Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media Announces Three Rivers Film Festival
Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media is pleased to announce the 37th edition of the long-running Three Rivers Film Festival, taking place November 8 – 23. This eagerly awaited event, drawing an average of 8,000 patrons locally and around the Tri-State area, promises a return to the original autumn schedule, plus a diverse line-up of independent, foreign, local, and experimental film offerings curated by Pittsburgh Center for Art & Media staff and a team of talented programmers.
“The Three Rivers Film Festival is a true celebration of worldwide and regional filmmaking, right here in Pittsburgh.” said Joseph Morrison, Cinema Programming Director at Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media. Morrsion added, “There’s nothing like the shared experience of watching a film in the dark and quiet with a group of people. There’s something in the air that you just cannot put into words.” New and returning moviegoers can expect such highlights as “after-hour parties, silent films with live musical accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra, filmmakers visiting from afar, and special events at the Carnegie Science Center Giant Rangos Cinema and our own theaters.”
Several screenings kick off the opening weekend, beginning Friday, November 8, with in-person presentations by directors. Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin (Brand Upon the Brain! and My Winnipeg) presents his found-footage Vertigo remake—The Green Fog—at Regent Square Theater. The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress, opens at the Rangos Cinema at the Carnegie Science Center, with Catherine Wyler (daughter of William Wyler) introducing the WWII documentary. The recently restored 1982 gospel documentary, Say Amen, Somebody, screens at the Harris Theater.
UPMC is the main sponsor for this year’s festival, with a suite of in-kind sponsors including Pair Networks, Pittsburgh Steelers, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, ASCEND Pittsburgh, Big Burrito Group, and East End Brewing.
Festival films will be presented at the Regent Square Theater (1035 S Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218), Harris Theater (809 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222), Carnegie Science Center (1 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212) and Point Park University’s GRW Theater (414 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222). University of Pittsburgh’s Asian Studies Center and the Polish Cultural Council will each offer a side-bar of select screenings. Shining a light on locally created moving images, Emily Davis and Steven Haines have curated Out of The Archives, a presentation that will showcase unseen treasures and lost films from a handful of Southwestern regional institutional collections and private collectors..
“Our city is lucky to have a full-fledged festival such as this. We’re excited to be showcasing such a diverse and engaging line-up of films,” said Dorinda Sankey, Chief Administrative Officer, Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media. “There’s a real sense of community, a feeling like you are contributing to Pittsburgh’s cultural scene.”
Patrons can purchase event tickets at the Regent and Harris Theaters individually or in a cost-saving six-pack. Tickets will be accessible on the Three Rivers Film Festival website with a program booklet released before the opening weekend. The 2019 Three Rivers Film Festival is part of the ongoing effort by Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media (formerly PF/PCA) to bring cutting-edge exhibitions, education, and artist facilities to the region. The festival promises “something for everyone,” including children, adults, and seniors. In the words of guest curator Ben Ogrodnik, audiences should expect “films you can’t see anywhere else!”