While you know that some big blockbuster movies are shot in Pittsburgh, there are quite a few Pittsburghers who are working on their own film project. The Sprout Fund has put together a special round of grants to help some of these local filmmakers finish and promote their films.
Just in time for the family fun of the holidays! Cold Turkey is a film about families and Thanksgiving. With an all star cast, including Peter Bogdanovich and Cheryl Hines, this looks like a promising film.
You can watch Cold Turkey online at Amazon and Google Play. If you would like to catch this film on the big screen, Cold Turkey will be showing at The Hollywood Theater in Dormont this Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 7:30pm. Tickets are available online via Gathr.
A friend of mine sent me the preview to this film last week and I thought this was worth sharing. Here is your opportunity to check out a Thanksgiving film a week before Turkey day and an excuse to visit one of Pittsburgh’s independent movie theaters. (Check out the IheartPGH guide to independent movie theaters in Pittsburgh here).
Looking for more holiday movies on the big screen? The Hollywood Theater in Dormont will be screening Planes, Trains and Automobiles and It’s a Wonderful Life this weekend – check out the November schedule here.
The Sprout Fund is a Pittsburgh non-profit that has been giving out grants to project big and small that make this city a better place to live. This year the Sprout Fund has put together a special round of grants for film and video projects.
On Monday, November 25, the public is invited to watch the trailers and vote for their favorites. Afterwards you will have a chance to vote for your favorites. Voting will be factored into the decision of which projects receive funding from the Sprout Fund. This event is open to the public and free to attend.
Thanks to the IheartPGH Twitter followers for the heads up on this Indiegogo campaign. It has been awhile since we’ve posted about a crowdfunding project in Pittsburgh (which isn’t 100% true – thanks to the readers of IheartPGH who helped to crowdfund my seat on the Millennial Trains Project).
Sometimes – you just need to go to the movies and sadly there aren’t that many movie theaters left in the city if Pittsburgh. I believe the Manor theater in Sq. Hill is the only theater left in the city limits.
Thankfully, some Pittsburghers are looking to bring a movie theater to Lawrenceville. The folks behind Row House Cinema have put together a lovely video to tell you about this project. And they have put together some incredible thank you gifts – while the engraved seats have already sold out – you can still pick up some movie passes or even free movies for a year.
Row House Cinema Indiegogo Campaign
I’m hopeful that I can talk these guys into showing more Pittsburgh related movies – it would be great to be able to see The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh or Flashdance on the big screen.
- Guide to Pittsburgh’s Independent Movie Theaters (iheartpgh.com)
- Art House or Drive Ins: Unique Pittsburgh Movie Theaters (local.answers.com)
Regent Square Theater is showing a sneak peek of the premiere of Low Winter Sun, the newest AMC series, on Monday, July 29 at 8pm. Described as “a story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between the cops and the criminals is blurred,” hopes are high for this complex drama.
Up to 4 tickets are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis at the theater’s box office or the Pittsburgh Filmmakers front desk (open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm). There’s a nationwide Q & A session via Skype afterwards with the director, producer, and some of the cast members.
Filmed on location in Detroit, director Ernest Dickerson describes it as a film noir. “It’s about a hero who finds himself at the center of some very dark events, who has to try to get out, who wants redemption.”
Lennie James, one of the show’s main stars (Walking Dead viewers will remember him as Morgan, Rick’s saving grace in the first episode), said “this isn’t a story about the minutiae of police work. This is a thriller about people who have secrets and have ulterior motives.”
AMC has produced some of the most promising shows in recent memory, such as Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and The Walking Dead. Low Winter Sun is set to premiere on TV on August 11, after the premiere of the final season of Breaking Bad (who else cannot wait for this??). And by the way, Breaking Bad fans, David Costabile aka Gale has a role in this new series.