Duquesne University Presents Spanish Film Club Series

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The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Duquesne University will present their fall Spanish Film Club series, which is entitled Celebrating the New Wave of Ibero American Cinema. See schedule and details below:

September 28th

Arrugas (Wrinkles) 

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The hand-drawn animated feature from GKIDS opens with former bank manager Emilio being dispatched to a retirement home by his family. His new roommate is a wily wheeler-dealer named Miguel, who cheerfully swindles small amounts of cash from the more befuddled residents but is also full of handy insider tips that are crucial to survival. Like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in an old-folks home, we are introduced to daily pill regimens, electric gates, and nighttime joyrides, as the reality of Emilio’s future life begins to sink in. Featuring the voice work of Martin Sheen (The West Wing), Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises) and George Coe (Archer).

October 12th

Guarani (The People’s Language)

October 26th

Pequenas Mentiras Piadosas (The Travel Agent)

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From her office overlooking the US Interests Section, Lourdes counsels thousands of Cubans seeking a travel visa for the US. She coaches them on how to answer the trick questions, so they have better chances to succeed. Despite helping others to travel, she has never been able to visit her mother, son and other 22 relatives in Florida. After a long wait, Lourdes’ time has finally come: her interview is set. Her dream to visit her dying mother was never so close. Will she able to travel and overturn her destiny of forced separation?

November 9th

Todos se van (Everybody Leaves)

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Shot in Colombia (because the director didn’t get permission to film in Cuba) and featuring a cast consisting mostly of expatriate Cuban actors, Everybody Leaves is a celebration of freedom and a confrontation of the authoritarian

Cuban regime of the 1980s, which led to one of the country’s worst economic crises. Eight-year-old Nieve is the object of her parents’ custody battle. Her mother, Eva, is an artist who believes in the revolution and disagrees with censorship or authoritarianism. She is re-married to Dan, a Swede working on the construction of a nuclear plant. Nieve’s father Manuel is a playwright who sacrifices his artistic career to write government propaganda in a remote area of the country.

Through her diary entries, Nieve reveals intimate details of a turbulent family life while painting an authentic portrait of the social and political unrest in Cuba under the rule of Castro.

Each screening will take place at 7:05 p.m. in Room 105 of Duquesne’s College Hall. The series is free and open to the public.

Pittsburgh Takes Part In National Art House Theater Day

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On September 24th, Pittsburgh will participate in the first annual Art House Theater Day, a nationwide event recognizing the important role independent theaters play in bringing the arts and culture to their communities, with screenings at the Hollywood Theater, Row House Cinema, Regent Square Theater and the Harris Theater. See film details and showtimes below:

Time Bandits (1981) – Row House Cinema and Regent Square Theater

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Director Terry Gilliam‘s dark, yet fanciful fantasy tale follows a young boy as he embarks on an epic journey through time with a band of dwarves who’ve stolen a magical map. The cult favorite stars John Cleese and Michael Palin of Monty Python, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall and many others. Time Bandits will screen at 12 p.m. at Row House Cinema and at 8 p.m. at Regent Square Theater.

A Town Called Panic (2009) – Hollywood Theater

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In this Belgian stop-motion animated feature, plastic toys like Cowboy, Indian and Horse have problems too. Cowboy and Indian’s plan to surprise Horse with a homemade birthday gift backfires when they destroy his house instead. Surreal adventures ensue as the trio travel to the center of the Earth, trek across frozen tundra and discover a parallel underwater universe where pointy-headed (and dishonest!) creatures live. With panic a permanent feature of life in this papier mâché town, will Horse and his girlfriend ever be alone? A Town Called Panic will screen at 1 p.m. at the Hollywood Theater. Tickets cost $5 and are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.

Danny Says (2016) – Harris Theater

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Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and culture of the late 20th century: working for the Doors, Cream, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and managing groundbreaking artists like the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones. The documentary follows the life and time of Fields from his days as a Phi Beta Kappa whiz-kid, to Harvard Law dropout, to the Warhol Silver Factory, to Director of Publicity at Elektra Records, to punk pioneer and beyond. Danny Says will screen at 8 p.m. at the Harris Theater.

Phantasm (1979) – Hollywood Theater

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Newly restored by J.J. Abrams and his company Bad Robot Productions, this imaginative creeper from filmmaker Don Coscarelli pits a young boy against the mysterious Tall Man, an undertaker who enslaves reanimated corpses. The film defies genre conventions with its dreamy, surreal style and bizarre take on the battle between good and evil. Phantasm will screen at 10 p.m. at the Hollywood Theater. Doors open at 9 p.m. The event includes vintage 35mm film trailers, special Phantasm merchandise and a live stream with Coscarelli. Tickets cost $10 and are available for purchase at Showclix.

