CMU International Film Festival Looks At Faces Of (In)Equality

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Human Flow

From March 22-April 8, the Carnegie Mellon University International Film Festival (CMUIFF) will present documentaries, narrative films, and shorts from all over the world examining the festival’s 2018 theme Faces of (In)Equality. Inspired by a quote from author Kurt Vonnegut – “The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal” – the featured works are meant to explore “what it means to be equal or unequal in any of these words’ multiple senses and connotations.” The festival also includes director appearances, panel discussions, and more. See a film schedule and details below:

March 22

7 p.m.

Life and Nothing More Opening Reception


The festival opens with the Pittsburgh premiere of Life and Nothing More (Spain/USA, 2017). The work by Antonio Méndez Esparza (Aquí y Allá) stands as a story about ordinary people, all played by nonprofessional actors. In it, a single mother with a haunted and unforgiving past struggles to make ends meet with her three children in Florida. The event will take place in CMU’s McConomy Auditorium and includes a reception and Q&A with Esparza. Tickets cost $15 general/$10 seniors & students
and are available online or at the door. 

March 23

7 p.m.

The Doctor From India (US, 2018)


Directed by Jeremy Frindel (One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das), The Doctor From India is the fascinating story of one man’s mission to bring the ancient healthcare system of wellness called Ayurveda from India to the West in the late 1970s. In this meditative, immersive portrait, with interviewees including Ayurvedic practitioner Deepak Chopra, Frindel documents the life and work of Dr. Vasant Lad who, fulfilling his destiny as foretold by his family guru became a holistic health pioneer, helping to bring Ayurveda, which was almost unknown when he first arrived in the west, to become one of the most prominent alternative health systems in the world today. 

March 24

3 p.m.

Spoor (Poland, 2017)


Based on Olga Tokarczuk‘s best-selling novel Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead, this ecological thriller from director Agnieszka Holland follows a retired engineer and animal rights activist who lives alone in the Klodzko Valley on the Czech-Polish border. When the mysterious deaths of local hunters are blamed on animal attacks, she suspects something far more sinister.

7 p.m.

For Ahkeem (US, 2017)


After a school fight lands 17-year old Daje Shelton in a court-supervised alternative high school, she’s determined to turn things around and make a better future for herself in her rough St. Louis neighborhood. But focusing on school is tough as she loses multiple friends to gun violence, falls in love for the first time, and becomes pregnant with a boy, Ahkeem, just as Ferguson erupts a few miles down the road. Through Daje’s intimate coming-of-age story, For Ahkeem illuminates challenges that many Black teenagers face in America today, and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive.

March 25

4:30 p.m.

Beauty & the Dogs (Tunisia/France, 2017)


When Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, is raped by police officers after leaving a party, she is propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for her rights even though justice lies on the side of her tormentors. Employing impressive cinematic techniques and anchored by a tour-de-force performance from newcomer Mariam Al Ferjani, Kaouther Ben Hania‘s film tells an urgent, unapologetic, and important story head-on.

March 28

6 p.m.

Scarred Hearts (Romania, 2016)


During the summer of 1937, Emanuel, a young man in his early twenties, is committed to a sanatorium on the Black Sea coast for treatment of his bone tuberculosis. The treatment consists of painful spine punctures that confine him to a body cast on a stretcher-bed. Little by little, as Emanuel gets accustomed to the limitations of his new life, he discovers that inside the sanatorium there is still a life to be lived to the fullest.

March 29

7 p.m.

BPM (Beats Per Minute) (France, 2017)


In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions. The organization is ACT UP, and its members, many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group’s radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough.

March 30

7 p.m.

The Departure (US, 2017)


Ittetsu Nemoto, a former punk-turned-Buddhist-priest in Japan, has made a career out of helping suicidal people find reasons to live. But this work has come increasingly at the cost of his own family and health, as he refuses to draw lines between his patients and himself. The Departure captures Nemoto at a crossroads when his growing self-destructive tendencies lead him to confront the same question his patients ask him: what makes life worth living?

March 31

7 p.m.

Short Film Competition

The 2018 Short Film Competition will take place at the Melwood Screening Room.

April 1

4 p.m.

Clash (Eshtebak) (Egypt, 2016)


Set entirely in an 8m police truck, a number of detainees from different political and social backgrounds are brought together by fate, during the turmoil that followed the ousting of former president Morsi from power.

