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“The Baltimore Food Ecology Documentary,” Freedom Riders, and other screenings

February 3, 2011
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Freedom Riders

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future screens “The Baltimore Food Ecology Documentary,” the product of a class led by MICA faculty member Hugh Pocock, Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. in Sheldon Hall on the east Baltimore campus; it’s showing with “Out to Pasture: The Future of Farming?”.

MICA screens Stanley Nelson’s documentary Freedom Riders Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Brown Center’s Falvey Hall as part of the free film series organized in conjunction with the Narcissism of Minor Differences exhibition. Below is Andrea Appleton’s review from when the film appeared in the 2010 Maryland Film Festival:

In 1960, a Supreme Court decision ended segregation for public transportation passengers engaged in interstate travel. But only on paper: In the South, Jim Crow still prevailed. Then, in 1961, a group of brave activists–both black and white–decided to test the new ruling by taking a two-week bus trip through the South. Freedom Riders is the riveting account of what happened to them. The young activists began their journey expecting trouble; they even held simulated confrontations to practice non-violence. But nothing could have prepared them for the angry mobs that awaited them. They were badly beaten, repeatedly. One bus was burned, and many Riders were sent to Parchman Farm, Mississippi’s notorious state penitentiary. Yet the ride rolled on. The story is beautifully told, entirely through interviews, photographs, and news footage. Interviewees include historians, former politicians, and numerous Freedom Riders, including U.S. Congressman John Lewis. The film is deeply moving, evoking pride and shame in equal measure. Everyone should see it.

Mondo Baltimore continues its streak of the gloriously awful tonight with B-movie Z-movie auteur David A. Prior’s 1987 risible actioner Deadly Prey, about a Nam vet who gets to dust off his considerable survival skills when he’s turned into human target practice for a band of renegade mercs (no: not kidding). Prior is genuinely making a bid to be the Roger Corman of his generation—his 1989 Future Force starring David Carradine deserves seeking out, and with 1994′s Raw Justice he zeroed in on the absurd bad-acting comic potential of putting Pamela Anderson in noir-y plots (see: Barb Wire, V.I.P.)—and tonight’s screening is introduced by Clint Kelly’s presentation “David A. Prior: A Life in Pictures.” Hit the Windup Space by 7 p.m. to share in the fun.

Towson University starts up its spring 2011 free Saturday night anime series Feb. 5 with Steamboy, Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s 2004 steampunky story set in an alternative Victorian England. It starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium.

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