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Pittsburgh Filmmakers push boundaries with new series opening Feb. 17

Shirley McMarlin
| Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, 11:30 a.m.
Pittsburgh Filmmakers'  Luna Park Experimental Film & Media Series, running from Feb. 17 through May 12, takes its name from a long-gone local amusement park.
Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Luna Park Experimental Film & Media Series, running from Feb. 17 through May 12, takes its name from a long-gone local amusement park.

Taking inspiration from a short-lived and long-gone local landmark, Pittsburgh Filmmakers will present the Luna Park Experimental Film & Media Series from Feb. 17 through May 12.

The series “celebrates play, inquiry and the transgression of accepted boundaries of medium and genre in the moving image,” according to the Filmmakers' website. “Drawing on diverse curatorial perspectives, the series presents new and rarely-seen works by artists testing form and social, cultural and political structures.”

The series name comes from Luna Park, a 16-acre amusement park in North Oakland that was the first park to be covered with electrical lighting. Luna Park operated from 1905 to 1909.

Running at Melwood Screening Room at 477 Melwood Ave., near the park's former site at Craig Street and Baum Boulevard, the LUNA Series will feature programs curated by guest artists Staycee Pearl, Audra Wist, D.W. Anselmo, Suzie Silver and Hilary Harp.

LUNA kicks off at noon Feb. 17 with Pearl's “FEM_bodied: Black Female Bodies in Motion,” a series of short films exploring how black women's bodies have been variously represented, or misrepresented or ignored, in visual representations of beauty and femininity. Opening day also will include a reception, workshop and artists' talk.

Screenings will be accompanied by workshops and performances by established and emerging artists. Programs will examine various curatorial perspectives, artistic practices and social, cultural and political issues such as the black female body, cultural bias, the status of women and queer identities.

The series wraps up in May with a weekend showcasing 16 international queer fairy tale films.

Details: 412-681-5449 or cinema.pfpca.org

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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