Art on Film

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June 1
Fri June 1 at 8:00

One of the most significant international contemporary artists of our times, Richter granted filmmaker Corinna Belz rare access to his studio where he was working on a series of large abstract paintings. The result is a thrilling, fly-on-the-wall perspective of the personal, tension-filled artistic process. With quiet, highly concentrated images, we see Richter paint, observe, contemplate, wait, reject, rework and sometimes destroy only to begin anew, as the paintings themselves become the protagonists. Ultimately this penetrating portrait is about the art of seeing. (Corinna Belz; Germany; 2011; 102 min) 

 

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June 2 - June 3
Sat June 2 at 4:15
Sun June 3 at 4:45

A year before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, filmmaker Cynthia Beatt made a short documentary with  actress Tilda Swinton surveying the Berlin Wall on a bicycle. Twenty years later, Swinton once again rides the border line - but this time she explores the changing landscape on both sides of the former Wall. The film interweaves images of contemporary Berlin with a voice-over in the form of Swinton's recollections and musings, complete with a soundscape composed by Simon Fisher Turner, who collaborated with Derek Jarman and Tilda Swinton in the 1980s. In English and German with subtitles. (Cynthia Beatt; Germany; 2009; 60 min)

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June 2 - June 6
Sat June 2 at 3:00
Wed June 6 at 6:30

"...an exploration of the meaning and importance of photojournalism itself." - CBC News

The film focuses on four World Press Photo winners, including Eddie Adams's 1968 photo of the public execution of a Viet Cong prisoner, an anonymous photographer's last image of Salvador Allende during the 1973 coup, Charlie Cole's 1989 photo of a lone student confronting tanks in Tiananmen Square, and David Turnley's 1991 photo of a grieving soldier during the first Gulf War. (Hans Pool & Maaik Krijgsman; Netherlands; 2007; 55 min)

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June 2 - June 4
Sat June 2 at 5:30
Mon June 4 at 6:30

At once organic and otherworldly, pure and complicated, Dale Chihuly's work elevated glassblowing to a high art form, allowing it to serve as a vehicle for large-scale self-expression, rather than mere mantelpiece craft. His exquisite sculptures capture a unique image of the natural world while maintaining a strong element of fantasy. In this film, the artist explores the use of neon lights to accompany his already vibrant glass pieces. It also highlights the collaborative qualities of Chihuly's creative process. (Peter West; 2010; USA; 58 min)

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June 2 - June 3
Sat June 2 at 6:45
Sun June 3 at 3:00

In 2009, in a small theater in Switzerland, legendary film directors Marcel Ophuls and Jean-Luc Godard met for an unusual, intimate and sometimes contentious dialogue with each other in front of a live audience. This is a unique opportunity to spend time with two of the most influential and idiosyncratic post-war directors. Godard and Ophuls may be in the twilight of their years, but we see that they remain provocative, sharp, and as uncompromising as ever. With subtitles. (Frederic Choffat & Vincent Lowy; France; 2011; 44 min)

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June 2 - June 3
Sat June 2 at 7:45
Sun June 3 at 4:00

Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss have collaborated on kinetic installations since 1979. All of their work to date, whether in photography, film, drawing, or sculpture, has demonstrated a deep interest in the mechanisms that animate the universe of objects. They remove these things that surround us from their contexts in our daily lives, and then restructure their relationships to one another. Without narration or interviews this delightful film presents physical interactions, chemical reactions, and precisely crafted chaos worthy of Rube Goldberg or Alfred Hitchcock. (Peter Fischli & David Weiss; Switzerland; 1988; 30 min)

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June 2 - June 3
Sat June 2 at 8:30
Sun June 3 at 6:00

The anger and outrage captured by graphic artists have defined revolutions through the centuries. Printmakers have depicted the human condition in all its glories and struggles so powerfully that perceptions, attitudes and politics have been dramatically influenced. And the value and impact of this art is even more important today. In this new documentary, three American artists and a master printer help explain the dynamic sequences of social reality and protest. The making of an etching, a woodcut and a lithograph unfolds before our eyes, as the contemporary artists join their illustrious predecessors in creating art of social engagement. (Manfred Kirchheimer; USA; 2012; 82 min)

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June 4 - June 7
Mon June 4 at 7:45
Thur June 7 at 7:45

From the director of Art of the Steal, this is an engrossing profile of cult rock legend Bobby Liebling, lead singer of the band Pentagram. Self-destructive behavior, multiple band break-ups, and botched record deals might have condemned him to obscurity. Living for decades in his parents' basement, Liebling has finally been discovered by the heavy metal underground. Last Days Here follows a three-year period that chronicles this icon - who finds himself at the crossroads of life and death. (Don Argott & Demian Fenton; USA; 90 min)

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June 5
Reception 7:00
Films 8:00

The Annual Film Kitchen Contest theme this year is "Stink Bugs."  This yearly competition features the prize-winning shorts, as well as a curated selection of short films. An outdoor reception (weather permitting) with beer and hot dogs and pizza begins at 7:00pm; the show starts at 8:00pm. Suit and tie are optional. Film Kitchen is held the second Tuesday of every month and features independent film and video work from regional artists. Usually held at the Melwood Screening Room, the June 5 event takes place at the Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Avenue, downtown. Film Kitchen is co-sponsored by Pittsburgh Filmmakers, WPTS-FM, Mellinger's Beer Distributing, and Spak Brothers Pizza.

Admission: $8

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June 6 - June 9
Wed June 6 at 7:45
Sat June 9 at 5:45

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America's most influential and important industrial designers. Admired for their creations and fascinating as individuals, they have risen to iconic status in American culture. This intriguing biography draws from a treasure trove of archival material, as well as new interviews with friends, colleague, and experts to capture the personal story of Charles and Ray while placing them in the context of their fascinating times. With the voice of James Franco.  (Jason Cohn & Bill Jersey; USA; 2011; 83 min)

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June 7 - June 9
Thur June 7 at 6:30
Sat June 9 at 4:30

In New York City in 1978, an unknown Czech artist named Pavel Novak held an exhibit entitled "Stolen Art," which featured paintings by Rembrandt, Courbet, Van Gogh and other great masters, all reproduced with astonishing accuracy by Novak. But when a collector claimed the work was actually stolen, the FBI shut down the exhibit and Novak disappeared without a trace. We learn few today are aware of the event while those who are refuse to speak about it. (Simon Backès; USA; 2010; 56 min)

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June 8 - June 9
Fri June 8 at 8:45
Sat June 9 at 3:00

One of the greatest documentaries on art ever made, this classic is a filmed record of Pablo Picasso painting for the camera, allowing us to see his creative process at work. Like a matador confronting a bull, the artist approaches his easel, his eyes blazing. The director has his camera behind a semi-transparent surface on which the artist paints with special inks that bleed through. We have a perfect reverse image of Picasso's brushstrokes and the motion picture screen itself becomes the artist's canvas. With subtitles. (Henri-Georges Clouzot; France; 1956; 76 min)

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June 8 - June 9
Fri June 8 at 8:45
Sat June 9 at 7:30

What is the link between psychological states and the creative process? Is there a relationship between psychosis and the artistic impulse? What can art produced by mental patients tell us about artistic genius? This fascinating documentary examines these issues through the story of Dr. Hans Prinzhorn (1886-1933), a German student of psychiatry and art history. And it raises serious questions about our current definitions of both art and illness. With subtitles. (Christian Beetz; Germany; 2008; 75 min)

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June 10
Sun June 10 1:00-4:00pm

Collection of short films presented by the Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Society

Pittsburgh Lesbian & Gay Film Society