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Date: November 3,  2003 (03-88)
Contacts: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952; Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970

National Illustrators Go to the Movies with “Favorite Flix”
Art Exhibit Comes to Montgomery College Nov. 15 – Dec. 15  

        “Chick flick” or “macho movie?”  Is there a difference between what a woman wants to see on the silver screen and what a man wants?  If given a choice, would men and women choose the same favorite films or ones that are very different?  Seventy illustrators try to answer these questions and more in the exhibit, “Favorite Flix,” opening Nov. 15 at Montgomery College’s Visual Communications Technologies (VCT) Gallery, Technical Center building, Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville.

“Favorite Flix,” an exhibit of 60 works from the Society of Illustrators, is complemented by pieces from local illustrators in the Montgomery College exhibit.  The illustrators all had the same, open-ended assignment—to illustrate a scene from their all-time, favorite movie—but tackled the assignment in a variety of ways, using mediums ranging from pencil to digital.

The illustrators selected classic movies, such as To Kill a Mockingbird and Citizen Kane; contemporary films like The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers; and the unusual, The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant.  “Favorite Flix” gives people a chance to reflect on the films that truly impacted their lives and see if there really is a battle of the sexes when it comes to celluloid.    

            An opening reception for “Favorite Flix” will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 7-10 p.m., in the VCT Gallery.  Saturday matinee-type refreshments will be served.  The highlight of the reception will be a special presentation by one of Washington’s liveliest film critics, Willie Waffle, at 8 p.m.  Waffle will talk about reviewing films, movie trivia, and more.  He is a regular guest on WMAL AM 630’s “The David Burd Show” and Fox 5 TV’s “Fox 5 Morning News.”  In addition to his local work, Waffle’s reviews can be read online at WaffleMovies.com or in his book, “Back Shelf Beauties: Movies You Should Rent When the New Stuff is Gone.” 

            Gallery hours for the “Favorite Flix” exhibit, November 15 – December 15, will be Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  “Favorite Flix” is jointly sponsored by the Montgomery College Department of Visual Communications Technologies, private donors, and the Illustrators Club of Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. 

            For more information about “Favorite Flix” or the Visual Communications Technologies Department at Montgomery College, contact Professor Dan Voss at 240-567-7521 or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/departments/vctdept.

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