Film notes: 'Veterans Breakfast Club' documentary to premiere at Point Park Monday

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"The Veterans Breakfast Club," a 30-minute documentary featuring interviews with 14 World War II vets from the Pittsburgh area, will premiere at 4 p.m. Monday at Point Park University in the JVH Auditorium.

It is by Point Park photojournalism professor Christopher Rolinson, who explores the psychological trauma some veterans experience decades after the war.

The event is free. After the screening, a panel discussion will feature Robert McInerney, an associate professor of psychology at Point Park, who is also interviewed in the film, and Ed Meena, a professor of history at Point Park, and Mr. Rolinson.

Play it again, Sam

"A New York Heartbeat," which played at the Regent Square in July, is coming back to town, this time at the Oaks Theater, 310 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont. It will screen at 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday. For advance tickets: www.theoakstheater.com.

Set in 1959 Brooklyn (but filmed in Pittsburgh), the indie is an old-fashioned crime/love story following the travails of a charismatic 17-year-old who gets in over his head when he and his pals discover the gambling nest of a gangster (Eric Roberts). The Post-Gazette's Tony Norman gave it 3 1/2 stars when he reviewed it in July.

Tjardus Greidanus directed "A New York Heartbeat" from his own script and story. Since the July showing, he and producer Laura Davis signed with Echo Bridge Entertainment to distribute it in the States and overseas.

Sobering anniversaries

A documentary honoring the 70th anniversary of a Jewish rebellion at the Nazi extermination camp of Sobibor will be screened Monday as part of a program at Duquesne University. It's free and will be held at Duquesne's Power Center, Forbes Avenue at Chatham Square.

The program also comes 75 years after Kristallnacht, when the Nazis staged violent pogroms -- state sanctioned anti-Jewish riots -- against the Jewish communities of Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland. The "Night of Broken Glass" refers to the broken windows of synagogues, Jewish-owned stores, community centers and homes Nov. 9-10, 1938.

Nearly five years later, Jewish prisoners held at a death camp in Sobibor, Poland, staged a successful rebellion, and two-thirds of them escaped. To quell other uprisings and reports, the Nazis buried the death camp under tons of dirt -- which ironically preserved it.

An international team of researchers, including Philip Reeder, dean of Duquesne's Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, mapped and excavated the site. The excavations uncovered artifacts of victims, including children, in their original locations along the walkways and buildings used to exterminate nearly 250,000 Jews.

He will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, with the 35-minute film "Deadly Deception at Sobibor" at 7:20 p.m.

At 8:30 p.m., Yoram Haimi, Israel Antiquities Authority regional archaeologist from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, will provide an illustrated lecture about his attempts to understand what happened to two uncles who died in the death camp.

A reception and informal discussion will follow.

Bad Movie Night III

The ToonSeum will hold its third "Bad Movie Night" at 7 p.m. Thursday. It's withholding the title until the event but describes it as an "awful star-studded spy film/musical featuring a movie icon past his or her prime."

Patrons must be 18 or older to attend. Complimentary refreshments and popcorn will be available. Tickets, $10, include admission to the ToonSeum, 945 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Cost for members, $5.


Movie editor Barbara Vancheri: bvancheri@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1632. Read her blog: www.post-gazette.com/madaboutmovies.

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