As urban populations continue to grow, the access to decent housing shrinks. On November 10th, the Carnegie Museum of Art will examine how people throughout South America are trying to solve the problem with a preview of the locally produced documentary Within Formal Cities.
The film by intern architects Brian Gaudio and Abe Drechsler showcases innovative housing and infrastructure projects in Lima, Santiago, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Bogotá. During their travels, Gaudio and Drechsler interviewed more than 40 architects, designers, community members, and government agencies to learn about the housing crisis and the innovative ways designers are addressing it.
Within Formal Cities begins at 6:30 p.m. in the CMOA Theater. Gaudio will introduce the film and conduct a post-screening Q&A. The event is free. Those interested in attending can RSVP at the event Facebook page.
The screening is a program of Building Optimism: Public Space in South America at CMOA’s Heinz Architectural Center.
On August 4th, the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) and WESA will present the retrospective No Place but Home: An Evening with Filmmaker Tony Buba. The event is part of The Double Exposure Series, a part of CMOA’s Time-Based Media Project, which features “artists, preservationists, curators and scholars discussing the legacy of avant-garde film and video of the 1960s–1980s, including works in CMOA’s permanent collection and beyond.”
Since 1974, Braddock-based filmmaker Tony Buba has made over 20 films through his company Braddock Films, including the The Braddock Chronicles, a dozen black & white short documentaries chronicling life in a “dying milltown.” The event will include the premiere of No Place but Home, a documentary short by Ryan Loew and Matthew Newton that examines Buba’s career. Also showing are a selection of Buba’s films, including Betty’s Corner Café (1976), Washing Walls with Mrs. G. (1980), Mill Hunk Herald (1981), Fade Out (1998) and Ode to a Steeltown (2007), as well as a never-before-seen short.
No Place but Home: An Evening with Filmmaker Tony Buba will take place at 6 p.m. in the CMOA Theater. A post-screening Q&A with Buba will follow. Admission is free, but seating is limited.
The Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) will present 56 micro-shorts from Pittsburgh and around the globe for the sixth annual 2-Minute Film Festival (2MFF). As opposed to previous years, audiences will receive multiple opportunities to catch the selections.
2MFF kicks off on July 15th with a party and screening at Row House Cinema. The event will feature complimentary beer from Bierport and snacks from Lawrenceville eateries B52, The Vandal and Butterwood Bake Consortium. The opening party begins at 7 p.m. Showtimes will continue at Row House through July 20th.
On July 21st, CMOA will screen the films and announce the winners for Critics’ Choice, Audience Favorite and Best Local Film during Third Thursday: CINEMA. Guests can enjoy music by EyeJay the DJ, snap a photo on the red carpet or explore the art galleries after hours. Festivities begin at 8 p.m.
Tickets for the Row House opening party cost $30, $25 for CMOA members and are available for purchase online. Tickets for the Third Thursday: CINEMA event are available for purchase online or at the door.
Durant’s Never Closes – Oaks Theater
The Oaks Theater will present the Pittsburgh premiere of Durant’s Never Closes. Based on the works of Mabel Leo and Terry Earp, the film stars Tom Sizemore as Jack Durant was a restaurateur, ladies man, and mysterious gentleman who maintained many connections to the mafia. From the backwoods of Tennessee to the world of Vegas at the time of Bugsy and finally as the owner of his famous steakhouse, Durant is a legend and dynamic character, at once charming, powerful and dangerous. This film tells his story during one day at his restaurant. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. A Q&A with director Travis Mills will follow. Tickets cost $10.
Visual Rhythms: An Evening with Victor Grauer – Carnegie Museum of Art
The Carnegie Museum of Art will present Visual Rhythms: An Evening with Victor Grauer as part of their Double Exposures Series. The evening will look at various work from Grauer, a Pittsburgh-based filmmaker, composer, and musicologist. Grauer will appear to introduce two of his early works, Voices and Archangel, as well as Book of the Year 3000, a film version of his concrete poem and soundpiece. Visual Rhythms will take place at 6:30 p.m. After the screening, Grauer will discuss his process and work with local writer and filmmaker Brett Kashmere. The event is free.
