Maverick – AMC Loews Waterfront
AMC Loews Waterfront will screen the 1994 comedy western Maverick as part of their Classic Movie Nights series. Based on the popular TV series, the film stars Mel Gibson as a charismatic gambler who cons his way into a high stakes poker tournament. Also stars Jodie Foster, Alfred Molina and James Garner. The film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, $10.50 for VIP Seating.
Essential American Cinema: The 1970’s – Row House Cinema
Row House Cinema will devote a week to showcasing definitive disco era films. Selections include director Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 mafia classic The Godfather, the 1973 Depression era crime comedy The Sting and the 1975 cult documentary Grey Gardens. Showtimes continue through August 25th.
Lights Out – Hollywood Theater
Hollywood Theater will screen the new horror film Lights Out. The chilling tale stars Teresa Palmer as a woman haunted by a creature that only appears when the lights go out. Showtimes continue through August 25th.
Our Little Sister – Harris Theater
Director Hirozaku Kore-eda,’s screen adaption of Yoshida Akimi’s best-selling graphic novel follows three 20-something sisters – Sachi, Yoshino and Chika – who live together in a large old house in the seaside town of Kamakura. When they learn of their estranged father’s death, they decide to travel to the countryside for his funeral. There they meet their shy teenage half-sister Suzu for the first time and, bonding quickly, invite her to live with them. Amidst the many and varied colors of Kamakura’s four seasons, the four sisters cause each other emotional anguish, and support each other through life’s trials, developing a very special bond in the process. Showtimes continue at the Harris Theater through August 25th.
The Secret Life of Pets – Hollywood Theater
Hollywood Theater will screen the new hit animated feature The Secret Life of Pets. The comedy from director Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2) about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day features voicework by Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart and many others. Showtimes continue through August 25th.
An American in Paris – Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Kelly Strayhorn Theater will celebrate the birthday of one of its namesakes, Gene Kelly, with a screening of his 1951 film An American in Paris. The movie musical stars Kelly as an American World War II vet who becomes a painter in Paris, where he falls in love with a beautiful French woman (Leslie Caron). The screening begins at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. Tickets are available at the Kelly Strayhorn website or at the door.
Breakfast and a Movie: Roman Holiday – Hollywood Theater
Hollywood Theater will present a special brunch screening of the 1953 romance Roman Holiday. Brunch tickets must be ordered by 11 p.m. on August 18th, online at Showclix or at theater. Doors open for the brunch at 10:15 a.m. followed by the film at 11 a.m. Film only tickets cost $8 can be purchased at the door after 10:40 a.m.
North By Northwest – Regent Square Theater
Regent Square Theater will screen North By Northwest as part of their August series Reds: When Russians Were Scary. Starring Cary Grant, James Mason, Martin Landau and Eva Marie Saint, Alfred Hitchcock‘s suspense thriller follows a hapless New York advertising executive who’s mistaken for a government agent and relentlessly pursued across the country by foreign spies. The screening begins at 8 p.m.
This week, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater will kick off its SUNSTAR Festival, a three-day event celebrating the creative contributions of women in the arts, entrepreneurship, and community. On March 12th, SUNSTAR will present a screening of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, a documentary about an influential writer and activist.
In BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, 80-year-old Sonia Sanchez‘s life unfolds through readings and jazz-accompanied performances of her work. Directed by Janet Goldwater, Barbara Attie and Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, the film features appearances by Questlove, Talib Kweli, Ursula Rucker, Amiri Baraka, Haki Madhubuti, Jessica Care Moore, Ruby Dee, Yasiin Bey, Ayana Mathis, Imani Uzuri and Bryonn Bain, and examines Sanchez’s contribution to the world of poetry, her singular place in the Black Arts Movement and her leadership role in African American culture over the last half century.
BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez will screen at 2 p.m. Tickets are pay-what-you-can and are available at the Kelly Strayhorn website.
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.
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.
Drastic changes in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood has raised concerns among its residents and community leaders, who fear the aftereffects of incoming redevelopment projects. On January 23rd, Kelly Strayhorn Theater will address these issues with a screening event showcasing local filmmaker Chris Ivey.
The event will focus on Ivey’s East of Liberty documentary series, which includes A Story of Good Intentions, The Fear of Us, and In Unlivable Times. The project was created in 2005 as a way to explore “issues of race and class and addresses resident’s fears about gentrification.” See showtimes and film descriptions below:
East of Liberty: A Story of Good Intentions (84 minutes)
The first film in a series documenting the redevelopment and gentrification of the blighted East Liberty community. Filmed over several years, the series of films takes a raw look at changes happening in one community that reflect a national trend. A Story of Good Intentions follows displaced residents from low income high rise buildings that have been demolished to make way for new development. Featuring interviews with residents and social examiner and author Mindy Fullilove, MD (Root Shock), East of Liberty takes a unique approach to tackling the global issue of gentrification.
