Documentary http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh Filmmakers Get Caught Up in Ukraine-Russian Conflict http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-filmmakers-get-caught-ukraine-russian-conflict <p>What began as a trip to Ukraine to work on a documentary called "<a href="http://vimeo.com/gennadiyfilm">Gennadiy</a>," about drug-addicted street children, turned into a near-death experience for Pittsburgh-based filmmakers Filipp Velgach and Steve Hoover.</p><p>Velgach and Hoover were targeted by a pro-Russian mob while filming at the end of a demonstration.</p><p>“Shortly after we got there, and the rumors started circulating that we were American journalists as opposed to American documentary makers. And therefore suggesting we probably had some sort of political agenda for being there and filming the rally," Velgach said. "The rumors grew more aggressive and people started approaching us, saying we're Americans, and 'All of the issues in Ukraine are because of Americans,' and 'We don't like Americans.' And that escalated pretty quickly into us being attacked."</p><p>Hoover<em> </em><a href="http://www.vice.com/read/my-documentary-crew-was-attacked-in-ukraine-for-being-american">wrote about the experience for<em> </em>Vice Media</a> and included video of the attack taken by a bystander in the crowd:</p><p>http://youtu.be/kuW8izAy1PE</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:36:59 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26505 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Filmmakers Get Caught Up in Ukraine-Russian Conflict Film Explores Lack of Elected Female Leadership in the US http://wesa.fm/post/film-explores-lack-elected-female-leadership-us <p>Female presidents and prime ministers are currently serving in 18 different countries. Meanwhile, the United States has never had a female president, and is ranked 69th worldwide in women’s representation in national legislatures or parliaments.</p><p>What are other countries doing that America isn’t?</p><p>This question will be explored this Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater, when Women and Girls Foundation CEO Heather Arnet premieres her documentary, <em>Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.?.</em></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Julian Routh 25325 at http://wesa.fm Not My Life: A Documentary of Slavery in the Modern World http://wesa.fm/post/not-my-life-documentary-slavery-modern-world <p>Earlier&nbsp;Robert Bilheimer&nbsp;tackled the international spread of AIDS in a well-received documentary. &nbsp;In his new film,&nbsp;<a href="http://notmylife.org"><em>Not My Life</em>,</a>&nbsp; he takes on human trafficking.</p><p>Shot in a dozen countries on five continents, the film looks at a world where children are exploited daily through forced labor, domestic servitude, begging and sexual violence. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:30:04 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23428 at http://wesa.fm Not My Life: A Documentary of Slavery in the Modern World Robert Reich Discusses Wealth Gap & the Film Inequality for All http://wesa.fm/post/robert-reich-discusses-wealth-gap-film-inequality-all <p>The number of Pittsburgh residents living at or below the poverty level has increased nearly 9% since the fall of 2007, according to the <a href="http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412559-Understanding-Trends-in-Poverty-in-the-Pittsburgh-Metropolitan-Area.pdf">Urban Institute</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>The documentary,&nbsp;<a href="http://inequalityforall.com/"><em>Inequality for All</em></a>, focuses on the fact that one half of all Americans have zero wealth, no savings, no assets that outweigh their debts, no retirement savings or investments.</p><p>The film grew out of the economic lectures of former U.S. Secretary of Labor <a href="http://robertreich.org/">Robert Reich</a> at the University of California at Berkeley.</p><p>http://youtu.be/9REdcxfie3M Fri, 15 Nov 2013 19:23:33 +0000 Nick Frost 19888 at http://wesa.fm Robert Reich Discusses Wealth Gap & the Film Inequality for All Blood Brother Comes Back to Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/blood-brother-comes-back-pittsburgh <p>This week, the award-winning documentary, <a href="http://www.bloodbrotherfilm.com/"><em>Blood Brother</em></a> comes to Pittsburgh's&nbsp; Three Rivers film festival. It's about a remarkable Pittsburgh man named Rocky Braat, who has made a drastic change in his life in order to help others.</p><p>http://youtu.be/AE8mmV8eg3Y</p><p>Rocky made the decision to change his career path and gave up his life in the Steel City to go to India and live with children at an HIV/AIDS orphanage. &nbsp;His best friend from school, director Steve Hoover decided to follow Rocky and chronicle his journey. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:29:37 +0000 Nick Frost 19674 at http://wesa.fm Blood Brother Comes Back to Pittsburgh What Makes a Child a Gold Star Child? http://wesa.fm/post/what-makes-child-gold-star-child <p>An estimated five-thousand American children have lost a parent to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001.</p><p>Children who have lost a parent to war are the subject of the documentary <a href="http://goldstarchildren.org/"><em>Gold Star Children: Two Generations Sharing Loss and Healing</em></a>, premiering today on the Pentagon channel.</p><p>The film’s writer, producer and director Mitty Griffis Mirrer, is a gold star child. Mirrer says the documentary is about helping the current group of gold star children. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:10:53 +0000 Nick Frost 19616 at http://wesa.fm What Makes a Child a Gold Star Child? 'Made in America Movie' Documentary Reaching Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/made-america-movie-documentary-reaching-pittsburgh <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Film crews are arriving in Pittsburgh Tuesday to explore American manufacturing. The feature-length documentary, titled “American Made Movie,” highlights 32 United States cities 32 days.</p><p>Co-directors Vincent Vittorio and Nathan Thomas McGill are traveling by bus across the nation to stress the importance of supporting small and large companies that contribute to the national economy and manufacturing sector.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 20:19:22 +0000 Emily Farah 13554 at http://wesa.fm American Made Movie Reminds Country of Manufacturing Roots http://wesa.fm/post/american-made-movie-reminds-country-manufacturing-roots <p>In a country with a great history of manufacturing and exporting goods, many believe that the best way to support the American economy is to buy locally.&nbsp; Filmmakers Vincent Vittorio and Nathaniel Thomas McGill are on a 32-day tour with their documentary <em><a href="http://theamericanmademovie.com">American Made Movie</a></em>, in which they highlight companies that produce goods in the United States.</p><p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:47:20 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13551 at http://wesa.fm American Made Movie Reminds Country of Manufacturing Roots