Category: Film Series

Former Hollywood Theater Group Debuts New Film Series And Venue

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After the Hollywood Theater in Dormont changed hands during a contentious buyout by the Theatre Historical Society of America, local film fans questioned what would happen to the dynamic programming offered by the theater’s former management, the Friends of the Hollywood Theater. Now known as Jump Cut Theater, the group will present Alternative Content, a brand new monthly screening series, at the site of their future theater at 241 East Main Street in Carnegie. Jump Cut Theater plans to temporarily transform the space – formerly the home of The Flying Squirrel – into an informal screening room to showcase 16mm film projections.

Debuting on June 9, the first Alternative Content includes selections from the personal 16mm film collections of creators Joseph Morrison, a Jump Cut Theater programmer, and Steven Haines of Flea Market Films.

The multimedia show will also feature a screening of the classic 1948 film noir He Walked By Night. When a Los Angeles police officer is savagely gunned down, a city-wide manhunt ensues for his cunning and ruthless killer. But finding the murderer, chillingly played by Richard Basehart, proves difficult for Detective Marty Brennan (Scott Brady) and his colleagues as Basehart’s Roy Morgan is always one step ahead of the law. Will modern police methods and sheer determination be enough to find the elusive cop-killer before he strikes again? Cinematographer John Alton’s brilliant use of light and shadows shine in this groundbreaking police procedural directed by Alfred L. Werker, along with an uncredited Anthony Mann. Co-written by John C. Higgins (Raw Deal) and Crane Wilbur (The Phenix City Story), it also features Jack Webb who went on to create and star in the aforementioned Dragnet. [Synopsis courtesy of Classic Flix]

Audiences will also get the chance to explore additional oddball formats of media, as stereo photography, vintage stereoviews, and film strips will all be on display before the scheduled screening.

Doors open at 7 p.m. at the 241 East Main Street location. Tickets cost $5-7.

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Pittsburgh’s Avant-Garde Highlights Experimental Animation By Paul Glabicki

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On April 11, the third and final installment of the of the micro-cinema series Pittsburgh’s Avant-Garde will showcase a variety of rarely seen experimental works for Anxious Optics: The Experimental Animations of Paul Glabicki.

Curated by Ben Ogrodnik, the program features a selection of 16mm animated shorts from the 1970s-1990s by Pittsburgh-based animator and multidisciplinary artist, Paul Glabicki, as well as Robert Breer, Barry Spinello, Paul Sharits, and Adam Beckett. As described on the website, Anxious Optics “widens the focus to the community of artists investigating film alongside Glabicki, situating him in the pioneering ‘New York School’ animators of the 1970s and 1980s who championed abstraction over photorealism, structure, and shape over spontaneous creation.”

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Still from Red Fence

The films include:

● Recreation (Robert Breer, 1954)
● Colored Relations (Barry Spinello, 1970)
● T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G, (Paul Sharits, 1968)
● Diagram Film (Paul Glabicki, 1978)
● Evolution of the Red Star (Adam Beckett, 1973)
● Scanning (Paul Glabicki, 1976)
● Under the Sea (Paul Glabicki, 1989)
● Red Fence [excerpt] (Paul Glabicki, 1999)

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Screenshot from T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G,

* Please note: This screening contains works with psychedelic imagery and stroboscopic flicker effects, which may induce seizures in some viewers.

Anxious Optics: The Experimental Animations of Paul Glabicki takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the Melwood Screening Room. A discussion with Glabicki and Bill Judson, former curator of the Carnegie Museum of Art Film and Video Department, will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Tull Family Theater Highlights Health And Science Issues With New Series

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 On March 29, the Tull Family Theater in Sewickley will launch Science on Screen. Taken from the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Science on Screen initiative, the monthly series pairs films that explore science-based issues with noted experts in the field. It includes four events from March through June and covers topics such as memory loss, sleep issues, meal preparation, and math. Before each screening, experts from local organizations will give 10-20 minutes talks and take questions from the audience.
See dates and details below:

March 29

6:30 p.m.

