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:
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.
Curated by D.W. Anselmo, TOUCHING 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
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 RAINBOW: Queer 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.
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:
Michael Collins (1996)
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.
The Butcher Boy (1998)
Jordan weaves an inventive tale of a boy who uses humor, hooliganism, and horror to cope with the world around him.
Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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 12th, Psycho 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
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
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
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
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
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
On October 23rd, Row 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
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.
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:
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).
Guarani (The People’s Language)
Pequenas Mentiras Piadosas (The Travel Agent)
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?
Todos se van (Everybody Leaves)
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.
Hollywood Theater’s 90th Birthday Party – Hollywood Theater
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
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.
The Birds – Melwood Screening Room
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.
Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture Show – Oaks Theater
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
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
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.
El Topo – Regent Square Theater
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
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.
Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu – Hollywood Theater
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.
Rosenwald – Kelly Strayhorn Theater
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.
The Cult of John Carpenter – Row House Cinema
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
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.
Can You Dig This – Kaufmann Center
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.
On the third Thursday of each month, Allegheny City Talking Docubox provides screenings and discussions of important and timely documentary films at the Pittsburgh public-access station, PCTV. On February 18th, the program will present Groundswell Rising, a film about the fight against fracking.
The new documentary from Emmy Award-winning Resolution Pictures captures the passion of people engaged in a David and Goliath confrontation. They stand together, challenging a system they believe promotes profit over health. The film presents mothers, fathers, scientists, doctors, farmers and people from all sides of the political spectrum taking a hard look at energy extraction techniques not proven to be safe. With the Oil and Gas industry’s expansion of fracking seen as a moral issue, this provocative documentary tracks a people’s movement, a groundswell rising towards reason and sensitivity, to protect life, today and tomorrow.
The Groundswell Rising Allegheny City Talking Docubox screening will take place at 7 p.m. and includes a discussion led by activist and former Pittsburgh City Councilman, Doug Shields, and his wife, Bridget Shields. The event is free and open to the public.
The Afronaut(a) salon series returns to the Kelly Strayhorn Theater with a selection of thought-provoking films and videos from Pittsburgh and from around the globe. Curated by Pittsburgh-based interdisciplinary artist Alisha B. Wormsley, the selections include sci-fi and supernatural-influenced short and feature works from artists and filmmakers representing a diverse array of racial, sexual, and national identities and perspectives. The program also offers live performances, artist talks, and more. See schedule and details below:
Talk and performance by BOOM Concepts founder and artist D.S. Kinsel and jazz vocalist Anqwenique Wingfield
Robots of Brixton (dir. Kibwe Tavares)
Brixton has degenerated into a disregarded area inhabited by London’s new robot workforce – robots built and designed to carry out all of the tasks which humans are no longer inclined to do. The mechanical population of Brixton has rocketed, resulting in unplanned, cheap and quick additions to the skyline. The film follows the trials and tribulations of young robots surviving at the sharp end of inner city life, living the predictable existence of a populous hemmed in by poverty, disillusionment and mass unemployment. When the Police invade the one space which the robots can call their own, the fierce and strained relationship between the two sides explodes into an outbreak of violence echoing that of 1981.
Last Angel of History (dir. John Akomfrah)
This cinematic essay posits science fiction (with tropes such as alien abduction, estrangement, and genetic engineering) as a metaphor for the Pan-African experience of forced displacement, cultural alienation, and otherness. Akomfrah’s analysis is rooted in an exploration of the cultural works of Pan-African artists, such as funkmaster George Clinton and his Mothership Connection, Sun Ra’s use of extraterrestrial iconography, and the very explicit connection drawn between these issues in the writings of black science fiction authors Samuel R. Delaney and Octavia Butler.
Touch (dir. Shola Amoo)
Jessica and George meet in an open field at a specific time and place everyday. George is in love – but unbeknownst to him, Jessica hides a devastating secret. As Jessica’s feelings for George grow, she must make an important decision that will change her life forever.
Afronauts (dir. Frances Bodomo)
Afronauts tells an alternative history of the 1960s Space Race. It’s the night of July 16th 1969 and, as America prepares to send Apollo 11 to the moon, a group of exiles in the Zambian desert are rushing to launch their rocket first. They train by rolling their astronaut, 17-year-old Matha Mwamba, down hills in barrels to simulate weightlessness. As the clock counts down to blast off, as the Bantu-7 Rocket looks more and more lopsided, Matha must decide if she’s willing to die to keep her family’s myths alive. Afronauts follows the scientific zeitgeist from the perspective of those who do not have access to it.