April 4

7 p.m.

Risk (US, 2016)


Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) returns with her most personal and intimate film to date. Filmed over six years, Risk is a complex and volatile character study that collides with a high stakes election year and it’s controversial aftermath. Cornered in a tiny building for half a decade, Julian Assange is undeterred even as the legal jeopardy he faces threatens to undermine the organization he leads and fracture the movement he inspired. Capturing this story with unprecedented access, Poitras finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle. In a new world order where a single keystroke can alter history, Risk is a portrait of power, betrayal, truth, and sacrifice.

April 5

3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Mali Blues (German, 2016)


For centuries, traditional music has unified Mali’s society. Yet the music of Mali is in jeopardy. Radical Islamists introduced sharia law, prohibited dance and secular music and destroyed instruments. Mali Blues tells the story of four musicians who refuse to accept hatred, suspicion, violence and a radical interpretation of Islam in their country.

The 3:30 p.m. screening takes place at Carlow University, University Commons 323. The 7 p.m. screening takes place at the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater.

April 6

7 p.m.

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (US, 2017)

ZIEGFELD GIRL, Hedy Lamarr, 1941

What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cellphone and Bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman and a technological trailblazer who perfected a secure radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes during WWII. Weaving interviews and clips with never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life—from her beginnings as an Austrian Jewish emigre to her scandalous nude scene in the 1933 film Ecstasy to her glittering Hollywood life to her ground-breaking, but completely uncredited inventions to her later years when she became a recluse, impoverished and almost forgotten.

April 7

6:30 p.m.

Pendular (Brazil/Argentina/France, 2017)


The debut feature from Julia Murat follows an unnamed young couple, a sculptor and a dancer. They have just moved into a massive loft, with a ceremonial ribbon of tape laid down the center to mark where the sculptures will be displayed and the dances performed. Gradually the young artists’ works bleed together and inspire one another, moving the rhythm of the loft back and forth like a body rocking in a chair. With intense sexual imagery and unforgettable original art pieces, the film is an incredible collaboration that melds sculpture, dance, and film in perfect balance.

April 8

4 p.m.

Human Flow Closing Night Reception


Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change, and war in the greatest human displacement since WWII. Human Flow (China/Germany/USA, 2017), an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey, from teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders.

All screenings take place in CMU’s McConomy Auditorium unless otherwise noted. General admission tickets to the opening night film and reception are $15, $10 for seniors and students. General admission tickets for all other screenings are $10, $5 for seniors and students. Full-access festival passes are available for $50, $25 for seniors and students. All tickets are available for purchase at the CMUIFF Faces of (In)Equality website.


Row House Clowns Around With ‘Terrifier’



If It didn’t satisfy your appetite for creepy clowns, Row House Cinema has just what you need. On March 16, the theater will present an exclusive midnight screening of the 2017 horror indie Terrifier.

Directed by Damien Leone, the spinoff to the 2013 horror film All Hallows’ Eve follows a maniacal clown named Art as he terrorizes three young women on Halloween night and everyone else who stands in his way. The film stars Jenna Kanell (The Bye Bye Man), Catherine Corcoran (Return to Nuke ‘Em High), and David Howard Thornton as Art the Clown.

Tickets for the Terrifier midnight screening cost $9 and are available for purchase at the Row House website.

Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: March 2018 Edition

A Fantastic Woman – Regent Square Theater


Marina (Daniela Vega in a standout performance), a young aspiring singer and trans woman, and her older lover Orlando are planning for the future. When Orlando suddenly passes away, his family treats Marina with suspicion and threaten to throw her out of the flat she shared with Orlando. To them, her sexual identity is an aberration, a perversion. So Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to be the woman she is now. A Fantastic Woman opens on March 9 at the Regent Square Theater.

The Cured – Harris Theater


What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (Sam Keeley), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page), Senan attempts to restart his life—but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? The Cured opens on March 9 at the Harris Theater.

Loveless – Manor Theatre


Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration, and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page – even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alexey. Until, after witnessing one of their fights, Alexey disappears. Loveless opens on March 30 at the Manor Theatre.

