Pittsburgh Filmmakers Announces October Programming

For Immediate Release

September 22, 2011

Contact: Carol O'Sullivan


Pittsburgh Filmmakers Announces October Programming

For Immediate Release: Sept. 19, 2011

Contact: Carol O’Sullivan


Pittsburgh Filmmakers Announces

October Programming

(Pittsburgh, PA) – The following are descriptions of Pittsburgh Filmmakers Film Exhibition program for October 2011. 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. All titles and dates are subject to change, due to film availability.

The Harris Theater – 809 Liberty Ave.

thru Oct. 6: The Interrupters
From the director of Hoop Dreams comes this inspirational true story about a powerful initiative to stop urban violence. Shot in Chicago over the course of a year, this absorbing documentary offers an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn, persistence of this tragedy in our cities. The “violence interrupters” are a group of ex-convicts who've joined CeaseFire, an innovative organization determined to stop it. But rather than lecture in schools, they get out on the streets and help resolve conflict. This haunting film has lessons for us all. (Steve James; USA; 2011; 125 min)

Opens Oct. 7: Amigo

From acclaimed indie writer-director John Sayles, comes this fascinating history-based story about the Philippine-American War, one that's mostly been ignored. Set during the turn of the 20th century, American soldiers have been sent to occupy a peaceful Filipino village. But local rebel forces begin to plot against them. Joel Torre is outstanding as the village mayor who comes under pressure from a tough-as-nails American officer (Chris Cooper) to aide in their hunt for guerilla fighters. A powerful drama of friendship, betrayal, romance and heartbreaking violence, Amigo holds up a mirror to today's unresolvable conflicts around the world. (John Sayles; 2010; USA/ Philippines; 128 min)

Opens Oct. 21: Love Crime

Kristin Scott Thomas is again magnetic in this thriller. She stars as Christine, a powerful executive who brings a naïve young ingenue on board as her assistant, but this tale of office politics quickly turns caustic. Ultimately a stylish game of dominance, it recalls the best work of Claude Chabrol. And it's the final film by director Alain Corneau (Tous les Matins du Monde) who died shortly after it was completed. With subtitles. (Alain Corneau; France; 2010; 106 min)

Regent Square Theater – 1035 South Braddock Ave.

Thru Oct. 13: Senna

Spanning his years as a Formula One racing driver from 1984 to his untimely death a decade later, Senna explores the life and work of this world champion, his achievements on the track, his quest for perfection and the mythical status he has since attained. Audiences and critics alike are cheering for this film, including Steven Rea of The Philadelphia Inquirer: “Senna is earnest, eloquent, and impossibly charismatic, and his rocketing ascension through the ranks of professional drivers – gunning his car at more than 200 m.p.h. down the straightaways – is something to behold.” (Asif Kapadia; USA; 2011; 104 min)

Opens Oct. 14: Higher Ground

“Remarkable...miraculous!” - New York Times

In her directorial debut, the beautiful Oscar-winning actress Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) is earning unanimous praise for this thoughtful, even-handed film that explores one woman's struggle with belief, love, and trust. We follow Corrine from childhood, through her teenage years (where she is played by Farmiga's sister Taissa), and then as a 40-year old woman (played by Farmiga). This heartfelt drama could not be more in tune with America's current anxiety, as Roger Ebert explains: “In a world where believers and agnostics are polarized and hold simplified ideas about each other, it takes a step back and sees faith as a series of choices that should be freely made.” (Vera Farmiga; 2011; USA; 109 min)

Sunday Night Series: Hitchcock: Across the Pond

Hitch enjoyed a successful directing career in England for more than a decade before he was lured to Hollywood in 1939. Many of his 40s films still had a British feel. See for yourself with these delicious examples from both countries.

