Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh – July 2015 Edition

The Overnight – Hollywood Theater


Alex (Adam Scott), Emily (Taylor Schilling), and their son, RJ, have recently moved to Los Angeles’ Eastside from Seattle. Feeling lost in a new city, they are desperate to find their first new friends. After a chance meeting with Kurt (Jason Schwartzman) at the neighborhood park, they gladly agree to join family pizza night at the home. But as it gets later and the kids go to bed, the family “playdate” becomes increasingly more revealing and bizarre as the couples begin to open up. The Overnight opens on July 3rd at the Hollywood Theater.

Saint Laurent – Harris Theater


Gaspard Ulliel plays one of the 20th century’s greatest fashion designers in director Bertrand Bonello‘s biopic. The film depicts Yves Saint Laurent‘s life at the peak of his career, when, from 1967 to 1976, he became an icon of the industry. Saint Laurent opens on July 3rd at the Harris Theater.

Amy – Manor Theatre


The latest documentary from BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia (Senna) tells the story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense, she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyze her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of the modern era. Her huge success, however, brought relentless and invasive media attention which, coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle, saw her life tragically begin to unravel, resulting in her untimely death at age 27. The film features extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks. Amy opens on July 10th at the Manor Theatre.

2015 Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival Schedule


The Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival (PIFF) has selected 63 micro-budget and no-budget films from around the world, showcasing filmmakers who possess an independent vision and create innovative work outside the studio system. The works, which represent a wide range of genres, including feature films, documentaries, music videos, web series, and animation, will compete for a Official Selection Plaques in a number of categories.

The festival kicks off with Opening Ceremonies on June 26th at 6:30 p.m. The event begins with an awards show, followed by a screening of two music videos, Sugar In My Bowl by Hannah Rose Snyder and Indian Ate The Woodchuck by Brad Pattullo, and the local zombie feature The Other Side. The evening also includes a reception and a filmmakers mix and mingle.

Please see the festival schedule below:

June 27th

The AC Project: To the Ends of the Earth (94m, US) dir. Brandon Lied
Feature Documentary


Seeking to experience full life while wrestling with their beliefs, four young men take a year traveling to 10 countries and discover a world, faith, and life they never knew existed. While helping the local communities with the needs they encounter, these adventurers provide clean water, build an orphanage, and assist victims of sex trafficking while spreading a message of hope and love in the process. Their journey shares the story of a search for not only that spark of divinity, but also their personal identities and purpose.

11:35 a.m.

The Penguin Counters (67m, U S A) dir. Harriet Getzels and Peter Getzels
Feature Documentary


Ron Naveen, a 21st century Dr. Dolittle who dreams of conserving Antarctica for future generations, and his intrepid field-biologists have tracked the welfare of 200 colonies of penguins in an area of half a million square miles for over 20 years. What they’ve learned is that penguins truly are the canaries in the coal mine. With some colonies thriving and others declining, Ron sees a life and death warning about how to cope with climate change.

Surviving Kensington (13m, US) dir. Mo Scarpelli
Documentary Short


Through a photographer’s wanderings, we get a glimpse of what it’s like to survive in Philadelphia’s roughest neighborhood.

Appalachia – Mountaintop to Moonscape (13m, UK) dir. Alan Gignoux
Narrative Short


Appalachia – Mountaintop to Moonscape reveals the shocking environmental and social costs of mountaintop removal in Appalachia.

1:15 p.m.

Bereave (100m, US) dir. Evangelos Giovanis and George Giovanis
Feature Narrative


Fatally ill, Garvey thinks he has figured out how to die alone. But when his beloved wife Evelyn goes missing on their 40th anniversary, he must live to save her. Stars Malcolm McDowell, Jane Seymour and Keith Carradine.

3 p.m.

I Was a Teenage Superhero Sidekick (77m, US) dir. J. Hanna
Feature Narrative

I Was a Teenage Superhero Sidekick-piff

Kid Dynamic, sidekick to Dynamic Man, quits the whole superhero racket and struggles with the transition. His hippy-dippy headshrinker, who insists on outdoor yoga classes during psychoanalysis, helps him find the courage to go for the simpler life he yearns for. What he comes to understand is that life isn’t so simple, with or without the cape.

