Over 250 scripts were submitted to the 2013 Steeltown Film Factory, a filmmaking competition supported by a series of public workshops, panel discussions and staged readings designed to engage aspiring filmmakers to create projects with Pittsburgh-inspired content. On March 23rd, the 12 chosen quarterfinalists – Randy Baumann, Brandon Clemens, Laci Corridor, Jarrett Fisher-Forester, Kevin Fuller, Heather Gray, Bruce Johnson, Samuel Krebs, Dennis Schebetta, Glenn Syska, Cameron Roeback, and Dan Wilkerson – will participate in The Writer’s Pitch. The event is the first of three happenings to determine who will win up to $30,000 to fund their short films, plus a trip to Hollywood.
Attendees will get a crash course on the film industry as the top writers pitch their short film ideas to Steeltown Film Factory‘s panel of professionals. This year’s panel includes Hollywood script consultant Asher Garfinkel; film and television director Rusty Cundieff (Fear of a Black Hat, Chappelle’s Show); and Oscar-nominated film editor Doug Crise (Babel, Spring Breakers). Last year, Yulin Kuang‘s pitch led to her winning $15,000 to make Perils of Growing Up Flat-Chested, a short comedy that screened at the Three Rivers Film Festival.
The Writer’s Pitch takes place at 11 a.m. in the Frick Fine Arts Building. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $10, $5 with a valid student ID, and are available for purchase at the Steeltown Film Factory website.