Take One: They're in business to make money, regardless of my life . . . their one priority will still be money. -- From the documentary "Song of the Canary"

That was also among the priorities at last night's Film Fund party held at Maxine's restaurant in Georgetown Park -- raising money to promote the work of The Film Fund Inc. It's an association devoted to assisting independent filmmakers, distributors and community organizers in the production and use of media for social change.

Clips from two documentaries the group recently funded -- "The Atomic Cafe'" and "Song of the Canary" -- were shown to a gathering of about 100. The crowd frequented an open bar served by tenders in jeans and open shirts with carnations pinned at the neck and sampled a silver-chafing-dish buffet of chicken curry, poached pears and pa te'.

Take Two: All over the country, more and more people are becoming sick on their jobs. -- From "Song of the Canary"

The seven-minute color clip from "Canary" rolled on about pesticides and chemical company hazards, with the buzz of shoppers in the background. Guests at the party included Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), D.C. Arts Commission Chairman Peggy Cooper Cafritz and her husband, Conrad, and theater owner David Levy.

"We don't want to take second place, said Effi Barry, wife of the mayor. "Washington wants to be on par with L.A. and New York."

Take Three: Atomic Cafe', Atomic Cab, Atomic Cocktail -- Flashing signs in "The Atomic Cafe'"

"Atomic Cafe''s" black and white scenes of the '50s and '60s switch to color -- like "The Wizard of Oz" -- in time for the latest mushroom clouds.

After the films, one of the evening's hosts, Anne Zill, addressed the crowd:

"I want to tell you why you're all here. Ronald Reagan was very important in films in the '30s. He was in television in the '40s and '50s. He's not relevant now. He's not going to save you.

"Who will give me $100,000?"

A man in the crowd: "I'll give it to you -- a check for $100, that is."

Take Four: Richard Nixon ringing a bell on the Capitol steps: "This is a tribute to Mental Health Week," he told a cheering crowd.

-- From "The Atomic Cafe'"

"Film documentaries are important," said Levy.

"I mean, a lot of people don't read Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky -- but does that mean they shouldn't have written books?