Pittsburgh Filmmakers Announces February Programming

For Immediate Release

January 24, 2013

Contact: Carol O'Sullivan

412-681-5449


Pittsburgh Filmmakers Announces February Programming


Pittsburgh Filmmakers Announces February Programming

(Pittsburgh, PA) - The following are descriptions of Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Film Exhibition program for February 2013. 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.

Feb. 1 - 7: A Late Quartet
Starring Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, and Wallace Shawn, this beautifully acted drama follows the members of a world-renowned string quartet who struggle to stay together after their cellist (Walken) announces, on the eve of their 25th anniversary concert, that he is retiring. The quartet wrestles with issues of mortality, infidelity and of course, competing egos. Inspired by and structured around Beethoven's Opus 131 String Quartet in C-sharp minor, the film pays homage to the cultural world of New York and the vitality of the performing arts. (Yaron Zilberman; USA; 2012; 105 min)
 
Feb. 8 - 14: The House I Live In - brought back by request!
Acclaimed director Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight) tackles America's war on drugs in this compelling examination. Today drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available than ever before. Where did we go wrong? The filmmaker offers a sobering, comprehensive view of a modern drug culture and examines the troubling realities of a broken system. From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, the film reveals profound human rights implications. Heart-wrenching in its humanity, and brilliant in its thesis, it grabs viewers and shakes them to the core. (Eugene Jarecki; USA; 2012; 110 min)
 
Feb. 22 - 28: Searching for Sugarman - brought back by request!
This is the incredible true story of Rodriguez - the greatest 70s rock icon who never was. Discovered by two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. The album, however, bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. This extraordinary film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what happened to their hero. (Malik Bendjelloul; UK; 2012; 85 min)
 
Opens Mar. 1: 56 Up
This acclaimed series has gained cult status among those who've been following this fascinating group of people since the original 7 Up, first broadcast in England in 1964. It featured children from widely different social backgrounds sharing their hopes and dreams for the future. Inspired by the Jesuit saying, "Give me the child until he is seven and I will show you the man," and Britain's rigid class system, this groundbreaking series - the very first example of recording real people living real lives - set out to discover how far our lives are pre-determined by our background. Director Michael Apted has returned every seven years to chart the group's progress, documenting the participants as they have become adults and entered middle-age, dealing with everything life has thrown at them. 56 Up returns to visit the people whose lives have been publicly tracked since they were seven, and sees more of the original line-up taking part than ever before, with one participant, Peter, deciding to re-join the series after almost 30 years. (Michael Apted; UK; 2012; 144 min)

Regent Square Theater - 1035 South Braddock Ave.

Opens Feb. 1: Oscar Nominated Shorts
For annual Oscar watchers here's your chance to see all TEN nominees on the big screen - both animated and live-action categories. Predict the winners before the awards are handed out on February 24th! The short-film nominees are traditionally among the year's most creative work in film all year, yet can be the most difficult to see. This is always an eye-popping program, so expect an exceptional evening of entertainment. For a complete list of titles go to: theaters.pittsburgharts.org
 
Opens Feb. 15: Amour
Recent winner of the Golden Globe, the Palme d'Or at Cannes, the National Society of Film Critics Best Film, as well as multi-Oscar nominee, it's a bittersweet love story of retired music teachers Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) and George (Jean-Louis Trintignant) living a quiet life in Paris. When Anne suffers a stroke and her condition deteriorates she exacts a promise from her husband. Powered by beautiful acting and an uncharacteristically tender script by Michael Heneke, it co-stars Isabelle Huppert. With subtitles. (Michael Heneke; Austria; 2012; 127 min)
 
Special Sunday Night Valentine Event:
 Feb. 10: An Affair to Remember
Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr play strangers who meet on an ocean liner and fall in love. Though each is involved with someone else, they agree to meet at the Empire State Building if they still feel the same way about each other six month down the road. But fate can be cruel, and an accident prevents their rendezvous. We think this is the best version of the classic love story that will warm your heart and moisten your cheeks. Bring your tissues! (Leo McCarey; 1957; 119 min) Co-presented by the Regent Square Civic Association. (RSCA members get in for $5.)

Melwood Screening Room - 477 Melwood Ave.

Feb. 7: East of Eden
A variation of Cain and Abel, this is the story of a wayward young man (James Dean) who, while seeking his own identity, competes against his brother - the favored son - for the affection of their deeply religious father. This is the first of three films in which Dean played the male lead, and the only one released during his short lifetime. Reception and informal discussion follows screening. Co-sponsored by PittArts.
 
Feb. 8-10; 15-17: Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts
Attention Oscar watchers and documentary lovers: Don't miss this opportunity - showing two weekends only - to see the five superb short documentaries before the winner is announced during the Academy Award broadcast. This year's titles are: King's Point, Mondays at Racine, Inocente, Redemption, and Open Heart. (approx. 210 min, with intermission)
 
Feb. 12: Film Kitchen with preview of Bethany's Story
Held the second Tuesday of every month, this series highlights regional, independently-made short films and videos. This month features shorts by Sean Ferris and Ivette Spradlin. Also this month is a preview screening of Bethany's Story, an hour-long documentary about the stunning effects switching to a raw food diet had on one teenager's health. It is directed by Kamen Bonev, a member and film professor at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Reception at 7:00; films at 8:00. Co-sponsored by Mellinger's Beer and Spak Brothers Pizza.