In the 1990s, before Lil Bub and Grumpy Cat took the internet by storm, a very large cat was making a name for itself in Pittsburgh. On August 26, the Oaks Theater will present the premiere of Frank and the Wondercat, a film about the special bond between a local man and his famous feline friend.
The feature documentary by Tony Massil and Pablo Alvarez-Mesa follows Frank Furko, an 80-year old eccentric living in the Pittsburgh suburb of Plum. Taking stock of his life, Furko tries to reconcile with the 40 years working on the family farm with his domineering father, the end of his 20-year marriage, and his role as a celebrity derived from an unusual but deeply felt friendship with Pudgie Wudgie, his 20-pound performing house cat. From humble beginnings training in their Pittsburgh living room to NFL tailgate parties, the National Enquirer and The Maury Povich show, this is a portrait of their odyssey together. Shown through Furko’s homemade VHS archives – footage that is equal parts hilarious, bizarre and beautiful – their relationship was a remarkable testament to the power of interspecies connection. [Synopsis courtesy of IMDB]
Frank and the Wondercat screens at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. A pre-show event with Humane Animal Rescue will feature adoptable cats and kittens, giveaways, raffles, and information about the shelter. A meet-and-greet with Furko will take place after the show. Tickets cost $8-10.
It’s that time of year again, and Pittsburgh has tons of movie events to get you in the Halloween spirit. Scare yourself all month long with festive horror screenings, parties and festivals.
Midnight at the Manor – Manor Theatre
Enjoy a lineup of horror movies at Manor Theatre during the fifth annual Midnight at the Manor. Selections include Green Room on October 1st and It Follows on October 22nd. Keep checking the website for more films and details. All screenings will take place at midnight.
Haunted Oaks Film Festival – Oaks Theater
On October 1st, the Oaks Theater will showcase locally made short films during the second annual Haunted Oaks Film Festival. Selections include Candy by Nelson Vicens, Last Rain by the Carnegie Screenwriters, and Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Horror Project winner Daisy. Audience members can also vote for the best films of the festival. A pre-show cocktail hour featuring special $5 drinks begins at 6 p.m. Films begin at 7:30 p.m. Auditorium tickets cost $10, $12 for VIP table seating, and are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.
October Sunday Night Series – Regent Square Theater
Regent Square Theater presents an impressive roster of classic horror movies during their month-long October Sunday Night Series. Selections include Dracula on October 2nd, The Invisible Man on October 9th, The Bride of Frankenstein on October 16th, The Wolf Man on October 23rd and The Creature from the Black Lagoon on October 30th. All screenings take place at 8 p.m.
Halloween Movie Nights – AMC Loews Waterfront
The Classic Movie Nights series at AMC Loews Waterfront takes a spooky turn with Halloween Movie Nights. Selections include Donnie Darko on October 5th, Poltergeist on October 12th, Psycho on October 19th and Halloween on October 26th. All screenings take place at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, $10.50 for reserved seating.
October Movie Nights – Mixtape
The Garfield coffee and cocktail bar Mixtape will screen a host of horror movies as part of their weekly October Movie Nights series. On October 6th, it’s the horror comedy The Addams Family followed by Wes Craven’s meta-slasher classic Scream. On October 13th, its Hocus Pocus followed by the 2013 remake of Carrie. On October 20th, it’s Beetlejuice followed by Rob Zombie’s 2007 Halloween remake. On October 27th, it’s a special Nightmare Edition with Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas followed by the original Nightmare on Elm Street. Films start at 7 and 9 p.m. Admission is free and includes complimentary popcorn. Guests must be 21 and over.
Halloween Spook-Tacular – Dependable Drive-In
Families and hardcore horror fans alike will find plenty of fun at Dependable Drive-In‘s Halloween Spook-Tacular. On October 14th, the theater will open at 5 p.m. with trunk-or-treat for the kids and contests for the best costume and best-decorated car. A kid-friendly double feature with Hotel Transylvania 2 and Monster House begins at 7:15 p.m. Afterward, adults can enjoy more R-rated frights with Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Friday the 13th, and Nightmare on Elm Street. There will also be pumpkin funnel cakes and hot apple cider at the concession stand. Admission is $8 for adult, $3 for kids ages 5-11.
