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Robert Greene | USA | 2014 | 86 min

It's an exploration of the pursuit of dreams and the nature of performance, told entirely from the actress's point of view.

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Belle & Sebastian

Nicholas Vanier | France | 2013 | 99 min

There is perhaps no greater cinematic bond than the tale of a boy and his dog. Filmed in 35mm, the French countryside is jaw-dropping in this charming homage to old-fashioned family films.

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Oscar Entry - Germany

Beloved Sisters

Dominik Graf | Germany | 2014 | 171 min

A gorgeous, romantic epic, it centers on the love triangle between philosopher Friedrich Schiller and two aristocratic sisters.

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With Reception following the Nov. 21 screening

Competitive Shorts Program 2014

Each year space is devoted in the festival for a competitive selection of shorts – a program for artists working in film and video that allows them to creatively take risks, break new ground or challenge the viewer.

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Oscar Entry - Finland

Concrete Night

Pirjo Honkasalo | Finland | 2013 | 96 min

A powerful and poetic work, it's been called “Finnish film noir” with its stylized black-and-white images, moody atmosphere, and industrial soundscape.

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With Director + Reception following

Cowboy Christmas

H.D. Motyl | USA | 2013 | 75 min

It follows four cowboys on the professional rodeo circuit “out west” over two weeks, 2,000 miles in 19 states.

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Oscar Entry - Austria

The Dark Valley

Andreas Prochaska | Austria | 2014 | 114 min

The revenge drama starring young actor Sam Riley (“On The Road”) takes its inspiration from classic American westerns.


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With Author and Co-Writer Jeremy Scahill

Dirty Wars

Richard Rowly | USA | 2013 | 85 min

This Oscar-nominated documentary lays bare the dirty little secret of America’s War on Terror: all bets are off and almost anything goes – generating unprecedented civilian casualties.

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Escobar: Paradise Lost

Andrea Di Stefano | France/Spain/USA | 2014 | 120 min

Starring Benicio del Toro (“Traffic”) and Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”) this absorbing drama, hot off the screens in Toronto, is that rare genre – a romantic drug thriller based on historical events.

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Film Kitchen Special Edition

Emmett Frisbee is a well-known Pittsburgh-based artist, musician and filmmaker, with a long history in the local art and music scene, primarily as an inspiration to other artists.

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A Five Star Life

Maria Sole Tognazzi | Italy | 2014 | 85 min

What a job! Irene (the fabulous Margharita Buy) is a hotel inspector – and we're not talking Motel 6. She travels the globe and checks in (incognito) to the most drop-dead gorgeous, finest luxury establishments.

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Opening Night Film - Regent Square Theater


Bennett Miller | USA | 2014 | 133 min

This eagerly awaited thriller – filmed across Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh – tells the mesmerizing story of what happens when Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), a 1984 Olympic champion, sees a way out from under the shadow of his more celebrated wrestling brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo).

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Microcinema - FREE Screening

From Deep

Brett Kashmere | USA | 2014 | 88 min

An experimental essay of sorts, this indie film looks at basketball’s history, evolution, influence – and reflection of – contemporary American life.


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Oscar Entry - Israel

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Shlomi Elkabetz, Ronit Elkabetz | Israel | 2014 | 116 min

Winner of three top prizes at the Jerusalem Film Fest, this engrossing drama tells the story of Viviane Amsalem, an Israeli woman seeking to finalize her divorce from a cruel and manipulative husband.

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With Director

Ghosts of Amistad: In The Footsteps of the Rebels

Tony Buba | USA | 2014 | 57 min

This riveting film documents a trip made by historians and a film crew to Sierra Leone in May 2013.

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With Director + Reception following


Lukasz Palkowski | Poland | 2014 | 112 min

Based on the real life of professor Zbigniew Religa, a famous cardio-surgeon and later politician, this gripping film is being showered with major awards at international film festivals.

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Opening Night Film - Waterworks Cinemas

Goodbye to Language 3D

Jean-Luc Godard | France | 2014 | 70 min

An experimental cinematic poem from French New Wave pioneer, Jean-Luc Godard, who at 83, works as a truly independent filmmaker—shot in 3D!

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The Heart and the Sweetheart

Jan Jakub Kolski | Poland | 2014 | 114 min

A story full of warmth and humor, it's about an 11-year-old girl from an orphanage (featuring an outstanding  debut performance by Maria Blandzi) who loves ballet.

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Opening Night Film - Melwood Screening Room


Colin Healey | USA | 2014 | 85 min

Shot locally by writer/director/co-producer Colin Healey, Homemakers features numerous local actors, including Sheila McKenna, Harry O’Toole, and associate producer Adrienne Wehr.

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Oscar Entry - Italy

Human Capital

Paolo Virzi | Italy | 2014 | 110 min

The time-fractured thriller begins with a fatal collision between a cyclist and an SUV on an inclement December night in Northern Italy.

