Written and directed by former Pittsburgh Filmmakers alum Roxanne Benjamin. We are honored to celebrate her accomplishment with these two special screenings!
Wendy, a part-time summer employee at a mountainous state park, takes on a rough trail assignment at the end of the season, trying to prove to her friends that she’s capable enough to do the job. When she takes a wrong turn and ends up deep in the backcountry, she stumbles upon what might be a potential crime scene. Stuck with no communication after losing her radio and with orders to guard the site, Wendy must fight the urge to run and do the harder job of staying put — spending the night deep in the wilderness, facing down her worst fears and proving to everyone - including herself - that she’s made of stronger stuff than they think she is.
When Steve Bannon left his position as White House chief strategist less than a week after the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally in August 2017, he was already a notorious figure in Trump’s inner circle, known for bringing a far-right ideology into the highest echelons of American politics. Unconstrained by an official post — though some say he still has a direct line to the White House — he became free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker, turning his controversial brand of nationalism into a global movement. THE BRINK follows Bannon through the 2018 mid-term elections in the United States, shedding light on his efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties in order to win seats in the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections. To maintain his power and influence, the former Goldman Sachs banker and media investor reinvents himself — as he has many times before — this time as the self-appointed leader of a global populist movement. Keen manipulator of the press and gifted self-promoter, Bannon continues to draw headlines and protests wherever he goes, feeding the powerful myth on which his survival relies.
The Wild Angels scandalized the American public with its documentary-style depiction of an outlaw motorcycle gang, based on real stories recounted by the San Bernardino Hells Angels. Beginning with one of the greatest openings of all time, (featuring the fuzz guitar title track instrumental, "Blue's Theme" by Davie Allan and the Arrows) it was just as controversial and influential for its generation as The Wild One had been earlier, kicking off the "biker movie" cycle, and forever immortalizing the culture of outlaw bikers on film. Chosen for it's daring subject matter to be the American entry at the 1966 Venice Film Festival, it caused a critical uproar in the US. The critics didn't really matter because The Wild Angels was the highest grossing film to date released by AIP. Beyond the cinematic artistry Corman displayed, the Europeans recognized the struggle of outcasts against a stifling society reflected in the no-nonsense existential ending and encapsulated by the generation defining speech delivered by Peter Fonda:
We wanna be free! We wanna be free to do what we wanna do. We wanna be free to ride. We wanna be free to ride our machines without being hassled by The Man! ... And we wanna get loaded. And we wanna have a good time. And that's what we are gonna do. We are gonna have a good time... We are gonna have a party.