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AFFILIATION: Pittsburgh Filmmakers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization.
SPECIAL SKILLS: the Regent Square Theater’s Sunday Night Classics series (a great way to conclude the weekend), Film Kitchen at Melwood (a monthly program of locally made films and videos, now in it’s 13th year) and hi-end 16mm projection (yes, it still exists).
DCP ? : Currently installed at the Regent Square, planning Harris and Melwood conversions down the line when funds become available.
FIRST ZEITGEIST MOVIE: Tony Buba’s Lightning Over Braddock: A Rustbowl Fantasy in 1988
PRICE OF A SMALL POPCORN: $3.00
When Pittsburgh Filmmakers was founded in 1971, its primary mission was to serve non-commercial filmmakers and photographers in the Pittsburgh area by providing low-cost access to the expensive tools of their art forms. More than 40 years later, their mission continues with the addition of extensive education, membership and exhibition programs.
Pittsburgh Filmmakers operates three single screen theaters in the Pittsburgh area that feature American independents, documentaries, and first-run foreign films, as well as an ongoing weekly series of popular classics. All three theaters are equipped to project Super-8, 16mm, reel-to-reel 35mm, and certain digital formats. Pittsburgh Filmmakers also produces, hosts and programs the Three Rivers Film Festival, held annually in early November.
The Melwood Screening Room was built in 1995 as part of extensive renovations that converted an urban warehouse into attractive headquarters for Filmmakers’ administrative and equipment access offices, classrooms, and sound stage. Located on the second floor, the Screening Room shares a lobby with Filmmakers’ Galleries.
The Harris Theater opened as Avenue Cinema in 1931 and featured “continental pictures.” In 1935 it changed to the Art Cinema, a name it kept for more than 50 years. By the 1960s the Art Cinema was part of the city’s red-light district and became an adult movie theater. It was renovated in the early 90s as part of a strategic cultural renaissance; The Harris has been programmed and operated by Pittsburgh Filmmakers since 1995. It is the only movie theater in downtown Pittsburgh.
The Regent Square is one of the last remaining single-screen neighborhood theaters in the region and is surrounded by funky shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, and art galleries. Built in 1938, old-timers fondly remember going to see the Marx Brothers, Bogart & Bacall and John Ford Westerns at the original theater – a tradition that continues with the Sunday night classic film series.
We’ve had the privilege of bringing our films to Pittsburgh with Pittsburgh Filmmakers since the very beginning of Zeitgeist, and we’re thrilled to present our Russian noir Elena at the Regent Square Theater today… click here for tickets!
(special thanks to Gary Kaboly of PGH Filmmakers)
(image and additional info from http://classyeats.blogspot.com/2010/01/magic-lantern-spokane.html)
SPECIAL SKILLS: $3 bottomless popcorn. There is nothing else to be said. Perfection achieved.
Owner Joe Davis discovered the Magic Lantern in the nick of time - after showing a short at the theater in 2008, he discovered that the Lantern was to be no more. Instead of mourning his newfound love by crying on public transit like a normal person, he took it upon himself to revamp the theater. Despite being in the middle of his med school residency, Davis took over the theater in 2009. Now friendlier to post-and-pre-film socializing, the theater sports an intimate coffee lounge - outfitted with a pretty delicious snack selection (exhibit A: COOKIES). They serve DOMA espresso and chocolate-covered espresso beans - a must if you’re competing the 50-hour Slam (a film-making competition) hosted there. In addition to the 50-hour slam, the Magic Lantern hosts the Spokane International Film Festival and Spokane’s Jewish Film Festival.
We’ve only heard great things about Joe and the Magic Lantern. If you’re in Spokane, pop by and tell us what you think of the place! For more info, see the Magic Lantern’s website.
ELENA opens there this week!
BORN: July 27, 2007
AFFILIATION: Operated by Film Streams, a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the concept of film as art and encouraging educated discussion of cinema. Oscar-winner Alexander Payne is a board member and frequent collaborator.
SPECIAL SKILLS: The theater offers a monthly Free Student Night (first Monday of every month), and their concession stand offers wine, OMAHA STEAKS BEEF STICKS (which exist and sound delicious), and local coffee and beer (among other, healthier snacks). Oh, and scones (arguably the greatest baked breakfast good).
DCP ? : Currently, the larger theater (there are two) offers digital projection, but both screens will soon be DCP compatible.
PRICE OF A SMALL POPCORN: Technically the small is $4, but they also offer a Fun Size® for $3.
