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The Warhol Takes A Stand With ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry’

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The Warhol will soon unveil Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, an exhibition exploring the significant influence of these two artists on modern and contemporary life, focusing on the parallels, intersections, and points of difference between their practices—Warhol representing 20th-century modernity and the “American century,” and Ai representing life in the 21st century and what has been called the “Chinese century” to come. In conjunction with show, the museum will host daily screenings of the 2012 documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.

Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Alison KlaymanAi Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of China’s most famous international artist, and most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.

The film captures a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China, and her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.

The film will show daily at 2 p.m. from June 3rd through August 28th in the Warhol theater. Film schedules are subject to change. Free with museum admission

Weekly Movie Roundup: May 30th – June 5th

June 1st

Hitchcock Tails – Row House Cinema

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Row House Cinema will mix alcohol and suspense for Hitchcock Tails. The evening begins with four cocktail tastings in the Bierport Tap Room and appetizers from Dive Bar & Grille, followed by a screening of Hitchcock’s Sabotage in the theater. The 1936 film follows a Scotland Yard undercover detective on the trail of a saboteur who is part of a plot to detonate a bomb in London. Cocktails begin at 7:30 p.m. followed by the film at 9:45 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and are available for purchase at the Row House website

Top Gun – AMC Loews Waterfront

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AMC Loews Waterfront will satisfy their need for speed with a Classic Movie Nights screening of Top Gun. The 1986 film stars Tom Cruise as a young hotshot pilot who experiences love and loss as a student at the United States Navy’s elite fighter weapons school. The film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, $10.50 for VIP Seating.

June 3rd

Brew Cinema: Fargo – Hollywood Theater

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Cinema 412 will host their final Brew Cinema screening at the Hollywood Theater with a special presentation of the 1996 Coen brothers film Fargo. The dark comedy follows a pregnant Minnesota police chief (Frances McDormand) as she investigates a kidnapping involving a car salesman (William H. Macy) and two goons (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare). The event will include brews from Voodoo Brewery and feature a limited edition screenprinted poster by AJ Frena. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. followed by the film at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix. All proceeds benefit Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc. and the Hollywood Theater.

Luc Besson Week – Row House Cinema

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Row House Cinema will dedicate a week to one of cinema’s most colorful action directors, Luc Besson. The selections include the classic 1994 actioner The Professional, the 1997 sci-fi romp The Fifth Element, the 2001 Jean Reno vehicle Wasabi, and the 2004 parkour thriller District B13. Also included are screenings of the RiffTrax take on The Fifth Element. Showtimes will continue through June 9th.

June 4th

The Blue Kite – City of Asylum

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The Warhol and City of Asylum will present a screening of The Blue Kite in conjunction with the Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition. Directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang, the story is told from the perspective of a young boy growing up in 1950s/1960s era Beijing. Though banned by the Chinese government upon its completion, and causing Tian to receive a ten-year ban on filmmaking, the film soon gained an audience worldwide. The film will screen at 8 p.m. in the Alphabet City Tent, 318 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212. Admission is free. Reserve a seat at the City of Asylum website or call 412-323-0278.

Heavy Metal Parking Lot – Hollywood Theater

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Hollywood Theater will celebrate the 30th anniversary of a cult classic with a screening of Heavy Metal Parking Lot. In 1986, filmmakers John Heyn and Jeff Krulik shot Judas Priest fans in a concert arena parking lot in suburban Maryland. Hailed as one the greatest rock documentaries ever, the underground film went on to become a definitive cultural touchstone for the 1980s metal scene: spandex, big hair, denim, mullets, muscle cars, and beer. The event will also include a showing of Heavy Metal Picnic, which focuses on a 1985 weekend field party so raucous it made the evening news. The event begins at 8 p.m. Costumes are encouraged and the best hair metal head banger gets a prize. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix or at the door.

Weekly Movie Roundup: May 2nd – May 8th

May 4th

Rooftop Shindig: The Princess Bride – Theater Square Garage

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The Downtown outdoor summer screening event Rooftop Shindig kicks off 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. The Rooftop Shindig: The Princess Bride screening will take place atop the Theater Square Garage at 6 p.m. A live performance by music by Memphis Hill will precede the film. Guests can also enjoy handcrafted food, specialty cocktails and beer. The even is free and open to all ages.

Sound Series: Cineshape – The Warhol

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The Warhol theater Cineshape features original music by Amy Williams and video by Aaron Henderson performed by an all-star lineup of JACK Quartet, flutist Lindsey Goodman, percussionist Scott Christian, and the composer at the piano. This concert is part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Year of the Humanities. The event is co-presented with the Music on the Edge series of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music. Sound Series: Cineshape will take place at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Advance tickets cost $15, $10 students. Door tickets cost $20, $15 students.

