Pittsburgh Filmmakers Announces December Programming

For Immediate Release

November 28, 2012

Contact: Carol O'Sullivan


Pittsburgh Filmmakers Announces December Programming

(Pittsburgh, PA) - The following are descriptions of Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Film Exhibition program for December 2012. The films are screened at Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Avenue (Downtown), the Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Avenue (in North Oakland) and the Regent Square Theater, 1035 S. Braddock Avenue (in Edgewood). For admission prices and current showtimes call 412-682-4111 or visit us at theaters.pittsburgharts.org. All titles and dates are subject to change, due to film availability.         

The Harris Theater - 809 Liberty Ave.

Thru Dec. 6: Keep the Lights On
This tender romantic drama charts the volatile and complex decade-long relationship between two men. The screenplay was constructed from the director's diaries, and emails, which chronicled his own long-term relationship. We meet a documentarian named Erik (Thure Lindhardt) working on a project about filmmaker Avery Willard when he first encounters Paul (Zachary Booth) a lawyer, on a cruising chat line. Paul brushes him off , but eventually the bond between the two men takes over. They build a relationship, but each battles demons of addiction and compulsion. Featuring a score by the late avant-garde cellist and vocalist Arthur Russell. (Ira Sachs; 2012; USA; 101 min)

Opens Dec. 7: Holy Motors- back by request!
In this mind-blowing film we follow a mysterious character who travels in a stretch limo to his endless assignments - donning make-up and wigs along the way - to a series of bizarre roles in seemingly parallel lives. Played fearlessly by Denis Levant, Leos Carax's longtime collaborator, he "becomes" an assassin, a captain of industry, a family man, a beggar woman, a subterranean beast, and more. The envelope-pushing director's first feature since 1999, Holy Motors is one wild ride. When it played recently at the Three Rivers Film Festival there, unfortunately, were technical glitches. We're pleased to bring it back for 10 days. With subtitles. (Leos Carax; France; 2012; 116 min)

Dec. 13:The Naked Brand
Corporations have incredible influence on the world we live in and that's given them free reign to pollute, collude and mislead us, but advances in technology are rapidly making them accountable not just to shareholders, but to the average Joe. Now that we have constant access to information about the products we use and the ethics of the companies behind them, big brands are realizing that looking great isn't enough. It's time to actually be great. This inspirational documentary is about how corporations can (and do) actually do some good, suggesting a bright new future where companies tell the truth and work to create better products and a better planet. (Jeff Rosenbloom, Sherng-Lee Huang; USA; 2012; 59 min)  There will be a Q&A after the screening with the film's co-director Jeff Rosenbloom. Co-presented by MAYA Design who will host a post-screening reception. Advance tickets available at ShowClix:www.showclix.com/event/nakedbrand

Dec. 26 - 29: Marx Brothers Double Feature
Duck Soup- Anarchy abounds in this hilarious, subversive comedy about a bankrupt country, "Freedonia" - ruled by  Rufus T. Firefly - that declares war on neighboring Sylvania. Features the famous mirror scene. (Leo McCarey; 1933; 68 min)
Horse Feathers- Groucho plays the president of a college with Harpo and Chico as football players. Zeppo's in this one too. The boys were at their manic peak in this uproariously funny satire of campus life. (Norman Z. McLeod; 1932; 68 min)

Dec. 31: Classic Trailers
Show your "First Night" badge and get into this continuously running show (6:30 - 11:00 pm) of Hollywood trailers from the last 40 years. Warm up with hot chocolate!

Coming in January: Classic Audrey Hepburn Double Feature:
Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany's

Regent Square Theater - 1035 South Braddock Ave.

Thru Dec. 6: Smashed
A married couple puts their relationship to the test when one decides to get sober. Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Charlie (Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad) love a good time. They drink in the morning, they drink on the job, and they drink at night. When Kate - who is an elementary school teacher - has a few harrowing experiences she decides it might be time to cut back. But change is no cakewalk. Sobriety means she will have to confront the lies she's been spinning at work, her troubling relationship with her mother, and the nature of her bond with Charlie. While many films indulge in the dramatic highs and lows of addiction, Smashed is more interested in the middle path. As Kate tests new boundaries, and shoulders the consequences of her choices, this beautifully acted story illustrates imperfect transformation and the challenges of living life honestly. (James Ponsoldt; 2012; USA; 85 min)