Get Campy With Brian Edward In Person & On Film At Bricolage

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Does the mention of wire hangers trigger your Faye Dunaway impression? Is Valley of the Dolls one of your favorite films? Do you know what happened to Baby Jane? On September 17th, Bricolage will present a night devoted to camp cinema with Brian Edward In Person & On Film.

Edward, a local performer best known as the creator of the musical comedy Amish Burlesque and host of ‘Burgh Vivant, will use outrageous clips, personal anecdotes and wit to roast an array of classic camp films, including Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?Auntie Mame, Sunset Boulevard and Mommie Dearest.

Doors for Brian Edward In Person & On Film at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. The event includes an opening performance by the all-gay improv troupe LGBTQ-Bert. Cocktails and silent auction will follow. Tickets cost $20 and are available for purchase at Showclix. All proceeds benefit the Reel-Q Film Festival.

Conflict Kitchen Vamps It Up With ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night’

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Conflict Kitchen will stay open late for a special event. On September 16th, the eatery, which serves cuisine from countries with which the US is currently in conflict, will complete their focus on the food, culture and politics of Iran with a free outdoor screening of the 2014 film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.

Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire (Sheila Vand) stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy (Arash Marandi) meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom.

Considered to be the first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour’s directorial debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave.

The Conflict Kitchen screening of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night will take place at 8 p.m. Food will be available for purchase.

Riverside Drive-In Hosts Night Of Indie Horror

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Fans of guts and gore should head to the Riverside Drive-In for an exclusive, one-night only event. On September 16th, the outdoor venue will screen three movies, including one shot by Pittsburgh filmmakers, for its Independent Horror Film Fest. See schedule and details below:

8 p.m.

The Dooms Chapel Horror (2015)

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Described as a “creature feature with heart,” The Dooms Chapel Horror follows Kyle (Austin Madding) as he returns to his hometown after a 10-year-long absence. Blamed for the death of his brother, Ryan (William Ryan Watson), he hopes to clear his name by proving that his brother’s death was an accident. But something in the woods promises to take even more from Kyle.

10 p.m.

The Barn (2015)

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Set in Halloween 1989, this selection from the Pittsburgh-based company Nevermore Production Films follows best friends Sam and Josh as they try to enjoy what’s left of their final Devil’s Night before graduating high school. But trouble arises when the two pals and a group of friends take a detour on their way to a rock concert, finding an old abandoned barn and awakening the evil inside. Now it’s up to Sam and Josh to find a way to protect their friends and defeat the creatures that lurk within.

11:45 p.m.

Night of Something Strange (2016)

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Five teenage friends set out for the beach on their Spring Break vacation. Good times are cut short when one of the group members contracts a deadly sexual transmitted disease during a bathroom stop. When they stop for the night at an isolated motel, the real terror begins when the STD virus starts running rampant, turning those infected into the living dead. However, there’s more going on at the motel than meets the eye.

Gates for the event open at 7 p.m. Admission is $8.

2016 Silk Screen Film Festival Schedule And Highlights

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Now in its 11th year, the Silk Screen Film Festival will bring over 30 feature films and five shorts to venues throughout the city. The lineup represents a diverse array of national cinema from places such as Hong Kong, Turkey, the Philipines, Russia and many more, and includes award-winning films from some of the world’s top festivals.

The event kicks off on September 16th at 7 p.m. with El Clasico at the Regent Square Theater. Directed by Halkawt Mustafa, the road film follows two Kurdish little people in Iraq who risk their lives to fulfill their dream of meeting their football hero Cristiano Ronaldo.

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The festival will showcase numerous new releases from India. Among the selections is Cinemawala, the story of a West Bengal movie theater owner dismayed over his son’s disinterest in taking over the family business, as well as the ensemble dramedy Highway and the cop thriller Psycho Raman. Also included is the 1978 Bollywood classic Gaman.

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Also showing is the Cannes Film Festival selection A Girl at My Door. The feature debut from South Korean director July Jung follows a policewoman named Young-nam who gets assigned to a remote, rural port town after being demoted in the city. She meets a local teenage girl, Do-hee, who is being physically abused by her violent stepfather Yong-ha since Do-hee’s mother ran away. Despite the case putting her life at stake, Young-nam tries to find ways to help and save Do-hee. But the mysterious girl develops an obsession about her rescuer. A Girl at My Door will screen at 8 p.m. on September 18th and September 20th in CMU’s McConomy Auditorium.

