The Tull Family Theater recently opened in Sewickley to bring art films and events to people living outside of the city of Pittsburgh. The theater lives up to its mission on March 23 when it kicks off its Cultural Screenings series with the sprawling 2014 museum documentary Hermitage Revealed.
The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world holding over 3 million treasures and boasting more curators than any other art institution. Hermitage Revealed presents a cinematic journey through the museum’s tumultuous 250-year history and offers unprecedented access to special collections and exclusive areas that remain hidden from the public eye.
The production brings together the oldest, the rarest, the most precious and the most closely guarded of Russia’s greatest treasures; items bought with great wealth or acquired by other means, items hoarded and saved from violent revolutionaries, items thought lost and later re-found – all works and their unique stories presented with an intimacy and immediacy that no museum or gallery experience can match. From Rembrandt to Russian masterpieces, from prehistoric artifacts to the private gemstone collection of Catherine The Great, from Michelangelo to Matisse and much, much more, the exquisite treasures the Hermitage has to offer are seemingly endless.
Hermitage Revealed begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online or at the door.
For decades, the Italian American Program at the Heinz History Center has worked to preserve and interpret the history and culture of Italian Americans in Western Pennsylvania. On January 10, the program will continue its mission with a special movie event.
The Heinz History Center will present a screening of the 2000 Italian romantic comedy Bread and Tulips at Row House Cinema. After being left behind during a family vacation, Rosalba (Licia Maglietta), an unhappy housewife, decides to start a new life in Venice. She finds room and board with Fernando (Bruno Ganz), a charming maître d’, and they soon fall in love. Meanwhile, Rosalba’s husband hires a private detective to look for her. Although the relationship between Fernando and Rosalba grows stronger, she is forced to return home. But will Fernando rescue her?
Bread and Tulips begins at 7:30 p.m. Guests can also hear about the Italian American Program and take part in a pasta guessing game for a chance to win four Heinz History Center passes. Tickets cost $9. The screening is presented as part of Row House’s Italian Cinema week.
As urban populations continue to grow, the access to decent housing shrinks. On November 10th, the Carnegie Museum of Art will examine how people throughout South America are trying to solve the problem with a preview of the locally produced documentary Within Formal Cities.
The film by intern architects Brian Gaudio and Abe Drechsler showcases innovative housing and infrastructure projects in Lima, Santiago, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Bogotá. During their travels, Gaudio and Drechsler interviewed more than 40 architects, designers, community members, and government agencies to learn about the housing crisis and the innovative ways designers are addressing it.
Within Formal Cities begins at 6:30 p.m. in the CMOA Theater. Gaudio will introduce the film and conduct a post-screening Q&A. The event is free. Those interested in attending can RSVP at the event Facebook page.
The screening is a program of Building Optimism: Public Space in South America at CMOA’s Heinz Architectural Center.
On August 4th, the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) and WESA will present the retrospective No Place but Home: An Evening with Filmmaker Tony Buba. The event is part of The Double Exposure Series, a part of CMOA’s Time-Based Media Project, which features “artists, preservationists, curators and scholars discussing the legacy of avant-garde film and video of the 1960s–1980s, including works in CMOA’s permanent collection and beyond.”
Since 1974, Braddock-based filmmaker Tony Buba has made over 20 films through his company Braddock Films, including the The Braddock Chronicles, a dozen black & white short documentaries chronicling life in a “dying milltown.” The event will include the premiere of No Place but Home, a documentary short by Ryan Loew and Matthew Newton that examines Buba’s career. Also showing are a selection of Buba’s films, including Betty’s Corner Café (1976), Washing Walls with Mrs. G. (1980), Mill Hunk Herald (1981), Fade Out (1998) and Ode to a Steeltown (2007), as well as a never-before-seen short.
No Place but Home: An Evening with Filmmaker Tony Buba will take place at 6 p.m. in the CMOA Theater. A post-screening Q&A with Buba will follow. Admission is free, but seating is limited.
The Warhol will soon unveil Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, an exhibition exploring the significant influence of these two artists on modern and contemporary life, focusing on the parallels, intersections, and points of difference between their practices—Warhol representing 20th-century modernity and the “American century,” and Ai representing life in the 21st century and what has been called the “Chinese century” to come. In conjunction with show, the museum will host daily screenings of the 2012 documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.
Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Alison Klayman, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of China’s most famous international artist, and most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.
The film captures a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China, and her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.
The film will show daily at 2 p.m. from June 3rd through August 28th in the Warhol theater. Film schedules are subject to change. Free with museum admission
On April 19th, actress Tilda Swinton will stop by the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) to introduce a sneak preview of The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger, a documentary about the prominent art critic, novelist, painter and poet. The event marks the beginning of a new collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh’s film program and CMOA.
