By Barb Vancheri / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In a way, Deepa Mehta has come full circle with the Silk Screen Film Festival in Pittsburgh. "Water," the final installment in the spiritual trilogy from the Indian-born Toronto-based director, closed the inaugural event in 2006.
Fast-forward to 2013, when her "Midnight's Children" will help to open the celebration, a showcase for Asian films and filmmakers with origins in Asian cultures. It will screen at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Regent Square Theater, 1035 S. Braddock Ave. The festival kicks off Friday with a gala at the Rivers Club at One Oxford Centre, Downtown. VIP tickets are $150 and will include access to a reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with standard gala tickets, $100, providing food, beverages, entertainment and more. Tickets at the door, $185 for VIP or $135.
Go to www.silkscreenfestival.org to purchase or find full festival details.
In addition to screening movies at the Regent Square Theater and Melwood Screening Room and Classroom, 477 Melwood Ave. in Oakland, the event will use the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Earth Theater, 4400 Forbes Ave., which is accessible from a rear portal entrance.
Tickets for the opening night film are $20, for closing night film, $15, with others (available at the door) $10 or $5 for students with valid IDs. A four-film pass can be purchased for $30; an eight-film pass, $60 (not valid for opening or closing films).
Most movies will screen twice. Here is the schedule for the first week, with the festival to conclude May 19.
Click here for the full schedule: Silk Screen Film Festival Schedule