Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Festival seeks filmmakers

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Aspiring filmmakers interested in showing their work at the sixth-annual Takoma Park Film Festival are asked to send their work in for consideration.

Entries from any genre will be accepted, and filmmakers will be eligible for prizes. Films of particular interest to festival organizers are movies that would appeal to the progressive Takoma Park community, or that deal with a special side program this year themed ‘‘displeasure.”

Agnés Moon, the festival director and filmmaker, said the theme came after talks with others who have had the experience of having their work rejected by mainstream film festivals.

‘‘We were talking about how digital media has perhaps shortened people’s attention spans, and how people don’t appreciate, or even cultivate, more difficult films,” she said. ‘‘I’m sensitive to the filmmaker whose work isn’t immediately engaging in a way that’s very familiar to the viewer.”

Filmmakers can submit videos or DVDs with a completed entry form, a self-addressed, stamped envelope if they would like their work returned, and a stamped postcard for receipt of notification if desired to: Takoma Park Film Festival, C⁄O Takoma Park Maryland Library, 101 Philadelphia Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912. Notification will take place by mid-October.

Films can be submitted until Sept. 1. The festival will be held in mid-November. Entry forms are available at www.takomaparkfilmfestival.org. Call Moon at 301-770-7281.

Silver Spring resident biking across country this summer

Silver Spring resident Jennifer Breads is one of 27 students and recent graduates of Johns Hopkins University participating in a 4,000-mile coast-to-coast bicycle journey known as Hopkins 4K for Cancer. The journey began Memorial Day weekend and will end on July 29 at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

The students are cycling across the country to raise money and promote a healthy lifestyle. Along the way, they are stopping for service projects, volunteering with community groups in honor of their friends and loved ones affected by the disease.

To date, this year’s fundraising effort has netted more than $95,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, a residence for out-of-town cancer patients seeking treatment at Baltimore hospitals. Since the first trip in 2002, the students have raised $300,000 for cancer charities.

Breads earned a bachelor’s degree May 16 from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

‘Flumpa’ returnsto Silver Spring

Wendy Whitten, ‘‘The Singing Scientist,” will return to the Silver Spring area with Flumpa the Tree Frog 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. today at Downtown Silver Spring Tots, 916 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, for a free show with music, science, fitness and fun. Call 301-587-0867. The duo also will perform 7 p.m. today at Wheaton Regional Park, 2000 Shorefield Road in Wheaton. Call 240-777-6828.

Blair alum published author

Emily Gould, a 1999 graduate of Montgomery Blair High School, is the co-author of a young adult novel titled ‘‘Hex Education,” published by Penguin Razorbill and now available in stores and online.

Learning center holdsyard sale fund-raiser

Silver Spring-based Spring Knolls Cooperative Early Learning Center will have a multifamily yard sale to benefit the school scholarship fund 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday rain or shine at 1702 Noyes Lane, Silver Spring in the Woodside neighborhood.

Help fund ‘‘Colesville” signs

The Greater Colesville Citizens Association has started a fundraiser to buy two additional welcoming signs for the community. The signs would be placed in the 500 block of Randolph Road and at the intersection of Randolph and Clifton roads.

The new signs would be similar to the two that have been on New Hampshire Avenue for more than two years, said Dave Michaels, a GCCA member and immediate past president. ‘‘Overall, the response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive,” he said.

Together, the four signs will help define Colesville’s boundaries, serve as landmarks for residents and businesses boost the community’s identity, he said.

It is projected to cost $20,000 over the next three years to buy and install the new signs and insure and maintain all four signs. The group would like to have the signs in place by the end of the year. Donations can be addressed to ‘‘GCCA – Sign,” P.O. Box 4087, Colesville, MD 20914. Residents with questions or wanting more information can call Dave Michaels of the GCCA at 301-622-1805 or e-mail mailbits@bigfoot.com.

Residents performat Fringe Festival

Silver Spring resident Diana Tokaji will present ‘‘Tokaji: Works for the Living” at the Capital Fringe Festival July 20-29. Tokaji and her collaborators speak with dance, words, sign language and song. She will perform with opera singer Chinwe Enu, 17-year-old saxophonist Elijah Balbed, bassist David Jernigan and singer Annie Johnstone. Performances will be held at the Warehouse Downtown Arts Complex’s main stage, 1021 7th St. NW. Performances are 7 p.m. July 20, noon July 22, 5 p.m. July 28 and 2 p.m. July 29. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.capfringe.org or by calling 866-811-4111. They also can be purchased at the door.

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