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The Troll Hunter

Feel like doing a little Trolling this Wednesday and Thursday night? The Norwegian film TrollHunter is making a two-night appearance at the Hollywood theater in Dormont, starting tomorrow night!

Official Press Release:

Pittsburgh, PA –June 22, 2011 –The Hollywood Theater, a not-for-profit repertory theater in
Dormont, announces a two night screening of the critically acclaimed independent film,

On Wednesday, June 29at 7:00 p.m.and Thursday, June 30 at 9:30 p.m., the Hollywood Theater
willpresent the Pittsburgh area premiere of TROLLHUNTER. Shot in véritéstyle,
TROLLHUNTER tells the story of a veteran hunter,as hereveals the world of beasts known
only in Norwegian folklore. It’s not long before the accompanying students believe his unlikely
tales.The filmdelivers truly fantastic images of giant trolls wreaking havoc on the Norwegian
countryside, with darkly funny situations and dialogue.

In keeping with the realistic documentary spirit of the film, the cast was called upon to do one
very important thing: improvise the entire movie. “The whole film was improvised on set,” says
Norwegian born, Director/ WriterAndréØvredal. “It was the only way I could really make a
film that was going to have this level of documentary feeling. We couldn’t have acting; we
couldn’t have direction. We couldn’t have a feeling that this had been planned.”

Troll Hunter was an Official Selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Ticket prices for all shows are $7 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. The theater is
available for rentals.


John Maggio, Executive Director, Friends of the Hollywood Theater

1449 Potomac Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15216



The Hollywood Theater is located at 1449 Potomac Avenue in Dormont.The Friends of the
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Silk Screen 2011

It’s a bit early, but mark your calendars now for the 6th annual [Silk Screen] Asian American Film Festival on May 6th-15th. You can check for more updates and info at http://www.silkscreenfestival.org. Continue reading

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Independent Grindhouse

Not sure if I can make it to this, but I really want to. Horror Realm is presenting Independent Grindhouse at the Oaks Theater this Saturday night. Films include Welcome to Deer Creek and Holy Sh*t…Zombies!

The official press release:

“Horror Realm™, Pittsburgh’s modern horror convention, teams up with the Oaks Theater to present a program highlighting independent horror films on March 13, 2010 beginning at 10 PM.

The program begins with trailers for upcoming independent horror productions, followed by a screening of Welcome to Deer Creek, winner of the 2009 Horror Realm™ Feature Film Competition. The film was written and directed by Jim Roberts, a Kent State University student from Brecksville, Ohio. Welcome to Deer Creek tells the story of a small town’s populace turning into crazed killers during the annual corn celebration. Bastards of Horror (www.bastardsofhorror.com) declares Welcome to Deer Creek “the independent equal of Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive”.

A question and answer session with Roberts as well as fellow filmmaker Rick “of the Dead” Fusselman of DSK Productions follows.

The final offering of the evening will be Holy Sh*t…Zombies!, a horror comedy that Fusselman concedes is “as un-PC as possible” and will “insult every demographic possible”. The film follows two slackers as they fight off zombies and is an indirect sequel of DSK’s 2005 film, Toxic Shock Zombies. Gross Movie Reviews raves “it is unlike any zombie film you have ever seen”.

Tickets for the program can be purchased at the door the night of the event for $5. Each paid admission will be eligible for a prize drawing for a pair of weekend passes to the Horror Realm™ convention in September 2010. Details on the convention can be found at http://www.horrorrealmcon.com.

While the films are unrated, due to the content, violence, blood and gore, it is recommended for adult audiences only (age 18 and up).

The Oaks Theater is a gloriously refurbished, 430-seat single screen movie house located at 310 Allegheny River Boulevard in Oakmont, PA (15139). For questions about the venue, please call (412) 828-6311 or visit the theater’s web site at http://www.theoakstheater.com.”
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Indies For Indies

It sounds as though a cool new film series is going to be starting at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont called “Indies for Indies”. Curated by local filmmaker Lucas McNeely and the Hollywood Theater, the first screening is March 6th, with the World Premiere of Amir Motlagh’s WHALE opening the series.