Marjorie Prime

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Eighty-six-year-old Marjorie (Lois Smith) spends her final, ailing days with a computerized version of her deceased husband (Jon Hamm). With the intent to recount their life together, Marjorie’s “Prime” relies on the information from her daughter and son-in-law (Geena Davis and Tim Robbins) to develop a more complex understanding of his history. As their interactions deepen, the family begins to develop ever diverging recounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often painful past, Based on the play by Jordan HarrisonMichael Almaryeda’s film wonders how, if given the opportunity, would we choose to rebuild the past, and what would we decide to forget?
The includes a talk by experts from University of Pittsburgh’s BRiTE Center, which offers physical, musical and mental activities to those with mild cognitive impairments.

April 26

6:30 p.m.

Sleepwalk with Me

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Based on comedian-turned-playwright-turned-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia’s successful one-man show, Sleepwalk with Me tells the semi-biographical story of burgeoning stand-up comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship threatening to race out of his control, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore. Director/star Birbiglia co-wrote the script with NPR personality Ira Glass, who also produced the film.

The screening includes a talk and Q&A by Dr. Daniel Shade, director of Allegheny General Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Clinic, and Rachel Falsone, a nurse practitioner trained in insomnia and sleepwalking.

May 31

6:30 p.m.

Babette’s Feast

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Adapted from a story by Isak Dinesen, director Gabriel AxelOscar-winning 1987 film tells the layered tale of a French housekeeper with a mysterious past who brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late nineteenth-century Denmark.

The event includes a discussion on the multiple dimensions of food preparation by Leah Lizarondo, CEO and co-founder of the innovative anti-food waste nonprofit 412 Food Rescue, and Sister Lyn Szymkiewicz, director of ecology and environment at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, who manages a 94-acres preserve including beehives, chickens and community gardens.

June 28

6:30 p.m.

The Man Who Knew Infinity

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Written and directed by Matthew Brown, The Man Who Knew Infinity is the true story of friendship that forever changed mathematics. In 1913, Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), a self-taught Indian mathematics genius, traveled to Trinity College, Cambridge, where over the course of five years, forged a bond with his mentor, the brilliant and eccentric professor, G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), and fought against prejudice to reveal his mathematic genius to the world.

Dr. Harsh Mathur, a quantum physics professor at Case Western Reserve University, will provide context by discussing the film’s subject and his impact on the field. Mathur shares an Indian heritage with Ramanujan and has a special interest in physics history.

The Tull Family Theater will accommodate group sales for 10 or more people, discounted from $11 general admission to the $8.75 rate reserved usually for seniors 65 and older, children 10 and younger, and military and college students with IDs. Adults and youth are encouraged to attend.

Melwood Screening Room Presents Luna Park Experimental Film & Media Series

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From February through May, the Melwood Screening Room will highlight original works by local and visiting artists and filmmakers during the Luna Park Experimental Film & Media Series. Drawing inspiration from Luna Park, a Pittsburgh-based amusement park that operated from 1905 to 1909, the series will present new and rarely-seen works, with screenings accompanied by workshops and performances by established and emerging artists.

The series kicks off on February 17 at 12 p.m. with FEM_BODIED. Curated by Staycee Pearl, the evening features short films by four black women artists –  Corinne Spencer, Allana Clarke, Alisha Wormsley, and Jasmine Hearn – who create work featuring the” black female body in motion.”

See below for the complete Luna Park Experimental Film & Media Series schedule and details: 

March 23-24

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Curated by Audra Wist, REVOLT/RESTRAINT: How We Refrain is a two-day program meant to explore ideas about repetition, revisitation, revolt, and restraint. On March 23 at 7 p.m., includes a screening of Chicago-based artist and filmmaker Deborah Stratman’s The Illinois Parables, an experimental documentary comprised of regional vignettes about faith, force, technology, and exodus. Eleven parables relay histories of settlement, removal, technological breakthrough, violence, messianism and resistance, all occurring somewhere in the state of Illinois. The state is a convenient structural ruse, allowing its histories to become allegories that explore how we’re shaped by conviction and ideology. [Synopsis courtesy of Pythagoras Film]. A talkback with Wist and Stratman will follow. 

On March 24 at 7 p.m., ARTISTS READING SOMETHING __________ IN THE BACKYARD will feature artist and writer Lex Brown (who will present her video Lip Gloss Alurt), Brook Hsu, multimedia artist Tamara Santibañez, and Wist. The event will also include JEANNE DIELMAN’S RESTITUTION, a screening and panel discussion on the works in relation to the themes of power, sex, memory, repetition, and reclamation with homage to French filmmaker Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles.

April 27-28

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Where Are My Children?

