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click to enlarge Bill Wade's "Rick Miller and Abe Lincoln"
  • Bill Wade's "Rick Miller and Abe Lincoln"

The screening series offers a program of locally produced short documentaries, including several produced for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Web site by P-G photographers. (Most combine straight video with photo roman -- sequences of still images.) Among them are Bill Wade's wry "Rick Miller and Abe Lincoln," about a retired Cranberry coal-mine inspector who's also a bearded, top-hatted Lincoln presenter ... and yoga instructor; and Rebecca Droke's wrenchingly intimate "Lt. Kevin Kammerdiener," about a 21-year-old soldier whose family gave up their lives to help him recover from brain damage and severe burns suffered in combat. Droke's "Over the Falls," meanwhile, profiles kayakers taking the plunge at Ohiopyle, complete with helmet-cam. Work by the P-G's Steve Mellon is also featured. The program also includes an excerpt from Frank Ferraro and Andrew Russell's long-form documentary Invisible Grace, a moving study of former stone-sculptor Ferraro's struggle with Parkinson's disease. The sensitive portrait is shot partly in Ferraro's former studio, amidst half-finished sculptures. 8 p.m. Tue., March 9. Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave., N. Oakland. $5. 412-681-9500 or www.filmkitchenpgh.org 

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