Oct. 2: The 39 Steps

One of Hitchcock's favorite themes was mistaken identity. Here the dashing hero tries to clear his name, only to find himself embroiled with spies and a "cool blonde." The banter in this mystery/romance set the style for sophisticated comedies for years. And it features that classic British character, Mr. Memory. (1935; UK; 93 min)

Oct. 9: Spellbound

Hitchcock takes on Sigmund Freud in this psychological thriller. Ingrid Bergman stars as a psychiatrist helping to unlock hidden clues in the mind of an amnesiac played by Gregory Peck. Among the highlights is the famous dream sequence designed by Salvador Dali, complete with huge eyeballs and pointy scissors. One of his most atmospheric films, the haunting score – using a theremin – won an Oscar. (1945; USA; 111 min)

Oct. 16: The Lady Vanishes

While on a train ride through Europe, Iris (Margaret Lockwood) awakes from a nap to discover the kind old woman she’d been talking to has disappeared. Her investigation proves frustrating: none of the passengers have any recollection of the woman, and a psychiatrist on the train suggests that she never existed. However, Iris is certain that something more sinister is going on, and enlists the help of a clever musician (Sir Michael Redgrave). (1938; UK; 97 min)

Oct. 23: The Paradine Case

This little-seen courtroom drama was what Hitchcock called, "...a love story embedded in the emotional quicksand of a murder trial." With an all-star cast featuring Gregory Peck, Leo G. Carroll, Ann Todd and Charles Laughton, it tells the tale of an English barrister who falls in love with an enigmatic young foreign woman accused of poisoning her husband. (1947; USA; 114 min)

Special Event: Sunday, Oct. 30: Metropolis – Moroder version

In 1981, award-winning composer Giorgio Moroder began a three-year endeavor to restore this German sci-fi classic. He made the controversial decision to give it a contemporary score, and added pop music from some of the biggest stars of the early MTV era, including Freddie Mercury, Pat Benatar, Billy Squier, Bonnie Tyler, Adam Ant and more. In addition, inter-titles were replaced with subtitles, and sound effects and color were added. For many young people of the 80s, this was the first “silent” film they had ever seen and the experience was transforming. But for more than a quarter century, this version has remained out of print -- until now. Enjoy this new HD digital transfer and sing along! (Fritz Lang; Germany; 1928/1984; 82 min)

Melwood Screening Room – 477 Melwood Ave.

Oct. 1, 3 & 4: Ann Arbor Film Festival – Free RAD event!

America’s oldest and most prestigious festival of independent film is held each year in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The touring program (now in its 49th year) is a wide-ranging compilation of prize-winning experimental, animated, documentary and narrative films. As the longest-running film festival of its kind in North America, it is steeped in a rich tradition of ground-breaking cinema.

Oct. 11: Film Kitchen

Held the second Tuesday of every month, this series has been showcasing local and regional film and video work since 1998. This month features short films by four artists and the Oct. theme is RATS, BATS, & CATS. Co-sponsored by Mellinger's Beer Distributing, Spak Brothers Pizza, and WPTS-FM.

Visiting Filmmaker Jaap Pieters - with live accompaniment by Travis Bird

Dutch artist Jaap Pieters has been taking photographs and making Super 8mm films for three decades. He's created dozens of films on this small-gauge "amateur" medium, confining himself to the duration of a Super 8 reel (3 minutes). Working with minimal equipment and manipulation, most of Pieters' films are shot from the window of his Amsterdam apartment. Well-known in Europe where his work is seen regularly at micro-cinemas, alternative venues and festivals, these ephemeral creations are rarely screened in North America. In collaboration with Anthology Film Archives, and as part of his inaugural U.S. tour, Pieters will present his films in person and give commentary, while Chicago musician Travis Bird will improvise sounds to interact with the visual environments. (90 min program). $8 at the door only.

Oct. 19: The Birds

When a wealthy socialite follows a potential boyfriend to a sleepy coastal California town the birds there suddenly start to attack. This cautionary tale is nearly 50 years old, but still feels timely. You’ll never look at a flock of birds the same way again. (Alfred Hitchcock; USA; 1963; 120 min) Reception and informal discussion follows the screening. Co-presented with PittArts.