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March 9: Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival Explores "Faces of Globalization," March 25 - April 24

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Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival
Explores "Faces of Globalization," March 25 – April 24

PITTSBURGH—The Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University presents its 2010 International Film Festival, "Faces of Globalization," March 25-April 24 at venues throughout Pittsburgh.
      
Festival creators say that on paper, "globalization" broadly defines the integration of regional economies, societies and cultures into a global network. Trade, capital flows, migration and the growth of technology have drastically expanded to create an "Era of Globalization." But, what are the consequences? Is globalization a cure or culprit to global issues? Through a presentation of contemporary documentaries and feature length films, "Faces of Globalization" attempts to answer these questions by humanizing the debates and putting faces with the issues. Among others, topics covered include climate change, border issues, business development versus environmentalism, aging, activism and global war. Each screening will have a special event associated with it designed to start or advance discussions.
      
"This year, the films really cover the global territory and problems well," said Jolanta Lion, festival director and Humanities Center assistant director. "The films, all recipients of prestigious awards, are highly regarded on the festival circuit and haven't been released to the general public. Our festival gives people in Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Mellon community the opportunity to view these films and interact with either experts on the issue or the filmmakers themselves."
      
Opening night, Thursday, March 25, features a 7:15 p.m. screening of "The Age of Stupid" at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Melwood Screening Room followed by a reception. The British film, shot in America, U.K., India, Jordan, Iraq and The Alps, directed by Franny Armstrong, is set in 2055 and follows the Earth's lone survivor, portrayed by Oscar nominated actor Pete Postlethwaite, as he tries to figure out why nothing was done to stop climate change when there was a chance. His search takes him into the archives of seven documentary characters from around the globe. Cliff Davidson, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon, will conduct a question and answer session. Pittsburgh's East End Co-Op will hold a reception following the screening with dishes from the countries represented in the film.  
      
At 7:15 p.m., Friday, March 26, the Melwood Screening Room will host a viewing of "The Wondrous World of Laundry," a German film that explores what happens to the dirty linen from Berlin's five-star hotels. Presented in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon's Center for the Arts in Society, the film will be moderated by Rouger Rouse, an associate teaching professor at Carnegie Mellon who focuses on cultural politics, class relations and migration.
      
Another festival highlight includes the Pittsburgh premiere of "The Garden," a documentary on the fight to save the largest community garden in Los Angeles. Screenings will take place at 7:15 p.m., April 7 at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, and at 7:15 p.m., April 8 at Carlow University's AJ Palumbo Hall. Scott Hamilton Kennedy, the film's director, is scheduled to appear at both screenings.
      
New this year is the inclusion of an International Student Short Film Competition. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students at accredited institutions, its aim is to gather student perspectives on the issues of globalization. Selected submissions will be played at 7:15 p.m., April 11 at Future Tenant Gallery and will also be shown before feature length films during the festival.
      
Additional film festival venues include the Regent Square Theater and Carnegie Mellon's McConnomy Auditorium. General admission tickets for each film are $7 and $4 for students. General admission tickets for the opening night reception and film screening are $15 and $10 for students. A full access festival pass can be purchased for $40 ($20 for students). For a complete schedule, film descriptions and ticket reservations, visit the festival Web site at http://www.cmu.edu/faces/.  
      
Carnegie Mellon's Humanities Center and the Pittsburgh Foundation are sponsoring the festival. The festival is supported by many Carnegie Mellon affiliations: the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research; the Center for the Arts in Society; the School of Art; the Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy; the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; the Tepper School of Business; the Entertainment Technology Center; the School of Architecture; the Master of Entertainment Industry Management Program at the Heinz College; the Humanities Scholars Program; and the Filmmaking Club.  
      
Additional sponsors include Duquesne University; Carlow University; the Art Institute of Pittsburgh; the Graduate Program for Cultural Studies and the Global Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh; the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York; the Middle East Peace Forum of Pittsburgh and J-Street Pittsburgh; the Steeltown Film Factory; World Environment Day; WYEP; WPTS and Pittsburgh City Paper; the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater; Pittsburgh Filmmakers; Future Tenant Gallery in downtown Pittsburgh; Morning Glory Inn; East End Food Co-op; Allegro Hearth Bakery; Big Dog Coffee; and DUQ 90.5 FM.

Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival Schedule

Thursday, March 25
Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave., 7:15 p.m.
The Age of Stupid (Great Britain, 2008) + Opening Night Reception

Friday, March 26
Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave., 7:15 p.m.
The Wondrous World of Laundry (Germany, 2009)

Friday, March 26
The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., 7:15 p.m.
Pray The Devil Back To Hell (Liberia, 2008)

Saturday, March 27
Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave., 5:15 p.m.
Afghan Star (Great Britain/Afghanistan, 2009)

Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave, 7:15 p.m.
Weaving Girl (China, 2009)

Sunday, March 28
Requent Square Theater, 1035 S. Braddock Ave., 5:30 p.m.
Mid-August Lunch (Italy, 2009)

Tuesday, April 6

McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center, 7:15 p.m.
In Service: Iraq to Pittsburgh (USA, Iraq, 2008)

Wednesday, April 7
The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., 7:15 p.m.
The Garden (USA, 2007)
Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy is scheduled to appear.

Thursday, April 8

McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center, 6 p.m.
Malls R Us (Canada, USA, U.K., Japan, Poland, France, Dubai, 2008)

McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center, 8 p.m.
Paseo (Chile, 2009)

AJ Palumbo Hall, Carlow University, 7:15 p.m.
The Garden (USA, 2007)
Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy is scheduled to appear.

Friday, April 9
McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center, 6 p.m.
The Inheritors (Mexico, 2009)

McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center, 8 p.m.
Yodok Stories (Norway, 2008)

Saturday, April 10
McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center, 7:15 p.m.
Z32 (Israel, France, 2008) + a live performance from the film score

Sunday, April 11
Future Tenant Gallery, 819 Penn Ave., Downtown, 7:15 p.m.
Competitive Shorts Program

Saturday, April 24
McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center, 7:15 p.m.
A Sea Change (USA, 2009)

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