Small bets for big-screen buffs

January 27, 2005|by ANDREA ROWLAND
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CinemArts Executive Director Chalkley said he and fellow film fan Campbell, director of programming, served on the movie committee at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick before deciding to launch their own film-based organization.

"We wanted to be sort of community-based, and we wanted to encourage more appreciation of film by showing such a broad mix of movies," Chalkley said. "We're trying to focus on things that have never played in the area. Most people in Frederick, in Hagerstown have to drive down to the cities to see some of the movies we show."

CinemArts presents films every other Tuesday evening at the Cultural Arts Center, 15 W. Patrick St. in Frederick. Admission costs $5, and concessions are available. Since opening in May 2004 with "Girl with a Pearl Earring," the nonprofit organization has screened movies including "El Mariachi," "Lost in Translation," "Whale Rider," "Super Size Me," "Osama" and "The Triplettes of Belleville." CinemArts shows classic films and newer releases, foreign films and domestic favorites. There are offerings for sci-fi junkies and thriller-seekers, animation buffs and music lovers.


Chalkley said films are scheduled only three months in advance to "keep it fresh." CinemArts strives to show one music-related film and one foreign film every quarter, he said. A Shakespeare festival is in the planning stages. And CinemArts hopes to team up with organizers of the annual Frederick Film Festival to bring film fest winners to the big screen at the Cultural Arts Center, Chalkley said.

CinemArts recently showed local filmmaker Pepi Singh Khara's "Far From India" to raise money for the Asian tsunami disaster relief effort. Proceeds from the event tallied about $200 - enough for two families for one year, Chalkley said.

"We figured we made a little bit of a difference," he said.

High Street Film Festival, featuring the work of local filmmakers and videographers

Saturday, Jan. 29

7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Shepherd University's Reynolds Hall

King Street, Shepherdstown, W.Va.


On the Web at


Cultural Arts Center

15 W. Patrick St.

Frederick, Md.

For more information, go to on the Web.

Admission costs $5. Tickets available online until noon the day of the show; a 50-cent fee is added to online ticket purchases.

· "Eric's Film Oddities II"

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8

· "The Station Agent" (2003)

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22

· "Ringu" (1998) - Japanese original version of "The Ring" (2004)

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8

· "Ed Wood" (1994) and "Plan 9 From Outer Space" (1959)

7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22

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