The Black Film Institute has resumed programing with Thursday and Friday showings in a festival of recent independent features and shorts called BLACK ON BLACK. The free programs, which started this week, are at 7:30 in Room A03 of Building 41, the Van Neas Campus of the University of the District of Columbia. The Institute is also preparing SCREENWRITING WORKSHOPS in the near future. Interested applicants may obtain detailed information by calling 727-2396 or writing the Institute care of UDC, Carnegie Building, Eighth Street and Mt. Vernon Place NW.
Gillian Armstrong's STARSTRUCK gets a sneak preview at the Key next Friday and then opens a regular engagement a week later. Universal has rented the Key for the next two weeks as part of its curiously limited exposure of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, which is being tested simultaneously as a pay-TV attraction in areas hooked up for pay-per-view systems. Despite its perfectly reputable pedigree, the film has not been press-screened. It gets a splashy extra send-off here, of course, at a Kennedy Center gala on Sunday honoring producer Joseph Papp as the third recipient of the Richard L. Coe Award. After playing now-you-see-it-now-you-don't with the Australian import THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER for several weeks, 20th Century-Fox seems committed to a February 25 opening date in the Washington market.The Circle also has moved up the opening date of the Hungarian import TIME STANDS STILL to the 25th at the best available auditorium, presumably to take quicker advantage of a probable Oscar nomination. MOONLIGHTING, a British production by the Polish emigre Jerzy Skolimowski, which launched the AFI's current European Economic Community series, is in the wings at the Outer Circle. It could also open as soon as the 25th if either "The Personals" or "The Verdict" shows signs of fading. As previously announced, NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS and HANNA remain firm for the same day at the K-B Janus and Fine Arts, respectively.
Some rare attractions, old and new, may be found at a free series of French films scheduled for Monday evenings at 8 on the Rockville campus of Montgomery College. Programed by the Department of Modern Foreign Languages, the series opens February 28 with Alain Tanner's LE DESERT DES TARTARES and includes Albert Lamorisse's VOYAGE EN BALLON, Abel Gance's 1939 romantic drama PARADIS PERDU and the Jean Gremillon-Jacques Prevert classic LUMERE D'ETE, the Prevert script that preceded "Children of Paradise" and is generally regarded as the next most important French production completed during the German occupation. The general public is invited, and the site is Room 18 of the Humanities Building.