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Discussion following Nov. 13 screening

The Human Scale

Andreas M. Dalsgaard | Denmark | 2012 | 83 min

This compelling documentary makes an excellent case for designing cities around people instead of automobiles and traffic flow, which has dominated city planning since the 1960s.

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The Imitation Game

Morten Tyldum | UK | 2014 | 113 min

This powerful true story features an ensemble of outstanding British actors.

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Discussion follows screening.


Denis Villeneuve | Canada | 2011 | 130 min

This extraordinary epic from Quebec is an emotionally powerful tale of memory, identity, and politics.

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Jack Strong

Wladyslaw Pasikowski | Poland | 2014 | 128 min

The international cast features Carnegie Mellon University alumni (and spouses) Patrick Wilson and Dagmara Dominczyk.

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Rare 16mm Print

Johnny Minotaur

Charles Henri Ford | USA | 1971 | 80 min

Featuring narration by Allen Ginsburg and Salvador Dali, this lyrical 16mm film was almost lost to the censors years ago – due to its explicit imagery; and misunderstood – due to its light plot about a middle-aged man living in Crete.

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Microcinema - Irma Freeman Center for Imagination

jORGONEson presents...

Pittsburgh-based artists Adam Abrams and Greg Pierce present an evening of smaller gauge cinema projected directly from actual film!

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With Director

Judy's Dead

Dave Rodkey | USA | 2012 | 82 min

Filmed in Allegheny and Fayette Counties, this locally-produced dramedy is the story of a family.

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The King and the Mockingbird

Paul Grimault | France | 1952/80 | 82 min

A handcrafted work of art, this restored animated classic is both a delightful adventure story for children, and a devilish political satire for adults.

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The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

Mami Sunada | Japan | 2014 | 118 min

Go inside Studio Ghibli, the renowned Japanese animation studio that created such beloved classics as “Spirited Away,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” and “Princess Mononoke,” with this fascinating new documentary.

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Life Feels Good

Maciej Pieprzyca | Poland | 2013 | 112 min

Based on a true story and transpiring during Poland’s social and political changes in the 1980s, this drama focuses on Mateusz, who yearns to connect with his family and friends despite being diagnosed with cerebral palsy and unable to speak.

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Listen Up Philip

Alex Ross Perry | USA | 2014 | 108 min

Starring Elisabeth Moss, Jason Schwartzman, and Jonathan Pryce, this quirky comedy focuses on a prickly, egocentric writer who grouses about a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend and is indifferent about promoting his own career.

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Closing Matinee -with Alloy Orchestra

The Lost World

Harry O. Hoyt | USA | 1925 | 98 min

Made more thrilling with Alloy's score, it's a cinematic adventure not to be missed.

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Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

Chuck Workman | USA | 2014 | 96 min

This documentary offers some delicious morsels from nearly every existing work by the legendary auteur of “Citizen Kane” and “The Magnificent Ambersons.”

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Marie's Story

Jean-Pierre Ameris | France | 2014 | 94 min

Based on true events, this extraordinary drama about courage and compassion may be the sleeper hit of the fest.

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With Director

Men of the Cloth

Vicki Vasilopoulos | 2013 | USA | 96 min

In this charming film, we meet three Italian master tailors from Philly, New York, and Italy, who've spent years perfecting skills necessary to construct flawless custom-made suits.

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Microcinema - Brillobox

Mind Cure Records Presents

Mind Cure Records of Polish Hill presents a night of local music and video collaborations.

At Brillobox (21 and over show )

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N – The Madness of Reason

Peter Krüger | Germany/Belgium | 2014 | 102 min

This experimental cinematic portrait draws connections between the unusual life of this adventurer and lepidopterologist (one who studies butterflies) and present day Africa

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Once Upon a Time Veronica

Marcelo Gomes | Brazil | 2012 | 91 min

A finely tuned, sensual portrait of a woman’s conflicted entry into adulthood, this award-winning film is a thoroughly modern anti-fairy tale.


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Opening Night Film - Harris Theater

The Overnighters

Jesse Moss | USA | 2014 | 90 min

A hit from the Sundance Film Fest, this remarkable documentary examines the new American Dream in Williston, North Dakota.

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The Princess of France

Matías Piñeiro | Argentina | 2014 | 70 min

Young Argentine auteur Matias Pineiro follows up his previous works “Voila” and “Rosalinda,” re-imagined Shakespearian comedies, with another clever adaptation.

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Hitoshi Matsumoto | Japan | 2013 | 100 min

A fixture in film and comedy in his native country, director Hitoshi Matsumoto is raising underground cinema to an impressive level.

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Red Army

Gabe Polsky | USA | 2014 | 76 min

Former Pittsburgh Penguins' coach Scotty Bowman is among those interviewed in this documentary that chronicles the history of the former Soviet Union’s CSKA Moscow hockey club.

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Oscar Entry - Latvia

Rocks in my Pockets

Signe Baumane | Latvia | 2014 | 88 min

Combining both papier-mache stop-motion and hand-drawn animation, this feature tells a quintet of fantastical tales based on events experienced by the women in her family – including herself – all of whom battled madness and depression.

