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

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                                                                                                                    

Thursday, September 12, 2019


Nostalgia for the Future
at the University of Pittsburgh

‘Nostalgia for the Future’ is a film on Indian modernity, the making of the citizen and the architecture of the home.  It looks at imaginations of homes across four examples of buildings made over the period of a century: a palace built by a progressive monarch in the late 19th Century, a private residence designed by the modernist Le Corbusier, an ashram that epitomizes Gandhi’s vision of India, and a public housing project built to house refugees from Pakistan. The film explores these spaces and imagines the bodies that were meant to inhabit them, using a mix of film, video, and archival footage from state propaganda films and mainstream cinema.

Director Avijit Mukul Kishore will be in attendance.


Monday, September 30  4:15p
Cathedral of Learning, Room 407
FREE, Refreshments Served

Friday, August 2, 2019

AUGUST 2019 at the SALON

Living a Making

"Living a Making" is, I hope obviously, a reversal of Making a Living.  The idea is that while I've had to make a living my whole adult life I've always tried to live a little while working so that my whole life wasn't stolen away from me in economic servitude.  I've f**ked at work (not shown here).  I was born in Baltimore City but my family moved to the beginnings of the suburbs, which were still pretty rural at the time.  In order to buy Mad Magazine & comic books, I'd walk the mile to the nearest small town, which was, itself, close to the Baltimore City limits, & pick up bottles along the way that I could get refunds for.  So maybe my 1st job could be called recycling — although in the early 1960s, when I was doing this, the idea of recycling hadn't reached my ears yet.  I mowed lawns & babysat.  I worked construction, was a research volunteer, an artists' model, a hardwood floor finisher, a driver, a peep show mechanic, a book store worker & owner, a copy shop employee, a hot air balloon ground crew member, a film repairer, a teacher for the functionally illiterate, a projectionist, a museum exhibit installer, a guest lecturer at universities, & a myriad of other things.  Throughout it all, I tried to have a good time & to approach the work with a political consciousness.  This movie documents 40 years' worth of materials from my playful relationship to work.  Most of the time I was too busy doing what I was doing to document it but there's still plenty here.  At the end of it all, I'm still poor but I think I can truly look back on a life well-lived.  Of course, my life wasn't spent entirely at work either.  Most of it was spent doing exactly what I wanted to do: living in accordance with my imagination.  I hope this movie helps inspire other people to do the same.  
                 - February 6, 2019 notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

Monday, August 26  
6:30p Food & Social
7:00p Screening & Discussion

Glitterbox Theater
460 Melwood Avenue (in the Bloomcraft Building), Pittsburgh
Donations graciously accepted

Monday, July 8, 2019

JULY 2019 at the SALON

1804:  The Hidden History of Haiti
This month the Salon teams up with the Sembene Film Festival for a screening of Tariq Nasheed's stirring story of the Haitian Revolution--the one time in history when a slave population overthrew their oppressors and formed their own nation.  


Thursday, July 18  5:30pm

Pitt Community Engagement Center – Homewood

622 N Homewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Free admission

Saturday, June 1, 2019

JUNE 2019 at the SALON

Directed by Jaime Chávarri, El Desencanto is the fragmented story of the Paneros, a brilliant and tormented literary family whose eccentricities and taboo-smashing exhibitionism turned them into a phenomenon in Spain the year after Francisco Franco died. The film is a national classic, valued and remembered both for the role it played in the country's transition to democracy and for the Paneros' singular strangeness.

Sunday, June 16  6:00p
Regent Square Theater 

Discussion follows at a nearby cafe or tavern.

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, car...