Film Notes: Film Forum to focus on black issues

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A free Game Changers Film Forum on Saturday will include youth media workshops, a meet-the-filmmakers reception, screening of "We Got Next" documentary about unsung community heroes, and discussion about improving social outcomes for black men and boys in Pittsburgh.

The event will be held at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty, and feature workshops from 3 to 5 p.m., reception from 5 to 6 p.m. and screening of the documentary and panel from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The Game Changers Project, partnering here with the Kelly-Strayhorn, is a national fellowship for emerging black filmmakers who create short films about black men who are "game changers" in their communities.

They shoot, edit and produce four- to six-minute films about black men in America focusing on changing social outcomes in education, justice, wellness, entrepreneurship, fatherhood gender equity and other key categories.

Janera Solomon, executive director of the Kelly-Strayhorn, says, "These filmmaker are telling stories often overlooked by our mainstream media. We are proud to be part of it."

Last year in Pittsburgh, GCP Fellows produced a dozen micro-docs focusing on such notables as hip-hop pioneer Paradise Gray of One Hood Media; Emmai Alquiva of Hip Hop on Lock; William Strickland of the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild; and Dr. James Johnson of the Afro-American Music Institute and the Heinz Fellows mentors at Westinghouse High School.

Those shorts will be shown, along with some from other cities.

Cheo Tyehimba Taylor, founder and executive producer of GCP, called the Kelly-Strayhorn "the perfect venue for the kind of new and eclectic audiences we want to engage around the discussion of black male achievement and what it takes to reframe the perception and portrayal of black men and boys in Pittsburgh."

Last year, the Heinz Endowments awarded $50,000 to create the first Pittsburgh class of Game Changers Fellows, and this year, it provided an $80,000 grant to support the project.

For more information or to register, see Registration also will be accepted at the door.

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'Hangover' ending earlier

Call it the release-date creep. "The Hangover Part III" will now open May 23, a day earlier than announced.

And if you cannot wait to see how Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis wind up this comic trilogy, there will be 10 p.m. shows on May 22. Your move, "Fast & Furious 6."

'Star Trek' at science center

Carnegie Science Center will play "Star Trek Into Darkness" in its Rangos Omnimax Theater Wednesday through June 13.

Paramount announced this week that the movie will open at IMAX theaters Wednesday at 8 p.m. and be everywhere on Thursday. That is a day earlier than initially planned.

Cost at the Science Center is $12 per ticket for all ages for showtimes during opening week (May 15-19). After that, tickets will be $11 for all ages.

Tickets are now on sale. Call 412-237-3400 and press 7 or go to (look for Omnimax across top).

The Rangos Omnimax, a four-story, state-of-the-art IMAX Dome Theater, is one of 50 theaters of its kind in North America. The movie also will screen in conventional IMAX venues.

Filling out judges panel

A couple of additional judges have been added to the Steeltown Film Factory finals Saturday at Carnegie Mellon University.

Youree Henley, a producer of Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," will join writers-producers (and sisters) Maxine Lapiduss and Sally Lapiduss along with Michael Killen, a co-founder of the Pittsburgh-based Animal Inc., a production and visual effects studio.

Animal produced the documentary "Blood Brother," which captured the grand jury prize and the audience award for U.S. documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Doors for the event, which will award a total of $30,000 to one or more winners to turn their script into a short, will open at 10:30 a.m., with the event at 11 a.m. at CMU's Purnell Center for the Arts, Chosky Theatre. Admission, $10, or $5 for students with ID.

For information on finalists Heather Gray, Dennis Schebetta, and Glenn Syska and their projects:

In brief

• Universal Studios announced this week that "Jurassic Park 4" will be out at a later date, not June 13, 2014, as originally planned.

• After directing and co-writing "Iron Man 3," it would appear former Pittsburgher Shane Black could have his pick of projects, and that will be "Doc Savage," based on the hero of the 1930s and '40s pulp novels, films and comic books.

• Will Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie, the star and director of "Jack Reacher," reunite on a fifth "Mission: Impossible"?

The actor reportedly has agreed to star in, and produce, another movie in the series and speculation is afoot that Mr. McQuarrie might direct although he is expected to direct and write an "Ice Station Zebra" remake.

• Variety reports Chinese authorities have agreed to allow Quentin Tarantino's bloody spaghetti Western "Django Unchained" to screen in local theaters starting Sunday -- a month and a day after it was pulled out of theaters.

The reasons it was yanked were never clear and Sony did not elaborate on how the movie would be revised for Chinese audiences.

• "Cleopatra" is returning to Cinemark theaters as part of its classic series at 2 and 7 p.m. May 22 and 2 p.m. May 26. For list of participating theaters and tickets (also available at the box office):

Twentieth Century Fox has restored the 243-minute original to commemorate its 50th anniversary. The new digitally restored transfer will be shown May 21 at the Cannes Film Festival. On May 28, "Cleopatra" will make its Blu-ray debut in a two-disc anniversary edition.


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


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