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The Pitt News

Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah speaks during the panel at the “In Good Hands” premiere in The Understory on Thursday evening.

Pitt alum’s short film ‘In Good Hands’ celebrates Black doctors in Pittsburgh

By Quinn Cilea, Staff Writer February 4, 2024

Pittsburgh is a medical city. UPMC buildings are scattered across its neighborhoods, employing nearly 5,000 physicians. The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is one of the largest hospitals in the city....

Will Zavala, a visiting lecturer in the film and media studies program at Pitt, addresses the audience during DOCTOBER, a collegiate film contest, at WQED Studio A on Sunday, Sept. 29.

DOCTOBER competition showcases Pittsburgh student documentarians

By Quinn Cilea, Staff Writer November 1, 2023

The first annual DOCTOBER collegiate film contest took place last Sunday at the historic WQED Studio A, the home of the iconic Pittsburgh children’s show “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.” The competition...

A crowd gathers around the stage at a Pittsburgh concert in the 1960s.

Pitt student chronicles Pittsburgh’s musical legacy in documentary ‘The Scene Will Never Die’

By Ore Fawole, Staff Writer October 9, 2023

Jazz music swells as iconic images of Pittsburgh in the past and present flash across the screen before cutting to the title card — “The Scene Will Never Die” in bold gray typeface over a black background....

Producer Bruce Spiegel talks about his film “City of Steel” alongside former steel workers during a small screening for students in the William Pitt Union on Monday.

‘City of Steel’ documentary screening sheds light on Pittsburgh’s industrial decline through steelworker narratives

By Jiya Narwal, Staff Writer September 20, 2023

It took Bruce Spiegel nearly seven years to complete his documentary, “City of Steel,” from 2015 until its premiere at the AMC Waterfront 22 in Homestead in 2022. Spiegel joined three former steelworkers...

Flowers, candles and chalk drawings placed outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in 2019.

Tree of Life documentary paints a soul-stirring portrait of a healing Pittsburgh

By Patrick Swain, Senior Staff Writer November 1, 2022
“A Tree of Life: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting,” which premiered on HBO on the eve of the four-year commemoration of the Tree of Life massacre, serves to create a powerful portrait of a grieving community on the road to recovery.
John Matera, a 1975 Pitt graduate and executive director of an upcoming PBS documentary on Ron Carter.

Jazz history class from the ‘70s contributes to premiere of upcoming PBS documentary

By Shreya Singh, Staff Writer September 19, 2022
The personable way in which former Pitt professor Joe Harris taught his Jazz History class in the 1970s inspired the creation of a documentary that tells the story of jazz bassist, Ron Carter, titled “Ron Carter: Finding The Right Notes.”
Benjamin Asciutto, junior film and business major.

Student filmmaker Ben Asciutto highlights his hometown in documentary film “Next Stop”

By Patrick Swain, Staff Writer February 24, 2022
Ben Asciutto, a junior film and business major, grew up in Leonia, New Jersey, an idyllic suburb of 9,000 people – and when the pandemic hit he immediately knew he wanted to make a documentary about its effects.
Molly Ivins in “Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins,” a Magnolia Pictures release.

Review: ‘Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins’ lets whirlwind journalist speak for herself

By Simon Sweeney, Staff Writer November 16, 2020
In times of political turmoil, it can be nice to have a sharp voice to cut through the noise — someone funny, smart, principled.
“The Revolution They Remember,” a documentary about the Chinese Cultural Revolution, premiered Thursday night.

‘The Revolution They Remember’ highlights voices of China’s Cultural Revolution

By Sona Sharma, Staff Writer November 13, 2020
The almost two-hour documentary, shown over Zoom Thursday and to be released on DVD and online at an unspecified date, is a project of the University Library System's East Asian Library.
“Time,” an Amazon Prime documentary directed by Garrett Bradley, was released Friday.

Review: ‘Time’ tells love story challenged by mass incarceration

By Nadiya Greaser, Staff Writer October 19, 2020
The documentary, released Friday on Amazon Prime, follows Sibil Fox Richardson, a Black abolitionist, wife and mother of six as she fights to get her husband, Rob, released from prison.
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