3: 40 p.m.
East of Liberty: The Fear of Us (101 minutes)
The Fear of Us follows small business owners fighting to survive as new businesses emerge catering to a different clientele. A true examination of survival of the fittest. Featuring interviews with business owners and others, The Fear of Us digs deep into the issues of class and race while to tackling gentrification issues in redevelopment.
East of Liberty: In Unlivable Times (53 minutes)
The third film, In Unlivable Times is uniquely different from the previous chapters in the series, injected with the voices of Pittsburgh youth. Filled with heartfelt stories of determination and the will to succeed, In Unlivable Times is a definitive portrait of inner city of youth surviving despite the odds. Film contains strong language.
The East of Liberty screening will begin at 2 p.m. A mixer and community dialogue will follow at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are pay what you can and are available for purchase at the Kelly Strayhorn website.
The Letters – Waterworks Cinema
From December 14th through December 17th, the Waterworks Cinema will screen the Mother Teresa biopic The Letters. Juliet Stevenson portrays the humanitarian with a transformational performance that spans over 50 years. Written and directed by William Riead, the film, as told through personal letters the subject wrote over the last 40 years of her life, reveals a troubled and vulnerable woman who grew to feel an isolation and an abandonment by God. Told from the point of view of a Vatican priest charged with the task of investigating acts and events following her death, the biopic recounts her life’s work, her political oppression, her religious zeal and her unbreakable spirit. Tickets are available for purchase at the Waterworks Cinema website or at the theater.
North Way Christmas Movie Night– Kelly Strayhorn Theater
North Way Christian Community will present a screening of The Santa Clause at Kelly Strayhorn Theater. The 1994 Disney holiday comedy stars Tim Allen as a divorced father who, after an unfortunate Christmas Eve accident, gradually transforms into Santa. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Beforehand, guests are invited to the North Way East End Church next door from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. to enjoy games, snacks, and fun for the whole family. Admission for the movie is pay-what-you-can.
Brew Cinema Part X: Mouse Hunt – Hollywood Theater
Cinema 412 returns to the Hollywood Theater for a Brew Cinema charity screening of Mouse Hunt. Directed by Gore Verbinski, the 1997 comedy stars Nathan Lane and Lee Evans as two brothers whose struggle to restore a decrepit mansion is complicated by a mischievous rodent. The event will include a screenprinted poster reveal by artist Brian Holderman and beverages from Spoonwood Brewing Co. Brew Cinema Part X: Mouse Hunt will take place at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $50 and are available for purchase at Showclix. All proceeds benefit Jameson’s Army and the Hollywood Theater.
Breakfast and a Movie: White Christmas – Hollywood Theater
Enjoy a holiday tradition at the Hollywood Theater with their Breakfast and a Movie screening of White Christmas. The event includes breakfast catered by Eliza’s Oven followed by the classic 1954 film, which stars Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as a song-and-dance team that becomes romantically involved with a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) and then team up to save a failing Vermont inn. Tickets for Breakfast and a Movie: White Christmas are $13 to $15 and are available for purchase at Showclix. Breakfast guests must reserve their tickets by December 17th. Movie-only tickets are $8 at the door.
The My People film series returns to Kelly Strayhorn Theater for another round of screenings exploring the life experiences of queer people of color. The event kicks off on November 10th with a mixer featuring an open-format conversation—including the organizers of Pittsburgh’s first-ever Roots Pride—and sneak previews of this year’s films. See below for film schedule and details:
This 45-minute experimental documentary from Philadelphia-based artist Shikeith creates a virtual “safe space” through hashtagging, enabling black males to pull apart emotional restrictions often denied through crossroads of race and gender. Shot in black and white, the film features nine male subjects from diverse backgrounds with their backs turned away from the camera. They openly discuss the obstacles they have faced as young black men, such as depression, parental neglect and racial discrimination. It is intimate, sometimes uncomfortably so, exploring topics that are often taboo for young black men to discuss. The evening will include an appearance by the director. All are welcome to join the screening and discussion via Google Hangout.
My People Short Films
Ọya: Something Happened on the Way to West Africa!
