THE WASHINGTON chapter of the International Animated Film Association will present an offshoot of Hiroshima '85, the first international animation festival in Japan, Friday at 7:30 p.m. at American University's film theater on the third floor of the Mary Graydon Center. The presentation will feature animated works keyed around the themes of peace and brotherhood, among them the John and Faith Hubley films The Hat and The Hole (which won an Oscar in 1962) and the Disney titles Ferdinand the Bull and The Reluctant Dragon. Admission is free. For further information, call 684-1050.
That summer-long MGM festival at the Circle Theater continues with a double bill of John Schlesinger's Far From the Madding Crowd and Mutiny on the Bounty (the Gable- Laughton version through Saturday; 35mm prints of Gone With the Wind and Dr. Zhivago will close out the festival Sunday and Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
Featured at the American Film Institute Theater this weekend is a rare rock bill of Claude Whatham's That'll Be the Day (1974) and Michael Apted's Stardust (1975), which together tell the story of a John Lennon-type rocker named Jim MacLaine, who begins as a lower class worker and ends up as a major star.
In addition to David Essex as MacLaine, the all-star cast of the original includes Ringo Starr, Billy Fury and Keith Moon. The sequel features Adam Faith, Larry Hagman and Dave Edmunds. Showtimes are Saturday at 8:15 and Sunday at 5:30.
The Film Actors' Workshop of Washington will start the audition-interview process for its new round of introductory classes on Monday. The screening process will proceed through September 12, at which time three separate 10-week classes (gradated by experience) will begin. The first will begin September 16, the second on the 18th and the third on the 19th. Each class is three hours long; registration will be limited to 12 per class. The cost is $255.35 (the odd figure resulting from the Maryland state tax on the textbooks). Each class will be held at the group's new office at 15 West Montgomery Lane in Rockville. To register, call 762-1164 or write P.O. Box 8670, Rockville, MD 20856.
Open University is presenting Career Opportunities in Television and Film on Tuesday from 8 to 10 p.m. Led by producer Gene Miller and cinematographer/animator Bob Starbird, the course promises a discussion of entry-level positions and long-term prospects. Cost is $14; advance reservations are required. The course will be held in the Cleveland Park area. To sign up, call 966-9606.
Since last Friday, audiences at any of the eight Circle theaters showing Back to the Future have had a special unannounced treat: A 35mm blowup of that gleefully giddy video of Mick Jagger and David Bowie singing Martha Reeves and the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street" has been preceding the feature. Although it won't break wide in some 5,000 movie houses across the country until this Friday, the video (the one you saw on Live Aid) was made available to the Circle organization a week early by Music Motions, an 18- month-old New York-based company that distributes music videos to theatrical exhibitors.
Underwritten by Eastman Kodak, the nearly three-minute video (which was produced in a single 12-hour period and co-directed by David Mallet and Bowie) is preceded by a montage of images from the Live Aid shows and immediately followed by a telephone number for donations to the ongoing famine relief program.
While the video will not be available at all Circle screens, starting this weekend company officials expect 54 copies of the message to be working exclusively at Circle theaters and Showcase theaters, which are run by the Circle organization. (They'll probably play through the middle of September). For more information, call the Circle at 331-7471.
According to the Washington-Based Motion Picture Information Service, the area's 10 top- grossing pictures for the week ending August 15 were, in descending order, Back to the Future (staying at 18 screens in week six); Pee- wee's Big Adventure (a strong debut at 16 houses); Summer Rental (in its first week on 15 screens); Silverado (slipping from 17 to 16 houses in its fifth week); Fright Night (holding on 17 screens in week two); National Lampoon's European Vacation (staying on at 18 houses in its third week); Real Genius (debuting at 13 screens); Weird Science (gaining a house to 15 in week two); Cocoon (moving from 14 to 8 screens in two months of release); and The Black Cauldron (down from 13 to 11 houses in its third week).
In international production news (culled from various trade papers): Andrzej Wajda has finished principal photography on his 26th feature, Notes of Love, in Warsaw. His first Polish feature in four years, it will probably be his last in that country, according to a Swedish press report .
PAGES OF FILM HISTORY -- Happy birthday this date to Gene Kelly, Vera Miles, Barbara Eden and Sonny Jurgensen. It's also the 20th anniversary of the release of "Help!", the Beatles' second film. Rudolph Valentino died on this date in 1926.
Among those celebrating birthdays Sunday are Ruby Keeler, Van Johnson, Mel Ferrer, Leonard Bernstein, George Wallace, Monty Hall, Sean Connery and rocker-turned-actor Gene Simmons.
Eddie Cockrell is a freelance film consultant and teacher. His "Insights on Film" is heard Mondays at 5:30 p.m. on WGMS AM & FM.