Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) holds their annual International Film Fest starting Tomorrow (3/21) and finishing up next month (4/13). 14 movies are on display throughout the fest that shows not only our world but, many different cultures around the globe and how we are linked by social media.
Faces of Media is the theme of this year's event and the features represented here focus on our interactions surfing the web, text messages on our smartphones or discovering people's tweets. These gadgets and their applications enhance our lives. Media is already influencing social change like last year's Arab spring. Reflecting young people's ideas on identity, equality, activism and self worth.
The opening night reception starts with Michel Gondry's "The We and The I". An exploration on a variety of fictional Bronx adolescents and their bus ride home on the last day of school. This one shows at the Melwood Screening Room inside Pittsburgh Filmmakers and is preceded with an introduction via Skype with the talented Writer/Director.
Other highlights include "Crocodile in the Yangtze", premiering the next day (3/22). An enlightening Documentary on China's leading entrepreneur in global commerce on the internet facing off against the giant of the American industry, eBay.
"Fame High", chronicles the competitive nature at a performing arts school. Where hard work and dedication are what really drives those overnight sensations. It plays in the first week of April (4/6).
"The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye", another Documentary, reveals musician Genesis P-Orridge and his wife and collaborator, Lady Jaye, as they transform themselves into something else entirely in a series of transgender surgeries. It screens the night before the festival's close (4/12).
Theaters on CMU's campus in Oakland and the Regent Square theater are also participating in the fest. Tickets can be purchased online. Admission is $8 per film, $5 for students or seniors and passes for multiple showing cost $25.