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Sneak Peek: Three Rivers Film Festival Marks its 35th Year

November 8, 2016

By Meg Campbell

Pittsburgh’s largest and longest running film festival is back from Nov. 16 to Nov. 20. Three Rivers Film Festival, now in its 35th year, will bring 31 independent movies and 10 special guests from around the world to theaters around Pittsburgh.

This year’s films will include narratives, documentaries and shorts. It kicks off on Wed., Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the August Wilson Center with the Pittsburgh premiere of “The Freedom to Marry,” a film capturing the long journey toward the right to marriage equality in the United States. The film was directed by Pittsburgh-born filmmaker Eddie Rosenstein, who will be participating in a post-film conversation alongside advocate Evan Wolfson and Vic Walczak of the ACLU.

On Sat. Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. viewers will have a chance to view six for the price of one at the shorts viewing at the Melwood Screening Room. The six shorts program focus on films with a Pittsburgh connection and totals 95 minutes. Films screen include “A Funny Man,” “Accepted,” “Hunter,” “The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium,” “The Last Transmission,” and “Woodshed.”

For viewers look for the truly avant-garde, “Variete” must be on the list. While not technically a new film –  “Variete” was first released in 1925 – the screening of this silent German classic will be accompanied by a liver performance of the Alloy Orchestra, a three-man ensemble from Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Catching the camera buzz after watching so many amazing films? Check out the Steeltown Event: Independent Film Making in Pittsburgh on Sat. Nov. 19 at 4:30 p.m. for a conversation with local independent filmmakers. Prior to the discussion, two locally produced shorts, “Echo Torch,” directed by Chris Preksta, and “Help Me First,” directed by Mike Gasaway will be screened.

For the full schedule of films, visit the Three Rivers Film Festival website. Tickets for most events are available online or at the door and start at $12 for the general public and $8 for students.