FIRST ZEITGEIST FILM: Up The Yangtze
In 2005, Rachel Jacobson did what half of us have been threatening to do for years, leaving New York for greener pastures – her hometown of Omaha, specifically, where she had dreamed of opening an art-house theater. Just a year later, construction began on what would become the Ruth Sokolof Theater, which opened July 27, 2007 with screenings of La Vie en Rose and Seven Samurai.
What we really admire about Film Streams is their commitment to education and community enrichment – they have their own education program, which teaches film history and criticism to high school students. Q&A screenings with visiting filmmakers supplement their community development and education programs, as does the aforementioned Student Night. Aspiring Omaha filmmakers can submit their work to Film Streams’ Local Filmmakers Showcase.
Approaching its five-year anniversary, Film Streams has screened films for over 210,000 visitors and presented more than 200 First-Run premieres of American independents and foreign films. Their annual gala - Feature - draws spectacular guests for thought-provoking conversations about film. Jane Fonda will be at this year’s gala (July 22) in conversation with Alexander Payne. Oh, and Elena opens there today.
Check out Film Streams’ new blog to learn more about this amazing theater!
One of our nearest and dearest neighbors, Posteritati is always on our minds (because we’re lusting after their latest acquisitions). And we’re not the only ones - The Village Voice, NYT Style Magazine, and Vanity Fair (among others) have covered this amazing SoHo treasure.
At the time of this writing, the store is doing a spotlight on sci-fi posters. We’re in love with an Argentinian Empire Strikes Back poster they have up, and one of us couldn’t stop herself from picking up this trippy Japanese Alien poster a little while back.
You can see some of the posters on display in our pics here, but the Posteritati catalog is WAY more expansive than what’s on the walls.
We also like that they have a candy bowl, seen above on the coffee table.
The staff are really cool about pulling out posters for you to get a closer look!
You can search through the entire Posteritati collection on their site or in store (by genre, director, star, or keyword) on one of those computers you see above… or you can ask owner Sam Sarowitz - a veritable scholar of movie poster history/art, with several BEAUTIFUL books to his name.
If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by - you won’t want to leave.
An emotionally and sexually charged psychological thriller from director Bernard Rose (Candyman, Immortal Beloved) featuring Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) as a husband who is consumed by feelings of carnal desire and violent jealousy over his pianist wife’s (Law and Order’s Elizabeth Röhm) possible affair with a handsome violinist. Based on the classic novella by Leo Tolstoy, this gripping dissection of a modern marriage also features Oscar® winner Anjelica Huston (Prizzi’s Honor).
Click-through for the webstore!
Flavorpill has put together a great list (link is in the title of this post, just click) of great film blogs, including some that we love to follow like The Final Image, and Movie Poster of the Day which is curated by our designer Adrian Curry!
And if you like Movie Poster of the Day, we highly recommend its goofy cousin Movie Posters Separated at Birth, like the duo here.
Nice to see Bill Cunningham AND Guy Maddin on there!
Guilty admission: we can’t see any promo material for Cave of Forgotten Dreams without thinking of Herzog’s musings on albino crocodiles (which come in near the very end of the film).
Ten Great Documentaries You Should Stream on Netflix Right Now
- A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
- Paris is Burning
- My Voyage to Italy
- The Thin Blue Line
- Exit Through the Gift Shop
- Cave of Forgotten Dreams
- Bill Cunningham New York
- My Winnipeg
- And Everything is Going Fine
This is it, our first special announcement of 2012… we’re VERY proud to present the official U.S. poster for Elena (dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev). It’s by Sam Smith, who you might already know from his many other beautiful and/or hilarious posters, OR from his percussion activities as the drummer for Ben Folds, The Comfies, and My So-Called Band. Busy guy!
As for the film, you can see the trailer if you click through the poster image (after you spend the appropriate 8-11 minutes appreciating how pretty it is, of course).
Elena won Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize last year, and it opens May 16 at Film Forum!
Sooooo… there’s this Tumblr where some creative person/people (it’s a mystery!) somehow take each frame from a film and smoosh them all together to make a barcode-like image.
We have no idea how long this takes or if it is fun or artistically rewarding on a personal level, but hey, people seem to like these images.
is from Derek Jarman’s Wittgenstein (1993). Fellow Tumblr-er Opinionsvsthesun had this to say: “I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THIS MOVIE IS, BUT THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BARCODE OF THEM ALL.”
We believe the caps-lock is a result of the Tumblr theme from which we copied and pasted this quote, but doesn’t it just look so passionate like that? IT STAYS.