Made in Pennsylvania – Films made in Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh.

4:30 p.m.

Finding Jenn’s Voice (1hr 13min, US) dir. Tracy Schott
Feature Documentary


Finding Jenn’s Voice examines the murder of Jennifer Snyder and her unborn son and exposes the risks of intimate partner homicide during pregnancy.

5:45 p.m.

Quiet Zone (5min, US) dir. Paul Navarro

While Ramesh is training for his new job working on the Great Wall that looms over the oppressed inhabitants of his city, he discovers a beautiful and mysterious outside world that may be the answer to all that troubles him, if he can make peace with the animals.

Nuts & Bolts (5min, US) dir. Ryan Butters


Creative alternative to the birds and the bees.

Diamonds in the Rough (15m, US) dir. Dominique Carino


David Helfer is the fourth generation in a family of Pittsburgh jewelers. This short documentary takes a look at the craft of jewelry making, as well as the family dynamics in the Helfer family, both in and out of the workplace.

The Recall (27m, US) dir. Ace Yilma
Narrative Short

After always taking the easy way out, Jamal is ready to make the tough decisions but what happens when he doesn’t get to decide?

The Cabin (14m, US) dir. Robbbie Roberts
Narrative Short

A young woman discovers one of her deceased father’s coworkers passed out on the kitchen floor.

Breakage (12m, US) dir. Steve Parys
Narrative Short

Ally Kent is assaulted by flashbacks of her entire relationship with Frank Brown, her ex-boyfriend, at a pivotal moment in her life.

Burghatory (22m, US) dir. Paul Navarro
Narrative Short


Set in Pittsburgh, PA, this television dramedy follows two women in their 30s as they tackle life’s absurdities.

White Fetish (4m, US) dir. Sean Dacanay
New Media Short


An Asian girl with a white fetish hits on a white guy at a bar. The tables turn to to reveal how silly racial fetishes are.

End of Made In Pennsylvania

7:35 p.m.

One Armed Man (27m, US) dir. Tim Guinee
Narrative Short


A wealthy cotton gin executive is confronted by a disgruntled former employee demanding the return of an arm lost in the gin’s machinery in Oscar-winning writer Horton Foote‘s chilling drama.

8 p.m.

7 Minutes (84m, US) dir. Jay Martin
Feature Narrative


Three high school friends are forced to commit a brazen robbery which quickly goes horribly wrong.

June 28th

10 a.m.

Hate Crimes in the Heartland (60m, US) dir. Rachel Lyon
Feature Documentary


This award-winning documentary film and community outreach project explores the national epidemic of hate crimes through the lens of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

11:05 a.m.

Peace, Daal, & Partition (25m, US) dir. Paisley Smith
Documentary Short


In 1947, British India was divided into India and Pakistan. Millions of people were killed as a result of the mass-movement of people. In this documentary short, Paisley Smith explores her family history during the chaos of Partition. Her grandmother witnessed the murder of her father, and in order to evade death, her brother had to dress like a girl. Despite hearing the stories of Partition from her grandma, Paisley had a lot more to discover. She examines why her mother refuses to talk about her childhood as an immigrant in Canada. Paisley discovers that there are holes in the stories told about Partition. Peace, Daal, & Partition attempts to bring three generations of family together, heal the wounds of Partition, and explain painful histories.

Stella Walsh (15m, US) dir. Rob Lucas
Documentary Short


Stella Walsh was one of the most celebrated female athletes on the planet. She had thousands of medals, ribbons, honors and fans from around the world. Almost fifty years after her stunning 1932 gold medal win in the women’s 100 meter dash, Stella was shot and killed in Cleveland, Ohio, which revealed that she had ambiguous gender. This documentary explores the life of Stella, her death and her gender controversy through interviews with friends, trainees, members of the media and a geneticist, as well as photos and archival footage from years of in-depth research.

Toy Boy (8min, Canada) dir. March Mercanti
Documentary Short


A 30-year-old lives at home with his parents, their two cats – and 5,000 toys.

