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Maya Deren’s 16mm Birthday Party

At Harris Theater, we celebrate legendary experimental filmmaker Maya Deren’s 107th birthday by presenting her movies on her format of choice: 16mm film. Featured is her landmark first film, Meshes of the Afternoon (co-directed with Alexander Hammid), At Land, Ritual in Transfigured Time, shot-in-Pittsburgh outtakes from Ritual, Witch’s Cradle, and The Very Eye of Night. …

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Open Archives

See us at the Cultural District Gallery Crawl on Friday, April 26th! PSI Director of Programming Steven Haines and artist Sean Darby take over the third floor of Wood Street Galleries to bring you “Open Archives,” over four hours of continuous moving image madness! Featuring over 100 reels of 16mm, projected continuously in up to …

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FILMS for ONE to EIGHT PROJECTORS with Roger Beebe

Roger Beebe brings his multi-projector roadshow to Pittsburgh for the first time in more than a decade. Using up to eight projectors at once, Beebe’s performances combine found educational and industrial films, cameraless abstraction, and original 16mm footage into dense collages that take on such varied subjects as the history of sound recording and humanity’s …

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A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde

Join filmmakers Ada Gay Griffin and Michelle Parkerson for a special 16mm screening of A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde — their groundbreaking documentary about the radical Black feminist activist, academic, and poet. Lorde’s career spanned five decades and articulated some of the most important social and political visions of …

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Fantastic Planet

Special 35mm screenings co-presented with the Harris Theater! As Criterion puts it, “Nothing else has ever looked or felt like director René Laloux’s animated marvel FANTASTIC PLANET, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans (Oms) are the playthings of …

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1 (2024)

It’s back! Originally intended as a “one”-off event, our “1” screening last January proved to be such a hit that we’re forced to bring it back for 2024! Except this time, we’ve overhauled the selection of films, ensuring another singular experience. The backstory: when it comes to mysterious 16mm short film reels, we’ve noticed that …

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