THE FILMS OF STANLEY KUBRICK SERIES
Monthly, July 2014 through August 2015. We are proud to celebrate a new series that will honor the incredible work of legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. The late director’s filmography will be presented one feature at a time, starting in July and running through August 2015. Nominated for 13 Academy Awards, Kubrick was a giant in his craft, and stands as an influence to most filmmakers working today. He was a key member of the New Hollywood movement that saw a group of directors rise to prominence between the 1960s and the 1980s. Kubrick films such as Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Paths of Glory, Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb and The Shining were breakthroughs in their individual genres and established the director as one of the best directors that ever lived.
Local artist Zachary Curl will design a poster for each movie. A new poster will debut before each screening and will be available for $10 each at the concession stand.
7:30 p.m., Friday, August 8, and 7 p.m., Sunday, August 10 is Killer’s Kiss (1955). Kubrick’s second feature film, The Killer’s Kiss, was made on a budget of $40,000, all raised by Kubrick’s relatives. The black-and-white drama was shot principally at night in a variety of seedy Manhattan locations. The plot, told in an extended flashback, covers two days in the life of boxer Davy Gordon (Jamie Smith)—he meets nightclub dancer Gloria Price (Irene Kane); the two fall in love, and decide to make their futures somewhere other than New York City. But Gloria is lusted after by her ex-employer, Vince Rapallo (Frank Silvera), who not only won’t take “no” for an answer but has no intention of losing her to a two-bit boxer. His machinations lead to murder, a police manhunt, and revenge in the best film noir fashion—the very best, in fact, as Kubrick’s use of real New York settings gives the action here a startling verisimilitude, as though we’re watching a documentary, or the unfolding of actual events. The violence escalates as Davy and Rapallo find themselves going one-on-one, to the death if need be, with a climax in a warehouse filled with department store mannequins and their various component parts.
48 Hour Film Fest
July 18, 19, 20, and 28
The fest is the outcome of the 48 Hour Film Project—a frenzied, sleepless weekend in which teams of filmmakers write, shoot, edit, and score a film in just 48 hours. On the night the project begins, the teams are assigned a character, a prop, a line of dialogue, and a genre, that must be included in their movie. In 2014, the 48HFP will visit more than 120 cities worldwide where more than 60,000 people will make short films. The Project has spread to the four corners of the globe as filmmakers from Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas will compete to see who can make the best short film in one weekend. The Pittsburgh-made films will screen at the Hollywood Theater beginning 6 p.m., Friday and continuing at 11 a.m., Saturday, and noon, Sunday. Then, at 6 p.m., Monday, July 28, is the Best of Screening & Award presentations. Stop by to find out who gets the ‘Best of Pittsburgh’ title and will go on to compete against the other winners from around the world. More information and tickets here.
Benefit for People’s Food Mart
At 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 30, the Hollywood Theater will hold a Benefit for People’s Food Mart. The grocery, located just a few doors down Potomac Avenue from the Hollywood, suffered major damage from fire after it was struck by lightning on June 18. The evening fundraiser includes a 7:30 screening of National Lampoon’s Vacation starring Chevy Chase. Come out and show your support for this local independent business—100 percent of box office proceeds will go to People’s.
The Hollywood Theater and the JCCP—Pittsburgh official Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow cast— present a double feature of Glam and Rock ‘n’ Roll: Hedwig and the Angry Inch and the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Saturday, August 2. Come at 9 p.m., for trivia, a costume contest, and a chance for a red carpet photoshoot, and stay for the 9:30 screening of Hedwig and a midnight screening of Rocky, featuring a live shadow cast performance by the JCCP.
At 6:30 p.m., Saturday, August 9, is a Purple Rain Movie Party followed by an 8 p.m. screening of Purple Rain (1993), the first starring film for Prince, who plays an arrogant young black singer, born and raised in Minneapolis, who reaches the pinnacle of stardom. The movie will be followed by a surprise second feature. This special event celebrates the movie’s 30th anniversary and includes music, giveaways, and rare Prince art.
The Rivers and Bridges Brigade of the Pennsylvania Browncoats presents Pittsburgh’s 9th Annual Can’t Stop the Serenity Charity Screening on Saturday, August 16. This year’s event includes a special Browncoat music and trivia mixer at Fredo’s Market Deli (next door to the Hollywood) from 3 to 5 p.m., where Browncoats can purchase great food, mingle, play team trivia to win prizes, and hear a great acoustic performance from singer/songwriter Sean Faust. A screening of the cult favorite sci fi flick Serenity begins at 7 pm. Proceeds benefit Equality Now. The mixer and the main event are free; tickets for the movie are $8 at the theater’s box office starting at 5 pm the day of the event. Sponsored by Geek Pittsburgh
In honor of the dog days of summer, the Hollywood will screen Some Like It Hot as its Breakfast and a Movie at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, August 17. In this 1959 comedy, two musicians (Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon) witness a mob hit and flee the state by hiding out in an all female band disguised as women. The movie also stars Marilyn Monroe and was directed by Billy Wilder. The morning features a catered meal by Chef Kelly James, vintage cartoons, and door prizes. Tickets are $15 ($12, members) at the box office and showclix. You must get tickets by Thursday, August 14. Movie only is $8 at door. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW START TIME. The movie will screen again at 7 p.m., Sunday, August 17.
2 p.m., Sunday, August 24 (doors open at 1). One hundred percent of the $20 ticket price will go to the Fabus Family to help 8-year-old Joey Fabus, who was recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and given only six to12 months to live. This devastating news has placed an unbearable amount of pressure on Joey’s parents as they struggle to make life as normal as possible for Joey and their four other children, while trying to squeeze in as much fun and adventure into whatever time Joey has left. Four longtime local bands will perform: Silent Partner (the event’s hosts), The Good Guys Band, Time Tested (featuring KDKA’s Paul Martino), and The Rockin’ Brits. Comedian Shawn Fenk will provide some much needed laughter. Purchase tickets at ticketfly Presented by III Software in association with
When Computers Were Young
A/V Geeks Present When Computers Were Young at 7:30 pm, Friday, August 29. The A/V Geeks Film Archive is an ephemeral film collection curated by Skip Elsheimer. What started as a hobby more than ten years is now a lifetime commitment. His collection has grown to over 24,000 films gathered from school auctions, thrift stores, closets, and dumpsters. He presents themed film shows in his home base of Raleigh, North Carolina, and he’s taken his shows on the road across the United States. The A/V Geeks will present films on 16mm that explain the wonders (and potential pitfalls) of this new machine called the computer. The evening also includes electronics recycling through Orro that benefit the Hollywood Theater. Bring an electronic item you no longer need or want (except CRT (tube) style TVs or monitors) and get a free popcorn or soda.
Zombo (aka DJ Zombo of WRCT-FM 88.3) presents an Ed Wood Pajama and Scopitone Party 7 p.m., Saturday, August 30. The night will feature way cool live music from Vertigo-go and the Royal Shakes, classic Ed Wood (the so-bad-he’s-good director), including Plan 9 from Outer Space, Glen or Glenda, and Bride of the Monster on the big screen, trivia, and a wildest pajama contest. $10 (or $5 if you are wearing pajamas) at the box office. Doors open at 6.