Talk and live performance of excerpts from Ricardo Iamuuri’s stage show A BRAND NEW WORLD: kill the artist
The Secret of Selling the Negro Market (1954)
The Secret of Selling the Negro Market is a 1954 film financed by Johnson Publishing Company, the publisher of Ebony magazine, to encourage advertisers to promote their products and services in the African-American media. The film showed African-American professionals, housewives and students as participants in the American consumer society, and it emphasized the economic power of this demographic community
Watermelon Man (dir. Melvin Van Peebles)
The tables turn on a bigoted white insurance salesman when he wakes up transformed as a black man (a dual performance by Godfrey Cambridge) in this satirical 1970 comedy from blaxploitation director Melvin Van Peebles.
Mamma Said (dir. Scott Andrew)
The follow-up to Andrew’s film A Girl Called Dusty – an expansion on his previous installation of the same name that explores the tragic events in the life of Dusty Springfield – provides further investigation into a character loosely based on Springfield with a stylistic affinity for Pebbles Flintstone and all the Cheetah loving grandmas in the world. The screening includes a talk with Andrew.
TBD – Jacolby Satterwhite
Snow White (dir. Pyuupiry)
Artist Pyuupiry’s 2008 video installation.
She Gone Rogue (dir. Zachary Drucker and Rhys Ernst)
An unnamed transgender protagonist (played by Drucker) attempts to visit her “Auntie Holly” but instead falls down a rabbit hole, encountering trans-feminine archetypes that are in turn confounding, nebulous, complicated and contradictory. Legendary performers Flawless Sabrina, Vaginal Davis, and Holly Woodlawn play feisty fairy godmothers, fighters and survivors of erstwhile eras who illuminate the unsung historical chronology of queens and trans women. Darling’s narrative journey mirrors Drucker’s artistic collaboration with each real life performer, enacting a trans-generational dialogue that is as disparaging as it is hopeful.
What’s The Love Making Babies For (dir. Ryan Trecartin)
Video artist Trecartin’s speculates in vivid animation about reproduction, sexuality, and contemporary moralities.
Talk with artist Ingrid LaFluer
Crumbs (dir. Miguel Llanso)
In post-apocalyptic Ethiopia, strange-looking scrap collector, Gagano (Daniel Tadesse), has had enough of collecting the priceless crumbs of decayed civilization, including the most valuable: merchandise from Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan. When a spaceship that has been hovering high in the sky for years starts showing signs of activity, Gagano has to overcome his fears – as well as a witch, Santa Claus and second-generation Nazis — to discover things aren’t quite the way he thought.
Native Sun (dir. Blitz the Ambassador and Terrance Nance)
This short film from music artist Blitz the Ambassador – which serves as a visual companion piece to his album of the same name – follows a bright young boy in Ghana as he searches for his father.
Ornette: Made in America (dir. Shirley Clarke)
Ornette: Made In America captures jazz musician Ornette Coleman’s evolution over three decades. Returning home to Fort Worth, Texas in 1983 as a famed performer and composer, documentary footage, dramatic scenes and some of the first music video-style segments ever made chronicle his boyhood in segregated Texas and his subsequent emergence as an American cultural pioneer and world-class icon.
Walk to Fieldwork gallery to view Ian Johnson’s work and short talk
Afronaut(a) 3.0 begins at 2 p.m. each day. Doors open at 1 p.m. All seats are donation only and guests are encouraged to pay what makes them happy.
On February 10th, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Homewood will screen the PBS documentary The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords. Presented as part of the Heinz History Center‘s From Slavery to Freedom Film Series, the film from director Stanley Nelson focuses on the little known origins and legacy of African-American journalism.
Since the early 1800’s Black newspapers have existed in almost every major city in the U.S. Collectively, these papers – such as the Pittsburgh Courier – contain the most detailed record of African-American life in existence. Soldiers Without Swords is the first documentary to provide an in-depth examination of the history and contributions of African-American newspapers, once was this nation’s strongest voice for the African-American community. From facilitating the migration of Southern Blacks to northern cities; to recording the social and political events affecting the lives of African Americans; to providing a showcase honoring Black soldiers in World War II, the Black press documented life for millions of people that were otherwise ignored.
The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords will screen at 5:30 p.m. in the Homewood Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.