The Last Dragon – Hollywood Theater
The Hollywood Theater will welcome martial arts star Taimak for two screenings of Berry Gordy‘s The Last Dragon. The 1985 film features Taimak as young fighter who must take on an evil martial arts expert and rescue a beautiful singer (the late Vanity) from an obsessed music promoter. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Taimak will introduce the film, and sign copies of his new book Taimak: The Last Dragon. A Q&A will follow each screening. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix.
Monster Madness – Row House Cinema
It’s a Battle in the Burgh when Monster Madness week runs at Row House Cinema. Guest programmer Alternate Histories will present King Kong, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Tremors, and Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack on the big screen. Showtimes continue through April 28th. Also included is a live riffing of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman with improv comedy team The Ink & Paint Club on April 23rd at 9:15 p.m. On April 27th at 7 p.m., meet Alternate Histories mastermind Matthew Buchholz for a sale and signing of his book Alternate Histories of the World, as well as a chance to win an exclusive print.
They Will Have to Kill Us First – Harris Theater
Harris Theater will present the film They Will Have to Kill Us First. The feature-length documentary from director Johanna Schwartz follows musicians in Mali in the wake of a jihadist takeover and subsequent banning of music. Music, one of the most important forms of communication in Mali, disappeared overnight in 2012 when Islamic extremists groups rose up to capture an area the size of the UK and France combined. But rather than lay down their instruments, Mali’s musicians fought back. Showtimes for They Will Have to Kill Us First will continue through April 28th.
JCCP Presents Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical – Hollywood Theater
The Junior Chamber of Commerce Players (JCCP) returns to the Hollywood Theater to act out scenes from Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical. Based on the 1936 propaganda film turned cult hit, the campy 2005 cautionary tale features a straight-laced high school principal (Alan Cumming) who warns of the demon weed by telling a frightful tale about Mary Lane and Jimmy Harper (Kristen Bell and Christian Campbell), two innocent teens who fall under the drug’s spell. The comedy musical also includes performances by Neve Campbell, Steven Weber, and Ana Gasteyer. The show begins at 10 p.m. Tickets cost between $5 and $8 and are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.
Chimes at Midnight – Regent Square Theater
As part of their Restored Classics series, the Regent Square Theater will present Chimes at Midnight. Directed by and starring Orson Welles, the 1966 Shakespearean adaptation focuses on Sir John Falstaff, the charming, drunken companion of young Henry V. The screening will begin at 8 p.m.
On April 19th, actress Tilda Swinton will stop by the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) to introduce a sneak preview of The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger, a documentary about the prominent art critic, novelist, painter and poet. The event marks the beginning of a new collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh’s film program and CMOA.
Presented in four vignettes, the film presents a portrait of Berger who, in 1973, abandoned the metropolis to live in the tiny Alpine village of Quincy. He realized that subsistence peasant farming, which had sustained humanity for millennia, was drawing to an historical close. He determined to spend the rest of his life bearing witness to this vanishing existence, not least by participating in it. Berger’s trilogy Into their Labours chronicles the peasant life of this Alpine village and its surrounding countryside.
The film is the result of an eight-year project by Swinton and University of Pittsburgh Professor of English and Film, Colin MacCabe. Swinton served as executive producer and directed the Harvest segment. MacCabe produced the film with the Derek Jarman Lab in London, directed the first segment Ways of Listening, and co-directed A Song for Politics with Bartek Dziadosz.
The Seasons of Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger sneak preview will take place at 8:30 p.m. in the CMOA Theater. Swinton and MacCabe will both make an appearance at the screening. Ticket cost $35, $30 for members, $25 for students with valid ID, and are available for purchase on the CMOA website.
In honor of their culinary focus on Iran, Conflict Kitchen has organized the Iranian Film & Video Festival, which will include exclusive and ongoing film events throughout the city. The festival will spotlight various works that “explore the diversity of the Iranian experience through fiction and experimental storytelling.” See film details and schedule below:
Curated by Sohrab Kashani, this 60-minute recent video work from Iran includes artists Maryam Amini, Yousha Bashir, Mahsa Biglow, Mina Bozorgmehr / Hadi Kamali Moghadam, Samira Eskandarfar, Farid Jafari, Maedeh Jenab, Shadi Noyani, Aliyar Rasti, and Mamali Shafahi.
