After winning the 2012 Zombie Shorts Film Festival with their entry The Other Side, Orchard Place Productions decided to expand the concept into what would become their debut feature film. Made on a budget of $50,000, the resulting horror indie premiered last October at Latitude 360. On Nov. 25th, the film returns to the venue for a new screening event.
Based off a script by Chris Niespodzianski, who directed the film with Ray Mongelli, The Other Side takes place in Elkwood, PA, a small, unassuming town that becomes overrun by the undead. Amidst the chaos, Chris (Chad Conley) must search for his missing wife, Ash (Christine Starkey), and protect his daughter, Cami (Michelle Coben). But as people go missing, and lives are forever changed, the survivors soon discover a haunting truth behind the zombie apocalypse.
The Other Side screening will take place at 7 p.m. in the Latitude 360 Cinegrille. Stars of the film will also be on hand to pose for pictures and autograph DVDs and movie posters. Ticket prices are $5 (general admission), $18 (admission and The Other Side DVD), and $25 (admission, plus The Other Side DVD and soundtrack CD), and are available for purchase at Brown Paper Tickets.
The American motion picture industry has a long history of marginalization. By casting white actors in non-white roles – a practice that, unfortunately, continues to this day – and the constant portrayal of non-whites as the villain, Hollywood has manufactured misrepresentations that have shaped how audiences view certain cultures and groups. On Nov. 22nd, the Heinz History Center will examine this issue with Reel Injun, a documentary that shows how films have influenced perceptions of Native Americans.
Hollywood has made over 4,000 films about Native people; over 100 years of movies defining how Indians are seen by the world. Reel Injun takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema. Traveling through the heartland of America, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding – and misunderstanding – of Natives. Through candid interviews with directors, writers, actors and activists, including Clint Eastwood, Jim Jarmusch, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell and Russell Means, clips from hundreds of classic and recent films, including Stagecoach, Little Big Man, The Outlaw Josey Wales, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Atanarjuat the Fast Runner, Reel Injun traces the evolution of cinema’s depiction of Native people from the silent film era to today.
Reel Injun will screen at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. at the Fort Pitt Museum. In addition to the film, Michael Galban, Interpretive Programs Coordinator at the Ganondagan State Historic Site and member of the Washoe-Paiute tribe, will speak to visitors about his own consulting work on both Indian related films and exhibitions, and how film depictions of American Indians have affected his life.
Created by the Center for Home Movies, Home Movie Day is an annual international celebration of amateur films and filmmaking. Now in its 12th year, the event provides an opportunity for people to see and share old home movies with their community, and to discover why and how the films should be preserved. On Nov. 22nd, the Carnegie Library invites Pittsburghers to take part in Home Movie Day by screening their treasured family archives.
Participants are encouraged to bring home movies captured on standard 8, super 8 or 16mm film. Carnegie Library ensures that all films will be handled and projected with archivist-level care on finely tuned vintage projectors. Selections from The Orgone Archive, a Pittsburgh-based motion picture archive and screening outfit specializing in “inscrutable epiphanies, toilet trims, unknown what-have-yous, perfect industrial rolls, home movie printing tests, corporate comedies, Warholian strikebreaking screeds, the all-around beautiful and everything else,” will also screen throughout the day.
Pittsburgh Home Movie Day will begin at 12 p.m. with a film inspection and care clinic, followed by screenings at 1 p.m. Admission is free.
The Britpop group Pulp gained success with a combination of catchy, irreverent singles and tabloid shenanigans. After performing for over three decades, the band broke up in 2002, only to reunite in 2011 for a belated farewell tour. One of the last shows took place where it all began, in Sheffield, England, the hometown of founding members Jarvis Cocker and Peter Dalton. The event was captured in the concert documentary Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets - on Nov. 19th, Pittsburgh music fans can see the film when it opens at the Hollywood Theater.
