Film Notes: Free symposium celebrates women filmmakers

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A free afternoon-long symposium devoted to women filmmakers will be held today at Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave., Oakland.

"Cross-Cutting: Legacies of Women's Independent Film," from 1 to 5:30 p.m., will look at how women filmmakers have historically cut against the grain of conventions and will explore newer directions in women's independent filmmaking.

The event will include presentations by Lucy Fischer, Carolina Garcia, Melissa Martin, Kristen Shaeffer and Patricia White, screenings and discussions and, at 7:30 p.m., short films from the organization Women Make Movies.

It's being presented by Chatham University, the University of Pittsburgh and Three Rivers Film Festival. If interested, call 412-681-5449 after 9 a.m. today or simply arrive before the event begins.

Magic Mike in the house

Their jerseys may have celebrated Troy Polamalu and Hines Ward, but their smiles said they were happy to be posing for a photo with Magic Mike, er, a fully clothed Channing Tatum.

The actor was in an unnamed local bar on Sunday, when the Pittsburgh Steelers played the Cincinnati Bengals in Ohio. He also has been spotted wearing a Greater Latrobe High School wrestling T-shirt and (unconfirmed) in a Walmart.

Far-fetched? Just remember, when Seth Rogen was in Pittsburgh filming "Zach and Miri Make a Porno," he shopped at Target at the Waterfront.

Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller and Mr. Tatum are in Westmoreland County and elsewhere in Western Pennsylvania to film a movie known as either "Foxcatcher" or Untitled Fair Hill Project. Directed by Oscar nominee Bennett Miller, who made the excellent "Capote" and "Moneyball," it's the story of chemical fortune heir John du Pont, who went to prison for killing an Olympic gold medalist and wrestler.

No further casting calls for extras have been issued, but if they are, the PG will report the information in print and online.

'Tunnel Vision' showings

Fresh from its world premiere at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York, "Tunnel Vision" will be shown at 9 p.m. today and Saturday at the Waterworks Cinemas. Regular admission prices apply.

New Castle native Cristos (he uses just one name) stars in the movie, which he produced and co-wrote. The cast also includes director Delila Vallot along with Ion Overman and Scott Haze.

Here's the official description of the gritty suspense thriller:

When a jury fails to convict the serial killer who savagely murdered his family, a man must rise above his desire for revenge and descend into the deranged world of a sadistic predator to uncover the truth and get justice. What begins as a classic revenge tale takes a dramatic turn into a haunting land of horror and murder.

For a trailer of "Tunnel Vision," being released on DVD Jan. 22:

'Matewan' on screen

A one-time showing of John Sayles' "Matewan" will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Oaks Theater in Oakmont.

In "Matewan," a small town in West Virginia explodes when newly unionized miners clash with the tyrannical owners of a coal company. The cast includes Chris Cooper, Mary McDonnell, David Strathairn and James Earl Jones.

The screening is being sponsored by Mining Memories, a community volunteer project that built a life-size bronze miner memorial as a tribute to coal miners of the Allegheny-Kiskiminetas River Valleys. The project ( continues with social and educational events.

Movie tickets, $7, can be purchased through or at the door, starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

The event will include the chance to meet or schedule time with Kevin Farkas, founder, director and audiographer of The Social Voice Project, and buy tickets to win baskets with a range of goodies such as craft supplies, food and champagne.

'Silk Scream' continues

The third annual Silk Scream horror film event will continue tonight with "Remington and the Curse of the Zombadings." An amalgam of high camp, satire and horror, it was a surprise indie hit in the Philippines.

It will be shown at 7 tonight at Point Park University, University Center, GRW Auditorium, 414 Wood St., Downtown. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 or $5 for students with valid ID.

Rock opera on screen

"Jesus Christ Superstar UK Rock Spectacular" will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Cinemark theaters in Robinson, Frazer near Tarentum and Center Township and at the Rave Pittsburgh North on Monday and Thursday.

The newly staged rock opera stars Ben Forster as Jesus, Tim Minchin as Judas and Spice Girls member Melanie Chisholm as Mary Magdalene. The program will begin with a retrospective on the iconic show, with interviews with past and present cast members.

Tickets are available at and participating theater box offices.

Online this week

On this week's movie podcast, Rated PG, at, you can hear snippets of a Toronto press conference about "Cloud Atlas" and reviews of new movies.


Movie editor Barbara Vancheri: or 412-263-1632. Read her blog:


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