Curated by D.W. AnselmoTOUCHING LOSS: Finding Girls in Early Hollywood will throw light on the vital contributions female players, directors, and spectators made to the successful implementation of early Hollywood. It focuses on rare fragmented films, forgotten young actresses, and personal fan artifacts from the 1910s. All films will be screened on 35mm prints lent by the Library of Congress, and most of these titles are not available commercially and have never been screened publicly.

On April 27 at 6 p.m., the program Women Directors in Early Hollywood: Lois Weber & Grace Cunard will include a screening and discussion of Where Are My Children? (1916) and an episode of the multi-chaptered action serial The Purple Mask (1916). Directed by writer Lois Weber and Philip Smalley, Where Are My Children? was inspired by the obscenity case of Margaret Sanger and stands as one of the first films to deal with birth control and abortion. Director/writer/star Grace Cunard‘s episode of The Purple Mask – titled “A Prisoner of Love”- depicts the adventures of Patsy Montez (Cunard), who experiences a series of perils after stealing her aunt’s jewels to get back at a detective who snubbed her.

On April 28 at 4 p.m., From the Archives: Forgotten 1910s Girl Stars & the Movie Fans Who Loved Them will feature selections from various multipart works, including The Master Key (1914) and Zudora (1914), and The Mysteries of Myra (1915), as well as the film The Eyes of Julia Deep (1918). Also included is a lecture titled Moviegoing Girls and Her Fan Scrapbooks

May 11-12

Curated by Suzie Silver and Hilary Harp, OUT IN THE WOODS / OVER THE RAINBOW celebrates play, inquiry, and the transgression of accepted boundaries of medium and genre in the moving image. On May 11 at 8 p.m., OUT IN THE WOODS: Queer Folk and Fairy Tales presents an international sampling of sixteen original short experimental queer folk and fairy tale films, from “Samoan and Mexican mythology and folk rites used to explore queer diasporic identities, to a queer retelling of a Swedish folk-tale about two sisters, three wishes and a calamitous obsession with a sausage.”

On May 12 at 12 p.m., OVER THE RAINBOWQueer and Experimental Shorts for Kids of All Ages includes a Drag Queen Story Hour hosted by Akasha L. Van-Cartier and an all-ages screening of genderfluid live-action and animated short films.

CMOA Honors Director Neil Jordan With Wild West North Film Screening Series

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From April 14-15, the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) will honor Neil Jordan, the acclaimed Irish filmmaker best known for The Crying Game and Interview with the Vampire, with the Wild West North Film Screening Series. Presented in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Film Studies department, the two-day retrospective includes three of the director’s films and conversations with renowned Irish novelist and visiting Pitt faculty member Patrick McCabe, who collaborated with Jordan on adapting two of his books – The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto – for the screen.

See below for film schedule and details:

April 14

7 p.m.

Michael Collins (1996)

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Liam Neeson plays the title role in Jordan’s award-winning biopic about Michael Collins, the statesman who negotiated Ireland’s break with England and went on to become a political martyr. The film also stars Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Rickman and Julia Roberts.

April 15

2 p.m.

The Butcher Boy (1998)

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Jordan weaves an inventive tale of a boy who uses humor, hooliganism, and horror to cope with the world around him.

April 15

5 p.m.

Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

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Abandoned at birth by a “Phantom Lady” mother and fathered in secret by the local parish priest, Patrick “Kitten” Braden (Cillian Murphy) grows up to lead a picaresque life as a transvestite, magician’s apprentice, sometime prostitute, suspected IRA terrorist, seeker of truth and illusion, loyal friend, and tirelessly witty observer of life.

All screenings take place in the CMOA Theater. Tickets cost $45 for all three screenings (members: $36, students: $24), $18 for individual films (members: $15, students: $10). Every ticket includes a book signed by McCabe.

Tull Family Theater Launches Cultural Screenings With ‘Hermitage Revealed’

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Hermitage Revealed

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.

Stay Haunted, My Friends: Pittsburgh Does Halloween 2016

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It’s that time of year again, and Pittsburgh has tons of movie events to get you in the Halloween spirit. Scare yourself all month long with festive horror screenings, parties and festivals.

Midnight at the Manor – Manor Theatre

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Enjoy a lineup of horror movies at Manor Theatre during the fifth annual Midnight at the Manor. Selections include Green Room on October 1st and It Follows on October 22nd. Keep checking the website for more films and details. All screenings will take place at midnight.

