Three Rivers Film Festival Rundown and Highlights

The Three Rivers Film Festival (3RFF) is the oldest and largest annual film festival in the Pittsburgh region. Created in 1982, the event celebrates all things cinema with a varied selection of the year’s most interesting films. Presented by Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Dollar Bank, the 2012 3RFF will showcase more than 50 films during its two-week run, including sneak peeks of fall releases, documentaries, restored classics, shorts, and critically acclaimed international favorites.

From November 2 – 17, festival films will screen at the Harris Theater, the Melwood Screening Room, and the Regent Square Theater. The opening night reception will feature three big previews – the French/Belgium love story Rust and Bone, the rock documentary Beware of Mr. Baker, and director David O. Russell‘s dramedy The Silver Linings Playbook, which was filmed in Pennsylvania.

The schedule – which is too lengthy to post here – continues with plenty of local, national, and international titles. Among the films representing Pittsburgh and Western PA is the foodie doc Pierogies, the Steeltown Film Factory winner The Perils of Growing Up Flat-Chested, and Tony Buba and Tom Dubensky‘s We Are Alive! The Fight To Save Braddock Hospital. Popular regional web series will also be covered with a special presentation of Greg and Donny at Film Kitchen, and the event Pittsburgh Dad & Meteor Man, where filmmakers Chris Pretska and Curt Wootton will discuss online film exhibition.

From the rest of the U.S. comes such talked about films as the Sundance hit The Comedy, a darkly humorous indie starring Tim Heidecker of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job, and the gut-wrenching drama Compliance. Polish cinema dominates the foreign film selections, along with must-see releases, including the Cannes stunner Holy Motors and the Brazilian comedy Neighboring SoundsThe festival will also put Australian film in the spotlight with a recently restored print of the 1971 thriller Wake In Fright, a shocking, alcohol-drenched story set in the outback.

For more information, please visit the 3RFF website, where you’ll find a complete schedule and details on additional films, informal discussions, live music events, and other festival happenings. Single tickets are $10, $15 for special events (includes opening and closing night screenings). Guests can also purchase a Six-Pack Pass for $50 (good for six regular admissions) at participating theaters or at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers office. Tickets are now available for purchase at Showclix.


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