Sheffield, 1988, The Day That Never Happened. Following a disastrous farewell show in their hometown, Pulp move to London in search of success. They find fame on the world stage in the 1990s with anthems including “Common People” and “Disco 2000.” Twenty-five years and 10 million album sales later, they return to Sheffield for their last UK concert – what could go wrong? Giving a career best performance exclusive to the film, the band share their thoughts on fame, love, mortality, and car maintenance. Director Florian Habicht (Love Story) weaves together the band’s personal offerings with dream-like, specially-staged tableaux featuring people recruited on the streets of Sheffield. Unveiling the deep affection that the inhabitants of Sheffield have for Pulp, and the formative effect the town has had on the band’s music, particularly front-man Cocker’s lyrics, Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets is a music-film like no other – by turns funny, moving, life-affirming and occasionally bewildering.
Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets screens at the Hollywood Theater on Nov. 19th, Nov. 21st, Nov. 22nd, and Nov. 23rd. Tickets are $6 to $8 and are available through Showclix or at the door.
In 1935, Regina Jonas made history when she became the world’s first female rabbi. On Nov. 16th, JFilm and the University of Pittsburgh Jewish Studies Program will celebrate her amazing life with a documentary screening.
Directed by Diana Groo, Regina tells the story of Regina Jonas (1902-1944), whose greatest dream was to become a rabbi. But a woman could not be a rabbi according to the laws of Jewish religion. Regina chose a calling she must struggle to attain within her own religious community and moreover in a historical period where one was lucky not to be branded as a Jew. She finds a liberal rabbi who will ordain her and hopes that henceforth she will have a place in the synagogues. But she doesn’t. It is perhaps fate’s irony that she officially receives her synagogue commissions when most of her rabbi colleagues are emigrating or being arrested. At age 37, she met the love of her life, Rabbi Josef Norden. Both of them were deported to Theresienstadt concentration camp. Only their love letters survived the Holocaust.
Regina will screen at Rodef Shalom at 7 p.m. A panel discussion will follow. Tickets are $10, $5 for students, and are available for purchase at Showclix.
On Nov. 14th, Chatham University and the Pittsburgh Gay and Lesbian Community Center (GLCC) will present Just Gender, a film that explores diversity within the transgender community, as well as the depth of transgender experience in day-to-day living.
The documentary from director George Zuber serves as a comprehensive look at alternative gender identity and gender expression, and as a passionate cry for social justice for those affected by this long-misunderstood condition. Featuring dozens of personal stories from transgender citizens, Just Gender provides a substantial journey into the wide spectrum of experiences and situations that make up this community, from cross-dressers to those who undergo sexual reassignment surgery, from childhood to adulthood, from family life to work, to marriage to social life. Narrated by Bebe Neuwirth.
Just Gender screens at 7 p.m. in Chatham’s Eddy Theater. A panel discussion will follow. The GLCC will also accept toiletry donations for its homeless services for LGBT youth and adults. Admission is free.
As the largest online news source in the world, The Young Turks (TYT) has worked to inform hundreds of millions of viewers and listeners on the latest issues. The multiple award-winning, teleprompter-free show has become a top YouTube partner, and expanded into a network that includes programs on politics, pop culture, lifestyle and sports. On Nov. 10th, Southside Works Cinema examines the entity’s growing influence with a one-time screening of the documentary Mad As Hell.
The Young Turks has amassed a YouTube network of over two million subscribers and two billion views. But that wasn’t always the case. Director Andrew Napier documents the trajectory of Cenk Uygur, The Young Turks’ main host and founder, as he goes from unknown Public Access TV host to internet sensation by way of YouTube. When he ventures into national television by landing a time slot on MSNBC, Cenk’s uncensored brand of journalism is compromised as he becomes a thorn in the side of traditional news media.
Mad As Hell will screen at 7:30 p.m. A pre-screening party at Claddagh Irish Pub will take place at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase at Gathr.