Living Dead Weekend – Living Dead Museum
The Living Dead Museum will once again host a weekend of zombie-themed fun for the whole family. From October 14th through October 16th, horror fans can partake in activities such as a George Romero double feature at the Strand Theater and guided Living Dead film location tours. Guests can also enjoy numerous activities in EDCO Park, including discussion panels and meetups with Living Dead cast and crew members, parties, vendors, and more. See the Living Dead Weekend website for a complete schedule, guest list and ticket prices.
Halloween Party with Doug Bradley and The Innocents – Hollywood Theater
On October 15th, horror icon Doug Bradley, star of the Hellraiser series, will stop by the Hollywood Theater for the venue’s annual Halloween party. The event includes a screening of the 1961 film The Innocents. Based on the Henry James novella Turn of the Screw, the British tale stars Deborah Kerr as a governess who believes the two children under her care are being possessed by a malevolent spirit haunting their house. There will also be festive treats, a costume contest with prizes, and photo and autograph opportunities with Bradley. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 to 12 at Showclix, $8 for members, $15 at the door. BYOB is prohibited for this event. The theater will sell beer and wine.
Haunted Psychedelic Creep Show Vault – Spirit
On October 21st, the creatures of the night will make some cool music at Spirit when the venue presents a DJ lineup spinning horror movie-inspired disco, as well as synthwave, witch-house and black techno. Headlining the event is Antoni Maiovvi, co-owner of the Euro-horror dance music label Giallo Disco Records. Maiovvi scored the neo-Giallo film Yellow, which screened at Film 4 Frightfest, Sitges 2012, Berlinale and Cannes. The evening begins at 9 p.m. Cover is $7. This is a 21 and over event.
Silent Horror Classics Marathon – Row House Cinema
On October 23rd, Row House Cinema will go quiet for a full day of silent horror cinema. The event includes screenings of Vampyr (1932), Nosferatu (1922), Faust (1926) and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920). The Silent Horror Classics Marathon begins at 1:15 p.m. Showtimes and tickets are available at the Row House website.
Midnight Radio’s Night of the Living Dead N’at – Bricolage
From October 27th through November 12th, Bricolage some adds levity to the zombie apocalypse with Midnight Radio‘s horror comedy show Night of the Living Dead N’at. The twisted, 1940s radio-style take on George Romero’s definitive 1968 film Night of the Living Dead comes complete with live foley work, commercial spoofs and performers juggling multiple roles, as well as live musical accompaniment by Cello Fury. Audience members can also enjoy a special pre-show happy hour with free drinks and activities. Tickets cost $35, $25 for students with valid ID, and are available for purchase at the Bricolage website.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 – AMC Loews Waterfront
AMC Loews Waterfront will screen the 2003 film Kill Bill: Vol. 1 as part of their Tarantino in July series. The homage-filled martial arts action film stars Uma Thurman as The Bride, a former assassin who wakes up from a coma and seeks revenge on those who tried to kill her. The cast includes Lucy Liu, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah and Vivica A. Fox. The film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, $10.50 for VIP Seating.
Coen Brothers – Row House Cinema
Row House Cinema pays tribute to the work of the Coen Brothers with a week showcasing four of their films. The selections include the 1987 kidnapping comedy Raising Arizona, the 1998 stoner noir The Big Lebowski, the 2007 slow-burn thriller No Country For Old Men and the 2008 farce Burn After Reading. Showtimes will continue through August 4th.
Science on Screen: Lo and Behold premiere – Regent Square Theater
Master documentarian Werner Herzog spent some time in Pittsburgh shooting his latest work Lo And Behold: Reveries of the Connected World. The film will premiere at the Regent Square Theater as part of their Science on Screen program. The event will include experts from Carnegie Mellon University featured in the film, a self-driving car and a post-screening Q and A. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. following by the screening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8.
