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Pittsburgh Filmmaker Documents First Openly Transgender NYC Firefighter

Contact: Jonathan Gaugler | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909

Woman on Fire Pittsburgh Premiere is August 25 at CMOA

Woman on Fire – Pittsburgh Premiere
August 25, 7–10 p.m.
Carnegie Museum of Art Theater
$15 ($10 members and students)

Brooke Guinan sitting on a seat inside a firetruck, examining her firegighter's helmet. Other equipment lies on the seat beside her.

Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art announces the Pittsburgh premiere of Woman on Fire, a film by Pittsburgh-based filmmaker Julie Sokolow. Woman on Fire tells the story of Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender firefighter in New York City. In addition to the challenges of transitioning in the department’s macho profession, the film examines Guinan’s relationship to Jim Baker, her boyfriend of two years.

The film premiered at DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary film festival, in November 2016. Chirlane McCray, The First Lady of NYC, introduced the screening. In May 2017, the film won Best Documentary by Audience at Geena Davis’s Bentonville Film Festival. This past June, the Brooklyn-based distribution company FilmRise announced that it had acquired worldwide rights to Woman on Fire.

Guinan and Baker will attend the screening, as will Sokolow, producer Danny Yourd, and members of Animal, the Pittsburgh-based production company. After the screening, the museum hosts a Q&A with Sokolow, Guinan, and Baker followed by a reception.

About Woman on Fire

In February 2015, The Village Voice heralded the arrival of “New York’s Bravest”—Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender firefighter in New York City. As a third-generation firefighter, Brooke has a passion for heroism that runs in her blood. Her father George is a respected lieutenant and 9/11 survivor with a 35-year legacy in the FDNY. People always asked Brooke if she would follow in her father’s footsteps. But when Brooke transitions from male to female in her father’s workplace, it poses not only a challenge to a macho profession, but also to the customs of the people she cares about the most—her traditional family.

Meanwhile, Brooke’s boyfriend of two years, Jim, struggles to come out to his family. A wise-cracking Air Force veteran, Jim still hasn’t told his mother that Brooke is a transwoman. Brooke and Jim realize that having the life they want means being vulnerable in the face of judgment. As we watch the couple buy a house together and consider marriage, we reconsider what it means to be man and woman, gay and straight, traditional and nontraditional. A heartfelt portrait of change in the American family and workplace, Woman on Fire is a testament to love, courage, and loyalty.

Press Quotes

Woman on Fire is “just what a great social awareness doc should be — equal parts heartwarming and infuriating.” —The Village Voice

Woman on Fire is a moving portrait of a New Yorker who’s never been afraid to run where she needs to go, regardless of the dangers that might be waiting for her on the other side.” —Indiewire

Woman on Fire‘s subject Brooke Guinan is “a superhero for the 21st century.” —Salon

Julie Sokolow
Director Julie Sokolow’s films have appeared at the New York Times, Time, and Huffington Post. She is the creator of the Healthy Artists documentary series, which profiles over 40 uninsured artists who struggle to afford health care. Her feature film directorial debut Aspie Seeks Love won Best Documentary at the 2015 Cinequest Film Festival and gained acclaim in Vice, Filmmaker, and Salon. Two years in the making, Woman on Fire is her second feature film.

Danny Yourd
Producer Danny Yourd is a creative producer at the production company Animal, based in Pittsburgh, PA. He produced Almost Holy, executive-produced by Terrence Malick, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015 and recently enjoyed a theatrical run. He also produced Blood Brother, which won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Awards at Sundance in 2013.

Support
General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie Museum of Art enriches people’s lives through art. The museum is committed to global engagement and regional advancement. We champion creativity and its importance to society with experiences that welcome, inspire, challenge, and inform. Our core activities—collecting, conserving, presenting, and interpreting works of art—make those experiences possible. Our world-class collection of over 30,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. Learn more: call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.

Still from "I am pretty sure that the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority wants me to fall in love with the stranger next to me" by Jehan Madhani

2016 2-Minute Film Festival

It’s time for movie magic—a whole 120 seconds worth—as CMOA’s 2-Minute Film Festival returns for the sixth year! Carnegie Museum of Art received nearly 200 entries from all over the world for this edition of the festival. And more than 40 of the entries were from local filmmakers!

56 films were selected for the 2016 Festival. Of those, 21 came from other countries, 11 came from across the US, and 24 are from the greater Pittsburgh area.

