For over three decades, the annual Three Rivers Film Festival (3RFF) has brought fringe films to the Pittsburgh region. Presented by Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Dollar Bank, the 2013 event will feature 15 days of documentaries, experimental works, restored classics, animated features, and narrative films.
The festival kicks off with an Opening Night Party at Pittsburgh Filmmakers on Nov. 8th. The gala begins at 7:15 p.m. with a screening of Brasslands, a kinetic, character-driven feature documentary about the world’s largest trumpet festival. The celebration continues at 9 p.m. with beer and refreshments, music from the band Lungs Face Feet, and a dance party with DJ/VJ Mike Bonello.
The schedule continues with a number of local, national, and international fare. Among the films representing Pittsburgh and Western PA is the French-produced Braddock, America, writer-director Jeff Monahan‘s Corpsing, Cryptic Pictures‘ horror doc Mortal Remains, and the Sundance award-winner Blood Brother. The area’s microcinema scene will also be showcased with a night of experimental shorts from Pittsburgh Extreme Radical Video (PERV) and an alternative film exhibition from the Pittsburgh-based publication INCITE.
3RFF will also play host to some of the country’s most talked about films, including the star-studded indies Prince Avalanche and Drinking Buddies, the underground hit Zero Charisma, and the family drama I Used to be Darker. From abroad, France contributes the most new titles, among them the humorous 2 Autumns, 3 Winters, Claire Denis‘ dark tale Bastards, and the biopic Camille Claudel 1915, as well as the lost 1972 masterpiece Cousin Jules. Other notable foreign film selections include UK director Ben Wheatley‘s trippy historical thriller A Field in England, Israel’s Oscar entry Bethlehem, and the Polish hit The Closed Circuit.
The festival will also highlight animation with old and new releases from around the world, including anime master Hayao Miyazaki‘s classic film My Neighbor Totoro, the heartbreaking World War II drama Grave of the Fireflies, and the French fantasy Moon Man. Also featured is artist Jean Michel Kibushi‘s Animated Film Program from the Congo, a collection of works rarely shown in the US. The one-of-a-kind Kibushi uses drawings, cutouts, models, and claymation to tell his stories, which are inspired by traditional Congolese folktales.
The festival runs from Nov. 8th to Nov. 23rd. Screenings will take place at Waterworks Cinema, Regent Square Theater, Harris Theater, Melwood Screening Room, Brillobox, The New Bohemian, The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, and The Shop. For more information, please visit the 3RFF website, where you’ll find a complete schedule and details on additional films, discussions, live music events, and other festival happenings. Single tickets are $10 at the door, $9 if purchased through Showclix. Special events (includes opening and closing night screenings) are $15. Guests can also purchase a Six-Pack Pass for $50 (good for six regular admissions) at participating theaters or at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers office. Additional ticket prices are available at the festival website.