Shattered Frames will screen at 6 p.m. in the Carnegie Museum of Art. The evening includes a post-screening discussion with Kashani. Admission is $5, free for students with valid ID.
Directed and co-written by Rakhshan Banietemad, Tales features mostly female characters from her previous films, people who represent different layers of the society. The movie also depicts a courageous and honest image of today’s Iranian society and its recent issues, covering subjects like students’ and workers’ movements as well as many others. The characters, which include filmmakers, workers, intellectuals, state employees, and social workers, have one thing in common. They are all passionate and in love. Tales, in fact, is a love story of mothers and sons, husbands and wives, and men and women whose love and passion give them the hope to overcome their difficulties, whether these difficulties are the universal struggles of the society’s lower ranks, or any other social or emotional issues. So with that hope, they find the power to continue their fights for a better life, ending in enjoying one that is brightened by love.
Tales will screen at 12 p.m. in the Melwood Screening Room. A live Skype discussion between Tales screenwriter Farid Mostafavi and his son, Sohrab Kashani, will follow. Tickets are $10. This event is presented in partnership with CMU International Film Festival.
A suspenseful tale of love and family upended by obsession and suspicion, Circumstance is also a provocative coming-of-age story that cracks open the hidden, underground world of Iranian youth culture, where a young woman’s most electrifying passions can become the most dangerous of secrets. The Audience Award winner at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Maryam Keshavarz‘s debut feature boldly takes filmgoers inside a modern Iran rarely witnessed by outsiders: an exhilarating, invisible realm of illicit parties where young hipsters risk arrest, and their futures, as they experiment with sex, drugs and defiance, all while trying to evade the authorities.
Circumstance will screen at 6 p.m. in the Row House Cinema. The event includes Iranian dessert and tea. Tickets cost $15 and are available for advance purchase at the Row House website.
The Iranian Film & Video Festival also includes two ongoing works, the 2014 film Precious Little and the 2016 virtual non-fiction film Tour of Tehran. Both are available daily at the Conflict Kitchen location in Oakland.
Established in 2006, The Propeller Group, an artist collective based in Ho Chi Minh and Los Angeles, creates multimedia work that combines filmmaking, advertising, politics, and history. On October 22nd, the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) will present a screening and talk to open its fall Forum Gallery exhibition, which features The Propeller Group’s work The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music.
The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music is a visual and musical journey through the fantastical funerary traditions of South Vietnam. Part documentary and part visionary reenactment, the 21-minute video follows brass band musicians, spiritual mediums, professional criers, and street performers through the mournful and euphoric public ceremonies of a multi-day wake: a set of colorful rituals that resonate with funeral traditions in New Orleans and other parts of the “global south.”
The Propeller Group reception and artist talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. The evening includes a post-screening discussion with Propeller Group founders Phunam Thuc Ha, Matt Lucero, and Tuan Andrew Nguyen, as well as special guest Dr. Matt Sakakeeny, Assistant Professor of Music at Tulane University. A cocktail reception in the Scaife foyer will follow. Admission is free, but guests are encouraged to RSVP at the CMOA website. The Propeller Group: The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music exhibition will run from October 23rd through March 21st in the museum’s Forum Gallery.
Artist Edward Hopper captured the loneliness of modern American life with his evocative realist oil paintings, including his best known work Nighthawks. On October 10th, the Carnegie Museum of Art will honor his life and career by pairing craft beer and film.
The museum will present Hops & Hopper, an event featuring samples from several breweries and a screening of Hopper Stories. Commissioned by Arte France, the anthology contains eight short films, each one inspired by a Hopper painting. The selections include Next to Last by Mathieu Amalric with Frederick Wiseman as Hopper, The Muse by Sophie Barthes with Michael Stuhlbarg, Hope by Dominique Blanc with Clemence Poesy, First Row Orchestra by Sophie Fiennes, Conference at Night by French director Valerie Mrejen, Rupture by animator Valerie Pirson, Berlin Night Window by German director Hannes Stohr, and Mountain by Danish director Martin de Turah.
