Doc Explores Pittsburgh Museum With ‘Site-Specific: A History Of The Mattress Factory’

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Artist Yayoi Kusama in Site-Specific: A History Of The Mattress Factory

Not long after the Mattress Factory opened in 1977, it set out to provide an experimental lab featuring site-specific installations created by artists in residence from around the world. Now local documentarian David Bernabo will help mark the 40th anniversary of the contemporary art museum with the film Site-Specific: A History Of The Mattress Factory.

Through a mix of stories and anecdotes, archival installation footage, and interviews with artists and razor-sharp co-directors Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk, Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory presents an in-depth look at one of the first site-specific museums in the United States. Starting as a quirky, anything goes food co-op and artist studio space, the museum created a program of artist residencies in 1982 to focus on site-specific installation art and they never looked back.

The film parallels the installation of the museum’s 40th-anniversary exhibition with an in-depth, story-driven journey through the museum’s long history of exhibiting site-specific art. Through interviews with artists such as Ann Hamilton, Sarah Oppenheimer, Vanessa German, and Dennis Maher, the film provides an intimate, sometimes humorous, look at the indirect path a museum takes as it creates its identity.

By mining the museum’s extensive tape and video archive, the film unearths rare archival installation footage of James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama, Meg Webster, and David Ellis. Detailed discussions provide the history and context for John Cage’s changing installation, Allan Wexler’s Bed Sitting Rooms for an Artist in Residence, and Dennis Maher’s three-story installation A Second Home, among other works. [Synopsis courtesy of David Bernabo]

Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory will premiere on May 3 at the Mattress Factory. A second screening public will take place on May 10 at the Melwood Screening Room. Tickets are free for the Mattress Factory screening and $8 for the Melwood event.

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Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: May 2018 Edition

Zama – Harris Theater

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Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him a transfer from the town in which he is stagnating, to a better place. His situation is delicate. He must ensure that nothing overshadows his transfer. He is forced to accept submissively every task entrusted to him by successive Governors who come and go as he stays behind. The years go by and the letter from the King never arrives. When Zama notices everything is lost, he joins a party of soldiers that go after a dangerous bandit. Zama opens on May 4 at the Harris Theater.

Ismael’s Ghosts – Regent Square Theater

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Twenty-one years ago, she ran away. And twenty-one years later, Carlotta (Marion Cotillard) is back from the void. But Ismael (Mathieu Amalric) has been busy rebuilding a life for himself with Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and working on his next feature film. As Ismael’s trials and tribulations unfurl, so too do those of his film’s protagonist: the idle, funny and reckless diplomat Ivan Dédalus (Louis Garrel). Written and directed by Arnaud DesplechinIsmael’s Ghosts opens on May 4 at the Regent Square Theater.

The Road Movie – Row House Cinema

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A mosaic of asphalt adventures, landscape photography, and some of the craziest shit you’ve ever seen, Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s The Road Movie is a stunning compilation of video footage shot exclusively via the deluge of dashboard cameras that populate Russian roads. The epitome of a you-have- to-see- it-to- believe-it documentary, it captures a wide range of spectacles through the windshield—including a comet crashing down to Earth, an epic forest fire, and no shortage of angry motorists taking road rage to wholly new and unexpected levels—all accompanied by bemused commentary from unseen and often stoic drivers and passengers. The Road Movie opens on May 11 at the Row House Cinema. This film is showing as part of Row House’s New Documentary Film Showcase.

Disobedience – Manor Theatre

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From a screenplay by Sebastián Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, and based on Naomi Alderman’s book, the film follows a woman (Rachel Weisz) as she returns to the community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a childhood friend (Rachel McAdams). Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. Disobedience opens on May 18 at the Manor Theatre.