This year, we’re partnering with Pittsburgh’s Row House Cinema for the 2-Minute Film Festival series. Row House Cinema is a single-screen, state-of-the-art theater in the historic Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Be sure to join us at one of the celebratory events below, or attend a screening the week of July 15–20 at Row House!

Still from "The App Expo" by Ashley Andrews and Ashley Andrykovitch

Still from “The App Expo” by Ashley Andrews and Ashley Andrykovitch

Opening Party for 2MFF
Friday, July 15 at 7 p.m.
Premiere the sixth annual 2-Minute Film Festival with a party and screening at Row House Cinema! Have a delicious beer on us and snacks from B52, The Vandal, and Butterwood Bake Consortium. Then, kick back in the theater to watch our picks from 2-minute films from across the globe.

Third Thursday: CINEMA
Thursday, July 21, 8–11 p.m.
It is time for movie magic – a whole 120 seconds worth – as CMOA’s 2-Minute Film Festival returns for the sixth year! Screen the locally and internationally submitted films and cheer for the award winners for Critics’ Choice, Audience Favorite, and Best Local Film. Celebrate the cinematic excellence while grooving to EyeJay the DJ and snap a photo on our red carpet.

Screenings at Row House
July 15–20, various times
Festival screenings at Row House feature special concessions as well as a slew of two minute short films from all across the globe, including local filmmakers.

For special event ticketing, please visit http://cmoa.org/2mff

2016 2-Minute Film Festival Filmmakers

Lola Adebiyi, Angela Adusah & Brennan Alexa, Ashley Andrews & Ashley Andrykovitch, Sandra May Beukes, Kalpana Biswas, BPO Films, Miguel Braga & Gonçalo Roquette, Molly Brown, Bruno Carnide, Andreea Dobre, Ignacio F. Rodó, Ben Dietels, Anton Forsdik, Reza Golchin, Scott Gros, Mike Hanley, Ilean Doble Hernandez,  Maureen Hilton, Krishan Hooda, Besnik Ibrahimi, Tejasvi Kang, P. Sam Kessie, Nathan King, Kevin Kino, Thomas Kyhn, Rovsing Hjørnet, Marcie Lacerte, Mazen Lotfy, Jehan Madhani, Chris Mason, Lisa McCarty, Patricia McInroy, Morgen Miller, Aaron Miranda, Evan Mulgrave, Jose Muniain, Saeed Naghavian, Sergio Pastore, Andrew Payne, Matthew R. Day, Samuel Rinkacs & Tyler Barkich, Jean-Michel Rolland, Ryan Sanderson, Will Simmons, Dana Sink, Jeffrey Smee, Seth Smiley, Madalene Spezialetti, Ivette Spradlin, Jordan C. Taylor & DS Kinsel, Dennis Tsai, S. Tucker Orbison, Lauren Valley, Ayerim Villanueva, Bill Wade, Tomer Werechson, Masha Zarnitsa, and Ben Ziv & Daniel Binsted.

Support

Special thanks to Row House Cinema for their partnership on this year’s festival!

General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

 

Carnegie Museum of Art

Carnegie Museum of Art enriches people’s lives through art. The museum is committed to global engagement and regional advancement. We champion creativity and its importance to society with experiences that welcome, inspire, challenge, and inform. Our core activities—collecting, conserving, presenting, and interpreting works of art—make those experiences possible. Our world-class collection of over 30,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. Learn more: call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.

 

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CMOA Welcomes Tilda Swinton for Exclusive Screening

Contact:
Jonathan Gaugler, Carnegie Museum of Art | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690
Anthony M. Moore, University of Pittsburgh | amm114@pitt.edu | 412.624.8252

CMOA Welcomes Tilda Swinton for Exclusive Screening
The actress, director, and performance artist introduces The Seasons in Quincy

Pittsburgh, PA…In partnership with the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) welcomes Academy Award– and BAFTA-winning actress, director, and performance artist Tilda Swinton for the first North American screening of The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger, a thoughtful look at the writer, critic, and thinker. Swinton introduces the April 19 sneak preview of the film, of which she is executive producer, and director of one of its four parts. Swinton’s recent acting roles span major and independent films, including Grand Budapest Hotel, The Chronicles of Narnia series, and Moonrise Kingdom. With Joanna Scanlan, she developed The Maybe, a performance work staged at the Serpentine Gallery, London; Museo Barracco, Rome; and MoMA, New York.

