Category: Competitions

48 Hour Horror Film Project Possesses Hollywood Theater

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2015 Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Horror Project winner Daisy.

The Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Horror Project challenged 21 teams to write, shoot, edit, and score their own horror shorts over the course of a single weekend. On October 20th and 21st, the resulting films will premiere at the Hollywood Theater and compete for a variety of awards. See screening schedule below:

October 20th

7 p.m.

Group (A)aaahhhhh!:

Autumn Wind Films – Glenn Syska
Dreaming Droids Productions – Paul Nandzik
Everlasting Productions LLC – Steve Sensebaugh
Gaff Tape and a Prayer – Mike Hanley
Hutchins Films – Jesse Hutchins
IFT CCAC SOUTH – Brendan Smith
Long Knuckle Studios – David Kost
R. Walker Productions – Rodman Walker
Team MGBG Films – Bryan Ghingold
Vaginal powers – Amanda Menendez
Written In Blood Productions – Michael Carbonara

October 21st

7 p.m.

Group (B)eware!:

BA …is the name – JP Russell, IV
Dunndo Studios – Troy Jackson
Eyes On Entertainment – James Garvin
Falling October Productions – Alexander Cronin
Haunted Hillside Productions – Elisabetta Pontillo
Locust Street Entertainment – Lance Parkin
PAS Productions – Valerie Gaisor
ShadowFrame – Jason Boyer
Titan Terror Studios – Emily Bondi
Westmonster Productions – Tyler Helvin

Audience members may vote on their favorite films after each group showing. All tickets cost $5 and are available for purchase at Brown Paper Tickets.

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Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project Unfolds At Oaks Theater

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The Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project has a new venue, but the challenge is the same – to write, shoot, edit and score a short film in two days. The competition also requires filmmakers to include a character (Lenny or Lani Saffron, Chocolatier), a prop (sticky note/notes) and a line (“Maybe I just don’t find you funny”). On July 20th and July 22nd, 37 teams will premiere their original works – all produced during the weekend of July 8th through July 10th – at the Oaks Theater. See the screening groups and schedule below:

July 20th

6:30 p.m.

Group A

  • Carnegie Screenwriters – Robert Scott
  • Command Pictures – Maura Snyder
  • Everlasting Productions LLC – Steve Sensebaugh
  • Gaff Tape and a Prayer – Mike Hanley
  • Gorlok Productions – Frank Fornsaglio
  • Long Knuckle Studios – David Kost
  • Reckless Amnesiac – Joseph Bucci
  • Sliced Bread Productions – Jose Alban
  • team NOT BECKY – Amanda Menendez
  • The New Century Mercury Players – Deirdre Murray-Holmes
  • Well Known Strangers – Dave Forman

9 p.m.

Group B

  • Blind Tiger Films – Josh Hausman
  • Carter Asylum Studios – Luke Carter
  • Destiny’s Adult – Dan McKosky
  • Everything But The Name Alpha – Edwin Huang
  • Goat Milk Fudge – PJ Gaynard
  • LPC Films – Justin Davis
  • LZmotion – Luis Toledo
  • Rewind Memories – Katie Funaki
  • Square Shoes Productions – Nate Sexauer
  • Team MGBGFilms – Bryan Ghingold
  • Unplanned Comedy – Woody Drennan
  • Willow Street Productions – Katrese Queen

July 22nd

6:30 p.m.

Group C

  • Beginnings – Jackie Druga
  • Blue Knight Productions – Ian Livingston
  • Children of the Corman – Darin DiNapoli
  • Dolce Vita Films – Rishi Sethi
  • Dynamite Carrot – John James Lynn
  • Everything But the Name Omega – Nathan Fullerton
  • Hutchins Films – Jesse Hutchins
  • Nut Shot Warriors – Austin Barbian
  • ShadowFrame – Jason Boyer
  • Steel Forest Productions – Matthew Haider
  • USS Improvise – Jeremy Porter

9 p.m.

Group D

  • C-47 – Tess Weaver
  • ColorNegative – Joe Wilson
  • EPOS Productions – Matt Petrunak
  • Falling October Productions – Alexander Cronin
  • Lion’s Share – Eric A. Smith
  • Locust Street Entertainment – Lance Parkin
  • Pyrite Production – Nicole Wintruba
  • Sinister Dream Productions – Nick Kizina
  • Straight to the Point Productions – William Busby
  • Ted City Yodelers – Derek Wright
  • We All We Got – James Garvin

The bar opens at 5:30 p.m. on both days.