Riverside Drive-In Pays Tribute To Tobe Hooper For April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama

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Get ready for another weekend of horror under the stars when April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama returns to the Riverside Drive-In Theatre. From April 2728, the event will offer a lineup of classic 1980s horror and science fiction movies, including a night dedicated to the legendary late filmmaker Tobe Hooper. See films and details below:

April 27

Poltergeist (1982)

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A suburban family joins forces with a team of paranormal experts when a malevolent force abducts their young daughter in this supernatural classic from Tobe Hooper and writer/producer Steven Spielberg.

Lifeforce (1985)

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Sexy space vampires invade London in this curious sci-fi selection from Tobe Hooper.

The Funhouse (1981)

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A deformed carnival worker terrorizes four teens in this early Tobe Hooper horror gem.

Invaders From Mars (1986)

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Karen Black stars in Tobe Hooper’s remake of a 1953 sci-fi film about a young boy who tries to stop aliens from taking over his small town.

April 28

Alligator (1980)

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Years after it’s flushed down the toilet as a baby, a giant sewer alligator with a taste for human flesh terrorizes Chicago.

The Boogens (1981)

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Subterranean monsters are unleashed on a small town after crews reopen an abandoned mine.

Critters (1986)

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Small, toothy aliens wreak havoc on a family farm in this cult sci-fi horror comedy that stars Dee Wallace and M. Emmet Walsh.

The Deadly Spawn (1983)

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A slug-like alien and its brood infest the basement of his house and begin eating anything in their path.

Admission is $10 per person each night, free for children 12 and under with an adult. Overnight camping is $10 a person each night and comes with breakfast each morning.

2018 JFilm Festival Highlights Jewish Baseball Players, Musicians And More

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The JFilm Festival returns to bring 11 days of international Jewish-themed films, guest speakers, and more to various venues throughout the region. This year’s lineup features the Pittsburgh premieres of 20 narrative and documentary films from 12 countries.

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Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

The event opens on April 26 with Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel, a documentary about childhood friends from summer camp who visit Israel to make a movie about Jewish baseball players, never dreaming it would turn into a run for Team Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The screening includes a Q&A with Pittsburgh native and MLB.com reporter Jonathan Mayo, who appears in the film, and a pop-up after-party.

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Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me

Other documentaries in the line-up include Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me and Monsieur Mayonnaise. Helmed by award-winning filmmaker Sam PollardSammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me explores the achievements and tensions that surrounded the career of entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr., including his conversion to Judaism and his tumultuous relationship with Black America.

Sponsored by the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, Monsieur Mayonnaisfollows French-born Australian artist and cult filmmaker Philippe Mora as he uncovers his father’s remarkable exploits in the French Resistance and his mother’s miraculous escape from a prison camp. The story is told through a montage of found footage and Mora’s own artistic renditions.

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Among the narrative films showcased is the comedy Humor Me. Faced with a midlife crisis, Nate (Jemaine Clement), a struggling playwright, moves into a New Jersey retirement community with his father (Elliott Gould). Filmmaker Sam Hoffman’s directorial debut also stars Annie Potts, Bebe Neuwirth, and Erich Bergen, who will appear at the festival.

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Representing Pittsburgh is local filmmaker David Bernabo, who will premiere his work In a Dark Wood. The documentary charts the path of composer and University of Pittsburgh music composition professor Mathew Rosenblum’s “Lament/Witches’ Sabbath,” a highly personal concerto written for world-famous clarinetist/composer David Krakauer.

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Other films include the Dutch historical drama An Act of Defiance, the Israeli/German drama The Cakemaker, and Itzhak, Alison Chernick‘s documentary about legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman. The festival will also present a number of Q&As with various directors and actors and three sessions of Film Schmooze, a casual post-film discussion led by local scholars and sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Jewish Studies Program.

See the JFilm website for showtimes and ticket prices. Screenings will take place at SouthSide Works Cinema and other select locations, including AMC Mount Lebanon 6, the Hollywood Theater in Dormont, and Seton Hill University in Greensburg.

