2015 Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival

Special Events


Jonathan Demme Thursday, March 19 | 4:30 pm | Chosky Theater,
The Purnell Center for the Arts at CMU

The Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival and the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama are proud to present "Face to Face with Jonathan Demme," a Q & A session with the world-renowned film director of the 2015 "Faces of Work" Opening Night film A Master Builder. The world-renowned film director's repertoire spans documentaries, such as The New Yorker Presents; Hollywood favorites, including Philadelphia, The Manchurian Candidate, and Silence of the Lambs; and more. Mr. Demme will answer attendee questions regarding his experiences in filmmaking in Pittsburgh and beyond.

This event is open to the public, but space is limited. Purchase tickets at the Purnell Box Office or call 412-268-2407. $10 for general admission and free of charge for CMU Drama students.

Co-presented by Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama.

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Thursday, March 19 | 7:15 pm | Regent Square Theater

Opening Night at the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival proudly features the work of Oscar-winning Director, Jonathan Demme, among whose legendary films are The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia. Mr. Demme himself will be present to introduce his new film, A Master Builder- an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's 1892 play about a megalomaniac architect on his deathbed.

After the film, join Mr. Demme at the reception for one-on-one conversation, and hear his stories about making films - in Pittsburgh (The Silence of the Lambs) and around the world! Enjoy a delicious Norwegian smorgasbord, served in honor of Henrik Ibsen - and A Master Builder.

Co-presented by Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama.


Sunday, March 22 | 2:30 pm | Melwood Screening Room

The Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh are proud to present 2015's Short Film Student Competition. Students from Pittsburgh - and around the world - submitted their short films for evaluation by our panel of jurors:

The Short Film Student Competition event will screen the competition finalists, announce the Top Four award winners, and celebrate with a pizza reception - an opportunity for filmmakers and audience to meet, network, and talk about upcoming projects and where to go from here.

Supported by Silk Screen Film Festival, University of Pittsburgh’s Film Studies Department, and Steeltown Entertainment.


Tuesday, March 24 | 9:15 pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU

Following Paul Goodman’s film, The Dabbawallas, please stay for a Q&A discussion with special guest, Abhay Kumar, the director of Placebo, and Denise Rousseau, wife of the late Paul Goodman and Producer of The Dabbawallas, moderated by Ralph Vituccio, Filmmaker and Professor in the Entertainment Technology Center at CMU.

Mr. Kumar will be able to provide an insider’s perspective on the workings of this extraordinary institution, which exists nowhere else in the world. How is it possible that these 5,000 “box people” are able to deliver hot lunches from workers’ homes to their places of business, every single workday in Mumbai, with almost 100 percent accuracy? This phenomenon – which appears to outsiders as chaotic, is in fact a highly organized and extremely efficient operation which has attracted the attention of business management schools worldwide. It caught the attention of CMU’s own Paul S. Goodman, who made this documentary in 2004. Ralph Vituccio, who worked with Paul Goodman as consultant on The Dabbawallas, will be present to moderate this discussion.

Supported by Carnegie Mellon’s Indian Graduate Student Association and The Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival.


Thursday, March 26 | 7:00 pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU
Thursday, March 26 | 2:45 pm | GRW Theater, Point Park University

Meet the famous Obama impersonator, Louis Ortiz, and Ryan Murdoch, the film’s director, in person at the CMU International Film Festival screening of Bronx Obama. Gifted with an uncanny resemblance to the new Democratic superstar presidential candidate, the then-unemployed Bronx resident, Louis Ortiz took on the role of the most powerful man in the free world in 2008, and is now known as ‘Bronx Obama’ by the media and his fans. Louis has given some of President Obama’s most influential speeches, presided over conferences, and even engaged in presidential debates with Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s own impersonator.

Louis Ortiz and Ryan Murdoch will be present for a Q&A session with the audience about their journey from the Bronx to the White House. And take home a Polaroid snapshot of yourself with ‘Bronx Obama’ himself!

Supported by Sembéne: The Film & Arts Festival, The Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy, and Point Park University.


Thursday, April 9 | 7:15 pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU

Join us following the screening of Dangerous Acts for a solo performance by Oleg Sidorchik, one of the actors from the Belarus Free Theater. Today in Minsk, the troupe’s shows criticize and actively oppose the dictatorship’s heavy censorship against the press and artistic, political, and cultural freedom of expression. Creatively reconstructing stories, past experiences, and memories, the troupe brings to life the powerful effects of trauma, fear, and institutionalized oppression. Revolutionary art work - performed to inspire active change and to demonstrate emotional rebellion - is said to be one of the most powerful experiences for observers and performers alike.

Join us for this inspiring demonstration of artistic protest.

Co-Presented by Carnegie Mellon’s Center for the Arts in Society.

Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival: Faces of Work