100 Black Men of Western PA, Pittsburgh Public Schools host African American History Challenge
A question about Pittsburgh's first Black college stumped participants in the 30th African American History Challenge Bowl: A Legacy of Academic Excellence. The longtime collaboration between Pittsburgh Public Schools and 100 Black Men of Western PA, Inc., took place on Friday at Pittsburgh Greenway. Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Wayne N.
Pittsburgh-Filmed UNSINKABLE: Titanic Untold Launches National Distribution; Tickets on Sale for Screenings at The Lindsay April 11-18
UNSINKABLE: Titanic Untold, the Pittsburgh-made, never-before-told story of the investigation into the Titanic sinking, begins national distribution in April"coinciding with the 112th anniversary of the tragedy"and will open locally Thursday, April 11, exclusively at The Lindsay Theater and Cultural Center in Sewickley.
A true-life account of political interference, greed, conspiracy and a desperate search for the truth, UNSINKABLE: Titanic Untold follows Sen. William Alden Smith and investigative journalist Alaine Ricard as they delve into the tragedy of Titanic and pursued accountability, woven with heart-wrenching flashbacks of the historic maritime disaster.
Shot entirely in Pittsburgh, the exhilarating true-life account stars Cotter Smith (Mindhunter, X-2), Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Fiona Dourif (The Blacklist), Jayne Wisener (Jane Eyre), and many Pittsburgh-based actors. The film is based on Titanic to All Ships, a play written by Beaver County author Eileen Enwright Hodgetts.
Locations appearing in the film include the wave pool at Settler's Cabin county park, the Grand Concourse restaurant and the Omni William Penn Hotel.
The April 11 screening will also include a Q&A with director Cody Hartman, producer Brian Hartman (Cody's father), star Smith, and possible additional guests from the film's production team. Tickets are on sale for the premiere and all shows in the film's April 11-18 run.
"We are very much looking forward to the theatrical release of a film that was completely shot and produced in our region. UNSINKABLE supported the local economy and boosted the region's position in the cultural landscape," said Carolina Thor, CEO of The Lindsay.
"We encourage a strong show of appreciation, not just at The Lindsay, but everywhere this film is screening. The Lindsay strives to strengthen the film industry through our work with local and emerging filmmakers. Very few screenings are more exciting than the ones where filmmakers, crew, family and friends are present."
Director Hartman told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that The Lindsay was an ideal venue for the film, calling it "a first-class theater that has shown unwavering support for independent film and the community in general."
In addition to The Lindsay, UNSINKABLE will also screen in Belfast, London and Southampton, UK; New York City and Knoxville, Tenn., home of the Titanic Museum Attraction, before going into wider national release.
Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium to close Saturday after the deaths of 3 animals this month, will reopen Sunday
The Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium will be closed Saturday after the death of three animals this month. In a Facebook post, a zoo spokesperson said the one-day closure comes "out of respect for staff and recent animal losses" and offer the staff "time for grieving and healing." The post said
The Lindsay Theater's Oscar Contest Returns With A Top Prize of a Year’s Free Pass
For film buff Nick Lumley, 2023 was a great year for cinema. He loved seeing new, thought-provoking films such as Oppenheimer and Killers of the Flower Moon, and even a few unheralded gems.
The icing on the cake? As winner of The Lindsay Theater and Cultural Center's 2023 Oscar Contest, he watched these films for free.
Now The Lindsay's Oscar Contest has returned for 2024, again with the top prize of a free pass to the Theater for an unlimited number of screenings for the remainder of the year. The winner must successfully pick the Best Picture as well as the greatest number of winners among all 23 Oscar categories.
The Theater, a nonprofit that has not raised ticket prices since opening in 2017, offers this contest every year. Oscar-nominated films are being screened along with new releases until the Academy Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 10. This gives patrons plenty of opportunity to watch on the big screen, ponder the artistry displayed and carefully mark their ballots.
"Our patrons are passionate about film, and that's apparent every year at Oscar Contest time," says Carolina Thor, CEO of the nonprofit cultural center. "So many people predict an amazing number of categories correctly! We look forward to seeing the 2024 winner here at the Theater for many exceptional films through Dec. 31."
Looking back on the year, Lumley says he enjoyed seeing more people return to theaters"and appreciated watching original films not connected with a particular franchise. While he loved many of the Best Picture-nominated films"especially The Holdovers and Barbie"his favorite by far was Oppenheimer.
Director Christopher Nolan's take on the making of the first atomic bomb "is the best film of the century so far," Lumley says"and unsurprisingly, his pick for Best Picture. He loves everything about it: the directing, the sound, the cinematography, Cillian Murphy's acting in the lead role.
Lumley also calls out Emma Stone's performance in Poor Things"and Greta Lee's un-nominated performance in Past Lives, while noting "I've always been a big fan of Paul Giamatti," star of The Holdovers.
His under-the-radar film recommendation is A Thousand and One, which screened at The Lindsay in 2023, starring Teyana Taylor as a single mother in a gentrifying New York City neighborhood.
Lumley, who lives in Sewickley, shares his contest bragging rights with other recent winners from Patterson Township and Big Beaver, Beaver County.
All are welcome to pick up Oscar ballots at the Theater Box Office, 418 Walnut St., Sewickley, during screening hours. Think like the Academy in making your predictions, and remember to include your name, email and phone number on the ballot. Whether due to knowledge or luck, teens to seniors have won the year-long, non-transferable pass. Ballots (one entry per person, please) must be returned to the Theater Box Office by 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.