Oh My! Hollywood Theater To Screen Doc ‘To Be Takei’

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In 1966, George Takei made his debut as Lt. Sulu on the cult television series Star Trek. But while he’s best known to fans as a member of the USS Enterprise, the role counts as just one of many fascinating accomplishments in his life. This month, the Hollywood Theater will screen To Be Takei, a film about the golden voiced actor’s career and his work as a representative for Japanese Americans and LGBTQ rights.

Directors Jennifer M. Kroot and Bill Weber crafted this feature documentary about a sci-fi icon turned public figure. Over seven decades, the television star and activist boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans. Join him and his husband Brad on this playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love.

To Be Takei will screen on September 20th at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., on September 21st at 7 p.m., and on September 23rd at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for the September 20th shows, $6 to $8 for the following shows. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix.

‘Discarded: Joachim Schmid And The Anti-Museum’ To Premiere At CMOA

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The Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) recently launched The Invisible Photograph, a five-part documentary series investigating the “expansive realm of photographic production, distribution, and consumption by way of the hidden side of photography, whether guarded, stashed away, barely recognizable, or simply forgotten.” On September 19th, the museum will continue the series with the world premiere of Discarded: Joachim Schmid and the Anti-Museum.

The film delves into the work of Joachim Schmid, a German artist who has spent the past 30 years roaming flea markets and city streets to retrieve photographs that have been discarded by their creators and users. He has pieced together an anti-museum of over 1,000 images that would otherwise never have been seen, and created a new context for their visual consumption. Fascinated by photographs as physical objects, Schmid traces the layers of meaning that have built up over time as they have been handled, scuffed, marked, and written upon. Paired with his newest work, dedicated to sifting through the visual detritus of the digital world, the video examines what happens when images consigned to the physical and virtual trash heap are given new life.

Discarded begins at 6:30 p.m. in the CMOA Theater. A discussion with Schmid and Arthur Ou, creative director of The Invisible Photograph documentary series and an Agent of the Hillman Photography Initiative, will follow. Event includes a post-screening party complete with cash bar and German beers courtesy of Great Lakes Brewing Company. Tickets are $10, $15 at the door, and are available for purchase at the CMOA website. Ticket price includes one drink ticket.

Point Park University Examines Social Issues With Global Shift Festival

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From September 18th through September 21st, Point Park University will present the Global Shift Festival, four days of films, panels, workshops, selected shorts, and special events focused on expanding the reach of social change through film and media. See below for schedule:

September 18th

7 p.m.

Opening Night Movie – Revolutionary Optimists

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Children are saving lives in the slums of Calcutta. Child rights activist Amlan Ganguly doesn’t rescue slum children – he empowers them to become change agents, battling poverty and transforming their neighborhoods with dramatic results. The Revolutionary Optimists follows Amlan and four of the children he works with – Salim, Kajal, Sikha and Priyanka – on an intimate journey through adolescence, as they fight for the better future he encourages them to imagine is deservedly theirs. Directed by Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen. Co-Sponsored by Silk Screen.

September 19th

7 p.m.

Without a Fight

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Set in the slums of Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya, against a backdrop of bloody unrest, village youth toss aside their often warring ethnic and religious tribalism to instead battle for supremacy on the soccer pitch. As the teams compete in the local and loftily named Champions League, the film chronicles the march toward the season’s championship and the backstories of some of its participants. Coaches must not only contend with political unrest and violence, but also players whose training is inhibited by such obstacles as hunger and a lack of shoes—impoverished kids occasionally have been killed trying to steal cleats. The film is both uplifting and illuminating, a look inside a place where the degree of bloodshed and poverty might seem foreign, but the healing power of team athletics is universal. Co-Sponsored by the Hollywood Theater.

September 20th

3 p.m.

Finding Mike

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In 2008, Jonny Benjamin went to Waterloo Bridge to take his own life. He had recently been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and was in hospital receiving treatment for it. He thought that his life was over and he could see no hope for the future living with this illness. However, a stranger who happened to be walking along the bridge managed to engage him and talk him down. Jonny was subsequently taken by the police back to hospital and never saw the stranger again. Since that moment, Jonny’s life has changed completely. He is now a popular writer, video blogger and mental health campaigner, working hard to break the stigma attached to mental illness and help others living with it. But he never had the chance to thank the good Samaritan he named ‘Mike’ for what he did that January morning, which Jonny attributes to helping him turn things around. Finding Mike is the story of Jonny’s very personal search to find that stranger. The film has followed Jonny throughout the process and captured everything that has happened during that incredibly emotional journey.