Bad Movie Night – Oaks Theater
Oaks Theater continues their Bad Movie Nite series by celebrating some of the cheesiest, most ridiculous, weirdest scenes ever filmed. The event will take place at 8 p.m. The bar opens at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7, $10 for table seats, and are available for purchase at the door on the day of the show.
Can’t Stop the Serenity – Hollywood Theater
Hollywood Theater, along with the group Rivers and Bridges Brigade of the Pennsylvania Browncoats, will host a charity screening of the 2005 space western Serenity. Directed by Joss Whedon, and based off his cult sci-fi series Firefly, the film follows crew of a spaceship as they try to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their numbers who is telepathic. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the film starting at 7 p.m. The evening also includes games, raffles and live music. Admission is free, but a minimum $10 donation is required to see the movie. All proceeds go to toward Equality Now.
Phantom of the Paradise – Regent Square Theater
Regent Square Theater continues its tribute to director Brian De Palma with a screening of his 1974 rock musical Phantom of the Paradise. Starring songwriting giant Paul Williams, Phantom of the Paradise rivals Rocky Horror Picture Show as one of the most innovative and entertaining spectacles in its genre. Extrapolating elements from Faust, The Picture of Dorian Gray and, of course, The Phantom of the Opera, the story centers on an egomaniacal music mogul named Swam (Williams) who destroys the life of Winslow Leach (William Finley), a talented balladeer who, after being left penniless and deformed, dons a silver helmet and cape to haunt Swan’s rock club, The Paradise. The screening begins at 8 p.m.
Purple Rain Movie Party – Hollywood Theater
Hollywood Theater honors Prince with the late night Purple Rain Movie Party. Released in 1984, the musical cult classic features numerous performances from Morris Day and the Time, Apollonia, and, of course, Prince and his band, The Revolution. The film’s soundtrack was a gigantic hit that produced chart-topping singles such as the title ballad, When Doves Cry and Let’s Go Crazy. The screening begins at 10 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.
The Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project has a new venue, but the challenge is the same – to write, shoot, edit and score a short film in two days. The competition also requires filmmakers to include a character (Lenny or Lani Saffron, Chocolatier), a prop (sticky note/notes) and a line (“Maybe I just don’t find you funny”). On July 20th and July 22nd, 37 teams will premiere their original works – all produced during the weekend of July 8th through July 10th – at the Oaks Theater. See the screening groups and schedule below:
- Carnegie Screenwriters – Robert Scott
- Command Pictures – Maura Snyder
- Everlasting Productions LLC – Steve Sensebaugh
- Gaff Tape and a Prayer – Mike Hanley
- Gorlok Productions – Frank Fornsaglio
- Long Knuckle Studios – David Kost
- Reckless Amnesiac – Joseph Bucci
- Sliced Bread Productions – Jose Alban
- team NOT BECKY – Amanda Menendez
- The New Century Mercury Players – Deirdre Murray-Holmes
- Well Known Strangers – Dave Forman
- Blind Tiger Films – Josh Hausman
- Carter Asylum Studios – Luke Carter
- Destiny’s Adult – Dan McKosky
- Everything But The Name Alpha – Edwin Huang
- Goat Milk Fudge – PJ Gaynard
- LPC Films – Justin Davis
- LZmotion – Luis Toledo
- Rewind Memories – Katie Funaki
- Square Shoes Productions – Nate Sexauer
- Team MGBGFilms – Bryan Ghingold
- Unplanned Comedy – Woody Drennan
- Willow Street Productions – Katrese Queen
- Beginnings – Jackie Druga
- Blue Knight Productions – Ian Livingston
- Children of the Corman – Darin DiNapoli
- Dolce Vita Films – Rishi Sethi
- Dynamite Carrot – John James Lynn
- Everything But the Name Omega – Nathan Fullerton
- Hutchins Films – Jesse Hutchins
- Nut Shot Warriors – Austin Barbian
- ShadowFrame – Jason Boyer
- Steel Forest Productions – Matthew Haider
- USS Improvise – Jeremy Porter
- C-47 – Tess Weaver
- ColorNegative – Joe Wilson
- EPOS Productions – Matt Petrunak
- Falling October Productions – Alexander Cronin
- Lion’s Share – Eric A. Smith
- Locust Street Entertainment – Lance Parkin
- Pyrite Production – Nicole Wintruba
- Sinister Dream Productions – Nick Kizina
- Straight to the Point Productions – William Busby
- Ted City Yodelers – Derek Wright
- We All We Got – James Garvin
The bar opens at 5:30 p.m. on both days.
