Three Rivers Film Festival AND Giveaway!
The Three Rivers Film Festival kicks off this Friday. This year is special for two reasons. Not only is it the 30th year of the festival, but it’s the 40th anniversary of Pittsburgh Filmmakers, so celebrations are in order! There are a variety of opportunities to get your film fix, as the festival runs November 4th through the 19th at a number of venues across the city. The festival features independent American cinema, new documentaries and critically-acclaimed international films and kicks off with an opening night party at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers office, which is located at 477 Melwood Avenue in Oakland.
The opening night party kicks off at 9PM Friday, November 4th and costs only $15 bucks, however if you make it to the end of this post, you can enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the party! The price of admission gets you into your choice of one opening night film and the party, which features local band Colonizing the Cosmos, as well as food, drinks, cake and a champagne toast.
The opening night film options are as follows:
The Regent Square Theater offers a sneak preview of David Cronenberg’s new film, A Dangerous Method, which recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It’s a drama about the early days of psychoanalysis. It stars Viggo Mortenson, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley.
At The Harris Theater is Farmageddon, the inspirational story of a growing grassroots effort to establish rights for local farming. The director is scheduled to present the film in person.
At The Melwood Screening Room is Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles, a documentary about the hundreds of bizarre tiles embedded in city streets across the country. The director is scheduled to present the film in person.
Filmmakers Galleries are also opening a new exhibit on the 4th, titled Have a Nice Day as part of an ongoing exchange Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts has with the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) in Philadelphia. Selections of recent cutting-edge works by Noah Addis, Lewis Colburn, Don Edler, Jordan Griska, Mami Kato, Maggie Mills, Tim Portlock, Alison Stigora, Jennifer Williams, and Kimberly Witham are as wide ranging in concepts as they are in medium and treatments. The show includes digital prints, sculpture, paintings, and large site-specific vinyl graphics.
The festival concludes on November 19th with coinciding closing party which features Boston’s Alloy Orchestra, who will provide the live score to the showing of a rediscovered silent film by German expressionist Karl Heinz Martin. The 1920s masterpiece, titled From Morning to Midnight features radically stylized sets to accompany the score in an effort to create a unique and captivating cinematic experience.
How do you get tickets, you ask?
Opening and Closing Night Tickets are $15, at the door. They went on sale on October 17 at ProArts by phone (412-394-3353); or at their website: www.proartstickets.org
Single Tickets are $9 and are only sold at the door thirty minutes before showtime.
The Six-Pack Pass is $45 (good for six admissions). These are on sale now at all three theaters and at the front desk at Filmmakers.
Special Event Tickets are the only tickets that can be purchased in advance through ProArts. They are also available at the theater box offices thirty minutes before each event. (Special Events include: Opening and Closing Night films, Film Kitchen, the Polish Films, and more: go to proartstickets.org for the complete list.)
Please note: There is a small service fee for using ProArts. No phone orders are being taken at Pittsburgh Filmmakers offices. Six-pack passes can be purchased in person at the front desk, during regular business hours.
AND – there’s just one more wee option for those of you who would like to attend, but may not have the funds to do so. We managed to snab SIX tickets to the opening night party and all you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment below with your favorite movie of 2011. We’re going to be announcing 3 winners for a pair of tickets periodically though the day on Thursday, November 3rd. So good luck, comment away and enjoy the fest!