The 48 Hour Film Project Awards Ceremony and Best Of Screening will take place on July 29th at the Oaks Theater. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for each individual screening group (Group A, Group B, Group C and Group D) are available at Brown Paper Tickets. The winning film will go up against films from around the world at 2017 Filmapalooza for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

48 Hour Horror Film Project Premiere Haunts The Hollywood Theater

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The only thing scarier than watching a horror movie is actually making one. Now imagine only having two days to do so. The Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Horror Project challenged 21 teams to write, shoot, edit, and score their own horror shorts over the course of a single weekend. On October 25th, the resulting films will premiere at the Hollywood Theater and compete for a variety of awards. See screening schedule below:

Group A

6 p.m.

Children of the Corman – Darin DiNapoli
Everything But The Name – Edwin Huang
Falling October Productions – Alexander Cronin
Flying Penguin Productions – Matthew Haider
Hutchins Films – Jesse Hutchins
Locust Street Entertainment – Lance Parkin
Long Knuckle Studios – David Kost
Pyrite Production – Nicole Wintruba
Static Renegades Productions – Stephen Bendig
Will it Taste Good My Precious – Josh Baez

Group B

8 p.m.

Blind Tiger Films – Josh Hausman
Carnegie Screenwriters – Bob Scott
Gaff Tape and a Prayer – Mike Hanley
Goat Milk Fudge – PJ Gaynard
Gorlok Productions – Frank Fornsaglio
Killer Babies – Jackie Druga
Little Foot Productions – Stephen Santa
R. Walker Productions – Rodman Walker
ShadowFrame – Jason Boyer
Titan Terror Studios – Danielle Dinkdak
Westmonster Productions – Brad Kolesar

The Pittsburgh 48 Hour Horror Film Project premiere will begin at 6 p.m. Audience members may vote on their favorite films after each group showing. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes to the event. Tickets are $10 each or two for $15, and are available for purchase at Brown Paper Tickets.

Pittsburgh Wraps It Up For 48 Hour Film Project Premiere

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Over 40 teams signed up for the 2015 Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project, an annual festival and competition dedicated to promoting teamwork among filmmakers. After a weekend of intense production – which took place from July 10th through July 12th – the participants are ready to present their original short films for a premiere event spanning three days at the Hollywood Theater.

July 19th

3 p.m.

Group A

Color Negative – Joe Wilson
Confluence Productions – Ted Haynes
Dirty Mirror Productions – Brock Viering
Dynamite Carrot – John James Lynn
Elder Androids – Kyle Mohr
Pittsburgh Game Changers Project – Cheo Tyehimba Taylor
Sinister Dream Productions – Nick Kizina
Team 47 – Lauren Kuntz
The DuBoonatics – Michael Gafner
The Kartwheel Klub – Micah Taylor
Unplanned Comedy – Woody Drennan

July 19th

7 p.m.

Group B

4TWELVE Pictures – Zack Eisenfeld
Beard Machine – Christopher Friedrick
Blue Knight Productions – Ian Livingston
Command Pictures – Maura Snyder
Everything But The Name 1 – Edwin Huang
Flying Penguin Productions – Matthew Haider
Locust Street – Lance Parkin
Long Knuckle Studios – David Kost
Raging Render – Chris Bollinger
Rumble Pack – Mindy Cooper
Scrambled for Life – Russel Douglas
Well Known Strangers – Dave Forman

July 20th

7 p.m.

Group C

Beginnings – Jackie Druga
Carnegie Screenwriters – Bob Scott
Children of the Corman – Darin DiNapoli
Falling October Productions – Alexander Cronin
Procrastination Productions – Corey Becker
Ricecakes – Jessica Lee
Sibling Rivalry – Michelle Wright
Team Visionary – Josh Wendt
Tough Brets – Katie Funaki
USS Improvise – Karen Forney

July 21st

7 p.m.

