On March 29, the Tull Family Theater in Sewickley will launch Science on Screen. Taken from the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Science on Screen initiative, the monthly series pairs films that explore science-based issues with noted experts in the field. It includes four events from March through June and covers topics such as memory loss, sleep issues, meal preparation, and math. Before each screening, experts from local organizations will give 10-20 minutes talks and take questions from the audience.
See dates and details below:
Eighty-six-year-old Marjorie (Lois Smith) spends her final, ailing days with a computerized version of her deceased husband (Jon Hamm). With the intent to recount their life together, Marjorie’s “Prime” relies on the information from her daughter and son-in-law (Geena Davis and Tim Robbins) to develop a more complex understanding of his history. As their interactions deepen, the family begins to develop ever diverging recounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often painful past, Based on the play by Jordan Harrison, Michael Almaryeda’s film wonders how, if given the opportunity, would we choose to rebuild the past, and what would we decide to forget?
The includes a talk by experts from University of Pittsburgh’s BRiTE Center, which offers physical, musical and mental activities to those with mild cognitive impairments.
Sleepwalk with Me
Based on comedian-turned-playwright-turned-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia’s successful one-man show, Sleepwalk with Me tells the semi-biographical story of burgeoning stand-up comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship threatening to race out of his control, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore. Director/star Birbiglia co-wrote the script with NPR personality Ira Glass, who also produced the film.
The screening includes a talk and Q&A by Dr. Daniel Shade, director of Allegheny General Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Clinic, and Rachel Falsone, a nurse practitioner trained in insomnia and sleepwalking.
Adapted from a story by Isak Dinesen, director Gabriel AxelOscar-winning 1987 film tells the layered tale of a French housekeeper with a mysterious past who brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late nineteenth-century Denmark.
The event includes a discussion on the multiple dimensions of food preparation by Leah Lizarondo, CEO and co-founder of the innovative anti-food waste nonprofit 412 Food Rescue, and Sister Lyn Szymkiewicz, director of ecology and environment at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, who manages a 94-acres preserve including beehives, chickens and community gardens.
The Man Who Knew Infinity
Written and directed by Matthew Brown, The Man Who Knew Infinity is the true story of friendship that forever changed mathematics. In 1913, Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), a self-taught Indian mathematics genius, traveled to Trinity College, Cambridge, where over the course of five years, forged a bond with his mentor, the brilliant and eccentric professor, G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), and fought against prejudice to reveal his mathematic genius to the world.
Dr. Harsh Mathur, a quantum physics professor at Case Western Reserve University, will provide context by discussing the film’s subject and his impact on the field. Mathur shares an Indian heritage with Ramanujan and has a special interest in physics history.
The Tull Family Theater will accommodate group sales for 10 or more people, discounted from $11 general admission to the $8.75 rate reserved usually for seniors 65 and older, children 10 and younger, and military and college students with IDs. Adults and youth are encouraged to attend.
From August 26-27, Carnegie Screenwriters, a nonprofit group of tri-state writers, actors, and filmmakers, will hold their inaugural Script & Screen Festival. Hosted by the Tull Family Theater, the event will highlight scripts and short films from the Pittsburgh region and all over the globe, including works from Argentina, Iran, Russia, and The United Kingdom.
“Pittsburgh is very much a supportive community when it comes to filmmaking,” said festival director Wendy Grube in a press release. “We hope to bring more area film folks together through this event and encourage folks from other parts of the country and world to travel to the area, share their works and connect with our local filmmakers.”
The festival opens with a reception and seated script reading of three short scripts. Representing Pittsburgh is DIG by Robert Brian Taylor of Mount Lebanon. Also being presented are Giancarlo Fusi‘s Hell to Pay: The Legend of Robert Johnson, a story about the famous bluesman who allegedly sold his soul to the Devil, and Edward Santiago’s Western tale The Badge, the Gun and the Hangman’s Noose.
The following day will include a roster of films, all of which are under 20 minutes in length. Screenings will occur in 90-minute blocks followed by a short break and recognition of the attending filmmakers.
The reception and script readings will take place on August 26 at 6 p.m. Screenings will take place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on August 27. Tickets for the reception and screenings are available online or a the door.
The Tull Family Theater recently opened in Sewickley to bring art films and events to people living outside of the city of Pittsburgh. The theater lives up to its mission on March 23 when it kicks off its Cultural Screenings series with the sprawling 2014 museum documentary Hermitage Revealed.
The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world holding over 3 million treasures and boasting more curators than any other art institution. Hermitage Revealed presents a cinematic journey through the museum’s tumultuous 250-year history and offers unprecedented access to special collections and exclusive areas that remain hidden from the public eye.
The production brings together the oldest, the rarest, the most precious and the most closely guarded of Russia’s greatest treasures; items bought with great wealth or acquired by other means, items hoarded and saved from violent revolutionaries, items thought lost and later re-found – all works and their unique stories presented with an intimacy and immediacy that no museum or gallery experience can match. From Rembrandt to Russian masterpieces, from prehistoric artifacts to the private gemstone collection of Catherine The Great, from Michelangelo to Matisse and much, much more, the exquisite treasures the Hermitage has to offer are seemingly endless.
Hermitage Revealed begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online or at the door.