Dec. 7 - 16: A Royal Affair
It's an epic period drama with a contemporary edge that combines lust and political intrigue. Or - if your prefer - "a mind-opener crossed with a bodice-ripper." That's what the Wall Street Journal called this based-on-true-events film about an ordinary man who wins a queen's heart and starts a revolution. Set in late 18th century, Denmark is ruled by a child-like king who shows signs of insanity. The royal physician is a ruggedly handsome German - a man of ideals who's eager for social reform. He soon discovers his match in the beautiful and intellectually captivating young queen. But the two kindred spirits fail to notice the conspiracies taking shape around them. Electrifying performances, beautiful art direction, and gorgeous costume design all help re-create this fascinating episode in Denmark's history. With subtitles. (Nikolai Arcel; Denmark; 2012; 132 min)

Dec. 18 - 22: It's a Wonderful Life - FREE!
Bring your family to see this Christmas classic on the big screen! Everyone is familiar with the story of George Bailey, a small town guy with big dreams. George (Jimmy Stewart) spends most of his life helping others, sometimes at the cost of his own happiness. A guardian angel shows George what life in his hometown would've been like if he had never been born. Merry Christmas from our family to yours! (Frank Capra; USA; 1946; 129 min) Help support the East End Cooporative Ministry's food drive by bringing a nonperishable or canned good.

Dec. 26 & 27: Django
This 1966 spaghetti western so inspired Quentin Tarantino that he's currently paying homage to it in his newest film, Django Unchained. The original spawned over 30 sequels and cemented the genre as an international phenomenon. Franco Nero plays the title character, a horseless, dark-clad, blazingly blue-eyed stranger dragging a coffin through the mud of a desolate frontier town. It's a delirious mix of bandidos, confederates, klansmen, dance hall gals, and a bloody trail of bad men. (Tarantino borrowed his famous ear-cutting scene for Reservoir Dogs from this very Django.) Funny, visceral, no-nonsense entertainment. With subtitles. (Sergio Corbucci; Italy/Spain; 1966; 90 min)

Opens Dec. 28: Chasing Ice  
In this breathtakingly beautiful film, acclaimed National Geographic photographer James Balog uses time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. His gorgeous yet haunting images compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a heartbreaking rate. Traveling with a team of young adventurers across the Arctic, Balog - who was once a skeptic about climate change - risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story facing humanity today. As the debate polarizes the country, and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up, Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to deliver fragile hope to our carbon-powered planet. (Jeff Orlowski; USA; 2012; 76 min)

Melwood Screening Room - 477 Melwood Ave.

Dec. 7 - 10: Wake in Fright - back by request!
Considered for years to be a lost film, this 1971 thriller has recently been restored. It's the story of a British schoolteacher's descent into a personal hell. His demoralization takes place while he's stranded in a small town in outback Australia, at the hands of a bunch of drunken, deranged derelicts. Lauded for its stark and uncompromising vision by many, including Roger Ebert who said the film is "powerful, genuinely shocking" and celebrated musician/screenwriter Nick Cave, who said it's "the most terrifying film about Australia in existence." (Ted Kotcheff; Australia; 1971; 114 min)

Dec. 11: Film Kitchen
Held the second Tuesday of every month, this series highlights regional, independently-made short films and videos.  This month's artists are: Seth Kenlon, Jim Helfrich, Jonathan Gribbin, Joy LeViere and Nathan Cobbett. Reception at 7:00; films at 8:00.  Co-sponsored by Mellinger's Beer and Spak Brothers Pizza.

Dec. 16: Everything is Terrible - Holiday Special 2012!
The artist collective known as "Everything is Terrible!" has made a career out of re-editing found VHS footage, then unleashing it on the Internet. Hip, hilarious, and out-there, they are back with an even more abominable video collage of everyone's least favorite time of the year. It's a millennium's worth of VHS memories of misplaced sentimentalities, fist fights over toys for tots, erotic Santas, Nazi elves, and an endless parade of singing kids. As always, the group will appear live to present the festivities in all of their fur-covered glory! This time they promise to convert the room into the tackiest winter wonderland imaginable with all the trimmings: puppets, sing-a-longs, candy, fake snow, and a visit from the big man himself! To use their description, its a "Cataclysmic Transformation!" (90 min) Tickets are $10 and available at