Essential Pittsburgh: Natalka Voslakov

To any Pittsburgher active in the film, music, or poetry communities here in the late 70s or 1980s, the name Natalka Voslakov needs no introduction. She has been called the nucleus of the Pittsburgh Filmmakers punk scene of her day. She was a prolific documentor of the culture around her and, just as often, she turned her camera towards herself to craft intimate experiments that self-consciously interrogate her highly refined persona. Natalka frequently collaborated with Tony Buba and Peggy Ahwesh (among others), and she even exhibited in the landmark Big as Life super 8 show at the Museum of Modern Art in the 1990s. And yet, for the last 30 years, the question from those who remember her has been: “where are her films?” They have returned at last.

Doors open at 7:30. Films start at 8:00.

This event is free thanks to funding for Homestead Live Fridays courtesy of Steel Valley Enterprise Zone.

About Essential Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Sound + Image seeks to redefine our region’s film history this summer with the launch of our Essential Pittsburgh series. Too often when recounting the noteworthy makers who have worked here, we hear the same names. We wish to acknowledge the depth of creativity which has flourished here by spotlighting additional vital artists and their films from the 1960s through the 1990s. This landmark series is a continuation of our efforts to celebrate a fuller picture of independent, amateur, industrial, and experimental filmmaking talent, and to better situate Pittsburgh nationally as a place of rich cinematic history.

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