The No Name Painting Association

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A short documentary about the Wuming (No Name) group of renegade Chinese artists who painted forbidden images during the Chinese Cultural Revolution and pioneered the Contemporary Chinese Art Movement.

5 p.m.

Before You Know It

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The subjects of Before You Know It are no ordinary senior citizens. They are go-go booted bar-hoppers, love struck activists, troublemaking baton twirlers, late night Internet cruisers, seasoned renegades, and bold adventurers. They are also among the estimated 2.4 million lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans over the age of 55 in the United States, many of whom face heightened levels of discrimination, neglect and exclusion. But Before is not a film about cold statistics and gloomy realities. It’s a film about generational trailblazers who have surmounted prejudice and defied expectation to form communities of strength, renewal, and camaraderie—whether these communities be affable senior living facilities, lively activist enclaves, or wacky queer bars brimming with glittered trinkets and colorful drag queens.

Deflated

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Chris has come to the super-store with his dad to spend his allowance – his heart set on getting a bouncy ball.  But when he gets to the toy aisle, he discovers that all of the balls in the ball cage are bright pink, except for one deflated green ball. When the pink balls come magically to life, Chris finds himself swept up in a world where it’s okay for boys to play with pink.  But ultimately he must make a choice: take home one of the bright pink balls or the deflated green ball? Co-Sponsored by Reel Q.

September 21st

1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Project Wild Thing

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Project Wild Thing is a film-led movement to get more kids and their folks outside and reconnecting with nature. The feature-length documentary takes a funny and revealing look at a complex issue, the increasingly disparate connection between children and nature.

The Global Shift Festival also offers workshops for beginners and professionals looking to gain more insight into writing for television or the big screen. Workshop are taught by experienced screenwriters and focus on character development, dialogue, scene and action description and transitions.

September 19th

Writing Your Screenplay

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September 20th

Fundraising Your Ideas Into Action

Global Shift Festival screenings will take place in Point Park’s GRW Theater. Movie passes are $15, $5 for individual films. Project Wild Thing is free to attend. Workshops are $15 to $65. Guests can also purchase an all access pass for $70. All tickets are available for purchase at Showclix.

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Bloodsuckers And Bava At Riverside Drive-In Super Monster-Rama

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On September 12th and September 13th, the Riverside Drive-In will present another program of retro horror and sci-fi films for Super Monster-Rama. This time, the outdoor theater will spotlight the work of Italian horror master Mario Bava, as well as some other weird and wild releases from the 1960s and 1970s. See the film schedule and descriptions below:

September 12th

Kill, Baby, Kill

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A string of bizarre murders leads back to an aging Baroness and the vengeful ghost of her murdered daughter in this 1966 Gothic horror story from Mario Bava.

Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs

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Vincent Price stars in this wacky selection about a mad scientist who tries to start a war between Russia and the US with an army of sexy female robots that explode when embraced.

House of Exorcism

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In order to capitalize on the success of The Exorcist, Bava’s surreal thriller Lisa and the Devil was re-edited with possession scenes for American audiences. Features Telly Savalas in the role of a sinister butler.

Beyond the Door 2

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A couple is terrorized in their new house when their young son is possessed by the spirit of the woman’s abusive first husband. Also known as Shock.

September 13th

Taste the Blood of Dracula

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Christopher Lee reprises his toothy role in the story of three thrill seekers who awaken a vengeful Dracula after drinking his blood and killing his faithful servant.

Dracula A.D. 1972

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Count Dracula hunts for the descendents of Van Helsing after being resurrected in swinging 1972 London.

Trog

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A sympathetic anthropologist (Joan Crawford) uses drugs and surgery to try to communicate with a primitive troglodyte found living in a cave.

The House That Screamed

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Torture and sex are the norm at a French school for wayward girls, where, under the supervision of a sadistic headmistress, students begin to disappear without a trace.

Gates open at 7 p.m. with films starting at dusk. Each evening will also include an array of vintage monster and exploitation movie trailers, cartoons, and concession stand classics in between features. Admission is $10 per person each night, free for children 12 and under with parent or adult guardian. Overnight camping is available on both nights for an additional $10 per person. Breakfast and access to restroom and shower facilities are provided.