Hops & Hopper will take place at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Carnegie Café and CMOA Theater. Guests can opt to watch the film only, or also talk with visiting brewmasters while enjoying delicious beer in a souvenir pub glass featuring a Hopper image from the CMOA collection. Tickets range in price from $10 to $40 and are available for purchase at the CMOA website.
Women and the Silent Screen is an international biennial conference of film scholars, historians, and archivists dedicated to documenting the central and determining roles that women played in the formation of the most significant institution of visual culture in the twentieth century. Now in its eighth year, the conference – the first to be held in North America in over a decade – will take place at the University of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museum of Art from September 17th through September 19th to address issues of women and labor.
Program 1: Local, Itinerant, and Nontheatrical
– The Movie Queen (Lincoln, Maine) (1935/33 minutes/16mm) Print courtesy of Northeast Historic Film
– Laconia Trip (1923/11 minutes/16mm) Source: Moving Image Research Collections, University of South Carolina
– Rediscovering the films of Aloha Wanderwell Baker: The World’s Most Widely Travelled Girl (Digital) Courtesy of Academy Film Archive
– The Little Swiss Wood-Carver (1928/18 minutes/16mm) Madeline Brandeis Productions, Madeline Brandeis, Print courtesy of Orgone Archive
– Unidentified home movie (1939/3 minutes/Color 16mm) Source: Orgone Archive
Program 2: Women’s Hands
– World premiere of the 2015 restoration of Telephone Girl (1912/9 minutes/Digital) Vitagraph Company, Source: EYE Netherlands Film Museum
– US premiere of the 2014 restoration of Der neuste Stern vom Variété (The Latest Variety Sensation) (Germany/1917/32 minutes/Digital) Treumann-Larsen-Film GmbH, Source: EYE Netherlands Film Museum
– Herstellung von Granatzündern (Grenade Manufacture) (Germany/1918/8 minutes/Digital) Deutsche Lichtbild-Gesellschaft, Source: EYE Netherlands Film Museum
– US premiere of the 2014 restoration of Una Notta a Calcutta (A Night in Calcutta) (Italy/1918/9 minutes/Digital) Società Italiana Cines, Source: EYE Netherlands Film Museum
– Soir de Noël dans un salon de mode (Christmas Eve at the Millinery Shop) (France/1911/11 minutes/Digital) Gaumont, Source: EYE Netherlands Film Museum
– Fabricatie van kanten waaiers (Manufacturing Folding Fans) (France/1911/5 minutes/Digital) Pathé, Source: EYE Netherlands Film Museum
Program 3: Lois Weber
– Shoes (1916/60 minutes/Digital) Universal Bluebird Photoplays, Source: EYE Netherlands Film Museum
– Fine Feathers (1912/12 minutes/16mm) Rex Motion Picture Company, Source: Shelley Stamp
All screenings will take place from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the CMOA Theater. Limited tickets are available to the public. Tickets cost $12 per program, $8 for CMP members, and are available for purchase at the CMOA website.
Over the course of her nearly 30-year career, Jacqueline Humphries emerged as a singular force in contemporary art with her signature abstract works in metallic and ultraviolet pigments. On June 11th, the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) unveiled her first solo museum exhibition in nearly a decade, and the first to include both her silver and black-light paintings. On July 9th, the annual 2-Minute Film Festival (2MFF) will pay tribute to the show with The Silver Screen, which features works that draw inspiration from Humphries’ paintings.
For this installment, filmmakers were asked to examine the aesthetics of a classical cinema genre–from noir, epics, and Westerns to screwball comedies, musicals, and science fiction—or take up its narrative tropes, characters, and themes. The 28 entries come from around the country and the globe, including some from as far as Turkey, Argentina, and Iran. Those interested can view the films and vote for their favorite one online at the CMOA website.
The 2015 2-Minute Film Festival will take place at 7:30 p.m. in CMOA’s outdoor Sculpture Court. The event will begin with food and beverages, followed by the screenings at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 for museum members, and are available for purchase at the CMOA website. The Jacqueline Humphries exhibit will continue through October 5th.