Filmmaker Seyi Adebanjo – who identifies as a queer, gender non-conforming Nigerian – explores the Òrìṣà tradition and the powerful legacy of their great grandmother, Chief Moloran Ìyá Ọlọ́ya. Through poetry and storytelling, the 30-minute film pushes the boundaries of documentary filmmaking, exploring the complex interplay of mythology, gender dynamism, history and psychology in contemporary Nigeria. Cinema verite and traditional interviewing techniques provide insight to the sensuous, rarely-seen world of the Yorùbáland ritual practice.
Vow of Silence
Filmmaker and composer Be Steadwell‘s 28-minute fictional short tells the story of Jade, a heartbroken composer who takes a vow of silence to win back the heart of Isis, her true love. In her struggle to reconnect with Isis, she meets Jaxson, an outgoing musician. Utilizing music, magic and silence, Jade finds her voice in the place she least expects it. The film is a music-driven story placing queer women of color at the center of the narrative.
The evening will include appearances by special guests Adebanjo and Steadwell.
Tickets for the My People film series are pay what you can, and are available at the Kelly Strayhorn website or at the door. Both screening events include a mixer at 6 p.m.
Founded by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), the Wild & Scenic Film Festival uses filmmaking to inspire environmental activism in the US and across the globe. On October 29th, Kelly Strayhorn Theater and the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) will bring the festival’s touring program to Pittsburgh for the first time, and with it a lineup of 15 selected works depicting the struggle for clean water and conservation. See details and three film descriptions below:
The Colorado River ran to the sea for six million years but stopped nearly two decades ago. In the spring of 2014, something changed. An experimental pulse of water flooded this river of sand and a team paddled the crest to see if they could be the first to navigate this forgotten delta and once again kiss the sea.
Since the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement 20 years ago, U.S. companies have used the Santiago River as their own “waste canal.” This documentary follows a young woman and her family as they defy death threats to try and save one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico.
In having lawns, are we giving in to societal expectations that have no real rationale, or do lawns have more meaning than we are typically willing to give them? Is the grass really always greener on the other side? For a lot of people, “in lawns we trust” is more than a motto: it’s a way of life. Conversely, many folks see their lawn as an enemy. Lawns actually have a lot in common with other hot button social issues in that there’s no ambivalence where they’re concerned–one way or the other, everyone has an opinion. American Lawn explores this fascinating dichotomy, resulting in a lighthearted, surprisingly insightful, and kaleidoscopic portrait of Americans of all stripes grappling with their relationships to lawn.
The first annual Pittsburgh Wild & Scenic Film Festival will begin at 6 p.m. at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. The event will also include refreshments, a raffle, and a silent auction. Doug Oster, Home and Garden Editor for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Emmy Award-winning producer, television host, and writer, will serve as emcee. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase at the PRC website.
On October 21st, Kelly Strayhorn Theater will host a screening event for The Mask You Live In. Presented by The Girls Coalition of SWPA and 3E Now, an organization dedicated to preventing dating violence and gender inequality, the film examines how toxic masculinity limits boys and their ability to develop healthy relationships.
The documentary from director Jennifer Siebel Newsom follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it. The film ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.
The Mask You Live In screening event will begin at 5:30 p.m. A panel discussion featuring representatives from 3E Now and PAAR will be moderated by Jodi Hirsh, the Director of Communications for Councilman Dan Gilman and Social Media Manager of the Southwest PA Says No More Initiative. The evening includes light dinner, dessert, and beverages. Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase at Eventbrite.
Since 2000, Bright Kids Uganda has served as a sanctuary for displaced and orphaned children. On Oct. 12th, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater will host a fundraising event for the foundation with a screening of Under the Umbrella Tree, a documentary about one woman’s mission to protect the young victims of a nation torn apart by war and corruption.
In Uganda, millions of innocent children have been denied their basic rights to life and human security. It’s estimated that 30,000 children were captured and enslaved by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army. In a country of 36 million, 1.2 million children are orphaned from AIDS-related diseases. Desperate parents living in extreme poverty abandon their children daily. One very determined and motivated woman, Victoria Nalongo Namusisi, has made it her mission to rescue these children, giving them hope, a stable home, and an education. She opened her home and her heart to over 100 children. Victoria is their last hope for survival; sacrificing to feed, clothe, shelter, and educate these children. Without her, 95 percent of them would have faced death. For many of them, she is the only mother they know. Under the Umbrella Tree is the true story of how she came to open the Bright Kids Uganda home near Entebbe, Uganda.
The Under the Umbrella Tree event will begin at 6 p.m. Guests can enjoy cocktails and appetizers prior to the screening. A Q&A session with Victoria Nalongo Namusisi will follow the screening. Tickets are $45 – price includes two drinks – and are available for purchase at Brown Paper Tickets. All proceeds benefit Bright Kids Uganda.