Main Event: Double Trouble Get Guide September/October 2014

By Jessica Bizik



“Husband/wife filmmaking duo Bodine and Alexis Boling struggled shooting their smart and tender sci-fi thriller, “Movement + Location,” which scored the coveted Audience Award for best feature at this year’s Brooklyn Film Festival. During the 18-day February shoot, they endured a blizzard, two fires (no, they weren’t responsible), several near-misses getting run over by a van (yep, they were responsible) and a violent attack by an intoxicated homeless gentleman. “The thing about filmmaking, it’s so horrendously difficult, it forces you to operate on this [superhuman] level that becomes really inspiring and fun,” says Eastern Shore-raised Bodine, who will co-present the film with her hubby at the Chesapeake Film Festival, running Sept. 19 to 21 at the historic Avalon Theatre in Easton. Other highlights: “It’s a Disaster” (a fast-paced ensemble comedy starring Julia Stiles and David Cross), “Nightlights” (a touching drama about a young woman who cares for her twin brother with severe autism) and the documentary “SPAT: Bring Back Oysters to the Chesapeake Bay.” Rumor has it environmentally minded actor Mark Ruffalo may make an appearance. We’ll be camping out at the Tidewater Inn just in case. chesapeakefilmfestival.com

 

Picture This: Golden Rule

“I see these people as wonderful spiritual beings—and I’m not sure black people are used to seeing themselves that way.” Painter Stephen Towns stands in front of a clutch of his latest works, reflecting on why he’s painted so many portraits with brilliant, gold-leaf halos around his subjects’ heads. “I’ve also been influenced by medieval altarpieces,” he adds, saying he learned about them while majoring in art at the University of South Carolina. Having moved to Baltimore five years ago, Towns is hosting his first major solo show at Gallery CA in the newly renovated City Arts Building in Greenmount West. Called “Co-Patriot,” the show examines the complicated relationship black people in America have had with the country and its history. The 34-year-old Towns says his eyes have been opened recently by literature, including Solomon Northup’s “Twelve Years a Slave” and Harriet Ann Jacobs’ “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.” As a child, he says, he had questions he couldn’t answer: “Why am I poor? Why am I not
educated? Why is life unfair?” When he heard the term “networking,” he didn’t understand it. “But these things are social constructs,” he says. “Reading those books helped me understand that. It made me less angry about American history because now I understand.” Through Sept. 12. 440 E. Oliver Street, galleryca.org. galleryca.org
—Lisa Simeone

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