Black Bottom Film Festival Returns To The August Wilson Center


Magnificent Life of Charlie

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the August Wilson Center continue to showcase African-American contributions to cinema with another edition of the Black Bottom Film Festival. From February 23-25, the event features a selection of full-length films, shorts, and documentaries that focus on “the recurring themes of spirituality, race, family conflict, honor, duty and working-class struggle, themes ever-present in August Wilson’s The Pittsburgh Cycle plays.” The event will also include intimate Q&As, a dance party, and workshops for writers and actors.

See event schedule and details below:

February 23

5:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh Short Films


Tale of Four

The Pittsburgh Short Films program will present two selections, the documentary Wendell Freeland: A Silent Soldier (dir. Billy Jackson) and the drama Tale of Four ( dir. Gabourey Sidibe).

Wendell Freeland: A Silent Soldier tells the story of the late Wendell Grimkie Freeland, a Pittsburgh African American leader, attorney, activist, and Tuskegee Airman who worked quietly, but effectively, on significant civil rights battles. As a young Army Air Corp officer during World War II, he risked court marshall and death for defying racist orders to respect segregated officers’ facilities on an Indiana U.S. Army base. He also engaged in successful Pittsburgh battles for civil rights in public accommodations, police conduct towards Black citizens, fair housing, economic opportunity, and other matters. The film includes interviews with various subjects, including Freeland himself, as well as archival photos and footage.

With Tale of Four, Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated actress, Gabourey Sidibe makes her directorial debut in a multi-layered story that spans one day in the life of four different women who are connected through their quest for love, agency, and redemption. Inspired by Nina Simone’s song, “Four Women,” this film examines four separate stories reflective of multi-faceted African American women connected by the inner city building that they live in, ultimately converge on one fateful day through unheralded acts of bravery.

6 p.m.

TruthSayers Speaker Series Presents: April Reign

This event will feature guest April Reign, creator of the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.

8 p.m.

Love Jones (dir. Theodore Witcher)


Say hello to Darious Lovehall and Nina Mosley, two confused lovebirds who discover that you can never underestimate the power of a love jones. Stars Larenz Tate, Nia Long, and Khalil Kain. The event includes a pre-screening Q&A with Kain.

10 p.m.

90’S Themed After Party with DJ Selecta

February 24

1:30 p.m.

Odds Against Tomorrow (dir. Robert Wise)


Harry Belafonte produced and stars in this 1959 crime drama about a man who hires two very different debt-burdened men for a bank robbery until suspicion and prejudice threaten to end their partnership.

5 p.m.

Cinderella Man (dir. Ron Howard)


The work of production designer and 2018 Black Bottom Film Festival Cinematic Excellence Awardee, Wynn Thomas, will be on display when the festival screens the 2005 period drama, Cinderella Man. The Oscar-nominated film stars Russell Crowe as James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up professional prizefighter who came back to become the Heavyweight Champion of the World and a national hero in the 1930’s. A Q&A and awards ceremony for Thomas will take place at 3 p.m. before the screening.

8 p.m.

Double Play (dir. Ernest Dickerson)


Based on the book by Frank Martinus Arion, Double Play is a vibrant, multi-textural drama set against the beauty and bittersweet complexity of Curacao, where poverty and wealth are two sides of the same coin. In a high stakes game of dominoes, players confront their lust, desperation, rage, and remorse with deadly consequences. Directed by Ernest Dickerson, this film stars Lennie James and Louis Gossett, Jr. The movie’s producer, Lisa Cortes, will attend the Black Bottom Film Festival.

February 25

12:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh Short Films


Night Shift

The Pittsburgh Short Films program will present two selections, Night Shift (dir. Marshall Tyler) and Inamorata ( dir. A-lan Holt). In Night Shift, a night in the life of a bathroom attendant at a Los Angeles nightclub goes haywire. In Inamorata, a clairvoyant woman finds something unexpected during an intimate encounter with her fiancé’s lover.

1:30 p.m.

Magnificent Life of Charlie (dir. Bobby Huntley)


After her sister Brandy’s untimely death, everyone is taken aback by Charlie’s unorthodox (and seemingly chipper) approach to her grieving process. Follow Charlie and her friends Kayla and Keturah as they go along for a wild, hilariously exhilarating and bittersweet ride – which will surely be the craziest day of Charlie’s life. A Q&A with director Bobby Huntley and star Ashley Evans will take place before the screening.

