by Al Hoff
If you're one of those folks who loves to see new movies before everybody else, there's a new opportunity in town.
Pittsburgh is one of 20 markets nationwide selected by distributor Gathr Films to hold sneak previews of new independent films; screenings are weekly on Thursday nights at the Hollywood Theater, in Dormont.
These aren't free previews — you have to sign up in advance and pay a membership fee ($19 for one month; $49 for 3 months). But that's less than $5 a film, comparable to renting a movie for home consumption. Membership guarantees a seat.
Upcoming films include releases from established indie-film distributors such as Millennium, Kino Lorber, Film Movement and Music Box Films. The programming covers dramas, comedies, music films, international films and documentaries.
May offers: The Iceman, with Michael Shannon; The Deep, an Icelandic doc/thriller; Ain't in It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm; What Maisie Knew, starring Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan; and 100 Bloody Acres, an Australian horror-comedy.
Full schedule details and how to sign up are here.