-1900.

48 Hour Film Project

The results of this year's Baltimore 48 Hour Film Project, in which teams of amateur filmmakers were given 48 hours to make a film using a common prop, pair of characters and line of dialogue ("You know, I was thinking the same thing"), will be screened Tuesday and Wednesday at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. The 48 films, broken into four groups of 12 each, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $8. Information, including a list of whose films are playing when: 48hourfilm.com/baltimore.

Hitchcock series

With only one week left to go in its exhaustive Alfred Hitchcock retrospective, the Charles Theatre this weekend offers 1972's Frenzy, the great director's penultimate film and the latest one, chronologically, to be shown as part of the series (which ends next weekend with 1959's North by Northwest). Frenzy stars Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Anna Massey and Barbara Leigh-Hunt as various role players in the search for London's notorious "necktie killer," so named for the way in which he dispatches his victims. Showtime is noon tomorrow at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., 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 the charles.com.

Movies at the library

Chinese Super Ninjas, a tale of vengeance among rival clans from Hong Kong's legendary Shaw Brothers studio, will be shown at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the Wheeler Auditorium of the Enoch Pratt Free Library's central branch, 400 Cathedral St., as part of a series called Rare Reels: The Best Films You've Never Seen. Admission is free.

Also at the Pratt tomorrow is Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), with Jimmy Stewart as an idealistic rube chosen to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat, with results that surprise even him. The free showing is this month's entry in the Film Talk film and discussion group. Showtime is 10 a.m. in the Wheeler Auditorium, with spirited discussion sure to follow. Information: 410-396-5430 or pratt library.org/calendar.

Eccentric in the city

Documentaries featuring some of Baltimore's most legendary eccentric characters will be shown for free tomorrow at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Southeast Anchor branch, 3601 Eastern Ave. On the schedule: Love Letter to Edie (1975), a tribute to Fells Point's Edith Massey, a singular merchant and frequent star of John Waters' films; My Ethnic Neighborhood (1976), a discussion of life in East Baltimore with Barbara A. Mikulski; and The Great Dantini (1968), a visit with the magician, pigeon enthusiast and civic legend. Showtime is 3 p.m. Information: 410-396-1580 or prattlibrary.org/calendar.

Silverdocs fest

Silverdocs, the annual documentary film festival sponsored by the American Film Institute and the Discovery Channel, opens Monday with a screening of Adrian Wills' new documentary, All Together Now. This chronicle of Cirque de Soleil's Love, an acrobatic tribute to the music of The Beatles, includes interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Linda Harrison. Tickets to the film and post-film gala are $50. Silverdocs continues through June 23. Offerings include the 2008 Guggenheim Symposium, a discussion with director Spike Lee (7 p.m. Thursday) and screenings of three Lee films: 2006's When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (10 a.m. Thursday), and a double feature of 4 Little Girls and We Wuz Robbed (1:30 p.m. Wednesday). Over the course of its 10-day run at Silver Spring's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, the festival will screen 108 films representing 63 countries. Information, including a full schedule and ticket details: silverdocs.com.


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