Head's Up: Three Rivers Film Festival

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Caesar Must Die
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We reviewed five films here playing during the second week of the Three Rivers Film Festival. We haven’t seen these films but are some playing over the next couple of days that look like interesting picks. For the complete schedule and more info, see www.3rff.com.


Greg and Donny. This special Film Kitchen event offers a compendium of the Web comedy series, "Greg and Donny," running since 2009, featuring the lives of two Johnstown buddies. “Donny” (Matt Yeagar) will be stopping by. 8 p.m. (reception at 7 p.m.) Thu., Nov. 8. Regent Square

We Are Alive! The Fight to Save Braddock Hospital. Be among the first to see a preview of Tony Buba’s new film, a documentary shot with Tom Dubensky. The work tells the story of UPMC’s 2009 decision to close Braddock Hospital, the fight to save it and its ultimate destruction. One of many chapters in this country’s ongoing struggle to balance health care, profits and people. The filmmakers will present the film. 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 9. Regent Square

17 Girls. Remember that weird story from New England about a group of high school girls who all get intentionally pregnant? This French drama from Delphine and Muriel Coulson riffs on the same scenario. 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 9. Harris

Mekong Hotel. If you liked Apichatpong Weersethakul’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, you’ll want to check out the Thai director’s new work, a mother-daughter tale of reincarnation set on the border of Thailand and Laos. 6 p.m. Sat., Nov. 10. Harris

Caesar Must Die. An Italian documentary which depicts the rehearsals for and performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar — all staged by prisoners in a maximum-security unit. 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 8, and 2 p.m. Sun., Nov. 11. Harris

Maxo Vanka’s Masterpiece: The Murals at St. Nicholas Church. Local filmmaker Ken Love’s latest doc tells the story of Vanka’s paintings, which combine fierce socio-economic and political commentary with religious imagery. The Croatian immigrant painted the pro-labor, anti-war works at the Millvale church during the 1930s. Love will present the film. 3:30 p.m. Sun., Nov. 11. Regent Square

The Comedy. A not-for-everyone “comedy” that depicts an idle rich male hipster in Williamsburg, who, with his pals, engages in childish pranks and games. Rick Alverson’s film stars Tim Heidecker, and is intended to be a commentary on the contemporary culture. Advance word is that you’ll squirm with discomfort. 7 p.m. Sun., Nov. 11. Harris

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