Group D

Blind Tiger Films – Josh Hausman
Destiny’s Adult – Dan McKosky
Everything But the Name 2 – Nathan Fullerton
Gaff Tape and a Prayer – Mike Hanley
Goat Milk Fudge – PJ Gaynard
Mini Milers – Noah Fatsi
R. Walker Productions – Rodman Walker
ShadowFrame – Jason Boyer
So Fresh! Films – Nick Verzilli
Team MGBGFilms – Bryan Ghingold
Visionary Pioneers – Jeremy St-Hilaire
WallRose Pictures – Michael Ernst

Tickets are $8, $6 for students with valid ID, children, and seniors. Tickets for each individual screening group (Group A, Group B, Group C, and Group D) are available at Brown Paper Tickets. A Best of Screenings event will follow on July 31st at the Hollywood Theater.

Schedule For 48 Hour Film Project Premiere

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This year, over 40 teams signed up for the Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project, an annual festival and competition dedicated to promoting teamwork among filmmakers. After a weekend of intense production, the participants are ready to present their original short films for a premiere event at Hollywood Theater.

From July 18th through July 20th, over 30 qualified teams will compete for a number of awards, as well as a chance to represent Pittsburgh at the 48 Hour Film Project Filmapalooza. See the group screening schedule below:

July 18th

7 p.m.

Group A

Air Rick, Eric Fields
DuBois Business College, Ian Grieve
DuBoonatics, Dave Clark
Dynamite Carrot, John James Lynn
Everything But, Edwin Huang
Gippos Video Studio, Irina Kuslieva
Jam & Coco, Connyre Corbett
Rational Lampoon, Jordan Taylor
Seniors 15 , Bailey Tyler
Shadowframe, Jason Boyer
Sinister Dream Productions , Nick Kizina
The Mezzanines, Mike Smith

July 19th

12 p.m.

Group B

Angry Snowman Design, Jackie Walker
Beginnings, Jackie Druga
Blind Tiger Films, Josh Hausman
Cipher Eye Media, Steven Croner
Gold Bug Productions, Raj Pandravada
Hutchins Films, Jesse Hutchins
Kept Shut Productions, Zack Eritz
MGBGFilms, Bryan Ghingold
Super Galactic Starforce Forever, Travis Bertsch
Team ROCCKZ, Chris Mielo
The Name, Nathan Fullerton

July 19th

3 p.m.

Group C

Cupronickel, Luke Mcallister
Dangerwood Pictures, Dave McDonald
Froghug Pictures, Matthias Sundberg
Gilligan Sisters, Amy Gilligan
Meet the Buckets, Madalene Spezialetti
Rickey and the World Famous Sauces, Dan McKosky
Saga City Productions, Marc Duchin
SG Movie Magic, Shawn Patton
Sgt. Hullabaloo and the Sioux City Wranglers, Martin Connolly
The Triple Lindies, Sarah Leitner
Well Known Strangers, Dave Forman
Winston Says No, Christopher Friedrick

July 20th

1 p.m.

Group D

Carnegie Screenwriters, Bob Scott
Children of the Corman, Darin DiNapoli
Confluence Productions, Ted Haynes
Falling October Productions, Alexander Cronin
Gaff Tape and a Prayer, Mike Hanley
Hotel Nowhere, Chris Gillotti
Last Minute Productions, Rebekah Schoenecker
Locust Street, Lance Parkin
Long Knuckle Studios, David Kost
R. Walker, Rodman Walker
Team 47, Lauren Kuntz
The Kartwheel Klub, Micah Taylor

Tickets are $8, $6 for students with valid ID, children, and seniors. Tickets for each individual screening group (Group A, Group B, Group C, and Group D) are available at Brown Paper Tickets. A Best of Screenings event will follow on July 28th at the Hollywood Theater.

CMU Reveals Faces Of Work For International Film Festival

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From March 20th to April 5th, the 2014 Carnegie Mellon University International Film Festival will bring 12 award-winning independent films with ties to 20 countries to various locations throughout Pittsburgh. This year’s festival theme, Faces of Work, reflects the late CMU professor and filmmaker Paul Goodman’s focus on the challenges and achievements of diverse groups of workers worldwide. See below for a film schedule and details:

March 20th

7:15 p.m.