The 48 Hour Film Project Awards Ceremony and Best Of Screening will take place on July 29th at the Oaks Theater. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for each individual screening group (Group A, Group B, Group C and Group D) are available at Brown Paper Tickets. The winning film will go up against films from around the world at 2017 Filmapalooza for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
June 29th – July 7th
Jaws – Various Theaters
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the Waterfront, here comes a Classic Movie Nights screening of Jaws. AMC Loews 22 will screen Steven Spielberg‘s iconic 1975 summer blockbuster that pits a small-town police chief (Roy Scheider), a marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss), and a salty boat captain (Robert Shaw) against a man-eating shark off the coast of Amity Island. The film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, $10.50 for VIP Seating.
Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth – City of Asylum
Reel Q and City of Asylum will present a screening of Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth, a feature documentary about an extraordinary woman’s journey from her birth in a paper-thin shack in cotton fields of Putnam County, Georgia to her recognition as a key writer of the 20th century. The event will take place at the Alphabet City Tent at 8 p.m. Admission is free and registration is required.
Fantastical Adventures – Row House Cinema
Row House Cinema will present a week of beloved magical films for Fantastical Adventures. The selections include the 1982 Jim Henson production The Dark Crystal, the epic 1984 fairytale The Neverending Story, the 1985 Ridley Scott fantasy Legend, and the 2010 Studio Ghibli adaptation The Secret World Of Arrietty. Showtimes will continue through July 7th.
Fursonas – Harris Theater
Harris Theater will screen the locally-produced documentary Fursonas. Directed by Point Park University alum Dominic Rodriguez (read our interview with him), the film explores the often misunderstood world of furries, a group broadly characterized by its love of anthropomorphic animals. Showtimes will continue through July 7th.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Hollywood Theater
The Junior Chamber of Commerce Players return for another Rocky Horror Picture Show midnight shadowcast screening at the Hollywood Theater. The show begins at 11:45 p.m. Tickets cost between $5 to $8 and are available for purchase at Showclix.
Accidental Exorcist – Hollywood Theater
Hollywood Theater will screen the new horror indie Accidental Exorcist. Produced by Rotomation Pictures, the film follows an exorcist flooded with work after a rash of possessions sweep the city. Eventually, performing exorcisms begins to wear him down and make his life utterly miserable. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $6 and are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.
Logan’s Run – Hollywood Theater
Hollywood Theater will condemn our youth-obsessed culture with a 40th anniversary screening of Logan’s Run. Set in the distant future, the 1976 sci-fi film stars Michael York as the member of a utopian society whose inhabitants suffer a deadly fate when they reach the age of 30. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with showtime at 8 p.m. Logan’s Run-inspired dress is encouraged. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.
Raiders! Double Feature – Harris Theater
Harris Theater will present a screening event featuring the recently released Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, a documentary about three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi who embark on a years-long cinematic journey. It will show in conjunction with Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, the documentary subjects’ shot-for-shot adaptation of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The evening includes a Q&A with Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation director Eric Zala. The event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and are available for purchase on the Pittsburgh Filmmakers website. Showtimes for Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made will continue through June 30th.
Doctor Who Party & 50th Anniversary Screening – Hollywood Theater
Hollywood Theater will spotlight the 50th anniversary of the Doctor Who film Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. In the 1966 sci-fi film, Doctor Who (Peter Cushing) and his friends must travel through time to the year 2150 in order to save Earth from the fiendish Daleks. The event includes Doctor Who-inspired goodies and a Doctor Who costume contest with prizes. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the film at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door. (This is a rescheduled event. Those who purchased online tickets for the original date – April 1st – must provide their name at the door.)
