Pittsburgh Documentary Salon

Pittsburgh Documentary Salon We get together once a month to watch and discuss documentaries, presented by the filmmaker or by fans of non-fiction films.
a film club for people who make or like documentaries

Monthly film society for screening and discussing non-fiction films. Open to everyone.

Mission: meet monthly. eat, watch, talk

The Salon was pleased to join extraordinary animator Dominik Wawrzyniak and the screening of Another Day of Life at the ...
03/25/2019

The Salon was pleased to join extraordinary animator Dominik Wawrzyniak and the screening of Another Day of Life at the CMU International Film Festival. (thanks for the pic, Jim Jackson)

03/12/2019

Next Salon joins the CMU International Film Festival, on March 23. Details soon.

10/11/2018

Seeking short documentaries for the next Unblurred event! The Doc Salon and Creative Nonfiction are getting together for a film night on Penn Ave, Nov. 2. If you've got a short (

03/10/2018

Visiting filmmaker Lindsey Martin brings REMEMBER WHEN, an exploration of girlhood thru a mix of live action and animation

Sit back and relax under the tENT!  "Devival" is tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE's musical tribute to the strange Church of t...
07/07/2017
Screening:  Friday, July 14

Sit back and relax under the tENT! "Devival" is tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE's musical tribute to the strange Church of the SubGenius and its Reverend Ivan Stang.

Attila broke a world record with no one there to make it official.  Now he's going for the real thing.  "Attila's Next S...
06/08/2017
Screening:  Thursday, June 15

Attila broke a world record with no one there to make it official. Now he's going for the real thing. "Attila's Next Step" is a work-in-progress that needs your feedback before the filmmakers finish it.

Theremania!  It's the great film about Leon Theremin, "Theremin:  An Electronic Odyssey", then try out a Theremini--all ...
05/11/2017
Screening, Plus!  Thursday, May 18

Theremania! It's the great film about Leon Theremin, "Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey", then try out a Theremini--all courtesy of Tim and Tara from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Then head across the street to the Glitter Box Theater for a concert by the internationally-recognized theremin virtuoso, Pamela Stickney.

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01/12/2017

Pittsburgh Documentary Salon's cover photo

Pittsburgh Documentary Salon
01/12/2017

Pittsburgh Documentary Salon

This month we will meet with the aim of getting your documentary started, made, or finished. A special "mixer"...
11/29/2016
Meeting:  Tuesday, Dec. 6

This month we will meet with the aim of getting your documentary started, made, or finished. A special "mixer" meeting for experienced and beginning filmmakers.

This month is set aside for filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers. It's a self-help meeting for anyone trying to get a documentary planned, funded, started, or finished. There will no sit-down screening; instead we'll have a general session, and then break up to:

Visiting Filmmaker Nadine Patterson brings "Tango Macbeth".  It's a documentary, or a play, or ?
10/29/2016
Screening:  Saturday, Nov. 5

Visiting Filmmaker Nadine Patterson brings "Tango Macbeth". It's a documentary, or a play, or ?

A theater company rehearses Macbeth. A documentary film crew follows them during the rehearsal process. Occasionally the actors become lost in Shakespeare’s world. This blend of intense drama, dance and humor is a refreshing take on Shakespeare’s classic text.

Salon member Tom Poole is showing "Friutvale Station", serving soup and discussion this Saturday 9/10.  I'm going.
09/07/2016

Salon member Tom Poole is showing "Friutvale Station", serving soup and discussion this Saturday 9/10. I'm going.

Special Screening:  Saturday, Aug. 13
08/09/2016
Special Screening:  Saturday, Aug. 13

Special Screening: Saturday, Aug. 13

The Salon steps outside for the first time ever!  Spend a summer evening in tENT's back yard with food, drink, and 16mm film.  We will project some non-fiction work by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE:National Cancer Institute Documentary (2:30)Barfroom (5:00) a docu-comedy about bulimia and Will Zavala:K...

Tim Williams from the Carnegie Library brings the punk rock classic,"Another State of Mind".  Thursday @ 6:30p
06/22/2016
Reminder:  Thursday, June 23

Tim Williams from the Carnegie Library brings the punk rock classic,
"Another State of Mind". Thursday @ 6:30p

The Documentary Salon is 10 years old this month.  Celebrating with a potluck and little doc film fest this Thursday 6:3...
04/27/2016
Reminder:  Thursday, April 28

The Documentary Salon is 10 years old this month. Celebrating with a potluck and little doc film fest this Thursday 6:30p.

Ferenc Moldoványi is a Hungarian filmmaker with a long list of acclaimed films.  He'll be showing one of his most celeb...
03/11/2016
Screening:  Friday, March 18

Ferenc Moldoványi is a Hungarian filmmaker with a long list of acclaimed films. He'll be showing one of his most celebrated works, Another Planet, on Friday 3/18.