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The Saragossa Manuscript

Wojciech Has | Poland | 1965 | 182 min

Adapted from a baroque novel by Jan Potocki, the beautiful black and white film incorporates flashbacks, interlocking stories-within-stories, and genres varying from gothic to historical to erotic. A must see on the big screen!

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Microcinema - Gooski's

Scumco and Sons Presents

Scumco will present an evening of skateboard documentaries and early skateboard shorts including the Canadian cult film, “The Devil’s Toy” from 1966.

At Gooski's (21 & over show)

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Ralph Vituccio, Paul Goodman, Tom Clancey | India/USA | 2014 | 58 min

Documentary on an industrial port in India, where laborers of different regions, dialects and religions come together to work and dwell amongst chaotic conditions – all in the name of making a living.

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Microcinema - Melwood Screening Room

Sight Unseen

Based in Baltimore, this cross-section of artists is a nomadic entity showcasing avant-garde film, video and expanded cinema.

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Closing Night Event - with Alloy Orchestra

The Son of the Sheik

George Fitzmaurice | USA | 1926 | 68 min

A story of kidnapping, romance, ransom and revenge, it is Valentino's last screen performance and considered his finest. Features a live performance of a new score from Alloy Orchestra.

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A Spell To Ward Off the Darkness

Ben Rivers, Ben Russell | Estonia/France | 2013 | 98 min

From pagan re-enactors to failed communes, black metal festivals to Arctic hermits, and the forever Golden Hour to the Northern Lights, this experimental documentary is an inquiry into the possibilities of a spiritual existence within an increasingly secular Western culture.

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Spirited Away

Hayao Miyazaki | Japan | 2001 | 125 min

This enchanting masterpiece follows a ten-year-old girl who discovers a secret world when she and her family get lost and venture through a tunnel.

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Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead | USA | 2014 | 109 min

This genre-defying indie is an expertly crafted supernatural romance with both heart and edge, from the same filmmaking team that made the horror gem, “Resolution.”

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Steeltown Winner: Franksgiving

Steeltown Film Factory Event

Steeltown’s 6th annual Film Factory event is an evening to celebrate independent filmmaking in Southwestern Pennsylvania and will feature, “Franksgiving,” the Ellen Weiss Kander Award winner of the 2014 Film Factory Competition.

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Still Life

Uberto Pasolini | UK | 2013 | 92 min

The long-awaited new film from the producer of “The Full Monty,” this beautifully observed drama is about an optimistic, selfless man who finds joy in helping everyone but himself.

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Stop the Pounding Heart

Robert Minervini | USA | 2014 | 101 min

Set in rural Texas, it's an investigation into the inner life of a teenage girl — the state of her soul – as she falls for a boy from a vastly different background.

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The Strange Little Cat

Ramon Zurcher | Germany | 2013 | 72 min

Putting the absurdities of daily life on display, this film assembles seemingly unspectacular details and snippets into an exciting choreography of everyday life.

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Stray Dogs

Ming-liang Tsai | Taiwan/France | 2013 | 138 min

This existentialist study of human endurance won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Venice Film Festival.

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Tamar van den Dop | Netherlands | 2014 | 90 min

This much-talked-about indie from the Berlin Film Festival is a spot-on portrait of restless adolescence.

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This Is Spinal Tap – 30th Anniversary!

Rob Reiner | USA | 1984 | 82 min

We’re excited to celebrate three decades of this loveable fake metal band.

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Oscar Entry - Chile

To Kill a Man

Alejandro Fernandez Almendras | Chile | 2014 | 82 min

Based on a true story, the drama focuses on the social and psychological consequences of committing the title act. Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

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The Tribe

Miroslav Slaboshpitsky | Ukraine | 2014 | 130 min

“Performed entirely in sign language with nary a subtitle nor a syllable of spoken dialogue, [this] prize-winning debut feature is an audacious coup de cinema.” - Variety

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With Director + Reception following

The Umbrella Man

Michael Grasso | USA | 2014 | 117 min

Developed for both stage and screen by Point Park University, the drama is set in Pittsburgh circa 1983.

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Welcome to the Space Show

Koji Masunari | Japan | 2010 | 136 min

This sci-fi anime begins when a group of youngsters find an injured dog in the woods. But they discover he's not a dog at all, but Pochi, an alien botanist sent to Earth to track down a rare plant.

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Oscar Entry - Portugal

What Now? Remind Me

Joaquim Pinto | Portugal | 2013 | 164 min

Joaquim Pinto – an established filmmaker in Portugal for more than three decades and living with HIV for over 20 years – shot this personal documentary over the course of a year while participating in an experimental clinical trial to combat his chronic illness.

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Zero Motivation

Talya Lavie | Israel | 2014 | 100 min

A zany, dark comedic portrait of a unit of young, female Israeli soldiers, this indie has been wowing festival audiences this year.

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