Pittsburgh Underground Film Festival Returns With Riveting Docs And More

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution

From April 2022, Reel Q brings back the Pittsburgh Underground Film Festival (PUFF) for a weekend of thought-provoking works about the LGBTQIA+ experience. The event includes a diverse array of feature-length and short documentaries addressing various aspects of LGBTQIA+ history and culture, including the HIV/AIDS crisis and the LGBTQIA+ influence on punk music. See schedule and details below:

April 20

8:30 p.m.

Idol Worship: An Evening with Mink Stole and Peaches Christ

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PUFF opens with a special presentation of Idol Worship: An Evening with Mink Stole and Peaches Christ at the Regent Square Theater. The show is an intimate, revelatory, and heartfelt happening that takes the form of a chat/variety show starring living legend and cult film icon Mink Stole, and is hosted by drag impresario and filmmaker Peaches Christ. The dynamic duo have been close friends for almost two decades and would like to invite you to join them for this special happening. With interviews, stories, film clips, anecdotes and live song this is a wildly entertaining, and uncensored exposé that aspires to be as hilarious as it is revealing.

Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 a the door. VIP tickets are available for $40 in advance, $45 at the door. VIP tickets include a meet-and-greet with Mink Stole and Peaches Christ, an exclusive Q&A, early venue access, and reserved seats.

April 21

In Full Bloom (2015)

1 p.m. (Doors 12:30 p.m.)

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The feature-length documentary by Michael D. Brewer chronicles the lives of 15 actors (13 transgender and 2 gay) whose paths cross during the production of Lovely Bouquet of Flowers, the unprecedented stage play created and written by Jazzmun Nichcala and director David Hays Gaddas. Fiction becomes reality, when behind-the-scenes footage of the rehearsal process and vignettes from the climactic performance are interwoven with expert testimonies and compelling personal interviews from the cast, that deal with family, inner conflicts, coming out, surgery, hormones, and the complexities of sexual identity and orientation. By sharing their own journeys and speaking to issues, such as relationships, spirituality, and careers, the film challenges the viewer to move past stereotypes and to see the commonalities we all share as human beings.

In Full Bloom screens at the Melwood Screening Room. The event is free and open to the public. Registration required.

Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS (2017)

4 p.m. (Doors 3:30 p.m.)

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Directed by Harriet HirshornNothing Without Us tells the story of the inspiring women at the forefront of the global AIDS movement. Combining archival footage and interviews with female activists, scientists and scholars in the US and Africa, the film reveals how women not only shaped grassroots groups like ACT-UP in the U.S. but have also played essential roles in HIV prevention and the treatment access movement throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The film explores the unaddressed dynamics that keep women around the world at risk of HIV while introducing the remarkable women who have the answers to ending this 30-year old pandemic.

Nothing Without Us screens at the Melwood Screening Room. Tickets cost $10.

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution (2017)

7 p.m. (Doors 6:30 p.m.)

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Director Yony Leyser presents the story of Queercore, the cultural and social movement that began in the mid-1980s as an offshoot of punk and was distinguished by its discontent with society’s disapproval of the gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender communities. Underscoring interviews from figures such as Bruce LaBruce, G.B. Jones, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, John Waters, Kim Gordon, and many more are clips from movies, zines, concerts, and actions iconic to the movement. As steeped in the radical queer, anti-capitalist, DIY, and give-no-fucks approach as queercore itself, the movie reveals the perspectives and experiences of bands, moviemakers, writers, and other outsiders, taking audiences inside the creation of the community—and art—so desperately needed by the same queers it encompassed.

Queercore screens at the Melwood Screening Room. Tickets cost $10. A free dance party at P-Town Bar will follow the screening.

April 22

Expanding Gender: Youth Out Front

1 p.m. (Lunch 12:30 p.m.)

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This short film program includes four documentaries that explore the varied identities of trans and gender-expansive youth and young adults. Selected works include TomgirlA Place in the Middle, Monica’s Story, and Passing.

