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Description Of Memory

Posted 2/17/2010

DESCRIPTION OF A MEMORY MICA visiting artist Dan Geva's 2006 documentary is a response to Chris Marker's Description d'un Combat, a 1960 documentary about Israel that wove together text and still imagery. Screens Feb. 18 at MICA's Brown Center's Falvey Hall at 7:30 p.m.

FAVELA RHYTHMS and "City of Rhyme," two documentaries from directors Mari Gardner and Kurt Shaw, examine young people's lives and musical responses to life in the slums of Recife, Brazil. The docs screen as part of a fundraiser for Pé no Chão's City of Rhyme Music Collective. At the Creative Alliance at the Patterson Feb. 19 at 7 p.m .

MAGIC EYE FILM SERIES Matthew Porterfield curates this installment of the local experimental-qua-expanded cinema series, featuring works by Baltimore artists such as Kari Altmann, Kristen Anchor, Stephanie Barber, Mark Brown, Jenny Graf, Clarissa Gregory, Justin Kelly, Andrew Mausert-Mooney, Jimmy Joe Roche, Stan Vanderbeek, Fred Worden, and Karen Yaskinsky. Included in the evening is Paul Sharits' 1968 "T.O.U.C.H.I.N.G," featuring the late poet David Franks. At the Charles Theatre Feb. 22 at 9:30 p.m.

MY DEAR ENEMY South Korean director Lee Yoon-ki's 2008 deadpan comedy/drama follows a Seoul man (Jo Byeong-woon) as he reconnects with an ex (Kim Hee-su) at a racetrack, where she demands he repay a debt he's owed her for years. They spend a few days chasing down cash and avoiding their shared past. Screens Feb. 19 at Towson University's Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium at 7 p.m .

SHOOTING BEAUTY George Kachadorian's 2009 documentary follows his photographer wife Courtney Bent's photography project in which she gave cameras to the people with cerebral palsy to document their lives. Profound. Screens Feb. 18 at Towson University's Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m .

SHUTTER ISLAND Martin Scorsese directs Leonard DiCaprio in screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis' adaptation of Dennis Lehane's best seller about a U.S. marshall (DiCaprio) and his new partner (Mark Ruffalo) investigating a patient disappearance from a hospital for the criminally insane located on the titular island in 1954. Opens Feb. 19.

60 WRITERS/60 PLACES Writers-gone-filmmakers Michael Kimball and Luca Dipierro concoct another deceptively simple but fascinatingly rewarding movie experience with their second collaboration. The gist of 60 Writers/60 Places is spelled out in the title: 60 writers--from locals such as Blaster Al Ackerman, Jessica Anya Blau, and Laura Wexler to such up and coming literary minds as Blake Butler, Kim Chinquee, Nelly Reifler, and James Yeh--read a short selection of their work in some space. It's a curious concept that becomes this concatenating chain of ideas, moods, and tones as the movie moves through each successive writer. Some are funny, some are odd, some are precious, some are serious, some are borderline magical, and together this quasi-vérité document achieves what good fiction does: transports you through a series of scenes, places, people, and feelings purely through the power of words. (BM) At the Creative Alliance at the Patterson Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m .

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