May 6th

Mad Tiger – Hollywood Theater

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The Hollywood Theater will screen Mad Tiger. The feature length documentary follows two Japanese men, Yellow and Red, who have been best friends, band mates and business partners touring the United States in a performance-art punk band called Peelander-Z for the last 15 years. When Red decides to quit, their relationship is tested by life beyond the band. Showtimes will continue through May 12th. Tickets are available for purchase at Showclix.

May Flowers – Row House Cinema

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Row House Cinema will transition from April showers to May flowers with movies that prominently feature all kinds of fragrant posies. Selections include the 1972 erotic drama Last Tango In Paris, the 2002 dark existential comedy Adaptation, the 2003 Tim Burton fantasy Big Fish and the 2005 Jim Jarmusch film Broken Flowers. Showtimes will continue through May 12th.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Hollywood Theater

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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.

May 7th

Experimental Film Night – Mr. Roboto Project

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The Mr. Roboto Project will provide an opportunity for anyone in the film community to show their non-narrative or experimental work or photography. The event is open to all ages. Experimental Film Night will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $3. Pizza and snacks will be provided. An afterparty in Polish Hill will follow. Interested filmmakers or photographers can send their submissions to shannon.rose.aailey@gmail.com. The organizers will also accept DVDs.

Carnegie Music Hall To Expose Songs For Unseen Warhol Films

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Over the past two decades, The Warhol has honored the legacy of its Pittsburgh-born namesake by showcasing his vast array of work. On Oct. 17th, the museum will celebrate its 20th anniversary with the world premiere of Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films. Presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, the event combines 15 never publicly seen Warhol films with live performances by a wide range of influential songwriters.

The short films date from the 1960s and have been digitally restored by MPC/Technicolor. They feature such notables as John Giorno, Marcel Duchamp, Allen Ginsberg, Mario Montez, Marisol, Taylor Mead, Jack Smith, Mary Woronov, Edie Sedgwick, and Warhol himself. Five composers – Tom Verlaine of Television, Martin Rev of Suicide, Dean Wareham of Dean & Britta (the duo that previously collaborated on 13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests), Eleanor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces, and Bradford Cox of Deerhunter– were selected to write and perform the music.

Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films will take place at the Carnegie Music Hall (4400 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213) at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $50 and are available for purchase at The Warhol website.

Lost Orson Welles Film Among Unseen Treasures At The Warhol

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The Warhol Museum continues its partnership with the world-renowned photograph and motion picture archives, George Eastman House, to bring rarely shown silent and early sound masterpieces from its extensive collection exclusively to Pittsburgh. See the schedule for Unseen Treasures below:

September 26th

Tramp Tramp Tramp (1926)

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The weirdly innocent Harry Langdon, one of the “Great Four” silent comedians (alongside Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd), makes his feature debut as a befuddled hobo who mistakenly enters a cross-country walking race with prize money at stake, which could save his family from otherwise certain eviction from their home. This comedy, co-written by Frank Capra, showcases some jaw-dropping stunts and features rising star Joan Crawford in her first significant role as Langdon’s love interest. A live score for the film is be composed and performed by Tom Roberts.

October 10th

The Unknown (1927)

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A year before director Tod Browning made Freaks, the classic, which shocked the world and accelerated the establishment of Hollywood’s production code, he shot this carnival world tragedy. Lon Chaney plays a burglar on the lam who hides out in the circus as Alonzo the Armless, a performer who throws knives with his feet. Alonzo falls hard for his co-performer Estrelita, a woman who has had her fill of men and their groping hands and is unaware of Alonzo’s secret. Matters become complicated when the circus strongman Malabar also becomes smitten with Estrelita. A live score for the film is composed and performed by Michael Johnsen in collaboration with Jessica Marcrum.

December 5th

Too Much Johnson (1938)

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Orson Welles’s long-lost silent comedy Too Much Johnson was made in conjunction with a Mercury Theater stage production of William Gillette’s 1894 play. This fast-paced farce of mistaken identities tells the story of Augustus Billings, who is carrying on an extramarital affair under the made-up identity of a Cuban plantation owner named Johnson. Upon arrival in Santiago along with his wife and mother-in-law, he soon learns that the real Johnson actually exists. The film was never shown publicly and the only known print destroyed in a fire in 1970. A nitrate work print recently has been restored by George Eastman House, in collaboration with the National Film Preservation Foundation and the Cineteca del Friuli. A live score for the film is composed and performed by Lenny Young in collaboration with Jeff Berman and Tracey Mortimer.

All screenings begin at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available for purchase at the Warhol website.

Highlights For The 2014 Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival

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For the ninth consecutive year, Silk Screen will host its annual Asian American Film Festival. From April 26th to May 4th, the event celebrates the Asian and Asian American experience through a wide variety of works representing countries such as China, Taiwan, India, Sri Lanka, and many more.