Wałęsa: Man of Hope (Poland, 2013)

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Regent Square Theater hosts the Faces of Work Opening Night Reception with a screening of Wałęsa: Man of Hope. Legendary Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda tackles the story of another of his country’s legends — former dockworker, Solidarity founder, and eventual Polish president Lech Walesa — in this epic, decade-spanning biopic. Includes a special appearance by Danuta Wałęsa, Former First Lady of Poland. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and students with a valid ID.

March 21st

7:15 p.m.

Shipbreakers (USA/India, 2013)

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The CMU Opening Night Reception presents the US premiere of Shipbreakers, a work from the late CMU professor and filmmaker Paul Goodman, which was completed with the help of CMU assistant teaching professor Ralph Vituccio and cinematographer Tom Clancey. The film is set mostly in Alang, India, where there is a six-mile stretch of an oily, smoky beach where huge ocean vessels that are no longer seaworthy are run aground, broken apart and stripped of everything from portholes and paneling to furniture and propellers. Forty thousand migrant workers making $1 to $2 per day do the scrapping. They cut the ships apart by hand, working in extremely dangerous conditions and without any safety or labor regulations. The film brings the process of shipbreaking to life and highlights the human rights and environmental issues involved. The screening will take place in CMU’s McConomy Auditorium and includes a post-screening Q&A with Vituccio and panel discussion.

March 22nd

4:30 p.m.

The Square (Egypt/USA, 2013)

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The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing rollercoaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning of July 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of three years. Directed by Jehane Noujaim, this Oscar-nominated film transports the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, struggling through multiple forces, in the fight to create a society of conscience. The Square will screen in CMU’s McConomy Auditorium.

7:15 p.m.

Web Junkie (China/Israel/USA, 2013)

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China is the first country to label “Internet addiction” a clinical disorder. With extraordinary intimacy, Web Junkie investigates a Beijing rehab center where Chinese teenagers are deprogrammed, focusing on three teens, their parents and the health professionals determined to help them kick their habit. Web Junkie will screen in CMU’s McConomy Auditorium. The screening includes an exclusive Q&A with the film’s director Shosh Shlam.

March 23rd

4:30 p.m.

Wałęsa: Man of Hope (Poland, 2013)

The second screening of Wałęsa: Man of Hope will take places in CMU’s McConomy Auditorium and includes a special appearance by Danuta Wałęsa, Former First Lady of Poland

March 24th

4 p.m.

The Cleaner (Peru, 2012)

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During a mysterious epidemic in Perù set sometime in the near future, Eusebio cleans up after the dying. When he finds a frightened young boy who has lost his mother, he’s quietly transformed in this gently haunted and affecting study of social alienation and redemption. The feature debut from director Adrian Saba was Peru’s Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film. The screening will take place in the Kresge Theater at Carlow University and includes an exclusive Q&A with Saba. The event is free and open to the public.

March 25th

7:30 p.m.

The Cleaner (Peru, 2012)

The second screening of The Cleaner will take place in CMU’s McConomy Auditorium and includes a Q&A with director Adrián Saba

March 26th

7:15 p.m.

Eat Sleep Die (Sweden, 2012)

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When the forceful young Muslim Swedish/Balkan “take-no-shit” factory worker Raša loses her job, she faces the system of unemployment. With no high school diploma, no job – but her boots deeply stained with the mud of the small town she grew up in – Raša finds herself on collision course with society. Eat Sleep Die will screen along with Paul Goodman’s short Plant Closing at CMU’s McConomy Auditorium.

March 27th

5 p.m.

Master of the Universe

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Investment bankers are the real Masters of the Universe, not politicians, armies or even countries. In economic powerhouse Germany, a top banker gives a disturbing insider’s account of his emotions, motivations and predictions. Revealing a parallel universe of extreme income and merciless pressure. A system disconnecting bankers from the outside world, unable to reflect about their work. Master of the Universe will screen in CMU’s McConomy Auditorium.

7:15 p.m.

Sofia’s Last Ambulance (Bulgaria/Germany/Croatia, 2012)

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In a city where 13 ambulances struggle to serve 2 million people, Krassi, Mila and Plamen are our unlikely heroes: chain-smoking, filled with humor, relentlessly saving lives against all odds. Yet, the strain of a broken system is taking a human toll: how long can they keep fixing society’s injured until they lose their empathy? Sofia’s Last Ambulance will screen along with Goodman’s Short Nurse in CMU’s McConomy Auditorium.

March 28th

7:15 p.m.

