Ruckus Bros To Reveal Dark Side Of Oz At Mr. Smalls


In the past, the musician collective Ruckus Bros teamed up with entertainment company Touchfaster to produce tributes to iconic albums such as The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour and Michael Jackson’s Thriller. On Nov. 29th, Ruckus Bros will take on a popular urban legend with Dark Side of Oz.

The 15-member group will synch a live performance of Pink Floyd‘s multi-platinum album Dark Side of the Moon with a screening of the classic 1939 movie musical Wizard of Oz. The event will also feature original music by Wreck Loose, Gypsy And His Band Of Ghosts, Velvet Heat, Tracksploitation, and Drowning Clowns, as well as visual art by Pierce Marratto, Erin Mader, James Gyre, Sara Rytteke, Marlon Gunby, Zack Emma, Chloe Boden, Diego Michael Byrnes, Adam Chizmar, and Matt Denton.

Dark Side of Oz will take place at 6 p.m. at Mr. Smalls Theatre. Tickets are $15 general admission, $32 VIP admission.

Park House Goes Pulp For Mondo Movie Music Night


In 1994, Pulp Fiction became one of the decade’s most memorable, most quotable, most influential movies with a stylish mix of non-linear editing, casual dialogue, glamorized violence, and dark comedy. The Oscar winner, which revolves around two philosophizing hitmen, a corrupt boxer, a gangster and his wife, revived John Travolta‘s career and made Quentin Tarantino a household name. On Nov 29th, the Park House will celebrate this modern classic with Mondo Movie Music Night.

The historic Northside tavern will host an evening full of live music and other festivities dedicated to Pulp Fiction. Local band Vertigo Go will honor the film’s ultra-cool retro soundtrack with a performance during intermission. The event will also feature movie trivia and prizes.

The Park House Pulp Fiction screening event will begin at 9 p.m. This is a 21 and over event. Admission is free.


Latitude 360 Looks At ‘The Other Side’ Of Local Zombie Film


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.


Fort Pitt Museum Challenges Film Myths With Doc ‘Reel Injun’


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.

Carnegie Library Dusts Off Old Films For Pittsburgh Home Movie Day


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.


Hollywood Theater Looks At Britpop Legend With Pulp Concert Doc


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.

Rodef Shalom Honors First Female Rabbi With Doc ‘Regina’


In 1935, Regina Jonas made history when she became the world’s first female rabbi. On Nov. 16thJFilm 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.