Dark Noir (4m, UK) dir. Sarah Butterworth

Lies Beneath the Nightshade (10m, US) dir. Andrew Wecht
Narrative Short


In the throes of The Great Depression, Basilio is unable to upkeep his beloved garden with his grandson Anthony serving life without parole–but Anthony has an endgame to help his grandfather save the garden, just so long as the other inmates don’t get to him first.

Pushing Buttons (12m, US) dir. Jonathan Landau
Narrative Short


Five coworkers get trapped in an elevator on their way to a meeting.

Flight Fright (6m, US) dir. James Politano
Narrative Short


A nervous airline passenger starts to see strange things after taking nerve medicine.

Lifeline (18m, US) dir. Jeffery Wang
Narrative Short

When an enigmatic traveler with an unusual lifeline pays a visit to Madame Golorio’s psychic parlor, the ailing palm reader is compelled to take the future into her own hands.

12:45 p.m.

Wildlike (1hr 38min, Canada) dir. Frank Green
Feature Narrative


An unlikely friendship forms in the spectacular Alaskan wilderness, giving a runaway girl hope and sanctuary in America’s last frontier.

2:30 p.m.

Coffee and a Bagel (4m, US) dir. Gavin Brown


A recently widowed senior citizen decides to use a a modern online dating website to try and meet friends again.

Little Blue – A Broken Promise (10min, US) dir. Chris Jordan-Bloch
Documentary Short


A small community was promised a recreational dream. Instead, they got a toxic nightmare in coal ash, a toxic waste that is polluting hundreds of similar communities across America.

Lapsus (30min, France) dir. Karim Ouaret
Narrative Short


Terry, a psychologically disturbed predator,  terrorizes a laundromat after falling  victim to an unknown phenomena called Lapsus memoriae.

Desk Job (17min, US) dir. Jason Eaken
Narrative Short


Starring Pat Healy (Cheap Thrills, The Innkeepers), Desk Job puts viewers inside the mind of a lonely insurance adjuster. Working out of his cramped apartment, Travis Hardacre literally never leaves the office. As he juggles demanding clients, hostile managers, stacks of files, and his own mounting anger, he begins to wonder if his destructive efforts to regain control aren’t just one more way he’s become trapped in a life with no future.

Sam’s Box (14min, US) dir. Felipe Gon
Narrative Short


Due to tragic events, two really lonely guys hatch a series of plans to take their own lives. But do they really stick to their plan and commit suicide?

The Brief-Case (12min, US) by Vijay Adireddy
Narrative Short


On the night of their first anniversary, a couple celebrates, until a briefcase gets caught in the middle.

Clean Cut (5min, US) dir. Andrew Hunt
Narrative Short

A Roomba meets its match when encountering a new mess to clean up.

4 p.m.

Companion (3min, US) dir. Sean O’Neill


A stray puppy suddenly appears to brighten up a lonely boy’s world.

Strapped (17min, US) dir. Joe Farina
Narrative Short


A Chicago cop finds himself strapped to a ticking bomb around his neck.

A Wake (24min, US) dir. Josh Spiegel
Narrative Short


A group of friends who band together to bring their friend back from the dead in order to figure out the reason for his suicide.

Eighty-Sixed (7min, US) dir. Alex Kohnstamm
Narrative Short

A woman working in a mafia run bar discovers a secret about the proprietor and has to take matters into her own hands to protect her own.

Oh Crappy Day (17 min, US) dir. Jon Bacon
Narrative Short


On a blind date with a charming young woman, a film student struggles to keep his OCD on the down low.

One Left Turn (17 min, US) dir. Glenn Pack
Narrative Short


A pair of young opportunists attempt to impress two provocative high school girls, which triggers a ripple effect that tragically alters the innocent lives of an elderly couple.

5:30 p.m.

Lady Luck (18m, UK) dir. Jo Lewis
Narrative Short


Inspired by the DH Lawrence short story ‘The Rocking Horse Winner,’ Lady Luck is about a young boy’s attempts to win back his mother’s love.