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The event will take place in Melwood Screening Room.

9 p.m.

Open City of Amereida (Chile/USA, 2013)

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In 1970, students and teachers from the faculty of Architecture at the Catholic University of Valparaíso founded the Open City of Amereida in Ritoque, Chile. This city is conceived as an architecture laboratory with an existential premise from where to inhabit, rediscover, and refound the American continent based on an original, creative, and non-colonial idea of identity. Here, for several decades, work has been done in one of architectural education’s most radical experiments. Through the fusion of architecture with poetic thought, and a particular mythology of life, the “open citizens” imagine a social habitat that is different from traditional architecture and society. Based on the testimonies of its inhabitants, this documentary narrates the origins, the history, and the cultural legacy of this community that for over 40 years has explored a way of living where “…the rhyme between the word and the action…” becomes reality. Open City of Amereida will screen in Melwood Screening Room and includes an exclusive Q&A with director Andres Tapia-Urzua.

March 29th

6 p.m.

GriGris (Chad/France, 2013)

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Despite a paralyzed leg that could have barred most avenues, 25-year-old Grigris dreams of being a dancer. A challenge. But his dreams are dashed when his uncle falls critically ill. To save him, Grigris resolves to work for petrol traffickers. GrisGris will screen in CMU’s McConomy Auditorium and includes a performance by Nego Gato.

April 2nd

7 p.m.

Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?—Vamos Meninas! (USA/Brazil, 2013)

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In 2011, Dilma Rousseff became the first female president of Brazil. Currently, women hold the top office in Argentina, Chile, and Costa Rica, as well as in Brazil. Director Heather Arnet traveled to Brazil interviewing over twenty women and men about their new Madame Presidentá. Their questions included: How Brazil came to elect its first woman president in 2010? What impact her presidency is having on global markets, women’s rights and opportunities? And what can American women and businesses learn from our Brazilian sisters and their passionate and successful surge towards economic prosperity and political leadership. Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?—Vamos Meninas! will screen in CMU’s McConomy Auditorium and includes an exclusive Q&A with Arnet.

April 3rd

5 p.m.

Women’s Day (Poland, 2012)

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Halina, a modest cashier in a chain store is dreaming of  a better life for herself and her gifted  13-year-old daughter Misia. She soon gets her chance as Halina becomes the store manager. She discovers that the price for a higher salary and a better standard of living is dishonesty, manipulation and deceit. She turns from victim to villain to her former cashier friends. She is so consumed with her work that she fails to notice her daughter’s addiction to computer games. She will soon have to start her journey for forgiveness. Women’s Day will screen in CMU’s McConomy Auditorium.

7 p.m.

Trapped (Iran, 2012)

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This moral thriller from director Parviz Shahbazi centers on the bristling relationship between two very different young women in contemporary Tehran. Nazanin is a determined first year medical student. Since there is no free space in the university dorm and Nazanin does not have much money, she is obliged to share an apartment with Sahar, a party lover who works in a fragrance shop. Sahar badly wants to migrate from Iran, so she’s borrowed money from a man in the bazaar. When this man makes an opportunistic complaint against Sahar, she is imprisoned. There have been some very some rocky times between the two roommates and their conflicting lifestyles, but Nazanin will now do everything she can to have her friend released. Trapped will screen in CMU’s McConomy Auditorium and includes an exclusive Q&A with Shahbazi.

April 4th

4:30 p.m.

At Berkeley (USA, 2013)

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The University of California at Berkeley, the oldest and most prestigious member of a ten campus public education system, is also one of the finest research and teaching facilities in the world. Celebrated documentarian Frederick Wiseman shows the major aspects of university life, its intellectual and social mission, its obligation to the state and to larger ideas of higher education, as well as illustrates how decisions are made and implemented by the administration in collaboration with its various constituencies. At Berkeley will screen in CMU’s McConomy Auditorium.

April 5th

6:30 p.m.

Sweet Dreams (Rwanda/USA, 2012)

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The Face of Work Closing Night event includes a screening of Lisa and Rob Fruchtman‘s Sweet Dreams. The award-winning documentary follows the story of Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda’s first and only women’s drumming troupe. Made up of women from both sides of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the troupe offers a place of support, healing and reconciliation. When the group decides to partner with two young American entrepreneurs to open Rwanda’s first-ever ice cream shop, these remarkable women embark on a journey of independence, peace and possibility. Sweet Dreams will screen in CMU’s McConomy Auditorium and includes an exclusive Q&A with co-director Lisa Fruchtman and a closing night reception.