4 p.m.

Last Life (dir. Michael Phillip Edwards)


Produced written and directed by Michael Phillip Edwards, Last Life is a tale about two African-American lovers who learn they’ve been together over the course of many lifetimes and that they must come to terms with the purpose of their repeated union. They are told by their doppelganger spirits that they only have days to live and achieve their goal (healing the divide between a former slave woman and slave man) after which they will die and never return. Edwards stars in the film as well, along with Tamika Lamison and Kobe Reverditto. A Q&A with Edwards and Lamison will take place before the screening.

6:30 p.m.

Betty Davis: They Say I’m Different (dir. Phil Cox)


Betty Davis is known for her outsized life, fashion and music in 1970s America. She arrived on the scene to break boundaries for women with her daring personality, iconic fashion style, and outrageous funk. But her raunchy lyrics and explosive stage energy clashed with the race and gender stereotypes of her time, leading the NAACP and black middle class to object to her music and boycott her performances. She befriended Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, wrote songs for the Chambers Brothers and the Commodores, and married Miles Davis, turning him from jazz to funk. Then she vanished. The documentary explores how she became a major influence on a diverse array of artists. A Q&A with director Phil Cox will take place before the screening.

8 p.m.

Black Bottom Film Festival Closing Reception

All events take place at the August Wilson Center unless otherwise noted. Tickets cost $25 for a day pass $55 for a festival pass, and are available for purchase online, over the phone at (412) 456-6666 or in person at the Theater Square Box Office.

Melwood Screening Room Presents Luna Park Experimental Film & Media Series


memory keep(h)er/Paul William Kruse and Jasmine Hearn

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


Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

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


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.

Harry Potter Film & Cultural Festival Returns To Row House Cinema


Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix/Warner Bros.

Row House Cinema will cast a spell on local film fans when it presents the 2018 Harry Potter Film & Cultural Festival.

From February 16 – 28, the theater will rollout a host of Potter-themed events on-site and at various venues throughout Lawrenceville. The schedule includes a family-friendly Wizarding Weekend, where adults and children can take part in hands-on activities such as Herbology Classes at Reed&Co, a free Potions Lab in the Bierport taproom (AKA The Leaky Cauldron), and a specially curated, wizard-themed local vendor fair at Belvedere’s Ultra Dive. Grown-up Potterheads can enjoy such adult-oriented fun as live music from the Pittsburgh wizard rock band Muggle Snuggle and butterbeer tasting. There will also be sorting hat ceremonies, trivia nights, fortune telling, and more.

Of course, the theater will also show all eight of the Harry Potter films, with many screenings featuring extra fun twists such as drag queen storytime, a live owl appearance courtesy of Humane Animal Rescue, and Weasley Sweater Night, where guests who wear an ugly sweater and get $1 off concessions.

Tickets for individual films and events are available at the Row House website. Please note that many festival events may already be sold out – check the festival’s Facebook page for more details.

Halloween Returns To The Hollywood Theater With 10/31 Premiere


On February 9, the Hollywood Theater, in collaboration with The Indie Horror Drive-In Film Festival, will present the Pittsburgh premiere of 10/31, a horror anthology film with local connections.

A Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. From masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters, there’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror and the macabre. The film is the directorial debut for Rocky Gray, the former drummer of the band Evanescence, and includes a vignette from Justin M. Seaman of the Pittsburgh-produced horror indie, The Barn.

The 10/31 premiere event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 at the door.

ASCEND Hosts First Pittsburgh 5Point Film Festival


For the past 10 years, the 5Point Adventure Film Festival has showcased inspiring outdoor films, art, and performances at events in Colorado, North Carolina, and Washinton. Now, 5Point will inspire local audiences to pursue their own amazing experiences with the first-ever 5Point Film Festival Pittsburgh.

On February 3, 5Point Film Festival Pittsburgh will gather area outdoor enthusiasts for an evening of movies, recreation, refreshments, and more at the ASCEND: Pittsburgh indoor rock climbing gym. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. with fun activities such as slacklining, crate-stacking, and wall climbing, food and beverages, gear, and raffles. Raffle drawings and film screenings begin at 7 p.m. 