Expanding Gender: Youth Out Front screens at the Melwood Screening Room. Admission is pay-what-you-can.

Tongues Untied (1989)

3 p.m. (Doors 2:30 p.m.)

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Directed by Marlon Riggs, Tongues Untied blends documentary footage with personal account and fiction in an attempt to depict the specificity of Black gay identity. Besides detailing North American black gay culture, Riggs recounts his own experiences as a gay man, including the realization of his sexual identity and of coping with the deaths of many of his friends to AIDS. Other elements include footage of the Civil Rights Movement and clips of Eddie Murphy performing a homophobic stand-up routine. The film is a part of a body of recently released films and videos that examine central issues in the lives of lesbian and gay Black people. Riggs’ work challenged television’s generic boundaries of conformity during the late 80s and early 90s. The television documentary during this time was the conventional talking head, expert interviews, and personal testimonials commonly on public affair issues.

Tongues Untied screens at the Melwood Screening Room. Admission is pay-what-you-can.

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CMU Examines Origins And Evolution Of African-American Speech With ‘Talking Black In America’

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On April 11, Carnegie Mellon University will delve into the roots and culture surrounding African-American language with the Pittsburgh premiere of Talking Black in AmericaProduced and directed by Neal Hutcheson and Danica Cullinan, it’s described as the first feature-length documentary devoted to African-American speech, and attempts to remedy misconceptions and resulting marginalization.

Talking Black in America follows the unique circumstances of the descendants of American slaves and their incredible impact on American life and language. Speech varieties from the African American community reflect the imprint of African language systems, the influences of regional British and Southern American dialects, and the creativity and resilience of people living through oppression, segregation and the fight for equality. Filmed across the United States, Talking Black in America is a startling revelation of language as legacy, identity, and triumph over adversity. Features Reverend Jeremiah Wright, DJ Nabs, Professor Griff, Quest M.C.O.D.Y., Dahlia the Poet, Nicky Sunshine and many others.

Talking Black in America will screen at 4 p.m. in Carnegie Mellon University’s Rashid Auditorium. A panel discussion with Fred BrownWaverly DuckLovie Jewell Jackson Foster, and Tamara Sanders-Woods will follow. The screening and panel discussion are free and open to the public.

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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* 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.

Chatham University Presents An Evening With Pittsburgh Women Filmmakers

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On April 10, Chatham University will celebrate women in film and media with a special event. Sponsored by Chatham’s Film & Digital Technology Program and the Steeltown Entertainment Project, the evening will showcase five Pittsburgh-based women filmmakers who will speak on their careers, the challenges they face, and what inspires them.

The panel includes Julie Sokolow, a self-taught documentarian who made waves with Woman on Fire, the story of Brooke Guinan, New York City’s first openly transgender firefighter. The film, which was acquired by Starz, depicts Guinan’s journey as she seeks acceptance in an overwhelmingly macho profession at the FDNY, where her father and grandfather also served. It also takes an intimate look at her personal life with her loving, but traditional family and boyfriend. In addition to Woman on Fire, Sokolow directed Aspie Seeks Love, a film about the dating struggles of a writer with autism.

Other panelists include Njaimeh Njie, a filmmaker, photographer, and founder of Eleven Stanley Productions, a multimedia production company dedicated to nonfiction storytelling. Her first solo project, Power(ed) by Grace: Musings on Black Womanhood, was a photo and video exploration of black women’s lives in Pittsburgh. Her work has been screened in the Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Festival and the Black Bottom Film Festival. According to her website, she’s currently working with residents in Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood to develop a series of mural installations commissioned as part of the Temporary Placemaking and Public Art project, through the Office of Public Art and Neighborhood Allies. (Read more about her in our interview Pop Up Premieres Founder Njaimeh Njie Sees Black And Gold.)