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Silk Screen will close on September 25th with Parched, writer/director Leena Yadav’s provocative drama about four women courageously standing up to the repression and misogyny in their Gujarat village. Produced by renowned Indian actor, director and producer Ajay Devgn, and shot by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter (Titanic), the film had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Screenings will take place at Melwood Screening Room, the Frick Fine Arts Building, the Carnegie Museum of Art, CMU’s McConomy Auditorium, Waterworks Cinemas, Regent Square Theater and Cranberry Cinemas. See a the complete festival schedule at the Silk Screen website. All tickets are are available for purchase at Showclix.

Britsburgh Annoints City With UK Cinema Screenings

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From September 6th though September 11th, the city will have a jolly good time with Britsburgh, an event promoting United Kingdom connections in the Pittsburgh area. Along with UK cuisine, tea times and other Anglo traditions, the festival will also feature movie screenings at Row House CinemaDuquesne University, Sewickley Public Library and the Hartwood Mansion. See film schedule and details below:

September 7th

Mansfield Park – Duquesne University

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Duquesne University will include a screening of the film Mansfield Park as part of their Jane Austen and the Theater event. Based on Austen’s eponymous novel, the 1999 British romantic comedy follows Fanny Price, a penniless young woman whose wit and moral fortitude guide her through the trials of high society at her wealthy relatives’ estate. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Bayer Learning Center of the Bayer Pappert Lecture Hall.

Friday Afternoon Movies and Cinema Circle Foreign Film Club – Sewickley Public Library

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The Sewickley Public Library will present various British film during two series, Friday Afternoon Movies and Cinema Circle Foreign Film Club. The Friday Afternoon selections include the 2006 award-winning drama The Queen, the 1951 heist film The Lavender Hill Mob and the 1993 C.S. Lewis biopic Shawdowlands. Cinema Circle Foreign Film Club will focus on the 1993 Irish comedy The Snapper, which follows a family trying to deal with one daughter’s scandalous pregnancy to a man she refuses to name.

All Friday Afternoon screenings will take place at 3 p.m. The Circle Foreign Film Club screening will take on September 7th at 6 p.m. with a film discussion to follow at the same time on September 21st.

September 9th

British Film Festival – Row House Cinema

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Row House Cinema and Bierport Tap Room will kick off a week of British and UK cinema with a shepherd’s pie tasting and happy hour on September 9th. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 and are available for purchase at the Row House website. Includes pie portion and one complimentary beer.

The week’s films include the 1949 thriller The Third Man, the 1979 Monty Python feature Life Of Brian, the 1996 Scottish drug trip Trainspotting and the 2005 indie musical comedy Kinky Boots. Showtimes will continue through September 15th.

September 10th

Mary Poppins in the Park – Hartwood Mansion

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Hartwood Acres Park will present an outdoor screening of Mary Poppins on the Hartwood Mansion lawn. The 1964 Disney movie musical stars Julie Andrews as a magical nanny who takes two upper-class children on a series of adventures through Edwardian London. The film begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Dark Shadows Cover Riverside Drive-In Super Monster-Rama

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Riverside Drive-In will get down with some weird and wild horror movies during the tenth annual Super Monster-Rama. On September 9th and September 10th, the venue will present a lineup of eight films in 35mm print format, among them four Spanish horror curiosities, the original Dark Shadows feature films and other surprises.

September 9th

Horror of the Zombies (1974)

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Spanish writer/director Amando de Ossorio‘s work finds two swimsuit models and their rescuers run afoul of a a mysterious ship full of undead mummies. Alternatively known as The Ghost Galleon.

Night of the Howling Beast (1975)

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The Spanish horror selections continue with this bizarre romp about an adventurer transformed into werewolf by two sexy vampire women while hunting a Yeti in the Himalayas. Also known as The Werewolf and the Yeti and Hall of the Mountain King.

House of Psychotic Women (1974)

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A drifter becomes involved with three strange sisters in a French village being terrorized by a killer who murders blue-eyed women and gouges out their eyes. Originally titled Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll.

Curse of the Devil (1973)

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A man is turned into a werewolf by the modern-day descendants of a witch executed by his ancestors.

September 10th

House of Dark Shadows (1970)

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The feature film based on the gothic TV soap opera Dark Shadows follows vampire Barnabas Collins as he searches for a cure to his affliction so he can marry the incarnation of his lost love.

