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Final Free First Thursday Film at the Baltimore Museum of Art

August 4, 2008
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This week, the Baltimore Museum of Art hosts the last screening in its free First Thursdays film series. Curated by erstwhile City Paper contributor Eric Allen Hatch, the nearly 2-year-old series has consistently brought rarely seen and hard-to-find movies to Baltimore–from overlooked 1960s and ’70s fare such as Hal Ashby’s first directorial turn, The Landlord, a darkly comedic riff on race relations and gentrification, to contemporary international standouts like Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s gorgeous, narrative-subverting Syndromes and a Century.

Currently, there is something of an e-mail-writing campaign going on to save the series–fans are urged to contact the BMA’s programming department at programs@artbma.org. However, it is unlikely the series could soon be reinstated. According to BMA spokeswoman Anne Mannix, while there is a possibility the museum would host another film series, the next year of programming will be more closely related to the museum’s exhibits. “Like all nonprofits we have to make tough choices when it comes to our budget,” Mannix says over the phone. “We decided to really focus our programs, but we would very much like to continue showing film here and are committed to recognizing film as an art form.”

The series finale, Together, a 2000 satirical drama following the tribulations of a ’70s-era Swedish commune from director Lukas Moodysson, screens Aug. 7 at 8 p.m.

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