A Fight To Propose (5m, US) dir. PJ Gaynard
Narrative Short


Kevin and Jen love each other very much. Now it might be time to take the next step.

Broken Crystal (13m, US) dir. Jackie Marie
Narrative Short


A story about overcoming addiction by opening up to receive the present world around us.

Prisoner (21m, US) dir. Matthew Edwards
Narrative Short


The German border, 1944. Left for dead behind enemy lines, a war-weary American wakes up in a graveyard of a battlefield. Wounded and alone, with no clear way back to his lines, the American takes a young German soldier prisoner and forces him to lead the way. Forced together by necessity, the two men fight their own personal war for survival.

21 Things (20m, US) dir. Andrew Anthony
Narrative Short


After a one night stand, two people from different backgrounds spend their last day learning more about each other than either of them expected.

The Audition (11m, US) dir. Philece Sampler
Narrative Short

A hungry actress auditions for a role with both her best friend and worst enemy – herself.

7 p.m.

Still Beautiful (8m, US) dir. Min Reid
Music Video

I Have Decided To Be No One (3m, US) dir. Dom Portalla
New Media Short


A man sheds his skin of the default world.

First Degree (25m, US) dir. Roger Weisberg
Documentary Short

The expression “sent up the river” was coined by convicts who were sent up the Hudson River to do their time at the infamous Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, NY. First Degree finds hope in this seemingly hopeless place by investigating an unusual college behind bars that is successfully preventing Sing Sing inmates from being sent back up the river after their release. Nationwide, over half of released inmates return to prison within five years, but for the past 14 years, less than one percent of the inmates that received a college degree at Sing Sing returned to prison. The film takes viewers inside this notorious maximum security prison and introduces them to some unforgettable inmates.

Zizi And Honeyboy (15m, US) dir. Brett Donowho
Narrative Short


When bestselling author Gerald Celente is blackballed after 9/11, he seeks the witty and wise company of his Italian aunt.

Ever Eve (6min, US) dir. Jill Sachs
Narrative Short


Lovely young Evelyn prepares to be the belle of the ball, but when she glances in the mirror she finds the shocking reflection of herself as an old woman. Is she a young woman having a nightmare, or an old woman living the nightmare?

Fun Bible Facts! (4min, US) dir. Mike Kopera

Three true, untold stories of Noah and his Ark.

Heavenly Peace (5min, US) dir. Andreas Wessel-Therhorn


A quarreling gay couple gets a bit of unexpected help for Christmas

Without a Doubt (6min, US) dir. Gerald Guthrie


This digital animation illustrates one variation of the 17th century philosopher Rene Descartes’ view of the world.

Enfilade (10m, Australia) dir. David Coyle

A man awakens in a white room with two doors. Each door loops into the other. The only objects within the room are a red ball and a revolver containing a single bullet.

Knock, Knock… (3m, US) dir. Anthony Lund
Narrative Short


On a dark, rainy night, eight-year-old Aidan  hears a strange knocking from inside his closet. Channeling the Norse heroes he worships, Aidan armors himself with his prize helmet and sword, and approaches his unseen foe. Unfortunately for him, plastic weapons will do nothing against what’s hunting him from the darkness.

Tick Tock (9m, Turkey) dir. Zeynep Kocak


The beautiful thing is not the goal you achieve, it is the road that takes you there with hope.

Stay (4min, USA) dir. Yining Yan
Narrative Short

The Dark Side (51min, US) dir. Richard Ledes


When the lights go out during Hurricane Sandy, Dan falls and butt-dials his ex-girlfriend. Her name also happens to be Sandy. He takes it as a sign to visit her. Mimicking the hurricane’s capacity to cross boundaries, interviews with firefighters who lost their homes during Sandy are intercut with this romantic comedy. The resulting clash of genres creates unexpected juxtapositions that illuminate both the global and local dimensions of the storm.

The Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival will take place at the Father Ryan Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for a one-day pass, $15 for a two-day pass, and $20 for a festival pass, and are available for purchase at the PIFF website.