Presented in four vignettes, the film presents a portrait of Berger who, in 1973, abandoned the metropolis to live in the tiny Alpine village of Quincy. He realized that subsistence peasant farming, which had sustained humanity for millennia, was drawing to an historical close. He determined to spend the rest of his life bearing witness to this vanishing existence, not least by participating in it. Berger’s trilogy Into their Labours chronicles the peasant life of this Alpine village and its surrounding countryside.
The film is the result of an eight-year project by Swinton and University of Pittsburgh Professor of English and Film, Colin MacCabe. Swinton served as executive producer and directed the Harvest segment. MacCabe produced the film with the Derek Jarman Lab in London, directed the first segment Ways of Listening, and co-directed A Song for Politics with Bartek Dziadosz.
The Seasons of Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger sneak preview will take place at 8:30 p.m. in the CMOA Theater. Swinton and MacCabe will both make an appearance at the screening. Ticket cost $35, $30 for members, $25 for students with valid ID, and are available for purchase on the CMOA website.
The Regent Square Theater will get into the spirit of giving with free screenings of It’s a Wonderful Life. Guests are encouraged to bring a nonperishable or canned good to support the East End Cooperative Ministry’s food drive. Showtimes will run through December 22nd.
Bad Movie Nite – Oaks Theater
The Oaks Theater continues their Bad Movie Nite series by celebrating some of the cheesiest, most ridiculous, and weirdest scenes ever filmed. Bad Movie Nite will take place at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10, $12 for table seats, and are available for purchase at the door on the day of the show.
Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show – Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh will present a screening of the 1916 film The Rink with piano accompaniment by Tom Roberts. The classic silent work stars Charlie Chaplin as a bumbling waiter who, after causing chaos at a restaurant, tears up the local roller rink with his skating. The Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show will take place at 1 p.m. in the Museum’s theater.
Harry Potter Marathon – Hollywood Theater
The Hollywood Theater will cast a spell on the holiday season with a mini Harry Potter marathon. The event will feature the first three movies in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Screenings will begin on December 26th and continue through December 31st. See the Hollywood Theater website for showtimes.
Established in 2006, The Propeller Group, an artist collective based in Ho Chi Minh and Los Angeles, creates multimedia work that combines filmmaking, advertising, politics, and history. On October 22nd, the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) will present a screening and talk to open its fall Forum Gallery exhibition, which features The Propeller Group’s work The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music.
The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music is a visual and musical journey through the fantastical funerary traditions of South Vietnam. Part documentary and part visionary reenactment, the 21-minute video follows brass band musicians, spiritual mediums, professional criers, and street performers through the mournful and euphoric public ceremonies of a multi-day wake: a set of colorful rituals that resonate with funeral traditions in New Orleans and other parts of the “global south.”
The Propeller Group reception and artist talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. The evening includes a post-screening discussion with Propeller Group founders Phunam Thuc Ha, Matt Lucero, and Tuan Andrew Nguyen, as well as special guest Dr. Matt Sakakeeny, Assistant Professor of Music at Tulane University. A cocktail reception in the Scaife foyer will follow. Admission is free, but guests are encouraged to RSVP at the CMOA website. The Propeller Group: The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music exhibition will run from October 23rd through March 21st in the museum’s Forum Gallery.
Artist Edward Hopper captured the loneliness of modern American life with his evocative realist oil paintings, including his best known work Nighthawks. On October 10th, the Carnegie Museum of Art will honor his life and career by pairing craft beer and film.
The museum will present Hops & Hopper, an event featuring samples from several breweries and a screening of Hopper Stories. Commissioned by Arte France, the anthology contains eight short films, each one inspired by a Hopper painting. The selections include Next to Last by Mathieu Amalric with Frederick Wiseman as Hopper, The Muse by Sophie Barthes with Michael Stuhlbarg, Hope by Dominique Blanc with Clemence Poesy, First Row Orchestra by Sophie Fiennes, Conference at Night by French director Valerie Mrejen, Rupture by animator Valerie Pirson, Berlin Night Window by German director Hannes Stohr, and Mountain by Danish director Martin de Turah.
Hops & Hopper will take place at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Carnegie Café and CMOA Theater. Guests can opt to watch the film only, or also talk with visiting brewmasters while enjoying delicious beer in a souvenir pub glass featuring a Hopper image from the CMOA collection. Tickets range in price from $10 to $40 and are available for purchase at the CMOA website.
Filmmaker Joss Whedon wrote and directed the musical comedy about a low-rent super-villain, the hero who keeps beating him up, and the cute girl from the laundromat he’s too shy to talk to. The film stars Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible, Nathan Fillion as Captain Hammer, and Felicia Day as Penny.
The event begins at 7 p.m. and includes raffles, CSTS merchandise, and a comically competitive interactive game. Costumes are encouraged. Admission is a minimum $10 donation. All proceeds go to Equality Now, an organization that advocates for the human rights of women and girls around the world.