Pittsburgh Natives Focus On Short Thriller

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Screenwriters Jonathan Gribbin and Jonathan Blackwell will film their psychological thriller Exposures this spring on location in their hometown of Pittsburgh—but they need a little help to get it to the screen.

Exposures is the story of Harper, a former award-winning photojournalist who has been reduced to blackmailing his neighbors. The lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur when Harper goes too far with his extortion, causing the ghosts of past subjects to come back to haunt him. Gribbin will direct and produce the film, while Blackwell – a Pittsburgh native now living in Baltimore – will serve as a producer and unit production manager.

The new project adds to a long list of accomplishments for the two men, who are active members of the local film community. Last year, they won audience choice awards for their spec commercial Naked Nike at the Once A Week Online Film Festival, and for their short film The Right Way at the Film Kitchen Contest. They also took second place for their work 4:53 at the third annual Field of Screams Film Festival in Lancaster, PA. In addition, Gribbin’s short film Blast Off, which he wrote with Exposures co-producer Robert Louis Love III, was named an official selection of the 2012 Three Rivers Film Festival.

With a crew assembled and casting underway, the duo is hoping that they can raise enough money to complete the project. They are currently seeking $10,000 to rent equipment, create their own special effects, purchase costumes, makeup and props, secure locations and permits, provide a small stipend for the main cast and crew, and enter Exposures into film festivals around the country. For more details, visit their Indiegogo campaign. Donations will be accepted until April 8th.

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