The festival kicks off on April 25th with an Opening Night Gala at the Rivers Club. The evening includes a VIP champagne reception, gourmet dinner, drinks, dessert, and live performances by Pittsburgh’s premier Asian dance and martial arts groups. Guests are invited to join a post-party DJ set by Pandemic Pete, who will spin a hybrid of traditional folk music and contemporary dance music from around the world. The gala begins at 6:30 p.m. VIP tickets are $150, $50 for late night tickets, and are available for purchase at the Silk Screen website.

The schedule begins with the opening night film Omar at Regent Square Theater. Directed by Hany Abu-Assad, the Oscar-nominated thriller follows Omar (Adam Bakri), a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the separation wall to meet up with his girl Nadja (Leem Lubany). By night, he’s ready to risk his life to strike at the Israeli military with his childhood friends Tarek (Eyad Hourani) and Amjad (Samer Bisharat). Arrested after the killing of an Israeli soldier and tricked into an admission of guilt by association, he agrees to work as an informant. So begins a dangerous game—is he playing his Israeli handler (Waleed F. Zuaiter) or will he really betray his cause? And who can he trust on either side? The screening begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. 

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The roster includes Zinda Bhaag, Pakistan’s first Oscar entry in 50 years. Directed and written by Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi, the comedy/thriller follows three young men trying to escape the reality of their everyday lives through the use of unconventional methods. The journey that unfolds demonstrates an unfulfilled desire to achieve impossible feats, a yearning to prove themselves despite the hurdles placed before them, and an inescapable sense of melancholy that sets in when opportunities are dictated by forces beyond their control. Zinda Baag screens at Regent Square Theater. Showtimes are May 1st at 7 p.m. and May 3rd at 2 p.m. 

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The festival will also spotlight a number of films from South Korea, including the short film Cheong. The Berlinale selection tells the story of Hong, a little girl who becomes embarrassed of her blind father after other kids make fun of him. It isn’t until a new school mate with a strange accent arrives that Hong realizes it can be fun to be different from the crowd. Cheong will screen at the Melwood Screening Room on March 26th at  7 p.m. and March 28th at 9 p.m. after the Japanese anime film Garden of Words. It will also accompany the South Korean drama Touch of the Light on May 1st at 1:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Earth Theater.

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Those looking for an Asian spin on an American classic should enjoy Unforgiven. In this Japanese remake of the 1992 Clint Eastwood western, Jubei Kamata (Ken Watanabe), who is on the side of the Edo shogunate government, kills many people. His name is infamous in Kyoto, but when the battle at Goryoukaku is about to be finished, Jubei disappears. A decade later, Jubei lives with his child in relative peace. He is barely able to make a living. Protecting his dead wife’s grave, Jubei has decided to never pick up a sword again, but due to poverty he has no choice but to become a bounty hunter. Unforgiven will screen at the Regent Square Theater. Showtimes are April 26th at 9:30 p.m. and April 28th at 7:30 p.m. 

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The Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival closes on May 4th with Mourning Recipe. Ryohei’s (Renji Ishibashi) wife suddenly passes away, leaving Ryohei without the strength to live. Two weeks after her death, a woman visits Ryohei and gives him a recipe which was left by his late wife. Meanwhile, Ryohei’s daughter Yuriko comes to visit him. Yuriko’s own marriage is about to end. Through the mother’s recipe for living happily, a family is able to overcome their personal wounds and move on with their lives. Mourning Recipe screens at 5 p.m. at the Regent Square Theater. Tickets are $15.

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Also included is the Filipino feature Norte, the End of History, the Australian wine documentary Red Obsession, the Hawaiian indie The Haumāna, and many more. See a complete film schedule on the Silk Screen website.

Screenings will take place at the Melwood Screening Room, the Regent Square Theater, the Warhol Museum, Waterworks Cinema, and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History‘s Earth Theater. Directions to the venues can be found on the festival website. Tickets are $20 for the opening night reception, and $15 for the closing film. Those interested can purchase a 4-pack of tickets for $30, or an 8-pack for $60 (does not include opening or closing films). Individual films are $10, $5 with a student ID.

Silent Unseen Treasures Return To The Warhol

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The Warhol Museum continues its partnership with the world-renowned photograph and motion picture archives, George Eastman House, to bring rarely shown silent and early sound masterpieces from its extensive collection exclusively to Pittsburgh. See the schedule for Unseen Treasures below:

Sept. 20th

West of Zanzibar (1928)

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Tod Browning (Freaks) directed this over the top jungle melodrama in which Lon Chaney plays a wrathful vaudeville magician who swears to exact insane revenge on the ivory trader (Lionel Barrymore) who crippled him and stole his beloved wife. When his dying wife returns with a baby girl a year after leaving him, he sends the lover’s child to a brothel and spends the next 20 years in an African swamp, where he manipulates the local tribe into thinking that he’s a powerful sorcerer. Claiming the debauched girl (Mary Nolan) when she comes of age, he sets into motion his long laid plan to lure the trader to his lair and have the locals burn them both alive. Features musical accompaniment by Doug Levine.

