Sunday, April 26, 2009

Donovan Film Schedule

Donovan Films Schedule

Theater on the 2nd Floor
4321 Harford Rd
Lauraville 21214

Films start at 7:00
For more information, please contact Chris Muldowny

Saturday, May 9th, Mildred Pearce (1945) Joan Crawford, In honor of Mother's Day

Saturday, June 13,
Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945), Edward G. Robinson, Agnes Moorhead, In honor of Father's Day

Saturday, July 18, Cinema Paradiso (1988), Philippe Noiret, Antonella Attili, Summer under the Stars

9/12/09 Ninotchka; 10/24/09: The Spiral Staircase; 11/21/09 Pillow Talk; 12/5/09 Meet Me in St. Louis; 1/17/10 Murder, My Sweet; 2/13/10 The Prisoner of Zenda; 3/20/10 Top Hat; 4/17/10 The Petrified Forest; 5/8/10 The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio; 6/12/10 The Bicycle Thief

About the Donovan Fund Film Festival, from the Urbanite

Chris Muldowney has lived in the Lauraville neighborhood of northeast Baltimore for the last twenty-four years. She greets by name just about everyone who walks through the door of Red Canoe Bookstore and Café, where she’s sipping tea from a red mug on a sunny fall morning. During the week, Muldowney helps fixed-income seniors as a caseworker for Family and Children’s Services (FCS) of Central Maryland, a private nonprofit that since 1849 has nimbly and creatively acted to help children, families, and the elderly live, as Muldowney puts it, “in a humane way.” On the weekends, she turns her attention to Lauraville, where she’s helped with cleanups and rallied support for closing a notorious local bar. “You don’t have to just accept things as they are,” she says. “You can make them different.”
Muldowney’s latest success story is the Donovan Fund, created in the memory of two FCS clients, sisters Eleanor and Anne Donovan, who lived together in a small apartment near Johns Hopkins University. The sisters had no other family and relied on FCS for transportation to medical appointments and help with groceries. When Eleanor passed away in 2004, less than a year after Anne, she left behind a signed photograph of silent film star Ramón Novarro—and a humble bequest to FCS of $500.

Moved by the photo and the gift, Muldowney started a donation-only film series to benefit clients such as the Donovans, who often end up on waiting lists for city services. Held in the back room of [former] sweets shop Rock Candy at 4321 Harford Road [second floor], the monthly series consists of vintage and recent Hollywood releases, such as the 1937 Cary Grant comedy,
The Awful Truth (scheduled for January 17). Attendees range from twentysomethings on up, and Stevenson University assistant film and video professor Christopher Llewellyn Reed leads casual post-viewing discussions.

Harford Road businesses have rallied around Muldowney’s cause, which has netted nearly $20,000 to date and assists between seventy-five and a hundred seniors each year. The Chameleon Café offers discounts to movie ticket holders. When Rock Candy temporarily closed during renovations, Will’s Hairstyling Shop held a fundraiser. And Grind On Café often serves dessert to moviegoers after hours. As Muldowney says, “It’s really neighbors helping neighbors.”

—Marianne K. Amoss Urbanit

The Donovan Fund has been used in the past month for plumbing repairs (2), emergency food (2 different clients) and a birthday cake was purchased to celebrate a senior’s 100th birthday.