Opening Night general admission tickets to the film and reception are $15 and $10 for seniors and students. General admission tickets for all other screenings are $8 and $5 for seniors and students. A full-access festival pass can be purchased for $50 ($25 for seniors and students) at the festival website.

Filmmakers Race To The Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project Premiere

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In the 12 years since the 48 Hour Film Project was founded, over 21,000 films were produced, a number that translates into 2,100 hours of finished work – quite a feat for a competition that requires entries to run between four and seven minutes long. After a frantic weekend of writing, shooting, editing, and composing music, Pittsburgh filmmakers will add to that count when unveil their own short films on July 20th at the Hollywood Theater.

A total of 52 teams will present their films to a panel of judges and receive awards including Best of Pittsburgh and Runner Up, Best Writing, Best Editing, Best Sound Design, and many more. Last year, the winning film Letter Die: A Gamut Sibling Mystery by Andy Kelemen and Mike Rubino went on to 48HFP Filmapalooza in Hollywood, CA, where it went up against over 100 other entries from around the world for the $5,000 grand prize and the chance represent Pittsburgh at the Cannes International Film Festival.  The screening schedule is as as follows:

1 p.m.

Group A

Baby Mamas, Crystal Smith
Basworthy, Steven Carroll
Black Angus Productions , Andrew Larson
Carnegie Screenwriters, Bob Scott
Everything Including the SG Movie Magic, Edwin Huang
Fish Sticks Productions, Darin DiNapoli
Hutchclaw, Jesse Hutchins
I Mustache you a Question, Christopher Friedrick
Manny Moe, Michael Kadrie
ShadowFrame, Jason Boyer
SPF 23 Productions, Anthony Peduzzi
Spoony Bard, Sheridan Robinson
Well Known Strangers, Nicole Antonuccio

 3 p.m.

Group B

BC Productions, Ben Whiting
Dangerwood Pictures, Dave McDonald
Dynamite Carrot, John James Lynn
Dynowarz, Dan McKosky
Elwood’s Pub Clips, Martin Thomas
Gilligan Sisters, Amy Gilligan
MahaffeyMOHR Productions, Kyle Mohr
Naked Sheep Productions, Travis Culley
Southworth, David Fraley
Suture Films, Steven Croner
T.V. 2 Productions, Jaime Meyers
The Brothers V, Nick Verzilli
The Fellowship, Matthew Lederman

 5 p.m.

Group C

Beginnings, Jackie Druga
Blind Tiger Films, Josh Hausman
Casual Dragon, Jeff Burgess
Countdown Productions, Rebecca Schwabe
Dark Pixel Media, rob roberts
DuBois Business College, Chad Barnard
Gold Bug Productions, Raj Pandravada
Jam & Coco, Connyre Corbett
Oneida Films, Franklin Carpio
Pyrite Productions, Tim Roberts
Sinister Dream Productions, Nick Kizina
Team Thrive, Alex Rodia
TK Knockout , Kirsten Spalding

 7 p.m.

Group D

Colourpuzzle Productions, Brendan Joyce
dogboydog, Chris Boehm
Falling October Productions, Alexander Cronin
Film Qui Changent, Dulce Gross
Hotel Nowhere, Dillon Diatlo
Jeff Zoet Visuals, Jeff Zoet
Meet the Buckets, Madalene Spezialetti
MGBGFilms, Bryan Ghingold
Rocket Pop Seekers, Ellen Lyons
Suspek Productions, Sam Harris
Team Rocckz, Chris Mielo
The Incredible Interns, Angela Donatelli
Vandelay Productions, Lance Andrews

Admission for the PGH 48 Hour Film Project Premiere is $8, $6 for students, children and seniors. Tickets are available for purchase at Brown Paper Tickets.

CORE Advocates Organ Donation With A Pledge For Life Film Festival

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The nonprofit group Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) promotes donation, education and research for the purpose of saving and improving the quality of life through organ, tissue and corneal transplantation. As part of their mission, the organization will present the A Pledge for Life Film Festival, an event developed to help raise awareness about the importance of organ donation and to challenge aspiring young filmmakers. On June 27th, the chosen submissions will screen at CORE’s Pittsburgh offices.

