Melwood Screening Room will present another edition of their monthly series by highlighting short films and videos from local filmmakers Daniel Luchman, Ross Nugent, and Christy Leonardo. Event will include refreshments from Mellinger’s Beer and Spak Brothers Pizza. A reception will take place at 7 p.m. followed by the film screenings at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5.
A John Waters Christmas: Holier and Dirtier
Trash filmmaker John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray) will put his own naughty spin on the holidays with an adult-oriented one-man show at the Carnegie Music Hall. Presented by the Andy Warhol Museum, A John Waters Christmas: Holier and Dirtier will showcase the director’s playfully wicked take on everything from Santa Claus, to rampant consumerism, to his love of exploitation Christmas movies. A John Waters Christmas: Holier and Dirtier will take place at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $25 and are available for purchase at the Warhol Museum website.
The Row House Cinema will celebrate the work of Japanese animation visionary Hayao Miyazaki with a week dedicated to some of his finest films. The selections include My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away. The event will run from December 11th through December 17th. See the Row House website for showtimes and tickets.
Pittsburgh Filmmakers will open their facilities to the public for making, salons, music, and more. The event includes a Printing & Processing Party, stop-motion animation with magazine cutouts, guided tours, and experimental films in the Pittsburgh Filmmakers Library. Activities begin at 5:30 p.m. A set from DJ Kelly C will take place at 7 p.m. followed by a performance from local hip-hop artist Eclypse at 8:30 p.m. Admission to the event is $5, free for PF/PCA members and students. All guests will receive a complimentary beverage.
Feminist Film Screening: Vessel
Socialist Alternative, an organization committed to fighting racism, sexism, and inequality, will present a screening of Vessel at BOOM Concepts. The documentary feature follows a young doctor who sails through loopholes in international law, providing abortions on a ship in offshore waters. The event will also include a post-screening discussion. Vessel will take place at 4:30 p.m.
The Hollywood Theater will join forces with the Western PA Humane Society for a special canine-centric edition of the theater’s Silents, Please! film series. The event will feature silent film shorts starring animal performers Pete the Pup and Luke the Dog, including The Scarecrow (1920), Fatty and Mabel Adrift (1916), and Cat, Dog & Co. (1929). Musicians Tom Roberts and Dawn Posey will provide live musical accompaniment during the screenings. Guests can also meet animal friends from the Western PA Humane Society and get more information about adoption. Doors open at 2 p.m. Films begin at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 12 and under, and are available for purchase at Showclix.