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Lucas had this to say about the new event: “It’s a film screening series slash on-going festival designed to bring to Pittsburgh films that wouldn’t otherwise get here, mainly the best undistributed films out there. Each week we’ll screen a different film, with 3 screenings spread out across the week (Sat, Mon, Tues), and the filmmakers will get a cut of the door, which almost never happens in festivals. We’ll pair each film with a short and, if possible, get the filmmakers to show up and talk about their films.”

“As fewer and fewer quality festival films find distribution, the goal of the series is to ensure that the fine folks in Pittsburgh still have an opportunity to see the very best of the next wave of filmmakers, and in doing that, to help those filmmakers grow an audience here that they can use going forward. And, of course, we’ll be including as many of the quality local films we can, because those are the best connections to foster.”

“We have a list of films that are screening that includes films from this year’s Sundance and SXSW festivals, but we’ll start on March 6th with the World Premiere of Amir Motlagh’s WHALE.”

Filmmaker/critic Tom Russell said this about WHALE recently: “WHALE is what Truffaut called the cinema of the future…. It has talent and ambition to spare; Motlagh knows exactly what he wants and he knows how to get it. He’s not afraid to be personal, to be slightly obscure and elliptical, to use the freedom that independence gives him. whale is definitely worth seeing and considering for filmgoers and filmmakers alike.”

For more info on the Hollywood Theater visit http://www.hollywooddormont.com

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Asia Unreeled

“Pittsburgh’s only Asian documentary film event! Four thought-provoking and entertaining films spanning the diverse realities, histories, and cultures of Asia, with opportunities for reflection and conversation. Each film will be followed by a moderated discussion.”

China Unreeled: Please Vote for Me

Sunday, February 21, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
South Korea Unreeled: Good for Her

Sunday, February 28, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
Japan Unreeled: Wings of Defeat

Sunday, March 7, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
South Asia Unreeled: That’s Why I’m Working

You can get a synopsis of each film and more info by clicking here.

$8 per session for adults, $5 for students and seniors.
Cash only at the door.

-Open to the public (All films are appropriate for ages 12 and up)
-Location: Winchester Thurston School, 555 Morewood Avenue, Shadyside
(Screenings will be held in the Hilda Willis Room, Upper School building)
-Free parking is available in Winchester Thurston’s driveways and parking lots, or on the surrounding streets.

More information: (412) 578-3731 or asiaunreeled@winchesterthurston.org

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Holiday Horror Night

Join Horror Realm, in partenership with the Hollywood Theatere in Dormont, this “Black” Friday night for a holiday horror double feature. “Silent Night Deadly Night” @ 7:00pm and “Christmas Evil” @ 9:30pm. Tickets are sold for each individual show and are $6 for adults and $4 for kids/seniors. The shows are also BYOB friendly (beer & wine only). And there’s plenty more to enjoy with a visit from Psycho Santa, horror trivia, christmas karaoke, prizes, raffles and giveaways too!

They will also be holding a holiday gift drive to benefit the kids of The Bradley Center at the event. Suggested gift items include (please bring gift unwrapped):

Arts & crafts items or kits
Local sports team clothing, hats or gifts
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Three Rivers Film Festival

The 3 Rivers Film Festival opens today! I’d love to list the abundance of film titles here, but there’s just so many! You can check out all the movie titles, descriptions, and screening times right here.

Unfortunately The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus is sold out for tonight’s screening. I really wanted to catch it while it was here. There are plenty of other great independent films to check out over the next few weeks though. And thankfully I’m within walking distance of The Regent Sqaure theater. Yeah!

Make sure you get out to at least one movie and show your support for cinema. There are 3 theaters screening films during the festival. Continue reading

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