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Weekly Movie Roundup: February 29th – March 6th

March 1st

Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu – Hollywood Theater

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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.

March 3rd

Rosenwald – Kelly Strayhorn Theater

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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.

March 4th

The Cult of John Carpenter – Row House Cinema

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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

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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.

March 5th

Can You Dig This – Kaufmann Center

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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.

Filmmakers Race To The Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project Premiere

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In the 12 years since the 48 Hour Film Project was founded, over 21,000 films were produced, a number that translates into 2,100 hours of finished work – quite a feat for a competition that requires entries to run between four and seven minutes long. After a frantic weekend of writing, shooting, editing, and composing music, Pittsburgh filmmakers will add to that count when unveil their own short films on July 20th at the Hollywood Theater.

A total of 52 teams will present their films to a panel of judges and receive awards including Best of Pittsburgh and Runner Up, Best Writing, Best Editing, Best Sound Design, and many more. Last year, the winning film Letter Die: A Gamut Sibling Mystery by Andy Kelemen and Mike Rubino went on to 48HFP Filmapalooza in Hollywood, CA, where it went up against over 100 other entries from around the world for the $5,000 grand prize and the chance represent Pittsburgh at the Cannes International Film Festival.  The screening schedule is as as follows:

1 p.m.

Group A

Baby Mamas, Crystal Smith
Basworthy, Steven Carroll
Black Angus Productions , Andrew Larson
Carnegie Screenwriters, Bob Scott
Everything Including the SG Movie Magic, Edwin Huang
Fish Sticks Productions, Darin DiNapoli
Hutchclaw, Jesse Hutchins
I Mustache you a Question, Christopher Friedrick
Manny Moe, Michael Kadrie
ShadowFrame, Jason Boyer
SPF 23 Productions, Anthony Peduzzi
Spoony Bard, Sheridan Robinson
Well Known Strangers, Nicole Antonuccio

 3 p.m.

Group B

BC Productions, Ben Whiting
Dangerwood Pictures, Dave McDonald
Dynamite Carrot, John James Lynn
Dynowarz, Dan McKosky
Elwood’s Pub Clips, Martin Thomas
Gilligan Sisters, Amy Gilligan
MahaffeyMOHR Productions, Kyle Mohr
Naked Sheep Productions, Travis Culley
Southworth, David Fraley
Suture Films, Steven Croner
T.V. 2 Productions, Jaime Meyers
The Brothers V, Nick Verzilli
The Fellowship, Matthew Lederman

 5 p.m.

Group C

Beginnings, Jackie Druga
Blind Tiger Films, Josh Hausman
Casual Dragon, Jeff Burgess
Countdown Productions, Rebecca Schwabe
Dark Pixel Media, rob roberts
DuBois Business College, Chad Barnard
Gold Bug Productions, Raj Pandravada
Jam & Coco, Connyre Corbett
Oneida Films, Franklin Carpio
Pyrite Productions, Tim Roberts
Sinister Dream Productions, Nick Kizina
Team Thrive, Alex Rodia
TK Knockout , Kirsten Spalding

 7 p.m.

Group D

Colourpuzzle Productions, Brendan Joyce
dogboydog, Chris Boehm
Falling October Productions, Alexander Cronin
Film Qui Changent, Dulce Gross
Hotel Nowhere, Dillon Diatlo
Jeff Zoet Visuals, Jeff Zoet
Meet the Buckets, Madalene Spezialetti
MGBGFilms, Bryan Ghingold
Rocket Pop Seekers, Ellen Lyons
Suspek Productions, Sam Harris
Team Rocckz, Chris Mielo
The Incredible Interns, Angela Donatelli
Vandelay Productions, Lance Andrews

Admission for the PGH 48 Hour Film Project Premiere is $8, $6 for students, children and seniors. Tickets are available for purchase at Brown Paper Tickets.

Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: May 2013 Edition

MudAMC Loews Waterfront, Cinemark Robinson

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Two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, find a man named Mud (Matthew McConaughey) hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios—he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon), who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn’t long until Mud’s visions come true and their small town is besieged by a beautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow. Mud is now playing at AMC Loews Waterfront and Cinemark Robinson.

Room 237Harris Theater

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This subjective documentary from Rodney Ascher explores numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining (1980). The film may be over 30 years old but it continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery. Five very different points of view are illuminated through voice over, film clips, animation and dramatic reenactments. Together they’ll draw the audience into a new maze, one with endless detours and dead ends, many ways in, but no way out. Room 237 opens at the Harris Theater on May 3rd.