Haunted Oaks Film Festival – Oaks Theater

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On October 1st, the Oaks Theater will showcase locally made short films during the second annual Haunted Oaks Film Festival. Selections include Candy by Nelson Vicens, Last Rain by the Carnegie Screenwriters, and Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Horror Project winner Daisy. Audience members can also vote for the best films of the festival. A pre-show cocktail hour featuring special $5 drinks begins at 6 p.m. Films begin at 7:30 p.m. Auditorium tickets cost $10, $12 for VIP table seating, and are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.

October Sunday Night Series – Regent Square Theater

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Regent Square Theater presents an impressive roster of classic horror movies during their month-long October Sunday Night Series. Selections include Dracula on October 2nd, The Invisible Man on October 9th, The Bride of Frankenstein on October 16th, The Wolf Man on October 23rd and The Creature from the Black Lagoon on October 30th. All screenings take place at 8 p.m. 

Halloween Movie Nights – AMC Loews Waterfront

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The Classic Movie Nights series at AMC Loews Waterfront takes a spooky turn with Halloween Movie Nights. Selections include Donnie Darko on October 5th, Poltergeist on October 12thPsycho on October 19th and Halloween on October 26th. All screenings take place at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, $10.50 for reserved seating.

October Movie Nights – Mixtape

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The Garfield coffee and cocktail bar Mixtape will screen a host of horror movies as part of their weekly October Movie Nights series. On October 6th, it’s the horror comedy The Addams Family followed by Wes Craven’s meta-slasher classic Scream. On October 13th, its Hocus Pocus followed by the 2013 remake of Carrie. On October 20th, it’s Beetlejuice followed by Rob Zombie’s 2007 Halloween remake. On October 27th, it’s a special Nightmare Edition with Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas followed by the original Nightmare on Elm Street. Films start at 7 and 9 p.m. Admission is free and includes complimentary popcorn. Guests must be 21 and over.

Halloween Spook-Tacular – Dependable Drive-In

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Families and hardcore horror fans alike will find plenty of fun at Dependable Drive-In‘s Halloween Spook-Tacular. On October 14th, the theater will open at 5 p.m. with trunk-or-treat for the kids and contests for the best costume and best-decorated car. A kid-friendly double feature with Hotel Transylvania 2 and Monster House begins at 7:15 p.m. Afterward, adults can enjoy more R-rated frights with Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Friday the 13th, and Nightmare on Elm Street. There will also be pumpkin funnel cakes and hot apple cider at the concession stand. Admission is $8 for adult, $3 for kids ages 5-11.

Living Dead Weekend – Living Dead Museum

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The Living Dead Museum will once again host a weekend of zombie-themed fun for the whole family. From October 14th through October 16th, horror fans can partake in activities such as a George Romero double feature at the Strand Theater and guided Living Dead film location tours. Guests can also enjoy numerous activities in EDCO Park, including discussion panels and meetups with Living Dead cast and crew members, parties, vendors, and more. See the Living Dead Weekend website for a complete schedule, guest list and ticket prices.

Halloween Party with Doug Bradley and The Innocents – Hollywood Theater

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On October 15th, horror icon Doug Bradley, star of the Hellraiser series, will stop by the Hollywood Theater for the venue’s annual Halloween party. The event includes a screening of the 1961 film The Innocents. Based on the Henry James novella Turn of the Screw, the British tale stars Deborah Kerr as a governess who believes the two children under her care are being possessed by a malevolent spirit haunting their house. There will also be festive treats, a costume contest with prizes, and photo and autograph opportunities with Bradley. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 to 12 at Showclix, $8 for members, $15 at the door. BYOB is prohibited for this event. The theater will sell beer and wine.

Haunted Psychedelic Creep Show Vault – Spirit

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On October 21st, the creatures of the night will make some cool music at Spirit when the venue presents a DJ lineup spinning horror movie-inspired disco, as well as synthwave, witch-house and black techno. Headlining the event is Antoni Maiovvi, co-owner of the Euro-horror dance music label Giallo Disco Records. Maiovvi scored the neo-Giallo film Yellow, which screened at Film 4 Frightfest, Sitges 2012, Berlinale and Cannes. The evening begins at 9 p.m. Cover is $7. This is a 21 and over event.

