Pittsburgh Filmmakers Announces January Programming

For Immediate Release

January 1, 2013

Contact: Carol O'Sullivan


Pittsburgh Filmmakers Announces January Programming

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

Double Feature Classics
Don't let that post-holiday slump get the best of you. These classics are sure to cheer you up!

Dec. 26 - 30: 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)

Jan. 1 - 3: Audrey Hepburn Double Feature:
Roman Holiday: She was never lovelier than in this dreamy Oscar-winning romance, as a bored and sheltered princess who falls in love with an American newspaperman. Amid the beauty and mystique of Rome, the dashing reporter (Gregory Peck) is handed a news scoop: a princess has slipped away from her royal guardians and stifling lifestyle. (William Wyler; 1953; 118 min)
Breakfast at Tiffany's: In her signature role Hepburn plays Holly Golightly with a poignant blend of sophistication and innocence. She is stunning as a New York "working" girl who falls for a handsome young writer who's moved into her building. Features an Oscar-winning score by Henry Mancini. (Blake Edwards; 1961; 115 min)

Jan. 4 - 10: The Loneliest Planet
Set in the rugged landscape of the Caucasus Mountains in the former Soviet Union, a beautiful young couple (Gael García Bernal and Hani Furstenberg) goes backpacking the summer before their wedding. Walking for hours, they trade stories and play games, until there is a momentary misstep - a fleeting gesture that takes only seconds. But once it's done, it threatens to undo everything the couple believed about each other and themselves. This subtle, thought-provoking, and foreboding tale is from the writer/director of Day Night Day Night. (Julia Loktev; USA/Germany/Russia; 2011; 117 min)

Jan. 11 - 17: Beasts of the Southern Wild
No film had more buzz this year than this one. See what everyone's talking about. Set in New Orleans, this lyrical fable follows six-year old Hushpuppy (played with an amazing naturalness by Quvenzhané Wallis). Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, she learns the ways of courage and love.  (93 min)

Jan. 18 - 31: 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)

Regent Square Theater - 1035 South Braddock Ave.

Through Jan. 10: 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)

Opens Jan. 11: Any Day Now
Featuring a career-topping performance from Alan Cummings, this powerful story set in the 70s, is the winner of 10 Audience Awards at film festivals around the country. When a teenager with Down syndrome is abandoned by his mother, a gay couple takes him in and becomes the loving family he never had. But when their unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, the men are forced to fight a legal system to keep the boy they've grown to love as their son. Inspired by a true story the issues are, of course, as relevant today as they were 35 years ago. (Travis Fine; USA; 2012; 97 min)

Opens Jan. 25: Central Park Five
In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were arrested and charged for brutally attacking and raping a white female jogger in Central Park. News media swarmed the case, calling it "the crime of the century." But the truth about what really happened didn't become clear until after the five had spent years in prison for a crime they didn't commit. This riveting film is based on Sarah Burns' best-selling book and co-directed by her husband and father. The true story, as incendiary as it is, serves as a mirror for our times. (Sarah Burns, David McMahon, Ken Burns; 2012; USA; 120 min)

Sunday Night Series: Films That Blew You Away
Every once in a while it's good to revisit those films that made a huge impression on us. These four films likely blew your mind on first viewing, offering unparalleled cinematic experiences in their day. See if they still do.

Jan. 6: 2001: A Space Odyssey
This is the ultimate, mind-blowing, science-fiction voyage. Roger Ebert explains "[Kubrick] made a philosophical statement about man's place in the universe, using images as those before him had used words, music or prayer. And he had made it in a way that invited us to contemplate it -- not to experience it vicariously as entertainment, as we might in a conventional science-fiction film, but to stand outside it as a philosopher might, and think about it." (Stanley Kubrick; 1968; 140 min)

Jan. 13: Psycho
Hitchcock's suspense classic - released 53 years ago - was revolutionary in its day for both its subject matter and its technique. The shower scene alone kept folks out of motel showers for decades, and with its accompanying scream-like sounds (made by violins) it's one of the most famous sequences from all of film history. (Alfred Hitchcock; 1960; 109 min)

Jan. 20: Manchurian Candidate
Chillingly suspenseful and, at times, perversely funny this Cold War thriller was also prophetic. Withheld from distribution by star Frank Sinatra for 25 years after President Kennedy's assassination - it foreshadows, among other things, the growth of conspiracy theories. When a former infantryman is haunted by nightmares he begins to believe he was brainwashed in the war. Angela Lansbury plays an evil, power hungry mother - one of the all-time great movie villains. (John Frankenheimer; 1962; 129 min)

Jan. 27: Blazing Saddles
One of Mel Brooks' funniest and least politically-correct films, it's an unsubtle spoof of all the cliches from America's most beloved genre, the Western. It may be full of toilet humor and foul language, the characters may be racist and sexist - your jaw may even drop - but your sides will hurt from laughing. Stars Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman. (Mel Brooks; 1974; 120 min)

Melwood Screening Room - 477 Melwood Ave.

Jan. 8: Film Kitchen
Held the second Tuesday of every month, this series highlights regional, independently-made short films and videos. This month features work by Andrew Daub, Bryan Heller and more. Reception at 7:00; films at 8:00.  Co-sponsored by Mellinger's Beer and Spak Brothers Pizza.

Jan. 17: Rebel Without a Cause
This technicolor classic set the bar for teen angst movies. Features James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo. Co-presented with PittArts.

Jan. 25 - 29: Holy Motors - back by request!
This eccentric French film made several critics' top ten lists - some placed it right at the top! 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. With subtitles.