Kiss of the DamnedHollywood Theater

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Beautiful vampire Djuna (Josephine de La Baume) tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia), but eventually gives in to their passion. When her troublemaker sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna’s love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered. Described by Variety as a “tongue-in-cheek tribute to old-school horror films,” Kiss of the Damned is a must for fans of Mario Bava, Dario Argento, and Tony Scott‘s The Hunger. The film runs from May 17th to May 19th at the Hollywood Theater.

‘The Iceman’ Takes Aim At The Hollywood Theater

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In an effort to bring recent limited releases to Pittsburgh, the Hollywood Theater partnered with Gathr Films, a company that empowers movie goers by democratizing theatrical distribution. Starting this month, the theater will show indie films before they open in New York and L.A., beginning with a special screening of The Iceman on May 2nd.

Inspired by actual events, The Iceman follows notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon) from his early days in the mob until his arrest for the murder of more than 100 men. Appearing to be living the American dream as a devoted husband and father; in reality Kuklinski was a ruthless killer-for-hire. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters have any clue about his real profession.

Co-starring Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta and David Schwimmer, The Iceman is directed by Ariel Vromen (Danika) from a script he wrote with Morgan Land (Rx).  The film also features cameo appearances by Stephen Dorff and James Franco.

The Iceman begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, and guests can reserve seats at the Gathr website. The Gathr Preview Series will continue at the Hollywood Theater with a new one-night only screening every week. See the theater’s website for more details.

Prepare For The Horror Of Steel City Secret Cinema – Part Two

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Last fall, the first Steel City Secret Cinema lured curious audiences to the Hollywood Theater with the promise of food, music, prizes, and an unknown movie. The event returns this spring with another mystery title, this time from the era of big hair and even bigger films.

On April 26th, Part Two follows up the reveal of beloved, locally filmed sports comedy Slap Shot with a cult horror classic  from the 80’s. In keeping with the theme, guests can view artwork inspired by the film in the theater lobby. Featured local artists include Adam ChizmarMatt DentonJonathan TruebloodSeth Storck, Gwen APKris BobanMichael Koehler, and many more.

Before the show, attendees can enjoy food from Whole Foods and Eat ‘n Park, drinks, and entertainment from DJ duo Tracksploitation. In addition to non-alcoholic beverages, the Flat Rock Brewing Company will be on hand to serve Inclined Pale Ales to those  21 and over. Everyone of legal drinking age will receive a drink ticket with admission price. Additional beer is available on a per donation basis. Those attending will also receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a variety of prizes, including original posters for films such as Maximum Overdrive, Henry, The Dark Knight Rises, and Alligator, limited edition vinyl, and two tickets to the fall Horror Realm.

Steel City Secret Cinema – Part Two begins at 7 p.m., with the film starting at 8:30 p.m. The raffles will follow at 10:15 p.m.  Advance tickets are $15 for regular admission; $35 for a Poster Pass that includes a limited edition poster by artist Matt Ryan Tobin; $45 for Date Night; or $50 for VIP Date Night. Tickets are available for purchase at  Showclix. All proceeds benefit the Hollywood Theater and the Toonseum. Afterwards, a month-long display of the featured artwork will be on view at the Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery.

Junior Chamber of Commerce Players Goof On Ganja For ‘Reefer Madness’ Shadow Cast

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When copyright issues and outdated projection equipment forced the Hollywood Theater to cease its twice-monthly midnight screenings of Rocky Horror Picture Show last January, the Junior Chamber of Commerce Players (JCCP), Pittsburgh’s official Rocky Horror shadow cast, vowed they would help raise funds for the theater to go digital. On April 20th, the group stays true to that promise when they present a cautionary tale about the dangers of marijuana.

The JCCP will act out scenes from the 2005 movie Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical as they unfold on screen. Based on the 1936 propaganda film turned cult hit, Reefer Madness 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. At first, Jimmy and Mary’s lives are full of promise, until they find themselves in the arms of the Reefer Man and the rest of the denizens of the Reefer Den. The campy comedy musical includes performances by Neve Campbell, Steven Weber, and Ana Gasteyer.

Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical Shadow Cast begins at midnight at the Hollywood Theater. Admission is $7.

JFilm To Honor Movies And Music For 2013 Festival

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For 20 years, the JFilm Festival has celebrated Jewish culture by bringing a number of movies and guest artists to Pittsburgh. This year, from April 11th to April 21st, the event celebrates film and music with a selection of works screened at various venues throughout the city.

