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MOVIE CHATTER

Honor-bound
Former NPR editor Tom Shepard has made it his mission to chronicle, through video, America's attitude toward homosexuals. He co-produced and edited "Camp Lavender Hill," a documentary about the first summer camp in America for children whose parents were gay. Now Shepard is coming to Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center to present his latest work, "Scout's Honor." The award-winning film explores the anti-gay policies of the Boy Scouts of America, and takes a look at the people who are working hard to overturn these prejudices. "Scout's Honor" centers on the experiences of a 13-year-old boy and a 70-year-old man -- both of whom are straight -- but it also includes interviews with homosexuals who recount their painful experiences. Meet Shepard and see his film at 8 p.m. Saturday in Hallwalls, 2495 Main St. Admission is $6. Call 835-7364.

Beyond Oktoberfest
"Bavaria and the Black Forest," which will be screened Saturday at Fredonia State College, isn't your everyday travel film. Filmmaker Fran Reidelberger probes behind the fairy tales and cuckoo clocks of southern Germany to show us the reality -- good and bad -- of the area. The college explains: "The filmmaker presents the fascinating dichotomy of the Bavarian people and their history without pause or prejudice, creating thumbnail sketches of the culture which created Goethe, Mozart and Einstein as well as 'Mad' King Ludwig II and the first Nazi concentration camp." We doubt that poor "Mad" Ludwig deserves to be mentioned as an evil along with concentration camps. But this sounds like an interesting film. Catch "Bavaria and the Black Forest" in Fredonia's King Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Call 673-3217.

Short subjects
Going to see "Hardball," the movie that stars Keanu Reeves as the coach of an inner-city Little League team? Keep your eyes open for Steve Abbott, '87 Williamsville South grad. Abbott plays the assistant coach of the opposing team. . . . Sunday, the classics series in the Market Arcade Film and Arts Center continues with "Le Mepris" ("Contempt"), the 1963 movie by Jean-Luc Godard. It's a film about filmmaking, and the part about the artist's crumbling marriage is said to have been based on Godard's own experiences. The movie will be shown at 3 p.m. Call 855-3022.

-- Mary Kunz

e-mail: mkunz@buffnews.com

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