SCORE ONE for D.C. at the Academy Awards ceremony and call it "Oscar Comes to Washington." Local film-makers Marjorie Hunt and Paul Wagner walked away with the award for Best Documentary Short Subject for their film, "The Stone Carvers." Their prizewinner is a sensitive look at the artisans who have worked for years carving the statues and gargoyles at the Washington Cathedral.
The Hunt-Wagner team received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, which also was honored at the Academy's proceedings, and from the D.C. Community Humanities Council and the Cafritz Foundation. You will shortly have another chance to see their film and the work going on at the Cathedral. "The Stone Carvers" is to be shown on WETA-Channel 26 on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday at 11 p.m.
We take the occasion to observe that many other film-makers are either based in Washington or are on location here. They are turning the town into something of a Hollywood on the Potomac. It's good municipal business too. Local officials, who have actively pursued movie-makers and sold them on Washington, report that this city is now the third biggest film center in the country, behind Hollywood and New York. Last year, by their tally, the District of Columbia took in some $25.7 million in revenue from film and television productions. Ten features, many TV shows and a number of commercials were done here -- and city hall says '85 is looking good too.