Panelist Olivia Vaughn is a producer at the Pittsburgh production company, Animal. She produced Fursonas, an award-winning feature documentary on Furry subculture, and Echo Torch, a sci-fi short by local filmmaker Chris Preksta. She is currently producing the documentary feature Blood Memory, about America’s Indian Adoption Era. (To learn more about Fursonas, check out our interview with film’s director, Dominic Rodriguez.)

Panelist Kristen Lauth Shaeffer is a director, editor, and Assistant Professor of Film and Digital Technology at Chatham University. Her short film Mercury in Tuna screened at festivals in Pittsburgh and all over the world. She also made 349, a collaborative animation and installation project that converted a videotaped dance performance into a series of still frames. She has received grants from The Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and Pittsburgh 250 Community Connections for her work as co-creator and executive producer of Greetings from Pittsburgh: Neighborhood Narratives.

Panelist Adrienne Wagner is a cinematographer and editor. Her short documentary My Grandpa’s Garage, a personal biopic about her grandfather’s life-long love of collecting, was featured in film festivals throughout the country. She also served as DP for the feature film Bystander and currently produces video content for Hello Neighbor, Pittsburgh’s refugee mentorship program, as well as other nonprofits.

The event takes place at 7 p.m. in Chatham University’s Beckwith Auditorium, Buhl Hall (in the Science Complex). It includes a screening, panel discussion, and Q&A, followed by a reception. This event is free and open to the public.

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Pittsburgh Japanese Film Festival Gets Wild With Cats, Cult Films & Classic Kaiju

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Row House Cinema will offer two weeks of great Japanese cinema with the third annual Pittsburgh Japanese Film Festival (JFFPgh). The event strives to strengthen the general understanding of Japanese culture by providing audiences in Pittsburgh with cutting-edge, original films depicting authentic representations of Japan.

“The festival is growing so fast, we had to expand it to two weeks this year, making it one of the largest Japanese film festivals in the country,” festival director Brian Mendelssohn said in an official statement.

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The festival opens on April 6 with the Pittsburgh premiere of Neko Atsume House. Based on the mobile game sensation Neko Atsume, it follows a struggling novelist who develops a special relationship with a cat that has an unusual way of easing his anxieties. VIP guests will get to cuddle kittens in the Bierport Tap Room before the film.

The festival schedule will focus on four selections that push gender roles and sexual boundaries in Japan, including Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter, Urotsukidoji, and Antiporno. Also included are the classic samurai films Yojimbo and Sanjuro from Japanese auteur Akira Kurosawa, as well as a brand new restoration of Ishiro Honda’s 1954 monster masterpiece Godzilla.

The festival schedule will focus on four selections that push gender roles and sexual boundaries in Japan, including Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter, Urotsukidoji: Legend Of The Overfiend, and Antiporno. Also included are the classic samurai films Yojimbo and Sanjuro from Japanese auteur Akira Kurosawa, as well as a brand new restoration of Ishiro Honda’s 1954 monster masterpiece Godzilla.

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical – Le Mouvement Final (2018)

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In this filmed version of the Japanese musical, Usagi Tsukino says farewell to Mamoru Chiba as he is set to leave for school in America. As Usagi says goodbye, she faints, and a super idol group called the Three Lights appear to catch her fall. Meanwhile, new groups calling themselves Sailor Guardians appear, but are they friend or foe?

The Day Of The Western Sunrise (2018)

A film expertly animated and produced by local Pittsburghers, The Day of the Western Sunrise tells a true story of a surprise atomic bomb test from the perspective of fishermen on the sea nearby – and in the path of danger.

Yojimbo (1961)

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Wandering samurai Sanjuro finds himself in a rough gambling town run by two warlords and their hired thugs. While Sanjuro sets out to rid the town of all these pestilences by playing the two warlords off against each other, his efforts are complicated by the arrival of the son of one of the gangsters, who owns a revolver.