Hollywood Theater Showcases Steeltown Film Factory Shorts


On June 25th, the Hollywood Theater will host a community screening showcasing the best of the 2014 Steeltown Film Factory submissions. The event will feature eight short films from local writers and directors, including a sneak preview of the Steeltown finalist The Beat Goes On. See film descriptions below:

Paper Umbrellas (dir. Julie Jigour)


A young girl struggles to keep her world intact during her mother’s mental breakdown.

All-Sight (dir. Talia Shea Levin)


A grief-stricken father seeks solace in a virtual reality simulator, but discovers that actual reality is a multiplayer game.

Check Yes or No (dir. Molly Duerig)


Written by Kelechi Urama, the ’90s-set coming-of-age story explores the anxiety surrounding a 12-year-old girl’s first kiss.

Woman in a Blue Gown (dir. Miguel Almendarez and Kaleigh Fitzgerald)


A struggling artist paints a wealthy young woman’s portrait – an event that will change both their lives.

Zombie Woman (dir. Kevin Hejna)


A zombie is cured of her disease, but the cure is only temporary.

Always a Bridesmaid (dir. Wendy Grube)


Lizzie tries to find the perfect man before the next family wedding, and in doing so, avoids going out for the dreaded toss of the bouquet.

Franksgiving (dir. Stephen Knezovich)


A bowler’s quests for love – and Thanksgiving turkey – knows no bounds.

The Beat Goes On (dir. Randy Kovitz)


A grieving widower finds his old drum set in the garage, and with it a path back to life.

The Steeltown Film Factory Community Showcase Screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Guests can reserve seats at Showclix or on the Steeltown website.

Row House Cinema Marks Milestone With Anniversary Celebration


Last summer, Lawrenceville saw the opening of the Row House Cinema, the first movie theater to operate in the neighborhood since 1965. On June 20th, the single-screen theater will celebrate its anniversary with an all-day event featuring beer, food, live music, and, of course, film.

The day will include four screenings, starting with The Royal Tenenbaums  at 2 p.m., followed by Pulp Fiction at 4:15 p.m.The Princess Bride at 7:30 p.m. and a special midnight matinee of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which comes complete with live performers. Ticket prices for each show range from $6 to $12.

Starting at 6 p.m., guests can enjoy a free Sidewalk Party with music from DJ Selecta, goodies from the Franktuary Food Truck, a Lost & Found garment sale, and a live performance by Robot Cowboy. In addition, Row Houses’s sister store, Atlas Bottle Works, will present the grand opening of the Tap Room, an intimate bar focused on small pours of unique beers. The festivities will also include beer flight tastings, an acoustic set by Jordan Auth, and Row House Karaoke on the big screen.

All events are free unless otherwise specified. Attendees who bring coconuts to the Monty Python and the Holy Grail midnight matinee will receive a discount, and the opportunity to contribute to the auditory experience of the film.

Hollywood Theater Keeps It Reel With Documentary Double Feature


The Hollywood Theater occupies a special place in cinema as one of the country’s remaining independent single-screen movie theaters. On June 14th, the historic establishment will examine its role, and the role of others like it, with a documentary double feature organized to help the Ambridge Family Theatre.

The event will include a screening of The Marquee on Main Street. The debut documentary by filmmaker Chester Lampman explores the historic single screen cinema experience. Weaving a story of rediscovery with profiles of several independent neighborhood movie theaters – including the Hollywood and the Oaks Theater – the film celebrates their histories, examines their challenges, and highlights the people that keep them going, all in an effort to prove that overlooked community treasures still have much to offer the movie going public.

Also on the docket is Out of Print. Directed by Julia Marchese, the film focuses on the New Beverly Cinema and its mission to keep 35mm films available to the public. The Los Angeles movie theater has been showing revival (not first run) double features seven nights a week since 1978, but, like many theaters, its existence is threatened by the digital revolution. The feature-length documentary shows how the theater, and its loyal patrons, are working to keep revival cinema alive. Includes interviews with Kevin Smith, Edgar Wright, John Landis, Joe Dante, Lloyd Kaufman, Rian Johnson, Patton Oswalt, Seth Green, and many others.