April 11thParis-Manhattan 

The debut feature from writer/director Sophie Lellouche follows an idealistic pharmacist named Alice (Alice Taglioni), who is totally obsessed with the movies of Woody Allen. She continually quotes lines from his films, engages in imaginary conversations, and even prescribes her customers his classic works to help alleviate their ailments; it’s little wonder she’s still single in her thirties! Alice’s increasingly concerned Jewish parents hope to cure her fixation by setting her up with a handsome French gentleman (Patrick Bruel), but even he quickly realizes that he’s no match for the man of her dreams. In French with English subtitles. In addition to opening night, there will be a repeat showing at 5:45 p.m. on April 18th at the Manor Theatre.

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April 12thThe Return of the Violin

This documentary tells the remarkable story of a 1731 Stradivarius violin once owned by Israeli Philharmonic founder Bronislaw Huberman. Stolen in 1936 while Huberman played Carnegie Hall, it remained lost for nearly 50 years but was rediscovered in 1985 covered with shoe polish. The instrument was purchased by American virtuoso Joshua Bell, who will appear at a Q&A moderated by Sally Kalson, JFilm chair and Post-Gazette columnist. Movie screens in English, Polish, Hebrew with English subtitles. Showtime is 11 a.m.  at the Rodef Shalom Congregation.

April 13th A.K.A. Doc Pomus

Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then emerged as a one of the most brilliant songwriters of the early rock and roll era, writing “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “A Teenager in Love,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and dozens of other hits. Packed with incomparable music and rare archival imagery, this documentary features interviews with Doc’s collaborators and friends, including Dr. John, Ben E. King, Joan OsborneShawn Colvin, Dion, and B.B. King. Showtime is 7 p.m. at the Manor.

Out in the Dark 

Nimer, a Palestinian student and dedicated son, dreams of studying abroad and of a better life. One fateful night he meets Roy, an Israeli lawyer, and the two fall in love. As their relationship deepens, Nimer is confronted with the harsh realities of a Palestinian society that refuses to accept him for his sexual identity, and an Israeli society that rejects him for his Palestinian nationality. When his close friend is caught hiding illegally in Tel Aviv and sent back to the West Bank to be brutally murdered, Nimer is sent hurling down a path of personal sacrifice and mortal danger. Now he must choose between the life he thought he wanted and his love for Roy. In Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles. Showtime is 9 p.m. on April 13th at the Manor, with a repeat at 7:30 p.m. on April 18th, when director Michael Mayer will talk.

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April 14thMy Australia

This tender and humorous drama is based on filmmaker Ami Drozd‘s own experiences. In a poor neighborhood in 1960s Poland, 10-year-old Tadek and his brother are in a gang with a strong anti-Semitic bent. When they are arrested, their mother, a Holocaust survivor, has no choice but to reveal that though raised as Catholics, they are in fact Jews. Telling the younger boy they are going to Australia, the land of his fantasies, the family boards a ship to Israel. In Polish and Hebrew with subtitles. Showtime is 1 p.m. at the Manor.

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir

Andrew Braunsberg, a producer and close friend of the Oscar-winning filmmaker since 1964, leads him through an extended conversation about his harrowing childhood, the murder of his pregnant wife, statutory rape conviction and exile, and house arrest in Switzerland. Showtime is 3:15 p.m. at the Manor.

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Ameer Got His Gun

Documentary about an 18-year-old who wants to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by volunteering in the Israeli military, even though he is a Muslim Arab. Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles. Showtime is 6 p.m. at the Manor. Followed by free light dinner at theater and Yom Hazikaron service at the JCC.

April 15thWunderkinder

Director Marcus O. Rosenmüller‘s film tells a tale of three exceptionally musically talented children, who develop a deep and genuine friendship, extending beyond their different religions and nationalities. The two Jewish children Larissa and Abrascha are both virtuosos – one on the piano and the other on the violin. Hanna, a young German girl, is also extremely gifted. Living in Poltava/Ukraine in 1941, they all share one great love: music. But when the Nazis invade the Soviet Union, they and their families face mortal peril. Due to the insanity of grown-ups at home and abroad, their world is turned upside down, and they are suddenly no longer allowed to be friends. In German with subtitles. Recommended for ages 13 and older. Showtime is 7 p.m. at the Hollywood Theater, with a  discussion to follow.

