Three Rivers Film Festival schedule

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Dinner and a movie is so five minutes ago. What about a movie and an opening-night party?

The Three Rivers Film Festival starts Friday, and tickets for the opening-night selections -- "Grace Is Gone," "Strange Girls" and "Walkabout" -- also provide entrance to a 9 p.m. party at Pittsburgh Filmmakers' headquarters at 477 Melwood Ave. in North Oakland. Purchase of a six-pack pass also guarantees admission, or you can simply pay $5 at the door.

The Pittsburgh band New Invisible Joy will entertain, and videos by Jessica Fenlon will screen.

The festival uses three Pittsburgh Filmmakers locations: Regent Square Theater, 1035 S. Braddock Ave., Edgewood; Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave.; and Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Ave., Downtown.

Six-pack passes, $40, provide six admissions plus a T-shirt and can be purchased at local Crazy Mocha sites, the Box Office at Theater Square or the front desk at Filmmakers' headquarters.

Otherwise, tickets for single films, $8, will be available 30 minutes before show time. More details: www.3rff.com or www.pghfilmmakers.org.

FRIDAY

REGENT SQUARE
7:30 p.m.: "Grace Is Gone" -- Sundance Film Festival favorite starring John Cusack as a man who struggles to tell his young daughters their mother has died in Iraq.

HARRIS
7:30 p.m.: "Walkabout" -- See review.

MELWOOD
7:30 p.m. "Strange Girls" -- See review.

SATURDAY

REGENT SQUARE
2 p.m.: "Glass Lips" -- Young poet recalls episodes from life inside an asylum in a Lech Majewski film based on a video installation.
4 p.m.: "The Bothersome Man" -- Morality tale from Oslo-born Jens Lien about a suicidal man who arrives in a strange land where he has an apartment, a job and even a wife.
7:30 p.m.: "Grace Is Gone"
9 p.m.: "Beaufort" -- War drama, based on a true story and set in southern Lebanon in the days leading up to the withdrawal of Israeli troops in 2000.

HARRIS
3 p.m.: "Walkabout"
5:15 p.m.: "The Good Times Kid" -- In the style of early Jim Jarmusch, a tale of stolen love and stolen identities, from Azazel Jacobs.
7 p.m.: "The Violin" -- See review.
9:15 p.m.: "Frownland" -- Comedy about a door-to-door coupon salesman.

MELWOOD
3 p.m.: "Strange Girls"
6 p.m.: "The Dhamma Brothers" -- Story of 36 Alabama inmates who enter a 10-day course of silent meditation.
9 p.m.: Jacob Ciocci of Paper Rad -- Filmmakers artist-in-residence presents program combining original animation with found footage.

SUNDAY

REGENT SQUARE
1 p.m.: "Beaufort"
3:30 p.m.: "Glass Lips"
8 p.m.: "Underworld" -- 1927 gangster film, with live music by Alloy Orchestra. Special-event ticket, $12, available at www.ticketweb.com or Filmmakers' headquarters or box offices during operating hours.

HARRIS
2 p.m.: "The Violin"
4 p.m.: "Frownland"

MELWOOD
2 p.m.: "The Dhamma Brothers"
4:30 p.m.: "Golden Days" -- Documentary about a struggling indie rock band, The Damnwells.

MONDAY

REGENT SQUARE
7:15 p.m.: "The Bothersome Man"

MELWOOD
7:15 p.m.: "Golden Days"

TUESDAY

REGENT SQUARE
7 p.m.: "Terror's Advocate" -- See review.
9:30 p.m.: "Finishing the Game" -- Good-natured spoof about the making of Bruce Lee's final film, "Game of Death."

HARRIS
7 p.m.: "The Good Times Kid"
8:45 p.m. "The Violin"

MELWOOD
7 p.m.: "Eloquent Nude" -- See review.
9 p.m.: "Punk's Not Dead" -- See review.

WEDNESDAY

REGENT SQUARE
7 p.m.: "My Brother's Wedding" -- Restored, re-edited Charles Burnett film, originally released between "Killer of Sheep" and "To Sleep With Anger."
8:45 p.m.: "Terror's Advocate"

HARRIS
7 p.m.: "Beauty in Trouble" -- Czech drama about the unlikely romance between an alluring young mother and a kindly, much older Czech expatriate.
9:15 p.m.: "The Signal" -- Sci-fi horror film, told in three parts by three directors.

MELWOOD
7 p.m.: "Pascua Lama: A Contemporary Quest for El Dorado" -- World premiere of documentary about the mining industry in Chile.
9 p.m.: "Punk's Not Dead"



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