Kirsi Jansa dug into the fracking mess with Gas Rush Stories.  Now she'slooking hopefully to the future with Sustainabil...
01/15/2016
Screening:  Thursday, Jan. 21

Kirsi Jansa dug into the fracking mess with Gas Rush Stories. Now she's
looking hopefully to the future with Sustainability Pioneers. She talks about that journey at the Thursday, Jan. 21Doc Salon.

There's more than one way to tell the truth.  David D'agostino presents a collection of "factitious" films.
12/08/2015
Screening:  THIS Friday, Dec. 11

There's more than one way to tell the truth. David D'agostino presents a collection of "factitious" films.

There's more than one way to tell the truth.  David will show and tell about documentaries that have a scripted element and fictional films with documentary elements.  Expect clips from Ulrich Seidl, Werner Herzog, John Cassavetes, Larry David, Harmony Korine, and maybe others. We're holding this me…

It's a field trip to the Harris Theater downtown for the Three Rivers Film Festival screening of "The Amazing Nina Simon...
10/31/2015
Screening:  Saturday, Nov. 7

It's a field trip to the Harris Theater downtown for the Three Rivers Film Festival screening of "The Amazing Nina Simone" about the amazing Nina Simone. Director Jeff Lieberman will be in attendance.

A very close look at a very short film:  Nasiona (The Seeds).  This will be an exercise in deep analysis, seeking hidden...
10/21/2015
Screening:  Tuesday, Oct. 27

A very close look at a very short film: Nasiona (The Seeds). This will be an exercise in deep analysis, seeking hidden meaning and value in a documentary film

Deep Analysis:  Nasiona (The Seeds)an exercise, led by Will ZavalaLet's slow down and look at something really closely.  This month, we take a short film and analyze it like chemists breaking down a compound substance into its elements.  The film I've chosen is Nasiona (Polish for "The Seeds").  It'…

Billy Jackson presents a work-in-progress about Wendell G. Freeland, the remarkable Pittsburgh civil rights leader.
09/15/2015
Screening:  Tuesday, Sept. 22

Billy Jackson presents a work-in-progress about Wendell G. Freeland, the remarkable Pittsburgh civil rights leader.

Wendell G. Freeland - A Quiet Soldiera work-in-progress presented by Billy Jackson Wendell G. Freeland—A Quiet Soldier profiles the prominent Pittsburgh civil rights activist, attorney, and Tuskegee Airman. His inspirational story is a significant piece of the city's, and the nation's, history.    …

08/05/2015

Can you help on a Sunday morning shoot? Or know someone who wants some experience? Theresa Casciato is an experienced filmmaker who is documenting the San Rocco Festival in Alliquippa this Sunday 8/9. She'll barter to work on your shoot. [email protected]

Troy Herion's stunning "New York:  A City Symphony" shows here, a couple years after its premiere at Carnegie Hall.  Tro...
07/02/2015
Screening:  Wednesday, July 8

Troy Herion's stunning "New York: A City Symphony" shows here, a couple years after its premiere at Carnegie Hall. Troy joins us via remote link after.

Sixties counter-culture had a different flavor in Brazil.  Come see Tropicâlia, a doc from the Carnegie Library of Pitt...
05/20/2015
Reminder:  Thursday, May 21

Sixties counter-culture had a different flavor in Brazil. Come see Tropicâlia, a doc from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh collection, courtesy of librarian Tara Goe.

04/29/2015
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Filmmakers:  if ever a shoot of yours ever went poorly, no way it went as bad as this one.Visiting filmmaker Penny Wozni...
04/09/2015
Screening:  Thursday, April 16, plus

Filmmakers: if ever a shoot of yours ever went poorly, no way it went as bad as this one.
Visiting filmmaker Penny Wozniak brings "Despite the Gods," her documentary about Jennifer Lynch's ill-fated (and ill-conceived?) attempt to make a Bollywood feature.

Despite the Gods is a behind-the-scenes account of the making of a Bollywood movie by an American director. Entitled Hiss, the film was being directed by Jennifer Lynch, daughter of famed director David Lynch. Penny's feature-length documentary watches as Ms. Lynch loses control of the movie, and pr…

The artist tENT makes films with equal parts heart, intellect, and a perspective on life that's probably different from ...
03/14/2015
Screening:  Friday, March 20

The artist tENT makes films with equal parts heart, intellect, and a perspective on life that's probably different from yours, esp. re. other humans like Dr. EVERMOR, the subject of his most recent documentary. Come see it on 3/20 6:30p at the Mini-Melwood.

I don't usually care for the Oscar Short Doc selections, but I'm hopeful they get some right this time!
02/12/2015
Reminder: Friday, Feb. 13

I don't usually care for the Oscar Short Doc selections, but I'm hopeful they get some right this time!

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