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March 27: Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival Highlights Mechanization of Modern Society, April 4-15

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Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival Highlights
Mechanization of Modern Society, April 4-15

PITTSBURGH—Industrialization is increasingly shaping people's day-to-day routines and society as a whole. To explore technology's influence on our lives and communities, the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University presents "Faces of Mechanization," the 2008 Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival, April 4-15.
   
The festival's lineup includes a collection of eight feature films and documentaries along with a number of shorter works from countries as diverse as Argentina and Austria. The selections cover topics ranging from the processes by which food and clothing are produced for the masses to parents' efforts to take advantage of scientific advances to "design" the perfect child. Four of the films are being shown for the first time in Pittsburgh, and one, Polish director Artur Zmijewski's "Selected Works," is making its American debut.
   
"We are thrilled to have such a unique group of award-winning and thought-provoking films and documentaries in the International Film Festival schedule," said Jolanta Lion, the festival's director. "Through their work, these filmmakers have raised important questions about technology and modern society that warrant further discussion. We hope that our audiences will continue those conversations long after the festival ends."
   
The festival opens April 4 at Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Melwood Screening Room with Argentinean director Esteban Sapir's "La Antena," a black-and-white silent film in which citizens of a future society live in a voiceless world that is thoroughly controlled by television. This screening in Pittsburgh is only the second time the film has ever been shown at an American film festival.
   
In addition to the Melwood Screening Room, the festival's films will be shown in McConomy Auditorium in the University Center on Carnegie Mellon's Oakland campus as well as the Squirrel Hill and Manor theatres in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood. General admission tickets are $7 for the public and $3 for students, and a festival pass can be purchased for $30 ($15 for students). Tickets for the opening night screening of "La Antena" and reception are $8 for the public and $5 for students.
   
For a complete schedule and full descriptions of the festival's films, along with additional details, including a list of the festival's sponsors, please visit the festival's Web site at www.cmu.edu/faces.

Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival Schedule   

Friday, April 4

Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave., Oakland
7 p.m., "La Antena" (Argentina 2007) and opening night reception

Saturday, April 5
McConomy Auditorium, University Center on Carnegie Mellon's Oakland campus
4:30 p.m., "Mardi Gras: Made in China" (United States 2005)
6:30 p.m., "Selected Works" (Poland 2007)

Sunday, April 6
McConomy Auditorium, University Center on Carnegie Mellon's Oakland campus
5:30 p.m., "China Blue" (United States 2005)
7:30 p.m., "The Future Is Not What It Used To Be" (Finland 2003)

Friday, April 11
Squirrel Hill Theatre, 5824 Forward Ave., Squirrel Hill
6 p.m., "Frozen Angels" (Germany 2005)
7:50 p.m., "La Antena" (Argentina 2007)

Saturday, April 12
Manor Theatre, 1729 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill
5 p.m. "Working Man's Death" (Austria/Germany 2006)
7:30 p.m., "La Antena" (Argentina 2007)

Sunday, April 13
Manor Theatre, 1729 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill
3:10 p.m., "Working Man's Death" (Austria/Germany 2006)
5:30 p.m., "Our Daily Bread" (Austria 2006)

Monday April 14
McConomy Auditorium, University Center on Carnegie Mellon's Oakland campus
9 p.m., "Our Daily Bread"  (Austria 2006)

Tuesday, April 15
McConomy Auditorium, University Center on Carnegie Mellon's Oakland campus
5:30 p.m., "Mardi Gras: Made in China" (United States 2005)
 
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