Mediterranea (Jonas Carpignano, 2015)

Regent Square, Melwood Screening Room, Harris, Waterworks

November 6 – 15
Various times

A powerful portrait of injustice, prejudice and politics in contemporary India. A documentary chronicling the groundbreaking humor magazine National Lampoon. The life and legacy of the high priestess of soul, Nina Simone. These are just a few of the poignant stories on tap for the 34th annual Three Rivers Film Festival (3RFF).

Take Me to the River
Take Me to the River (Matt Sobel, 2015)

Western Pennsylvania’s oldest and largest film festival, 3RFF will set up show this month, from November 6th through November 15th at four local venues: the Regent Square Theater, Melwood Screening Room, Harris Theater and Waterworks Cinemas. With more than 50 works of cinema spanning 10 jam-packed days, this year’s edition truly has something on the big screen for every film buff.

Highlighting cinema’s top new titles, the highly anticipated homegrown festival boasts documentaries, contemporary international films, restored classics, sneak peeks, family movies, shorts, critically-acclaimed indies and more. Augmenting the screening are Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers, live music events, receptions and parties, and micro cinema happenings taking place in non-traditional community-based venues around town.

Breathe (Melanie Laurent, 2015)
Breathe (Melanie Laurent, 2015)

3RFF kicks off with a quadruple-header opening night presentation on Friday, November 6th, with four different films at all four participating venues. At the Harris downtown is Avi Lewis’ This Changes Everything, an epic documentary exploring climate change filmed in nine countries and five continents over four years that was inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller. Over at Regent Square Theater, Sean Mewshaw’s Tumbledown will tell the compelling story of a young widow in small-town Maine starring Pittsburgh native and CMU grad Joe Manganiello. In Oakland, Melwood Screening Room will feature the documentary Crocodile Gennadiy, a portrait of war-torn, post-Soviet Ukraine shot by the Pittsburgh-based production team, Animal. Out in Aspinwall, Waterworks Cinemas will host Court, India’s official entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 2016 Academy Awards which explores injustice, caste prejudice and oppressive politics in contemporary India.

Following Friday night’s four screenings, head to Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ HQ for the always festive Opening Night Party featuring entertainment, food and libations all kicking off at 9 p.m.

Also a highlight will be the festival’s wrap party on November 15th at at the Regent Square Theater, where Boston’s acclaimed Alloy Orchestra will perform their live score accompanying a newly restored version of Dziga Vertov’s 1929 Russian masterpiece, The Man with a Movie Camera.

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Looking for more events this month? Read our 11 Pittsburgh events not to miss in November feature.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.