The documentary double feature will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by the films at 7 p.m. Proceeds to go the Friends of Ambridge Family Theatre fund to help them reopen. Guests can name their own admission price. Tickets are available at Showclix.


Grimm Sleeper Investigates Urban Legend With ‘The Way Of Seeming’


Rabid animals. Strange flashes of light. Mysterious sounds. Missing persons. As a child, local filmmaker Josh Maley was terrified by the stories his father told him about Wolf Run Road – AKA Mystery Mile – an eerie place located in Industry, PA. Maley explores the urban legend in his horror feature film The Way of Seeming, a story about five friends and their fateful connection to Mystery Mile.

Written and directed by Maley, and presented by Grimm Sleeper Productions, the independent psychological thriller finds Dawn fifteen years after the disappearance of her sister. Now, on the cusp of college graduation, Dawn’s long-lost sister begins haunting her nightmares and waking life. As Dawn’s quest for answers grows more desperate, it threatens to consume not only her, but everyone she holds dear. The film stars KateLynn Newberry, Madison Siple, Jess Paul, Ellen Connally, and Max Pavel.

A Kickstarter campaign for The Way of Seeming is currently underway to raise funds for various production costs. Contributors will receive perks including walk-ons and a Mystery Mile ghost hunt. The campaign will run through June 23rd.

BOOM Concepts To Showcase New Voices Pittsburgh Filmmakers


Since its formation in 2004, New Voices Pittsburgh (NVP) has worked to build a social change movement dedicated to the health and well-being of black women and girls through leadership development, human rights, and reproductive justice. On June 10th, BOOM Concepts will host the the organization’s June Membership Meeting, which will celebrate Pride with a screening of four short films by NVP members.

The evening will include works from filmmakers Turntable Ruckus, Joy KMT, Bekezela Mguni, Ginger Brooks, Takahashi, Terri Denni and Da Velle Barns. The selections include Love. Danger. Heal. and This is Our Inheritance. The films were made in 2012 with the support of the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP), and shown at the 2013 Queer Women of Color Film Festival.

The NVP June Membership Meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Snacks, pizza, and beverages, as well as childcare, will be provided. Admission is free.

Cinema In The Park To Present Spark! Film Series


This year, Mayor Bill Peduto’s Welcoming Pittsburgh Initiative partnered with Citiparks to present the Spark! Film Series at this summer’s Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park. Spark! will debut on June 10th with the the baseball drama Million Dollar Arm, and continue with a diverse film selection. The series, which seeks to bring together Pittsburghers of all backgrounds, will spotlight the Mexican, Indian, black American, and Bhutanese experience, creating an opportunity for communities to learn from their struggle to integrate. See film descriptions below:

Cantinflas (2014)

Directed by Sebastian del Amo, Cantinflas tells the story of Mexico’s most important comedian of all time, from his humble beginnings through his triumph in Hollywood winning the Golden Globe for his acting in the film Around the World in 80 Days.

Cesar Chavez (2014)


Directed by Diego Luna, Cesar Chavez chronicles the birth of a modern American movement led by the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer. Torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to bringing dignity and justice to others, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle for the rights of farm workers. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual’s ability to change the system.

McFarland, USA (2015)

Inspired by the 1987 true story, McFarland, USA follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other, but when White recognizes the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge a championship cross-country team. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home, and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

In a last ditch effort to save his career as a sports agent, JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a Major League Baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called Million Dollar Arm. With the help of a retired baseball scout (Alan Arkin) he discovers Dinesh (Madhur Mittal) and Rinku (Suraj Sharma), two 18-year-old boys with a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball, JB learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment, and what it means to be a family.

The Refugees of Shangri-La (2014)


In the shadow of Bhutan’s lofty ideal of Gross National Happiness and its golden image as the “Last Shangri-la” hide 107,000 people who fled a militaristic insurgency as their peaceful kingdom turned against them. With their villages burning behind them, men, women, and children fled into the Indian jungles, bewildered, never to return to the land they love. After 20 years living in bamboo huts and barbed wire parameters, the Refugees of Shangri-la break a hopeless cycle and brave a new course due west.