Fill the Void

Filmmaker Rama Burstein tells the story of an Orthodox Hassidic family from Tel Aviv. Eighteen-year-old Shira, the youngest daughter of the family, is about to be married off to a promising young man of the same age and background. But her wedding is postponed when her older sister, Esther, dies during childbirth. When Shira’s mother finds out that Yochay-Esther’s late husband- may remarry and move to Belgium with her only grandchild, she proposes a match between Shira and the widower. Shira will have to choose between her heart’s wish and her family duty. In Hebrew with subtitles. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Manor.

April 16thSonny Boy

Love story, based on true events, between a Dutch divorced mother of four and a much younger Afro-Caribbean student who encounter prejudice, opposition and the devastation of World War II. In Dutch with subtitles. Showtime is 7 p.m. at Seton Hill‘s Reeves Auditorium.

Ballad of the Weeping Spring

Torn apart by tragedy, a legendary band reunites to play an emotional final concert in this stylized homage to Spaghetti Westerns and samurai epic shot entirely in Israel. In Hebrew with subtitles. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Manor.

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April 17thDefiant Requiem

Actress Bebe Neuwirth narrates this documentary about the little-known story of the Nazi concentration camp, Terezin. Led by imprisoned conductor Rafael Schächter, the inmates of Terezin fought back with art and music. Through hunger, disease and slave labor, the Jewish inmates of Terezin hold onto their humanity by staging plays, composing opera and using paper and ink to record the horrors around them.This creative rebellion reaches its peak when Schächter teaches a choir of 150 inmates one of the world’s most difficult and powerful choral works, Verdi’s Requiem, re-imagined as a condemnation of the Nazis. The choir would ultimately confront the Nazis face to face… and sing to them what they dare not say. Showtime is 7 p.m. at the Manor.

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

A plea for peace, written by a French teen in Jerusalem, is slipped into a bottle and tossed into the sea. She gets an email response from a young Palestinian in an adaptation of Valerie Zenatti‘s novel. In French, Hebrew and Arabic, with subtitles. Showtime is 8 p.m. in CMU‘s McConomy Auditorium.

April 18thJerusalem on a Plate

Internationally-renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi returns to his home town of Jerusalem to discover the hidden treasures of its extraordinarily rich and diverse food culture. Screening followed by a Taste of Jewish Pittsburgh with samples from local caterers. Showtime is 11 a.m. at the Manor.

April 20thBert Stern: The Original Mad Man

The untold and intimate life story of bad boy photographer and cultural icon Bert Stern. After working alongside Stanley Kubrick at Look Magazine, Stern became an original Madison Avenue “mad man,” his images helping to create modern advertising. Groundbreaking photos of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy and the infamous Lolita image from Kubrick’s film, coupled with his astonishing success in advertising, minted Stern – along with Irving Penn and Richard Avedon – as a celebrity in his own right; indeed, Stern’s photographs of Monroe in her last sitting are considered to be the ultimate images of the 20th century icon. After marrying the stunning ballet dancer Allegra Kent, the kid from Brooklyn was sitting on top of the world…until a dramatic fall from grace. Filmmaker Shannah Laumeister uncovers Stern – from his bad boy antics (including a liaison with Monroe) to his iconic photography. Showtime is 9 p.m. at the Manor.

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The Day I Saw Your Heart

Actress Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) stars as a twenty-something struggling with commitment issues in this French comedy-melodrama. After a trail of boyfriends, Justine thinks she has found her soul mate in hunky shoe salesman (Guillaume Gouix). But her temporary happiness is thrown when her neurotic 60-year-old Jewish father (Michel Blanc) suffers a delayed midlife crisis and announces that his young second wife is expecting a baby. The film follows Justine as she attempts to deal with the looming pregnancy and the torturous route to reconciliation. In French with English subtitles. Showtime are 7 p.m. on April 20th and 4 p.m. on April 21st at the Manor.

April 21st Hava Nagila (The Movie)

It’s to music what the bagel is to food – a Jewish staple that has transcended its origins and become a worldwide hit. Bob Dylan sang it. Elvis, too. And that’s only the beginning when it comes to Hava Nagila. Follow the infectious party song on its fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the cul-de‐sacs of America in this hilarious and surprisingly deep film. Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Leonard Nimoy, Regina Spektor and more, the documentary takes viewers from Ukraine and Israel to the Catskills, Greenwich Village, Hollywood – and even Bollywood – using the song as a springboard to explore Jewish history and identity and to spotlight the cross-cultural connections that can only be achieved through music. Showtime is 1 p.m. at the Manor.