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CMOA Third Thursday a Museum Mash-Up

March 3, 2016

Contact: Jonathan Gaugler | gauglerj@cmoa.org | 412.688.8690 / 412.216.7909

CMOA Third Thursday a Museum Mash-Up

Pittsburgh, PA…This March, Third Thursday: REMIX infuses CMOA’s galleries with mashed-up music, art, and digital media, courtesy of VIA.

March 17, Carnegie Museum of Art
8–11 p.m., $10 / $8 members / $5 students

Derider

Encounter pop-up musical performances throughout the galleries, each playing a mix of originals and guilty-pleasures. Snap a photo of your favorite portrait, share it using #artface, and stop by the #ARTFACE photo booth, where you’ll be transported into the artwork, and merge with the portrait. And, catch the Pittsburgh premiere of Lorna Mills’s Ways of Something, Parts 1–4, a film remix for the internet age featuring work by 125 digital artists. Mills was recently selected to showcase her artwork Mountain Time/Light across Times Square video displays every night in March for Midnight Moment.

Pop-up gallery performances
Derider – post­-rock, post-­punk, post­-recent from Pittsburgh PA re-rocking the 90s/aughts­ inspired riffs
Good Dude Lojack – producer who’s been crafting his own signature blend of house music ­meets­ computerized funk that can take you all the way from hazy Sundays to sweaty dance floors and back again
Jacquea Mae & David Edmunds – celebrating remix, recreation and the beauty of soul music with their latest collaboration Soul in the City Pt. 2
Dubravka Bencic – an experimental, classical pianist who takes audiences through unexpected soundscapes

#ARTFACE
by Claire Hentschker & Zach Rispoli
Update and remix old paintings by becoming them! Explore the museum and look for the #ARTFACE tag to select two paintings for a face and a background. At the #ARTFACE booth, be transported into your painting and become the face of art. You’ll walk away with a print of your new painting.

Ways of Something
Popcorn? Check. Drinks? Check. Sit back and take an epic trip through this remake of John Berger’s famous documentary Ways of Seeing (1972). These 1-minute videos created by 125 emerging and key figures in the Net.Art movement feature original animated GIFs, film remix, 3D animation, and web-based performances to describe how we look at art after the Internet. Director Lorna Mills & artist Angela Washko give a talk at the 9:30 Intermission.

About Third Thursday at CMOA
On the third Thursday of every month, we’re keeping the art galleries open late, turning up the volume, and welcoming partners throughout the city to create exciting, one-of-a-kind programs. Explore our exhibitions, enjoy music, indulge in a late-night café menu, and more. Curate your own experience! Past partners have included BOOM concepts and Hot Mass. Look for upcoming editions featuring In Bed by Ten Dance Party, Meeting of Important People/Garment District, and the 2-Minute Film Festival.

VIA
An annual festival & series of events, VIA is a platform for the intersection of emerging music, new media art, and technology in various forms IRL and online. Founded in 2010 and based in Pittsburgh, PA, VIA operates between the gallery and club, working with museums, nightclubs, pop-up venues, promoters and artist groups to create experiences that reflect the intersection of various local & global scenes.  http://via-hq.com/ @VIA_HQ

ARTFACE

Support
Support for Third Thursdays at CMOA is provided by Citizens Bank and Great Lakes Brewing Company.

General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. The programs of the Heinz Architectural Center are made possible by the generosity of the Drue Heinz Trust. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie Museum of Art enriches people’s lives through art. The museum is committed to global engagement and regional advancement. We champion creativity and its importance to society with experiences that welcome, inspire, challenge, and inform. Our core activities—collecting, conserving, presenting, and interpreting works of art—make those experiences possible. Our world-class collection of over 30,000 works emphasizes art, architecture, photography, and design from the 19th century to the present. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. Learn more: call 412.622.3131 or visit cmoa.org.

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The Propeller Group; Still from The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music, 2014; video, color, sound, 21 min.; Carnegie Museum of Art; A.W. Mellon Acquisition Fund

Captivating new video work opens October 23

The Propeller Group: The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music
October 23–February 15, 2016
Forum Gallery

Pittsburgh, PA…Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) presents a special evening screening and talk with artist collective The Propeller Group to open its fall Forum Gallery exhibition, The Propeller Group: The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music on October 22. The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music is a spectacular visual and musical journey through the fantastical funerary traditions of South Vietnam. Created by The Propeller Group, and recently acquired by CMOA, the video follows brass band musicians, spiritual mediums, professional criers, and street performers through the mournful and euphoric public ceremonies of a multi-day wake: a set of colorful rituals that resonate with funeral traditions in New Orleans and other parts of the “global south.”

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