Silent Horror Classics Marathon – Row House Cinema

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On October 23rdRow House Cinema will go quiet for a full day of silent horror cinema. The event includes screenings of Vampyr (1932), Nosferatu (1922), Faust (1926) and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920). The Silent Horror Classics Marathon begins at 1:15 p.m. Showtimes and tickets are available at the Row House website.

Midnight Radio’s Night of the Living Dead N’at – Bricolage

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From October 27th through November 12th, Bricolage some adds levity to the zombie apocalypse with Midnight Radio‘s horror comedy show Night of the Living Dead N’at. The twisted, 1940s radio-style take on George Romero’s definitive 1968 film Night of the Living Dead comes complete with live foley work, commercial spoofs and performers juggling multiple roles, as well as live musical accompaniment by Cello Fury. Audience members can also enjoy a special pre-show happy hour with free drinks and activities. Tickets cost $35, $25 for students with valid ID, and are available for purchase at the Bricolage website.

Duquesne University Presents Spanish Film Club Series

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The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Duquesne University will present their fall Spanish Film Club series, which is entitled Celebrating the New Wave of Ibero American Cinema. See schedule and details below:

September 28th

Arrugas (Wrinkles) 

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The hand-drawn animated feature from GKIDS opens with former bank manager Emilio being dispatched to a retirement home by his family. His new roommate is a wily wheeler-dealer named Miguel, who cheerfully swindles small amounts of cash from the more befuddled residents but is also full of handy insider tips that are crucial to survival. Like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in an old-folks home, we are introduced to daily pill regimens, electric gates, and nighttime joyrides, as the reality of Emilio’s future life begins to sink in. Featuring the voice work of Martin Sheen (The West Wing), Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises) and George Coe (Archer).

October 12th

Guarani (The People’s Language)

October 26th

Pequenas Mentiras Piadosas (The Travel Agent)

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From her office overlooking the US Interests Section, Lourdes counsels thousands of Cubans seeking a travel visa for the US. She coaches them on how to answer the trick questions, so they have better chances to succeed. Despite helping others to travel, she has never been able to visit her mother, son and other 22 relatives in Florida. After a long wait, Lourdes’ time has finally come: her interview is set. Her dream to visit her dying mother was never so close. Will she able to travel and overturn her destiny of forced separation?

November 9th

Todos se van (Everybody Leaves)

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Shot in Colombia (because the director didn’t get permission to film in Cuba) and featuring a cast consisting mostly of expatriate Cuban actors, Everybody Leaves is a celebration of freedom and a confrontation of the authoritarian

Cuban regime of the 1980s, which led to one of the country’s worst economic crises. Eight-year-old Nieve is the object of her parents’ custody battle. Her mother, Eva, is an artist who believes in the revolution and disagrees with censorship or authoritarianism. She is re-married to Dan, a Swede working on the construction of a nuclear plant. Nieve’s father Manuel is a playwright who sacrifices his artistic career to write government propaganda in a remote area of the country.

Through her diary entries, Nieve reveals intimate details of a turbulent family life while painting an authentic portrait of the social and political unrest in Cuba under the rule of Castro.

Each screening will take place at 7:05 p.m. in Room 105 of Duquesne’s College Hall. The series is free and open to the public.

Weekly Movie Roundup: March 14th – March 20th

March 14th

Hollywood Theater’s 90th Birthday Party  – Hollywood Theater

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The historic Hollywood Theater will celebrate 90 years with a special guest screening and and party. Ghost Whisperer actor and Pittsburgh native David Conrad will present a new digital restoration of the essential 1949 film noir classic The Third Man. Also included in the festivities is a live performance by Tom Roberts and Friends, food by Eliza’s Oven, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and a raffle. Doors open at 7 p.m. followed by an introduction by Conrad and the film at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $20  at Showclix, $25 at the door. Member tickets are $15.

Serenity Drink and Draw – Row House Cinema

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Bring your sketch pad and art supplies to Row House Cinema for a Drink and Draw celebration of the theater’s Sci-Fi Fest. Co-hosted by Atlas Tap Room and the Toonseum, the event includes a tasty draft beer of your choice, a guided drawing session, a small popcorn, and a ticket to the 9:15 p.m. showing of director Joss Whedon’s space western Serenity. Activities begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and are available for purchase at the Row House website.

