Melwood Screening Room
February 12 – May 12
The thrilling sounds, eclectic architecture and luminous glow of Pittsburgh’s landmark Luna Park — the first amusement park to be covered with electrical lighting (67,000 light bulbs to be exact) — are the inspiration for a new experimental film and media series presented by Pittsburgh Filmmakers.
Running at Melwood Screening Room — located near the former site of the 16-acre park at Craig St. and Baum Blvd. — the LUNA Series will feature programs curated by guest artists Staycee Pearl, Audra Wist, D.W. Anselmo, Suzie Silver and Hilary Harp. New and rarely-seen works will explore themes of “play, inquiry and the transgression of accepted boundaries of medium and genre in the moving image.”
LUNA kicks off February 17 with Staycee Pearl’s “FEM_bodied: Black Female Bodies in Motion.” The series wraps up in May with a weekend showcasing 16 international queer fairy tale films curated by Suzie Silver and Hilary Harp.
Screenings will be accompanied by artist-led workshops and performances examining a range of curatorial perspectives, artistic practices and social, cultural and political issues, including the black female body, cultural bias, the status of women and queer identities.