Oct. 18th

The Monkey Talks (1927)

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Director Raoul Walsh (White Heat) helmed this circus fantasy about a bizarre love triangle between the beautiful tightrope walker Olivette (Olive Borden), the animal trainer Pierre (Don Alvarado), and Fano (Jacques Lerner), a diminutive acrobat hired to impersonate a monkey with the power of speech. Features makeup effects from Jack Pierce, who later went on to create the iconic creatures in The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, and many others. Features musical accompaniment by Tom Roberts and Michael Johnsen.

Nov. 8th

Special Delivery (1927)

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In this romantic comedy, comedian Eddie Cantor plays a clumsy mailman who must compete with three suitors for the affections of the lovely waitress Madge (Jobyna Ralston). When he discovers that one of his rivals (William Powell) is con man, he exposes the villain and finally wins Madge’s love. Special Delivery was directed by “William Goodrich,” AKA Fatty Arbuckle, who was unsuccessfully trying to make a comeback after the sex scandal that ruined his career. Features musical accompaniment by Tom Roberts.

All screenings begin at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available for purchase at the Warhol website.

New Hazlett Screens ‘Psychic TV: Dreams Less Sweet’ For Rare Musical Performance

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Last June, the Warhol Museum debuted Genesis Breyer P-Orridge’s first solo museum exhibition, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: S/HE IS HER/E. The show highlights the career of the groundbreaking performance artist, pioneer of industrial music, “wrecker of civilization,” essayist, and, most recently, pandrogyne through works dating from the mid 1970s. In connection with the exhibit, the Genesis Breyer P-Orridge – fronted Psychic TV / PTV3 will perform a rare film-accompanied performance at New Hazlett Theater on August 16th.

Psychic TV made highly innovative and provocative music from the early 80’s to mid-90’s, blending elements of psychedelia and dance with Industrial sounds (known as “hyperdelic”). In 2003, drummer Edley ODowd of the legendary NYC rock band Toilet Boys persuaded Genesis to rekindle her rock spirit and Psychic TV, which became known as PTV3. The performance will be preceded by the debut screening of the Psychic TV: Dreams Less Sweet, which features the work 47 artists, creating a collective 45-minute film set to the band’s second album.

Doors for the event open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets for the show are $25 general admission, $20 for members & students and are available for purchase at the Warhol websiteGenesis Breyer P-Orridge: S/HE IS HER/E continus through Sept. 15th.

The Warhol Visits Film News Past With ‘Fit To Print’

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Before the advent of television, Fox Movietone News produced sound newsreels that delivered major news and entertainment stories to movie theater audiences throughout the U.S. From 1928 to 1963, its cameras covered some of the biggest events of the twentieth century, from Charles Lindbergh’s historic transatlantic flight to the moon landing. For the first time, a selection of these 35mm gems return to the big screen in Pittsburgh.

On Dec. 14th, Greg Wilsbacher, curator of the Newsfilm Collections at the University of South Carolina – Columbia, visits The Warhol to present Fit to Print: Fox Movietone Newsreels (1928 – 1942). The Fox Movietone News Collection at USC provides one of the most detailed snapshots of American and global culture in the decades before television. It consists of over 2,000 hours of content, much of which are original camera negative outtakes. Fit to Print showcases an hour of these early sound news stories in  35mm black and white sound film format.

Fit To Print begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase through the museum’s website.

’13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests’ Comes Back To Pittsburgh

In 2008, musicians Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips – formerly of Luna and Galaxie 500 – were commissioned by The Warhol and The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to compose music accompaniment for a collection of Andy Warhol‘s famous screen tests. The result is 13 Most Beautiful, which features a selection of Warhol’s four-minute silent film portraits, each with its own unique soundtrack. Taking the form of a multimedia concert, the project has been consistently touring internationally since January ’09, and continues to accept offers into 2014. This month, the act heads to Pittsburgh for a special show.

On Nov. 8th,  The Warhol welcomes 13 Most Beautiful as part of its ongoing Sound Series. Co-presented by WYEP, the event celebrates the work’s 75th performance, and marks its first return to Pittsburgh since premiering at the Byham Theater in October 2008. I had the pleasure of seeing this combination of sound and film at the 2011 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and it’s one experience you don’t want to miss. I especially enjoyed the way Wareham prefaced each song with its screen test’s origin story – it provided context to both the footage and the compositions, which then set tones for the pieces that ranged from haunting to playful.

13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests begins at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m., at The Warhol. Admission is $20, $15 for CMP and WYEP members. Tickets are now available for purchase on the museum website.