Press Release: September Films

For Immediate Release

September 19, 2011

Contact: Carol O'Sullivan


Press Release: September Films

For Immediate Release: Aug 30, 2011
Contact: Carol O'Sullivan

Pittsburgh Filmmakers Announces September Programming

(Pittsburgh, PA) - The following are descriptions of Pittsburgh Filmmakers Film Exhibition program for September 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 Sept. 8:Tabloid Errol Morris' new film:
Let's just say it involves true love, kidnapping, Mormons, international travel, cloning, and a buxom former Miss Wyoming, who boasts an IQ of 168. In telling her tabloid-headline-making story, the Oscar-winning documentarian (The Fog of War, The Thin Blue Line) has made one of his most entertaining films yet, a story that questions the nature of truth. (Errol Morris; USA; 2010; 87 min)

Opens Sept. 9:Life, Above All
A powerful testament to the resilience of the human spirit, this Oscar contender from South Africa follows the travails of 12-year-old Chandra (stunningly performed by first-time-actress Khomotso Manyaka) after the death of her newborn sister. She fights the fear and prejudice that have poisoned her community, a dust-ridden village near Johannesburg. Based on the international award-winning novel Chanda's Secrets, this emotional film is dedicated to the South African children orphaned by AIDS - recently Unicef put that number at 1.9 million. (Oliver Schmitz; South Africa; 2010; 100 min)

Sept. 19 - 22: The Legend is Born: IP MAN
An unofficial pre-quel to the IP Man series. Legend tells the remarkable true tory of the early life of the kung fu genius who would become Bruce Lee's mentor. (Herman Yau; Hong Kong; 2010; 99 min)

Opens Sept. 23: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)


Regent Square Theater - 1035 South Braddock Ave.

Thru Sept. 8:Project Nim
This is the story of a chimpanzee who became the focus of a landmark experiment in the 70s, which aimed to show that an ape raised and nurtured like a human child, would learn to communicate with sign language. We follow his amazing journey through human society and the impact he makes on the people he meets along the way. It's an unflinching and unsentimental story - comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling. From the Oscar-winning team behind Man on Wire, it premiered to raves at Sundance. (James Marsh; UK; 2011; 93 min)

Opens Sept. 9:The Man Who Fell to Earth - new print/director's cut!
This dazzling, sci-fi cult classic from Nicholas Roeg (Performance, Walkabout) is told in an eye-popping, non-linear narrative style, with hypnotic visuals and a groovy 70s soundtrack by John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas. After a mysterious space craft crashes to Earth, an orange-haired, pale-faced alien (David Bowie) walks out into a dusty Southwestern town. He desperately yearns to return with precious water for his parched and dying planet. With its assorted oddball characters (played by Buck Henry, Rip Torn, Candy Clark) and its eye on addictive human behavior - be it sex, drugs, alcohol, or religion - this cautionary tale's message has not diminished with time. Newly restored 35mm, uncut director's version; get ready to have your mind blown. (Nicholas Roeg; UK; 1976; 139 min)

Opens Sept. 16:Mozart's Sister
"Awash in the joy and power of music'
- Variety Violinist and pianist, Maria Anna "Nannerl" Mozart - Wolfgang's older sister - was just as gifted as her famous brother. As youngsters, they were both taken around Europe to perform before the royal courts. But this was 1763, when females were denied opportunities and training. The plot offers a speculative account of her life once she's of marriageable age and told she's forbidden to play the violin or compose. A truly stunning film, it offers a vivid depiction of 18th-century pre-revolutionary France - much of it actually shot inside Versailles. Gorgeous to look at, with beautiful music to match. With subtitles. (Rene Feret; France; 2010; 120 min)