March 17th

The Birds – Melwood Screening Room

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Melwood Screening Room will present a screening of Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1963 film The Birds. The horror hit stars Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor as a two people whose potential romance is interrupted by flocks of deadly birds in a small California coastal town. The screening will begin at 7 p.m. A discussion will follow.

March 18th

Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show – Oaks Theater

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Musicians Tom Roberts and Mary Beth Malek will play an original live score for three Charlie Chaplin films at the Oaks Theater. The bar and kitchen open at 6:30 p.m. followed by the show at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets cost $10 and are available for purchase at Showclix.

Mountains May Depart – Harris Theater

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The Chinese feature Mountains May Depart will open at the Harris Theater. At once an intimate drama and a decades-spanning epic that leaps from the recent past to the present to the speculative near-future, director  Jia Zhang-ke‘s new film is an intensely moving study of how China’s economic boom and the culture of materialism it has spawned has affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love. Check the Pittsburgh Filmmakers website for showtimes.

Troublermakers: The Story of Land Art – Melwood Screening Room

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Troublermakers: The Story of Land Art will open at Melwood Screening Room. Directed by James Crump, the documentary unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s, and features rare footage and interviews which unveil the enigmatic lives and careers of such storied artists as Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria and Michael Heizer. Check the Pittsburgh Filmmakers website for showtimes.

March 20th

El Topo – Regent Square Theater

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Regent Square Theater will screen Mexican director Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s 1970 film El Topo. The surreal western stars Jodorowsky as a black-clad gunfighter who embarks on a symbolic quest in an Old West version of Sodom and Gomorrah. The screening will begin at 8 p.m. 

Silents, Please! Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages – Hollywood Theater

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The Hollywood Theater continues its Silents, Please! series with the 1922 Scandinavian silent feature Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages. The dark, stylish film from Benjamin Christensen traces the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to the rise of witch hunts throughout modern Europe. The screening includes live musical accompaniment by Richard Nicol of Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers. The event will begin at 3 p.m. Tickets cost between $5 and $8 and are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.

Weekly Movie Roundup: February 29th – March 6th

March 1st

Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu – Hollywood Theater

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The Hollywood Theater will present an exclusive, one-time screening of the anime film Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu. The first chapter in a three-part film series follows the protagonist Koyomi Araragi and his encounter with the horrifying vampire, Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade A.K.A. the “King of Apparitions.” Koyomi saves Kiss-shot who was fatally wounded by offering his blood to her in exchange for his own life as a human. The screening will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available for purchase at Showclix.

March 3rd

Rosenwald – Kelly Strayhorn Theater

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JFilm and the Kelly Strayhorn Theater will present the Pittsburgh premiere of Rosenwald. The documentary from director Aviva Kempner tells the story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, and inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century. The screening will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Tickets are $5 to $10 online at the JFilm website or $12 at the door. A second screening will take place on March 6th.

March 4th

The Cult of John Carpenter – Row House Cinema

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Row House Cinema will celebrate writer, producer, director, composer, and all-around great filmmaker John Carpenter with a week of his most beloved works. Films include the 1986 fantasy action comedy Big Trouble In Little China, the 1981 dystopian thriller Escape From New York, the 1982 sci-fi masterpiece The Thing, and the 1988 cult hit They Live. Showtimes continue through March 10th.

HUMP! Tour – Ace Hotel

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Now in its 12th year, Dan Savage‘s HUMP! Film Festival continues to provide a venue for creative amateur porn featuring a cornucopia of body sizes, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes, all under the welcoming umbrella of sex-positivity and sexual expression. The event’s traveling program, the HUMP! Tour, returns to Pittsburgh to once again showcase a diverse selection of homemade dirty movies, this time at the newly opened Ace Hotel. The program will take place on on March 4th at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. and on March 5th at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 and are available for purchase at the HUMP! website.

March 5th

Can You Dig This – Kaufmann Center

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The Hill House Association recently launched 28 Days, an inaugural event series that celebrates arts and culture in the Hill District, one of the city’s oldest and most historic African American neighborhoods. On March 5th, 28 Days will present the Pittsburgh premiere of Can You Dig This, a documentary that highlights the work of four farmers in Los Angeles. The screening will take place at the Elsie H. Hillman Auditorium in the Kaufmann Center. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. followed by the film at 2 p.m. A panel discussion will follow. Due to the film’s explicit language, childcare is available. Admission is a $10 suggested donation or pay-what-you-can.