The 2014 Three Rivers Film Festival (3RFF) will present 15 days of features, shorts, and animated works from around the world, including Pittsburgh. The event kicks off on Nov. 7th with four film screenings at venues throughout the city. The evening includes the local premieres of Foxcatcher, the highly anticipated bio-drama from director Bennett Miller (Regent Square Theater), the gas boom documentary The Overnighters (Harris Theater), Jean-Luc Godard‘s experimental 3D film Goodbye to Language (Waterworks Cinema), and the locally filmed, award-winning indie Homemakers (Melwood Screening Room). An Opening Night Party will take place at 9 p.m. at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and will include a live performance by Union Rye, music from DJ Tricky Powers, and refreshments courtesy of Great Lakes Brewery, Spak Brothers, SaludPgh, and more.
Among the films representing Pittsburgh is the JFK assassination conspiracy drama The Umbrella Man, the Steeltown Film Factory winner Franksgiving, and a tribute to local artist Emmett Frisbee. The festival will also showcase microcinema with the curated exhibition jORGONEson Presents, the local music and video collaboration Mind Cure Records Presents, and the skateboard documentary and shorts collection Scumco and Sons Presents.
3RFF will also host some of the year’s most talked about films, including two star-studded selections, the dark comedy Listen Up Philip and the WWII code-breaking thriller The Imitation Game. From abroad comes The Tribe, Ukraine’s brutal illustration of power structure at a boarding school for the deaf; the 2013 Venice Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner Stray Dogs; and the Dutch coming-of-age drama Supernova. A diverse array of thought-provoking documentaries will also take center stage, including Cowboy Christmas, H.D. Motyl‘s intimate portrait of rodeo life; The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, a last look inside the legendary Japanese animation giant Studio Ghibli; and the Oscar-nominated Dirty Wars.
In addition, the festival will highlight animation with Hayao Miyazaki‘s imaginative fairy tale Spirited Away, the Japanese anime Welcome to the Space Show, and French animator Paul Grimault‘s restored classic The King and the Mockingbird. Also featured is Latvia’s 2015 Animated Feature Oscar entry Rocks in my Pockets, a trio of personal stories told through director Signe Baumane‘s combination of papier-mache, stop-motion, and hand-drawn animation.
The festival runs from Nov. 7th to Nov. 22rd. Screenings will take place at Waterworks Cinema, Regent Square Theater, Harris Theater, Melwood Screening Room, Brillobox, Gooski’s, The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, and Brillobox. 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. Tickets for all 3RFF screenings are available for purchase at Showclix.