Numbered

Auschwitz prisoners, both Jewish or non-Jewish, were tattooed with serial numbers, first on their chests and then their left arms. An estimated 400,000 numbers were tattooed in Auschwitz and its sub-camps; only some several thousand survivors are still alive today. Numbered is an explosive, highly visual, and emotionally cinematic journey, guided by testimonies and portraits of these survivors. The film documents the dark time and setting during which these tattoos were assigned as well as the meaning they took on in the years following the war. In fact, the film’s protagonist is the number itself, as it evolves and becomes both a personal and collective symbol from 1940 to today. These scars, paradoxically unanimous and anonymous, reveal themselves to be diverse, enlightening, and full of life. In Hebrew and English with subtitles. Panel discussion and dessert reception to follow. Showtime is 7 p.m. at the Manor.

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Tickets for the opening day screening of Paris-Manhattan are $75. All tickets for Jerusalem on a Plate are $20. All other films are $10 general admission, $8 for groups of 12 and above (group tickets must be purchased in advance), and $5 for youths 18 and under. Tickets are available for purchase at the JFilm Festival website.

Hollywood Theater Chills Out With Horror Indie ‘Dark of Winter’

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The Hollywood Theater created the monthly Screen & Be Seen series as a way to promote talented Pittsburgh-area filmmakers and support local independent cinema. On April 11th, the venue will showcase writer and director David C. Snyder‘s work, Dark of Winter, as part of the program.

Presented by HWIC Filmworks, the psychological horror movie stars actor and musician Kyle Jason as a man who gambles with indulging his most personal desires in an attempt to save his soul. The story follows professional assassin John French, who, while in the middle of a complicated new job, finds out about the parole of Gary Kliest, the man responsible for what happened to his daughter ten years prior.  When his daughter’s old friend Sarah shows up unannounced, John’s simple existence becomes a complex puzzle.  He must deal with strange, otherworldly events that are throwing his life into a chaotic mystery that he must solve before it is too late.

Dark of Winter screens at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.

Hollywood Theater To Screen Works From Horror Filmmaker John Russo

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Horror fans know John Russo for ghoulish role in Night of the Living Dead, but few are familiar with the work of this legendary Pittsburgh filmmaker. On March 16th, the Hollywood Theater will highlight his career with a special double feature.

Besides co-writing the screenplay for George Romero‘s landmark film, Russo penned and helmed such low-budget fare as the cult hit Midnight, Santa Claws and Heartstopper. For this event, the Hollywood Theater will premiere his film The Mob Boss and the Soul Singer, which stars Chuck Corby, Quiet Storm, Debbie Rochon and wrestler Bruno Sammartino. Also included is a screening of The Song of the Dead,  which stars Shari Richards, Norman Nardini and Justin Walton.

The event starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase at Showclix.

Best Limited Releases Coming To Pittsburgh: March 2013 Edition

Happy People: A Year in the TaigaManor Theater

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From beloved filmmaker Werner Herzog comes an immersive documentary about the indigenous people of remote Siberia. Co-directed by Dmitry Vasyukov, it explores the lives of 300 villagers living in the heart of the Taiga, a place cut off from the world where daily routines, values and cultural traditions have barely changed over the last century. Happy People: A Year in the Taiga opens at the Manor Theater on March 1st. Presented in Russian with English subtitles.

The ABCs of DeathHollywood Theater

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Like an Edward Gorey book come to life, this horror film anthology is comprised of 26 episodes, one for each letter of the alphabet. Each segment is crafted by a talented director, such as Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun), Ti West (House of the Devil, The Innkeepers), Ben Wheatley (Kill List), and many others. From claymation to found footage, there’s plenty of material here to satisfy even the most discerning horror fan. The ABCs of Death screens at the Hollywood Theater on March 8th and March 10th.

BarbaraHarris Theater

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Nina Hoss plays the titular character in this period thriller from director Christian Petzold. Set against the backdrop of Cold War-era GDR, it tells the story of a Berlin doctor banished to a rural East German hospital as punishment for applying for an exit visa. As she plots her escape, she becomes torn between survival and desire when she falls for her colleague, Andre (Ronald Zehrfeld), a man she also suspects is a spy. Barbara opens at the Harris Theater on March 22nd. Presented in German with English subtitles.

On The RoadRegent Square Theater

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Director Walter Salles‘ adaptation of Jack Kerouac‘s iconic work follows Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), an aspiring New York writer who meets Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), a wild and infectiously charismatic ex-con. Determined to avoid the pitfalls of a narrow, prescribed life, Sal hits the road, joining Dean on what evolves into a life-changing physical and emotional odyssey. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, and Viggo Mortensen. On The Road opens at the Regent Square Theater on March 29th.