Film Notes: Fundraiser to benefit Denis

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The Denis Theatre Foundation will celebrate the 75th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz" with an Emerald City Celebration at the Walnut Grill, 660 Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon.

A VIP reception, $75 in advance, will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday and include food, a complimentary drink and raffle items. Admission at 7 p.m. is $35 in advance or $45 at the door and covers appetizers, movie-related games and a cash bar.

See www.denistheatre.org/oz to order tickets. The event will benefit the foundation, raising money to renovate and reopen the movie house that opened in 1937 with a single screen and closed as a four-auditorium venue in 2004.

Latin American docs

Amigos del Cine will present "The Poetics of Rediscovery: New Paths in Latin American Documentary" today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 650 Schenley Drive, Oakland. The event, pairing films with discussions, is free and open to the public. All films have English subtitles.

From 10 a.m. to noon, the symposium will present Julio Ramos' 2012 "Retornar a La Habana con Guillen Landrian" and "Detroit's Rivera." The first is about Afro-Cuban filmmaker and poet Landrian, with the second examining the Diego Rivera murals in Detroit. From 2 to 4 p.m., director Alex Schlenker's "Chigualeros" will explore an Ecuadoran band and its struggle to send its music into the world. Roundtable discussions with professors will take place from 4 to 6 p.m.

Amigos del Cine is a University of Pittsburgh graduate organization dedicated to promoting recent Latin American and Peninsular media.

Venue change

To accommodate a bigger crowd, the Italian Film Festival is moving today's 9 p.m. showing of "The Venice Syndrome" to the seventh floor of the University of Pittsburgh's Alumni Hall Auditorium, 4227 Fifth Ave. It had been scheduled for a different venue.


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