Alloy Studios To Present Dance Doc ‘Carmen & Geoffrey’

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Since Dance Alloy merged with the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in 2011, and, in effect, changed its name to Alloy Studios, it has hosted numerous dance performances, workshops, and classes. On September 10th, the venue will spotlight a legendary duo of stage and screen with a presentation of the documentary Carmen & Geoffrey.

Directed by husband-wife team Linda Atkinson and Nick Doob, Carmen & Geoffrey chronicles the work of two great American artists, dancer/choreographer/actress Carmen de Lavallade and multi-hyphenate Geoffrey Holder, who, since the 1950s, have both played a vital role in the world of American dance on Broadway, in television and film, and in the studios of American master choreographers. Shot over three years, the illuminating film not only looks at their illustrious careers, but also delves deeper, telling the story of a 47 year-long marriage and the creative partnership that has sustained their accomplishments. The film contains rare dance footage from the 50s and 60s, both solos and duets, featuring Alvin Ailey, Herbert Ross, Lester Horton, Joe Layton, Duke Ellington and Josephine Baker in Paris, among others. There are also contemporary works, including Carmen’s ongoing partnership with Gus Solomons Jr. and Dudley Williams, as well as a sampling of Carmen and Geoffrey’s current choreographies.

Carmen & Geoffrey begins at 7 p.m. The event includes a post-screening discussion with Carmen de Lavallade moderated by Lynne Hayes-Freeland of KDKA. Admission is free, but guests are encouraged to register online as seating is limited.

Hollywood Theater Puts On A Show For ‘Rocky Horror Saved My Life’

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Almost four decades ago, Rocky Horror Picture Show introduced audiences to the gender bending Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his merry band of sex fiends. Since then, a massive cult following has continued to celebrate the bizarre movie musical’s blend of horror, sci-fi, and catchy song and dance numbers with midnight matinees and live performances. As the film nears its 40th anniversary, director Shawn Stutler has traveled the country visiting fans, collectors, and casts to collect stories for his crowd-funded documentary Rocky Horror Saved My Life. On September 5th, Pittsburgh will become part of the production when Stutler and his crew stops at the Hollywood Theater.

Rocky Horror Saved My Life seeks to examine the origins and traditions of a “truly unique cinematic phenomenon” from the perspective of the people who keep it alive. Since its reopening in 2011, the Hollywood has played host to monthly Rocky Horror screenings, which attract tons of fans ready to do the Time Warp with their favorite characters. The events have also given the Junior Chamber of Commerce Players (JCCP), the city’s long-running Rocky Horror shadow cast, a place to perform and call home. Stutler will capture the group as they sing and dance along with another showing of the beloved work.

The Rocky Horror Saved My Life show will begin at 11:45 p.m. Tickets are $8, $6 for kids, students, and seniors, and are available for purchase at Showclix.

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Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh – September 2014 Edition

No No: A Dockumentary – Harris Theater

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After a successful August screening, No No returns to reflect on the life and times of one of baseball’s most controversial figures. In the 1970s, Pittsburgh Pirate Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD and his outspoken style courted conflict and controversy, but his latter years were spent helping others recover from addiction. Director Jeffrey Radice‘s film weaves a surprising and moving story of a life in and out of the spotlight. No No: A Dockumentary will screen from September 5th through September 18th at the Harris Theater.

The Trip to Italy – Manor Theatre

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Director Michael Winterbottom’s largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip, took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon—or semifictionalized versions thereof—on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. Rewhetting our palates from the earlier film, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri while riffing on subjects as varied as Batman’s vocal register, the artistic merits of Jagged Little Pill, and, of course, the virtue of sequels. The Trip to Italy opens September 5th at Manor Theatre.

Frank – Hollywood Theater

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Acclaimed Irish director Lenny Abrahamson follows up his award-winning films Adam & Paul, Garage and What Richard Did with an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Frank will screen at the Hollywood Theater on September 6th and September 7th and September 9th through September 11th.

The One I Love – Regent Square Theater

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On the brink of separation, Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss) escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. What begins as a romantic and fun retreat soon becomes surreal, when an unexpected discovery forces the two to examine themselves, their relationship, and their future. The debut feature from acclaimed author Charlie McDowell continues to showcase his keen observations of human relationships with a distinct and comedic voice. The One I Love opens on September 12th at the Regent Square Theater.