Faces of Mechanization schedule

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Films will be shown at Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Melwood Screening Room at 477 Melwood Ave. in North Oakland, CMU's McConomy Auditorium and (next week) the Squirrel Hill and Manor theaters. Some are making their American premieres and each will be accompanied by a short film.

Opening night tickets are $8 or $5 for students with valid IDs. Regular admission is $7 or $3 for students.

A Full Access Festival Pass can be purchased for $30 or, if you're a student, $15. Go to www.cmu.edu/faces/ to buy a pass, find directions to the theaters and read more information on the festival selections.

FRIDAY


Melwood Screening Room


7 p.m.: "La Antena" ("The Aerial") -- Argentinean writer-director Esteban Sapir sets his movie at a time when an entire city has lost its voice. Mr. TV, owner of the city's only television channel, has a sinister plan to control the inhabitants in this award-winning black-and-white film.

Opening night reception will provide lots of opportunity to exercise voices and sample food treats and drinks, including coffee, tea and Bison Grass Vodka.

SATURDAY


McConomy Auditorium


4:30 p.m.: "Mardi Gras: Made in China" -- Director David Redmon goes behind the merriment of Mardi Gras in New Orleans to tell the stories of four teens working in Fuzhou, China, in the largest bead factory in the world.

6:30 p.m.: "Selected Works" -- In order to examine how automated we've become, director Artur Zmijewski follows one person each from Poland, Mexico, Italy and Germany for 24 hours. American premiere.

SUNDAY


McConomy Auditorium


5:30 p.m.: "China Blue" -- You'll never shop for clothing in quite the same way after seeing this memorable, compelling documentary about the young workers who labor in Chinese factories turning out blue jeans.

7:30 p.m.: "The Future Is Not What It Used to Be" -- Documentary about Finland's Erkki Kurenniemi, a pioneer of electronic art. It mixes clips of early innovative films with more recent footage of the artist obsessively collecting video, audio and found objects for a digital diary.

The festival will resume April 11 with "Frozen Angels," "Workingman's Death," "Our Daily Bread" and the return of some movies from the opening weekend. Schedule and reviews will be published in the April 10 Weekend Mag.



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