Second Birthday Bash – Row House Cinema
Row House Cinema will celebrate two years in operation with two days full of film, food and fun. The lineup includes showings of The Princess Bride, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Moonrise Kingdom and the final cut of Blade Runner. Guests can also enjoy craft beer specials in Bierport Tap Room, live music by Jordan Auth and festive treats by Yummyholic. Tickets are available for purchase on the Row House website. Festivities continue on June 26th.
The Big Lebowski – Oaks Theater
Oaks Theater will screen the 1998 cult comedy The Big Lebowski. The Coen brothers’ take on detective noir follows The Dude (Jeff Bridges), a burned-out bowling enthusiast who becomes embroiled in the kidnapping of a millionaire’s trophy wife. The event includes $5 White Russians all night long. The screening begins at 8 p.m. The bar opens at 7 p.m. General admission is $7.
On June 14th, the Oaks Theater will celebrate the US Open with a double feature dedicated to the sport of golf. See featured films and descriptions below:
The raunchy directorial debut from the late Harold Ramis hits the links with a teen caddy (Michael O’Keefe), a wisecracking golf whiz (Chevy Chase), an obnoxious millionaire (Rodney Dangerfield) and a kooky groundskeeper (Bill Murray) as they turn a snooty country club upside down with their antics.
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
Director Robert Redford‘s Depression-era fantasy drama depicts a disillusioned war veteran (Matt Damon) who reluctantly agrees to play a game of golf. He finds the game futile until his sage caddy, Bagger Vance (Will Smith), teaches him the secret of the authentic golf stroke which turns out also to be the secret to mastering any challenge and finding meaning in life. Adapated from the book by Steven Pressfield.
Drink specials for the golf double feature begin at 6 p.m. The Legend of Bagger Vance will play at 7 p.m. followed by Caddyshack at 9:15 p.m. Tickets cost $7.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – AMC Loews Waterfront
AMC Loews Waterfront will screen the 1984 adventure film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as part of their Classic Movies Night series. The second installment of the iconic Indiana Jones franchise finds the titular hero (Harrison Ford), his precocious kid sidekick (Jonathan Ke Quan) and a lounge singer (Kate Capshaw) tangling with an evil cult in India. The film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, $10.50 for VIP Seating.
A Night at the Movies: The Princess Bride – Hollywood Theater
The Western PA chapter of the National Pancreas Foundation will host a semi-annual movie night at Hollywood Theater with The Princess Bride. The beloved 1987 film from director Rob Reiner weaves a romantic, fun-filled tale about Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) and her rogue love (Cary Elwes) as they tangle with bandits, monsters and a weird cast of characters. A cocktail hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the film at 7:30 p.m. A presentation will also take place. Tickets cost $20, $30 for couples, $10 for kids 10 and under. Adults tickets includes two alcoholic beverages and appetizers.
Bad Movie Night – Oaks Theater
The Oaks Theater continues their Bad Movie Nite series by celebrating some of the cheesiest, most ridiculous, and weirdest scenes ever filmed. The event will take place at 8 p.m. The bar opens at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7, $10 for table seats, and are available for purchase at the door on the day of the show.
Belladonna of Sadness – Hollywood Theater
Hollywood Theater will screen the long-lost 1973 anime feature Belladonn of Sadness. The last film in the adult-themed Animerama trilogy produced by the godfather of Japanese anime and manga, Osamu Tezuka and directed by his long time collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto, unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. An innocent young woman, Jeanne is violently raped by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself (voiced by Tatsuya Nakadai from Akira Kurosawa’s Ran) who appears as an erotic sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire. The film was newly restored by Cinelicious Pics using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements, and includes over 8 minutes of new footage. Showtimes will continue through May 22nd. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix.