Night of Dark Shadows (1971)

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The sequel to House of Dark Shadows centers on painter Quentin Collins and his wife Tracy after they move into Collinwood Mansion and find themselves plagued by ghosts and spirits of his ancestors who used to be witches.

The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

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Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing star in this anthology of four horror stories revolving around a mysterious rental house in the UK.

The Bat People (1974)

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After being bitten by a bat in a cave, a doctor undergoes an incredible transformation and goes on a killing spree.

Gates open during normal hours 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 short subjects 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. Gates open early on Friday afternoon for early arrivals and campers. Concessions will be available for lunch as early as possible. Breakfast and access to restroom and shower facilities are provided.

Pittsburgh Explores Strange New Worlds With Star Trek Screenings

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When NBC debuted Star Trek in 1966, the short-run series captured the imagination of sci-fi fans everywhere and went on to spawn multiple TV reboots, movies and a devoted sub-culture. Beginning on September 2nd, Pittsburgh Trekkies will celebrate 50 years of Star Trek with screenings at Row House Cinema and the Hollywood Theater.

From September 2nd through September 8th, Row House Cinema will present a week-long schedule of Star Trek films. The selections include Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) and Star Trek VIII: First Contact (1996). The theater will also screen a special RiffTrax edition of The Wrath of Khan, as well as a Dr. Sketchy’s Drink and Draw screening of The Voyage Home and a visit from Animal Friends for TrekKitties. Visit the Row House website for showtimes and ticket prices. Guests can also purchase a four-movie pass for $21.

On September 9th, the Hollywood Theater will present a Wrath of Khan screening event sponsored by Geek Pittsburgh. The evening will include members of local fangroups the USS Inferno and Klingon Assault Group, music from DJ Zombo and a costume contest. Attendees will also receive an exclusive sneak-peak of the upcoming ToonSeum exhibit To Boldly Go: The Graphic Art of Star Trek , which showcases original artwork by some of Pittsburgh’s best graphic illustrators (the exhibit will officially open at the Toonseum on October 28th).

The event will also feature the premiere of For the Love of SpockAdam Nimoy’s documentary about his famous father, the late Leonard Nimoy, who for decades portrayed Star Trek‘s beloved alien-human character Spock. Wrath of Khan guests will receive $2 off the ticket price for the 10 p.m. screening. Additional screenings of For the Love of Spock with continue throughout the weekend.

Tickets for the Hollywood Theater event cost $10 and are available for purchase at Eventbrite. All proceeds benefit the Hollywood Theater and the ToonSeum.

From September 2nd trough September 7th, the Hollywood Theater will also show the new film Star Trek Beyond. Directed by Justin Lin (The Fast and the Furious franchise), the latest voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise takes her intrepid crew to the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy (played by Idris Elba) who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test. Stars Chris Pine, Pittsburgh’s own Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho and the late Anton Yelchin. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.

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Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: September 2016 Edition

My King – Regent Square Theater

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Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) is admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious ski accident. Dependent on the medical staff and pain relievers, she takes time to look back on a turbulent relationship that she experienced with Georgio (Vincent Cassel). Why did they love each other? Who is this man that she loved so deeply? How did she allow herself to submit to this suffocating and destructive passion? For Tony, a difficult process of healing is in front of her, physical work which may finally set her free. My King opens September 2nd at Regent Square Theater.

Complete Unknown – Regent Square Theater

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The latest entry from filmmaker Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace, The Forgiveness of Blood) stars Michael Shannon as Tom, a New York agriculture lobbyist who’s startled to see a woman from his past turn up at his birthday party. Jenny — or Alice (Rachel Weisz), as she now calls herself — first denies even knowing Tom, but as the evening progresses, she reveals a shocking secret. After disappearing from Tom’s life 20 years earlier, she began to reinvent herself every few years, taking on a new name, a new career and a new life each time. After giving Tom a glimpse of what life could be like if he lets go of the safety and security he has so carefully created, Alice asks him to make a choice that will change everything. Complete Unknown opens on September 9th at Regent Square Theater.

Morris from America – Harris Theater

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Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Chad Hartigan (This is Martin Bonner), Morris from America centers on Morris Gentry (newcomer Markees Christmas) a 13-year-old who has just relocated with his single father, Curtis (Craig Robinson) to Heidelberg, Germany. Morris, who fancies himself the next Notorious B.I.G., is a complete fish-out-of-water—a budding hip-hop star in an EDM world. To complicate matters further, Morris quickly falls hard for his cool, rebellious, 15-year-old classmate Katrin. Morris sets out against all odds to take the hip-hop world by storm and win the girl of his dreams. Morris from America opens on September 30th at the Harris Theater.