Sept. 29 only: Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then - with live sound and music!
"A tinkerer's ode to a tinkerer, and a romantic's tribute to a romantic" - New York TimesGravity takes on the true story of a Kentucky hardware clerk, Leonard Wood, who built a crazy-quilt house in the 70s for his wife, as a sort of healing tower, hoping to save her from cancer. For this evocative and charming film, sculptor/musician/filmmaker Brent Green crafted a replica of that house on his family farm near Pottsville, PA, into a fantastical set. Using stop-motion animation, Green tackles big questions of love, faith, and the creative process. He adds a dynamic folk-punk score with inventive sound effects and voice-over narration. The live accompaniment is by Drew Henkels (Drew and the Medicinal Pen), John Swartz (Guy Maddin's orchestra), Michael McGinley (The Bitter Tears) and Donna Kozloskie (who stars in the film). Eccentric and experimental, it recalls the works of Guy Maddin and Michel Gondry. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind film experience! (Brent Green; USA; 2010; 73 min) Presented by the 2011 Three Rivers Film Festival.

Sunday Night Series: December - May Relationships
The history of cinema is chock full of May - December romances - beautiful young women with dashing older men - but there are also some interesting films that turn the tables: older women with younger men, so we're calling them "December - May."

Sept. 4: Harold and Maude
This cult favorite still packs the house. Young, rich, and morbid, Harold (Bud Cort) finds himself changed forever when he meets the very lively septuagenarian Maude (Ruth Gordon) at a funeral. (Hal Ashby; USA; 1971; 91 min)

Sept. 11: All That Heaven Allows
A well-to-do widow (Jane Wyman) falls in love with a younger landscape gardener (Rock Hudson) much to the disapproval of her children and criticism of her country club peers. One of Sirk's great Technicolor melodramas. (Douglas Sirk, USA, 1955, 89 min)

Sept. 18: The Graduate
"Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me!" Dustin Hoffman went down in movie history with this line. He was Benjamin Braddock, a recent college grad mentally and emotionally adrift in a sea of confusion. (Mike Nichols; USA; 1967; 106 min)

Sept. 25: Sunset Boulevard
This stylish noir follows a struggling young screenwriter, played by William Holden) as he gets ensnared by the long-forgotten, silent film star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) into being her kept man. (Billy Wilder; USA; 1950; 110 min)

Melwood Screening Room - 477 Melwood Ave.

Sept. 9 - 12: Magic Trip
In 1964, Ken Kesey - the famed author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - set off on a legendary, LSD-fueled cross-country road trip. Through 100 hours of film and audiotape, Magic Trip shapes an invaluable document of this extraordinary piece of American history. Stanley Tucci narrates this wild and wacky tale, which includes footage of Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Ram Dass, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and more. (Alex Gibney & Alison Ellwood; USA; 2011; 107 min)

Sept. 13: 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 Joy Toujours, Cornelius Henke and Bill Moore. Co-sponsored by Mellinger's Beer Distributing, Spak Brothers Pizza, and WPTS.

Sept. 16 - 22: The Future
It's been five long years since Miranda July's indie hit, Me and You and Everyone We Know, but the wait was worth it. This is a delightful and quirky portrait of a relationship that's not going so well. Sophie (July) and Jason (Hamish Linklater) live together in a one-room apartment. Both hate their jobs and spend most of their time online. When they decide to adopt an injured cat, their lives changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space. As you might expect from this original artist, The Future is full of gentle humor and imaginative digressions. (Miranda July; USA; 2011; 91 min)

Sept. 24 only: Budrus
This is the engrossing true story of peace-making in the West Bank village of Budrus over the building of an Israeli security fence. Led by the quiet, tough-minded mayor and his teenage daughter, the non-violent protesters succeeded in stalling construction of the fence, which threatened to destroy 3,000 olive trees. And while this dramatic documentary is about one Palestinian village, it hints at a much larger story about what ultimately might be possible in the Middle East. With subtitles. (Julia Bacha; Israel/Palestinian Territory/USA; 2009; 80 min) Co-presented by J Street Pittsburgh; Q & A will follow the film.