Selma (2014)


The award-winning film from director Ava DuVernay chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. The film tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

Spark! Film Series screenings will take place at Arsenal Park, Brookline Memorial Park, Schenley Park, Grandview Park, Riverview Park, and Overlook Park between June 10th and August 30th. Event dates and locations can be found on the Citiparks website. All screenings are free and open to the public.

Rooftop Shindig Heads Outside For Summer Film Series


Last year, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership attracted Pee-wee Herman fans with Rooftop Shindig, an outdoor screening event featuring live music, delicious food, and handcrafted drinks. On June 3rd, Rooftop Shindig returns with more films and fun. See schedule and details below:

June 3rd

Young Frankenstein


The first Rooftop Shindig event will feature the classic 1974 film from director Mel Brooks. His madcap take on a beloved movie monster boasts a distinguished cast of comedy greats, including Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, Peter Boyle, and Madeline Kahn. Guests can also enjoy music from the Beauty Slap and JD Eicher & the Goodnights.

July 1st



Join Rooftop Shindig as they screen director Steven Spielberg‘s iconic summer blockbuster. The 1975 film pits a small town police chief (Roy Scheider), a marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss), and a salty boat captain (Robert Shaw) against a man-eating shark off the coast of Amity Island. Guests can also enjoy live music by Nevada Color and The Flow Band.

August 26th

The Warriors


Come out and play for this screening of director Walter Hill‘s colorful 1979 cult classic. When The Warriors are blamed for the assassination of a respected New York gang leader, the Coney Island toughs must battle their way home as every gang in the city tries to take them down. Guests can also enjoy live music by Bastard Bearded Irishmen.

September 9th



Rooftop Shindig concludes their movie schedule with Ben Stiller‘s 2001 comedy. Stiller stars as a vapid male model whose glamorous world is turned upside down by a successful rival (Owen Wilson) and an evil fashion designer (Will Ferrell). The evening will also feature live music by Balloon Ride Fantasy.

All Rooftop Shindig events begin at 6 p.m. on the top level of the Theater Square Garage. Music performances take place at 7 p.m. followed by films at sundown. Guests are welcome to bring a chair or buy a folding seat. No outside food or beverages are permitted. All events are free and open to the public.

Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh – June 2015 Edition

Dark Star – Hollywood Theater


The late surrealist artist H. R. Giger terrified audiences with his Oscar-winning monsters in Ridley Scott’s Alien. Sci-fi, horror, music, album covers, tattoos and fetish art have been influenced by his dark, intricate paintings and sculptures depicting birth, death and sex. Behind the shuttered windows and ivy-covered walls of his residence in Zurich, Switzerland, Belinda Sallin‘s definitive documentary brings viewers into Giger’s mysterious realm: from the first skull he was given by his father at the age of six, to macabre dinner parties with his close-knit team, to the grisly souvenirs from his time spent on the Alien set and reminiscences about model Li Tobler, Giger’s one-time muse, whose suicide reverberates throughout his work. The film shares the intimate last years of the artist’s life and reveals how deeply he resided within his own artistic visions. Dark Star opens June 5th at the Hollywood Theater.

When Marnie Was There – Regent Square Theater


When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion surrounded by marshes, and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there. The two girls instantly form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. As the days go by, a nearly magnetic pull draws Anna back to the Marsh House again and again, and she begins to piece together the truth surrounding her strange new friend. Based on the young adult novel by Joan G. Robinson and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty), When Marnie Was There has been described as “Ghibli Gothic,” with its moonlit seascapes, glowing orchestral score, and powerful dramatic portrayals that build to a stormy climax. When Marnie Was There will screen from June 12th to June 18th at Regent Square Theater.

The Wolfpack – Harris Theater


Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed the Wolfpack, the brothers spend their childhood re-enacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. With no friends and living on welfare, they feed their curiosity, creativity, and imagination with film, which allows them to escape from their feelings of isolation and loneliness. Everything changes when one of the brothers escapes, and the power dynamics in the house are transformed. The Wolfpack must learn how to integrate into society without disbanding the brotherhood. The Wolfpack will screen from June 19th to June 25th at the Harris Theater.