Film students throughout PA and WV were invited to submit short films of five minutes or less that would entertain, enlighten and inspire viewers to want to make the Pledge for Life by becoming registered organ donors. The entries will be judged by CORE President and CEO Susan StuartPittsburgh Filmmakers Associate Professor Will Zavala, and Steeltown Film Factory Producer Lisa Smith-Reed. The best films will receive cash prizes ranging from $300 t0 $1,000, and includes an Audience Award of $200.

1st Place – $1000
2nd Place – $500
3rd Place – $300
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1st Place – $1000
2nd Place – $500
3rd Place – $300
Audience Award – $200 – See more at: http://www.steeltownfilmfactory.org/press/2013/01/2013-a-pledge-for-life-film-festival.php#sthash.gF5Mh2ap.dpuf

A Pledge for Life Film Festival begins at 6 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. Those interested in attending should RSVP by June 24th at 1-800-366-6777.

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Teens Take A Shot At Making Movies That Make A Difference

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In 2010, the Steeltown Entertainment Project produced the documentary The Shot Felt ‘Round the World, which recounted how Dr. Jonas Salk and his team at the University of Pittsburgh worked to develop the life-saving polio vaccine. The film inspired the nonprofit organization to create Take a Shot at Changing the World, an annual viral video contest that challenges area teens to tell stories about important people and movements, and become more aware of how they can take social action in their own communities. Now in its third year, Pittsburgh middle and high school students were encouraged to pick up a camera for Voices of a People’s History, which builds on the legacy of historian Howard Zinn to “highlight lesser-known people who contributed to the making of America.”

Over 80 young filmmakers produced videos based on the criteria in three categories: The People Speak, Pittsburgh Innovation and Polio: Then and Now. Fans were allowed to vote for the entries, which target a wide range of issues, including violence, the environment, and education. On May 19th, participants will see their work on the big screen as part of a ceremony at the Heinz History Center. During the event, the contest winners will be announced and over $10,000 will be awarded to students and their schools. Among the recognitions are the People Speak Social Action Prize, as well as special prizes for films about the environment or nonviolence.

The Take a Shot at Changing the World Film Festival begins at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Finalists Go Head-To-Head At Steeltown Film Factory Finale

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Last month, three finalists were chosen to move onto the last round of the 2013 Steeltown Film Factory competition. On May 11th, emerging filmmakers Heather GrayGlenn Syska and Dennis Schebetta will see their words come to life as students from the CMU Drama School perform live readings of their short film scripts as part of the Film Factory Finale: … And The Winner Is.

The Purnell Center for the Arts Chosky Theatre will host the event, where a panel of industry professionals will decide which competitor will receive up to $30,000 and a trip to Hollywood. The judges this year are Bling Ring producer, Youree Henley; Michael Killen, owner of Animal, a leading visual effects and media company in Pittsburgh; Roseanne writer/producer, Maxine Lapiduss; and Mad About You writer/producer, Sally Lapiduss. Killen also recently produced Blood Brother, a Sundance-award winning documentary from Art Institute of Pittsburgh graduates Rocky Braat, Steve Hoover, and Danny Yourd.

See a description of each work below:

Life After Deaf, by Heather Gray (Logline: When Donny met Karen, his whole perspective on communication changed. Since then, he has thrived in Karen’s world, while she continues to struggle in his. But Donny finds that he cannot fathom being without Karen and her beautiful culture. This is his life after Deaf.)

The Sketch, by Glenn Syska (Logline: A lonely artist falls in love with one of his drawings, which happens to come to life.)

My Date With Adam, by Dennis Schebetta (Logline: A wedding planner uses Internet dating to find Mr. Right for her upcoming 30th birthday party, but when she has a date with the perfect man, does he turn out to be too perfect, almost machine-like?)

The finale begins at 11 a.m., doors open at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $10, $5 with a valid student ID, and are available for purchase at the Steeltown website. The event will be held in the memory of Ellen Weiss Kander, Steeltown’s Co-Founder and Founding Executive Director. In addition, the finalists will also compete for the honor of winning the 2nd Annual Ellen Weiss Kander Award.