Last call for Three Rivers Film Festival

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Procrastinators, put down that second cup of coffee. This is it, the final weekend of the Three Rivers Film Festival.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Dollar Bank are presenting the annual event, the oldest and largest film festival in the area. Movies will be shown at three venues: Regent Square Theater (RS), 1035 S. Braddock Ave., Edgewood; Harris Theater (HT), 809 Liberty Ave., Downtown; and Melwood Screening Room (MSR), 477 Melwood Ave., Oakland.

Single tickets for regular films: $9 through in advance or $10 at the door. See for details.


7 p.m: “House With a Turret” — This wartime drama unfolds in Soviet Russia as an 8-year-old boy travels back to Ukraine from Moscow with his sick mother. When he finds himself on his own, he wonders who will help him find his relatives’ house, the one with the turret. RS.

7 p.m.: “Hey Bartender” — Director Douglas Tirola raises a glass, with this film, to bartenders in this era of craft cocktails. Moviegoers can attend cocktail tasting at 6 p.m. HT.

7 p.m.: “I Used to be Darker” — Music-infused indie drama from the festival circuit about old problems, new beginnings and lingering notes of the past. MSR.

8 p.m.: jORGONEson presents 15 films ranging from 3 to 24 minutes at Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Ave., Garfield. Final microcinema event, with Pittsburgh-based artists Adam Abrams and Greg Pierce.

9 p.m.: “The Last Time I Saw Macao” — Detective tale blending film noir, documentary footage and personal travelogue. RS.

9 p.m.: “S#x Acts” — A 16-year-old girl changes schools and decides to improve her social status by hooking up with the cool guy. HT.

9:15 p.m.: “Il Futuro” — Rutger Hauer plays an aging movie star, onetime Mr. Universe and target of a robbery by two recently orphaned teens. MSR.


7 p.m.: “Papusza” — Drama, five years in the making, about Roma poet Bronislawa Wajs (called Papusza). RS.

7 p.m.: “The Visitor” — An 8-year-old girl with telekinetic powers becomes the prize in a fight between God and the devil in this 1979 campy horror picture with Shelley Winters, Mel Ferrer and Glenn Ford, plus directors John Huston and Sam Peckinpah. HT.

7:30 p.m.: Competitive Shorts Program — Ten shorts, chosen from 100 submissions from local, national and international artists, will be shown in a 129-minute program, plus intermission. Reception afterward. MSR.

9:15 p.m.: “Zero Charisma” — A metal-loving gamer geek is forced to take drastic steps to reclaim his honor and identity as the omnipotent “game master” guiding his role-players through a tabletop journey of fantasy and adventure. HT.

9:45 p.m.: “House With a Turret,” RS.


1 p.m.: “Il Futuro,” MSR.

2 p.m.: “Zero Charisma,” HT.

2:45 p.m.: Competitive Shorts Program, MSR.

4 p.m.: “The General” — Buster Keaton stars in this 1927 silent classic set during the Civil War. When Union spies steal an engineer’s locomotive, he pursues it doggedly and through enemy lines, with Keaton’s physical genius on display. With live music by Boston’s Alloy Orchestra. RS.

4 p.m.: “Sal” — Actor-director James Franco re-creates the last day of actor Sal Mineo’s life, with Val Lauren in the title role. HT.

8 p.m.: “He Who Gets Slapped” — In this 1924 tale of social vanity and moral corruption, a brilliant scientist is publicly humiliated by his wife and her lover and goes to Paris to become a circus clown. As part of his act, he is repeatedly slapped. Lon Chaney, John Gilbert and Norma Shearer star, with live music by Alloy Orchestra. RS.

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