Tickets for 5Point Film Festival Pittsburgh cost $5 in advance at Eventbrite, $10 at the door. The event is a collaboration of ASCEND: Pittsburgh, the upcoming gear shop, 3 Rivers Outdoor Company, and Cultivate. Raffle proceeds will go to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Climbers Coalition and First Waves.

Oaks Theater Hosts Premiere Of Local Horror Film ‘Body Farm’


Body Farm

On January 23, the Oaks Theater will premiere Body Farm, a local horror film shot with a Pittsburgh-based cast and crew.

Body Farma joint feature-length movie production between KVT Productions and Nickel 17 Films, follows an independent film company that sends a videographer ahead of a story to investigate a body farm where human decomposition is researched. The footage she sends back leads the rest of her team to follow her footsteps to uncover a grisly medical abyss.

Directed by Nicholas LaMantia and writer Brandon Keenan, the low-budget film was shot around the Pittsburgh area and at the famed West Virginia State Penitentiary, as well as in the mountains of North Carolina and in New York City.

The Body Farm premiere takes place at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $8 online or $10 at the door.

Hollywood Theater Offers Chills And Thrills With Janu-Scary Horror Film Festival


From January 25-February 1, the Hollywood Theater will give horror fans reasons to brave the cold when they present a selection of new and beloved films for its Janu-Scary event. The selections include a previously unreleased cut of Suspiria, a Norwegian horror comedy and a special double feature from Dread Central Presents. See film descriptions and schedule below:

January 25

9 p.m.

Dread Central Presents: Zombiology & Turbo Kid 

the Hollywood Theater joins with the horror blog and entertainment company Dread Central to present a double feature of Zombiology and Turbo Kid.

Zombiology (2017)


When a monster from a popular animated show appears and starts a zombie outbreak, it’s up to eccentric duo Lung and Chi-Yeung to stand up and fight in this action-packed horror selection from Hong Kong.

Turbo Kid (2015)


In a post-apocalyptic future, a young solitary scavenger obsessed with comic books must face his fears and become a reluctant hero when he meets a mysterious girl.

January 26-February 1

Mom and Dad (2017)


Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair star in this pitch-black horror -comedy about a worldwide mass hysteria where, for 24 brutal hours, parents turn violently against their own children.

January 26 & 30

Trench 11 (2017)


As World War One reaches its bloody climax, a team of Canadian, British and American troops investigate a top-secret underground German base, only to find a highly contagious biological weapon that turns its victims into mindless killers.

January 27

2 p.m.

The Gate (1987)


A young Stephen Dorff stars in this cult horror classic about a suburban kid who accidentally opens a demonic portal in his backyard. Screens on 35mm.

9 p.m.

Suspiria (1977)


The Hollywood Theater will screen a newly discovered, uncut 35mm Italian print of Suspiria, courtesy of the Chicago Cinema Society. Widely hailed as the most shocking and hallucinatory horror movie in history, director Dario Argento‘s masterpiece stars Jessica Harper as a young American ballet student who arrives at a prestigious European dance academy and is confronted by a series of bizarre and horrific deaths.

January 28 & 31

The Midnight Man (2016)

midnight man

Alex is a typical teenage girl who lives with her sick grandmother, Anna (Lin Shaye). While searching through the attic, Alex finds directions to a game, which played properly, will awaken “The Midnight Man,” an evil being who will make your worst nightmare come true. At first, Alex and her friends think the game is harmless fun. It is—until The Midnight Man comes to play for real. When Dr. Goodberry (horror legend Robert Englund) comes to the house to check on Anna, he can sense The Midnight Man’s presence, and warns the kids that when The Midnight Man comes to play, he plays to win.

January 29 & February 1

Vidar the Vampire (2017)


Vidar Haarr is a 33-year-old, sexually frustrated bachelor farmer who leads a Christian, monotonous, and strenuous working life on his mother’s farmstead in the Western outskirts of Norway. In a desperate attempt to break free from routine, Vidar prays to a higher power to grant him a life without boundaries. Unfortunately, his prayers are heard, and Vidar wakes up one evening as the Prince of Darkness in sin city, Stavanger.

Tickets for individual films are available for purchase on the Hollywood Theater website or at the door. Guests can also purchase a Janu-Scary festival pass to see five films for $30 (Dread Central Presents: Zombiology & Turbo Kid and Suspiria are not included with the pass).