Sanjuro (1962)

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This sequel to Yojimbo draws wandering samurai Sanjuro into the local politics of a group of young men determined to clean up corruption in their town. However, the town’s evil Superintendent is determined to kill off anyone standing in his way, so it’s up to Sanjuro’s cunning and swordcraft to ensure that the Superintendent’s plan does not come to fruition.

Your Name (2016)

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The fourth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan and the fifth highest-grossing non-English film worldwide tells the story of a high school girl in rural Japan and a high school boy in Tokyo who swap bodies. They build a connection by leaving notes for one another until they wish to finally meet, but something stronger than distance may keep them apart.

Antiporno (2017)

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Director Sion Sono takes on the Japanese movie studio Nikkatsu’s Roman Porno (romantic pornography) works of the 1970s and 80s in this film-within-a-film. Fashion star Kioko is bored in her apartment, waiting for a meeting with Watanabe, a chief-editor who’s interviewing her. In the domination and humiliation game between her and her assistant, the roles will slowly invert. Unless it’s all fiction?

Godzilla (1954)

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See the monster movie that spawned a multimedia franchise, including 32 feature films and that has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the longest-running film franchise in history. Created by the H-bomb, a 164-foot-tall dinosaur-like monster begins a rampage that threatens to destroy Japan and the rest of the world. Can the monster be destroyed before it’s too late?

Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (1970)

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The third in a series of five films which depict a gang of vicious teenage schoolgirls who get their kicks from gang fights, street muggings, and rock and roll. This time Mako and her gang The Alleycats clash with racist macho pigs The Eagles after Mako starts dating an Afro-Japanese man. Row House will screen a new restoration of the film.

Urotsukidoji: Legend Of The Overfiend (1989)

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Urotsukidoji: Legend Of The Overfiend

The precursor to the infamous genre of tentacle porn, this complicated horror/fantasy/erotica tells of parallel realms of demons and man-beasts and a 3000-year-old legend that foretells the coming of the Overfiend—a being of unimaginable power that will unite all three realms into a land of eternity.

* Please note that some films in the festival contain graphic sexual imagery or sexual violence and may not be suitable for everyone.

The Pittsburgh Japanese Film Festival takes place from April 6-19 at Row House Cinema. Tickets cost $9 general admission, $7 for matinees before 6 p.m. Opening night event tickets cost $15-30 and $10 for closing night. Discounts apply to college students, Lawrenceville residents, and guests who come in costume. You can also purchase a full festival pass for $36.

Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: April 2018 Edition

Django – Regent Square Theater

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Django Reinhardt, as portrayed by Reda Kateb (A Prophet, Zero Dark Thirty), is the toast of 1943 Paris, thrilling audiences with his distinctive brand of “hot jazz” and charming his admirers and his muse (Cécile de France). But even as the rise of Nazism forces Reinhardt — whose music is considered degenerate under the Third Reich — to make a daring escape from Paris, he refuses to be silenced as his music becomes a form of protest. Django opens on April 6 at the Regent Square Theater.

Have a Nice Day – Harris Theater

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A hard rain is about to fall on a small town in Southern China. In a desperate attempt to find money to save his fiancée’s failed plastic surgery, Xiao Zhang, a mere driver, steals a bag containing $1 million from his boss. News of the robbery spreads fast within the town and, over the course of one night, everyone starts looking for Xiao Zhang and his money. Liu Jian delivers a whirlwind neo-noir, cementing his place as a pioneering force in independent Chinese animation. Have a Nice Day open on April 6 at the Harris Theater.

Foxtrot – Manor Theatre

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Michael and Dafna experience gut-wrenching grief when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan. Michael becomes increasingly frustrated by overzealous mourning relatives and well-meaning army bureaucrats. While his sedated wife rests, Michael spirals into a whirlwind of anger only to experience one of life’s unfathomable twists – a twist that can only be rivaled by the surreal military experiences of his son. Foxtrot opens on April 20 at the Manor Theatre.