Boxing, Puppets & Gaming: Art On Film At Three Rivers Arts Festival

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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will soon unveil the 55th annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a 10-day celebration of the arts in Pittsburgh. Free and open to the public, the world-class, multi-disciplinary festival will take place from June 6thJune 15th at the famed three rivers in Point State Park, throughout picturesque Gateway Center, and in the city’s world-renowned Cultural District. Besides art, dance and music, the event will also include Art on Film, a series that explores a variety of artists and their creative process – whether they work in photography, sculpture, drawing, painting, music, puppetry, architecture, or video game design.  See the full Art on Film schedule below:

June 6th

7:30 p.m.

Cutie and the Boxer

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Once a rising star in the ‘70s New York art scene, 80-year-old “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara hopes to reinvigorate his career as he preps for his latest show. His wife, and de facto assistant, Noriko, seeks her own recognition through her “Cutie” illustrations, which depict their chaotic, yet sustained, 40-year marriage. Director Zachary Heinzerling captures the Brooklyn-based couple at home and at work, combining candid vérité scenes, archival footage and charming animated sequences of Noriko’s drawings. The documentary captures two lives united by a dedication to art-making for a touching meditation on the eternal themes of love and sacrifice.

June 7th

3 p.m.

Margo Lovelace and the Magic of Puppetry / Thaddeus Mosley: Sculptor

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One of Pittsburgh’s most highly-acclaimed documentary filmmakers, Kenneth Love, presents new profiles of two Pittsburgh legends. The 2013 documentary short Margo Lovelace and the Magic of Puppetry explores Margo Lovelace’s philosophy on life and the power of puppetry. We learn how this “Puppet Lady of Ellsworth Ave” supported her vision of social reform through entertainment. In the 2012 film Thaddeus Mosley: Sculptor, Mosley shares his thoughts on working methods, individual style, and his influences.

4:30 p.m.

Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation

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Director Laura Archibold‘s feature-length documentary examines the Greenwich Village music scene and how it sparked everlasting political, social and cultural changes. For the first time, the greatest singer-songwriters, authors and performers from Greenwich Village reflect on how they collectively became the voice of a generation. Through poignant interviews, rare archival footage and new live performances, the film tells a story about community, courage and most importantly – music.

6:45 p.m.

Open City of Amereida

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In 1970, students and teachers from the faculty of Architecture at the Catholic University of Valparaíso founded the Open City of Amereida in Ritoque, Chile. This city is conceived as an architecture laboratory with an existential premise from where to inhabit, rediscover, and refound the American continent based on an original, creative, and non-colonial idea of identity. Here, for several decades, work has been done in one of architectural education’s most radical experiments. Through the fusion of architecture with poetic thought, and a particular mythology of life, the “open citizens” imagine a social habitat that is different from traditional architecture and society. Based on the testimonies of its inhabitants, this documentary narrates the origins, the history, and the cultural legacy of this community that for over 40 years has explored a way of living where “…the rhyme between the word and the action…” becomes reality. This film previously screened at the 2014 CMU International Film Festival.

8 p.m.

Sign Painters

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We see them almost every day without a second thought. Weathered by time, distinct characteristics shining through, hand-painted signs are a product of a fascinating 150 year-old American history. What was once a common job has now become a highly specialized trade, a unique craft struggling with technological advances. Sign Painters, directed by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, stylistically explores this unacknowledged art form through anecdotal accounts from artists across the country including Ira Coyne, Bob Dewhurst, Keith Knecht, Norma Jeane Maloney and Stephen Powers. These vanguards of unseen originality are leading a renaissance with a keen creative purpose and exemplify the working class American success story. Sign Painters celebrates those keeping the tradition intact with a bespoke approach and appreciation for a balance between art and commerce. This film previously screened as part of CMU’s Alien She exhibit.

June 8th

2 p.m.

Margo Lovelace and the Magic of Puppetry / Thaddeus Mosley: Sculptor

3:15 p.m.

Open City of Amereida

4:30 p.m.

Indie Game: The Movie

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Documentary filmmakers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky look specifically at the underdogs of the video game industry, indie game developers who sacrifice money, health and sanity to realize their lifelong dreams of sharing their visions with the world. After two years of painstaking work, designer Edmund McMillen and programmer Tommy Refenes await the release of their first major game for Xbox, Super Meat Boy—the adventures of a skinless boy in search of his girlfriend, who is made of bandages. At PAX, a major video-game expo, developer Phil Fish unveils his highly anticipated, four-years-in-the-making FEZ. Jonathan Blow considers beginning a new game after creating Braid, one of the highest-rated games of all time. Four developers, three games, and one ultimate goal— to express oneself through a video game.

June 9th

6:30 p.m.

In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter

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Saul Leiter could have been lauded as the great pioneer of colour photography, but was never driven by the lure of success. Instead he preferred to drink coffee and photograph in his own way, amassing an archive of beautiful work that is now piled high in his New York apartment. In an intimate and personal film, In No Great Hurry follows Saul as he deals with the triple burden of cleaning an apartment full of memories, becoming world famous in the 80s, and fending off a pesky filmmaker.

8 p.m.

Cutie and the Boxer

June 10th

7 p.m. reception / 8 p.m. screening

Film Kitchen Contest Show Front Porch

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Art On Film pays tribute to local filmmakers with the annual Film Kitchen Contest. A panel of judges will determine which of the films best encapsulate this year’s theme – front porch. The submissions – all four minutes or under – will represent a variety of genres, and compete for cash prizes, as well as an Audience Choice award. $8 admission.

June 11th

6:30 p.m.

Open City of Amerdia

8 p.m.

Antonio Gaudi

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Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí (1852–1926) designed some of the world’s most astonishing buildings, interiors, and parks; Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara constructed some of the most aesthetically audacious films ever made. Here their artistry melds in a unique, enthralling cinematic experience. Less a documentary than a visual poem, Teshigahara’s Antonio Gaudí takes viewers on a tour of Gaudí’s truly spectacular architecture, including his massive, still-unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona. With camera work as bold and sensual as the curves of his subject’s organic structures, Teshigahara immortalizes Gaudí on film.

June 12th

6:30 p.m.

Sign Painters

8 p.m.

Cutie and the Boxer

June 13th

7:15 p.m.

Antonio Gaudi

8:45 p.m.

Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation

June 14th

3 p.m.

Open City of Amereida

4:15 p.m.

Margo Lovelace and the Magic of Puppetry / Thaddeus Mosley: Sculptor

5:45 p.m.

In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter

7:30 p.m.

Indie Game: The Movie

June 15th

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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Pride Week Short Films

Collection of short films presented by the Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Society.

All Art On Film selections will screen at the Harris Theater. All films are free, unless otherwise noted.

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