Friday, March 27, 2020

APRIL 2020 at the SALON

Hi Folks,
There will indeed be no April Documentary Salon.

In the meantime, Salon member Jon Lefkowitz has completed his documentary about the legendary film editor Walter March, and he has made it available for FREE on Vimeo:

SIGHT & SOUND: THE CINEMA OF WALTER MURCH


If you still need some convincing, you can watch the trailer here.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

MARCH 2020 at the SALON

CANCELLED
The CMU International Film Festival

We will be joining a screening & discussion at the CMUIFF in late March, details TBD.  Check back after March 10!
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the CMUIFF has been postponed until Fall 2020, and the March Doc Salon is not scheduling an alternate meeting.  Take care of yourself!

Friday, January 24, 2020

FEBRUARY 2020 at the SALON

OSCAR DOCS
It's time again to see what the Academy considers the best short documentaries from around the world in 2019. There's usually a gem or two, and it's always fun arguing them afterwards.

This year, we will gather for a matinee the day before Oscar night, at the Harris Theater. Discussion after will be at Proper Brick Oven & Tap Room, nearby.

Harris Listing and Trailers

Saturday, February 8  1:30p
Harris Theater, Downtown Pittsburgh


Sunday, January 5, 2020

JANUARY 2020 at the SALON

The Salon is Staying at Home
This Month

   The Documentary Salon takes its annual break in January.
Stay warm, healthy, and be ready to come back and join us 
in February! 

Sunday, December 8, 2019

DECEMBER 2019 at the SALON

Eva Weber 
London-based filmmaker Eva Weber is the 2019 Documentary Filmmaker in Residence at Robert Morris University.  Her films, carefully crafted yet unfolding naturally on the screen, have played in dozens of festivals, including Sundance, Telluride, and Full Frame in the US, and all over Europe.
  • Reindeer (3 min)  An impressionistic portrait of reindeer herding in the twilight expanses of the Lappish wilderness.
  • Steel Homes (10 min) A poetic portrait of life at a self-storage warehouse, ‘Steel Homes’ explores the fragmented nature of memories, set in the starkly beautiful aesthetic of ou rmodern industrial world.
  • The Solitary Life of Cranes (27 min)  Part city symphony part visual poem, ‘The Solitary Life of Cranes’ explores the invisiblelife of a city, its patterns and hidden secrets, seen through the eyes of crane driversworking high above its street
  • The Intimacy of Strangers (20 min) 'The Intimacy of Strangers' is tells a story of life, love, loss and hope-entirelyconstructed out of real, overheard cell phone conversations of randomstrangers. Exploring the conflict between the private and public, between being intimate yet distant, the film weaves these seemingly random exchanges into a modern-day love story that is both absurd and tender.
  • Ghost Wives - Trailer (4 min)  A non-fiction feature set in China, ‘Ghost Wives' tells the story of Li Jie, a Chinese journalist, who investigates the case of a real-life serial killer – Song Tiantang, a 53-year old man, who killed six women to sell their bodies for ghost weddings.
Tuesday, Dec 10  Glitterbox Theater
460 Melwood Ave. North Oakland 15213
6:30p  Food & Social
7:00p  Screening & Discussion

ALSO:
Coming up in January, Salon member Mark Knobil and José Muniain are debuting DOCSHOP Studio,  a hands-on workshop where you can learn the fundamentals of making a compelling documentary.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

NOVEMBER 2019 at the SALON

NOV. 1-7 is Pittsburgh Shorts Film Festival, including a dozen documentaries.  Then...

Say Amen, Somebody
at the Three Rivers Film Festival
Chicago-style gospel music got the film it wholly deserved when George Nierenberg created Say Amen, Somebody.  The classic 1982 documentary, newly restored, is one of three films around town set to re-open the "3RFF" with a burst of joyous musical energy.  A story of the passing of a torch from old to young, it also reveals the complexities of faith, race, and gender roles that dwell under the surface of the music.

Stick around after the film for food, drink, and a live musical performance by the band Red Beans & Rice Combo.




Friday, November 8  7:00p
The Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Ave. Downtown Pittsburgh

Monday, October 7, 2019

OCTOBER 2019 at the SALON

Changing the Game
at the ReelQ Film Festival

Changing the Game is a film about transgendered athletes.  We first meet Mack Beggs a high school wrestler. Beggs made headlines by winning the Texas state girls wrestling championship twice in a row, drawing the attention and harassment of envious parents and Fox news commentators alike, who felt that Mack had an unfair advantage due to her testosterone levels.

The beautifully-shot film tells Mack’s story, along with the stories of Andraya Yearwood and Sarah Rose Huckman. Yearwood runs track in Connecticut, where high school students are allowed to compete in sports according to their gender identity. Huckman is a skier in New Hampshire, where she has fought to change policies so that she could continue to compete on the girls’ team.

Those that oppose these athletes’ participation offer more rage than solutions. But they have support as well, from coaches, family and friends. Changing the Game has won multiple awards in portraying the clashes and triumphs of these young athletes.
The ReelQ Film Festival is being held at Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville. After the film, we'll go downstairs to the Bierport lounge for beverages and discussion.
The ReelQ Film Festival is being held at Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville.  After the film, we will go downstairs to the Bierport lounge for beverages and discussion.
Doc Salon members plus a friend are admitted at half-price when purchasing tickets online.  
Saturday, October 12                                                                                                         5:30p  Screening  
7:00p  Discussion
Row House Cinema  4115 Butler St. Pittsburgh, 15201                                                                                                                    

APRIL 2020 at the SALON

Hi Folks, There will indeed be no April Documentary Salon. In the meantime, Salon member Jon Lefkowitz has completed his documentary a...