Fossil Free – Phipps Conservatory
Phipps Conservatory will show Fossil Free as part of its Environmental Film Series. In the Netherlands, pension fund ABP—one of the world’s largest funds, with more than 350 billion euros in investments—is an attractive target for the divestment movement. Through campaigns and conversations with pensioners and supervisors, the fossil free activists urge ABP to pull large sums out of companies responsible for high carbon emissions. And with success. But for the divestment movement, the mission won’t be accomplished until ABP and other pension funds make even more radical choices and completely stop investing in the fossil fuel industry. VPRO Backlight follows activists and stock traders in search of the benefit and necessity of this new way of campaigning. The screening begins at 7 p.m. and includes a conversation with Phipps Director of Sustainability 350.org Pittsburgh member Jason Wirick.
Over the Top Action – Row House Cinema
Fists, bullets and various other dangerous things will fly when Row House Cinema presents their Over the Top Action week. The selections include the 1968 Steve McQueen classic Bullitt, the 1985 Vietnam War fantasy Rambo: First Blood Part II, the 1988 Jean-Claude Van Damme debut Bloodsport, and the 2010 Mexploitation film Machete. Also featured is the RiffTrax version of the 1987 arm wrestling film Over The Top. Showtimes will continue through May 26th.
1948 Matinee – Hollywood Theater
Hollywood Theater goes back in time to 1948 with a day full of family-friendly activities. The event includes a performance by organist Dale Abraham, a program of comedy shorts, cartoons and serials, and a screening of the 1948 horror comedy Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. Ticket and concession prices will also reflect the time period, with admission at 25 cents for kids 12 and under, 40 cents for adults. Popcorn, candy, and soda will cost 15 to 25 cents. The 1948 Matinee begins at 12 p.m.
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.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me – Hollywood Theater
Hollywood Theater will screen the 1992 film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. The cinematic follow-up to director David Lynch‘s cult TV series delves into the sordid events leading up to Lara Palmer’s murder. Showtimes will continue through April 7th. Tickets cost between $5 and $8 and are available for purchase at Showclix.
Field of Dreams – AMC Loews Waterfront
AMC Loews Waterfront will present a Classic Movie Night screening of Field of Dreams. Starring Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones, the 1989 film focuses on a farmer who hears strange voices telling him to build a baseball diamond in his cornfield. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the AMC website.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou – Frick Art & Historical Center
In honor of their current photography exhibit Fast Cars and Femmes Fatales: The Photographs of Jacques Henri Lartigue, the Frick Art & Historical Center will screen the 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Directed by Wes Anderson – whose style is influenced by Latrigue’s images of early-1900s life and leisure – the dark comedy stars Bill Murray as a disenchanted marine biologist intent on capturing footage of a rare shark. The free screening will take place at 12 p.m.
Poverty, Inc. – Point Park University
Point Park University will present a free screening of the documentary Poverty, Inc. The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry — the business of doing good has never been better. Yet the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change. Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore. From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem? The screening will take place at 7 p.m. Guests can register at Eventbrite.
Rex Manning Day – Oaks Theater
The Oaks Theater heads back to the 90s with their first ever Rex Manning Day. The event celebrates the fictional singer from Empire Records, the 1995 cult classic about a group of young record store employees. The evening will include a quote-along screening of the film, along with a record sale in the lobby, trivia and prizes, drink specials, and more. Rex Manning Day begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost between $10 and $12 and are available for purchase at the Oaks website.
Richard Linklater Week – Row House Cinema
Row House Cinema will celebrate director Richard Linklater with a week showcasing his eclectic work. Selections include the 1995 romance Before Sunrise, the hit 2003 comedy School of Rock, the trippy 2006 sci-fi film A Scanner Darkly, and the expansive 2014 coming-of-age drama Boyhood. Visit the Row House website for showtimes and details.
River of Grass – Regent Square Theater
Regent Square Theater will screen the rarely seen 1994 film River of Grass. The directorial debut from Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff) focuses on a disaffected Florida housewife who goes on the run with her lover after an accidental shooting. The film was recently restored and screened at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Showtimes will continue through April 14th.
2016 Washington PA Film Festival – Washington & Jefferson College
Washington & Jefferson College will host the fifth annual Washington PA Film Festival. Presented by the Highland Ridge Community Development Corporation, the event showcases numerous short- and feature-length films from Pittsburgh-based and international filmmakers. The festival will take place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Dieter-Porter Hall.