Film http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh's Historic Theaters and a New Throwback to the Neighborhood Cinema http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-historic-theaters-and-new-throwback-neighborhood-cinema <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For generations theaters have been an important part of thriving cities and towns across the country. In recent years more people are seeing how theaters can be an economic engine of development. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.historictheatres.org/events/conclave/">Conclave Theater tour</a> is held every year in a different city. This year Pittsburgh hosts the tour, showcasing the region's contributions to theatrical architecture.</span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:29:26 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31412 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Historic Theaters and a New Throwback to the Neighborhood Cinema Blumenthal: The Story of Harold Blumenthal http://wesa.fm/post/blumenthal-story-harold-blumenthal <p>The film <a href="http://www.blumenthalmovie.com/">Blumenthal</a> is a comedy that follows the relatives of Harold Blumenthal, a legendary playwright who made his career parodying his family in his work, and died laughing at his own joke.</p><p>The film was developed and produced by Carnegie Mellon University graduate <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1778235/">Alexander Cendese</a> who also co-stars in the movie. It was written and directed by fellow Carnegie Mellon University graduate <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2424899/">Seth Fisher</a>. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:10:30 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26895 at http://wesa.fm Blumenthal: The Story of Harold Blumenthal How Pittsburgh Organizations Are Bringing Hollywood To The Steel City http://wesa.fm/post/how-pittsburgh-organizations-are-bringing-hollywood-steel-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From film festivals, to movies and TV shows, Pittsburgh has become one of Hollywood's leading locations for motion picture and television production. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week contributor&nbsp;Rebecca Harris&nbsp;looked at the business of filmmaking in the Steel City.</span></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:33:45 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26445 at http://wesa.fm How Pittsburgh Organizations Are Bringing Hollywood To The Steel City The Chair: One Movie Script, One City, Two Directors http://wesa.fm/post/chair-one-movie-script-one-city-two-directors <p>One feature film, two directors, a pool of equal resources and the city of Pittsburgh.</p><p>This is the premise of a new <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/movies/2014/01/14/Star-local-groups-back-The-Chair-film-project/stories/201401140046">documentary series</a> titled <em>The Chair</em> starting production this month.</p><p>Chris Moore, creator of <em>Project Greenlight</em> and producer of movies such as <em>Good Will Hunting</em> and <em>Promised Land</em>, developed the idea for the series.</p><p>Moore has reached out to directors Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci to see what direction a single production can take under <a href="http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/television/2014/01/13/the_chair_reality_tv_series_from_chris_moore_and_zachary_quinto.html">different directors</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:58:56 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24602 at http://wesa.fm The Chair: One Movie Script, One City, Two Directors No Horizon Anymore: A Yearlong Journey at the Bottom of the World http://wesa.fm/post/no-horizon-anymore-yearlong-journey-bottom-world <p>When Keith Reimink graduated from film school in New York City it was just a year after 9/11, and there was no film work to be found anywhere in the city.</p><p>His solution? Get as far away as possible and work as a cook in the interior of Alaska. This job spawned fifteen years of cooking and traveling.</p><p>Reimink's travels eventually lead him to the South Pole in 2009 and resulted in the self-directed, self-funded documentary <em>No Horizon Anymore: A Year Long Journey at the Bottom of the World</em>.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:22:51 +0000 Katie Martin 19752 at http://wesa.fm No Horizon Anymore: A Yearlong Journey at the Bottom of the World Tom Savini Master of Special Effects Make-Up http://wesa.fm/post/tom-savini-master-special-effects-make <p>Celebrated as the "King of Splatter" and "Wizard of Gore," <a href="http://savini.com/Savini.com/Welcome.html">Tom Savini</a> is a legendary special effects makeup artist who has worked on dozens of films from <em>Dawn of the Dead</em> to <em>Friday the 13th</em>.</p><p>Now he passes along his passion with his <a href="http://www.dec.edu/ts/">Special Effects Make-up Program</a> at Douglas Education Center in Monessen, PA.</p><p>The Bloomfield native recounts his early horror movie influences, his relationship and work with George Romero, and how his experiences in Vietnam shaped his work as an artist. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 23:05:35 +0000 Katie Blackley 19088 at http://wesa.fm Tom Savini Master of Special Effects Make-Up A Sign of the Times: Exploring Indie Horror Films from the 1950's to 1980's http://wesa.fm/post/sign-times-exploring-indie-horror-films-1950s-1980s <p>Low-budget horror and sci-fi films terrify and entertain audiences despite their anti-Hollywood feel.</p><p>Author <a href="http://regionalhorrorfilms.blogspot.com/">Brian Albright</a> documented the best and worst of these flicks as well as their shooting locations in his book <em>Regional Horror Films, 1958- 1990: A State-by-State Guide with Interviews</em>. He says many of the films were crafted by producers without extensive horror movie experience.</p><p>“Their take is a lot more interesting with a lot more melodrama,” he explains, specifically in reference to <em>The Blob</em>. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 22:46:09 +0000 Katie Blackley 19084 at http://wesa.fm A Sign of the Times: Exploring Indie Horror Films from the 1950's to 1980's Celebrating Hilarious Forgotten VHS Moments http://wesa.fm/post/celebrating-hilarious-forgotten-vhs-moments <p>With the rise of DVDs and BluRay, the American population disposed of their useless VHS tapes en masse, and dropped them off at Salvation Army and Goodwill thrift stores everywhere.</p><p>To <a href="http://www.foundfootagefest.com/">Found Footage Festival</a> curators Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett, the tapes are a comedic gold mine. They are providing people everywhere with videos and laughs that can’t be found anywhere else.</p><p>http://youtu.be/wI-j-gmkoF4 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:20:26 +0000 Katie Martin 18621 at http://wesa.fm Celebrating Hilarious Forgotten VHS Moments Old School Media & Modern Muckraking on Film http://wesa.fm/post/old-school-media-modern-muckraking-film <p>Sunday, September 1st kicks off a month long media focused <a href="http://publicsource.org/september-films">film series</a> sponsored by Pittsburgh Filmmakers and <a href="http://publicsource.org/">PublicSource</a>.&nbsp; Pittsburgh City Paper’s Film Critic, Al Hoff says the series brings classic investigative journalism back into the spotlight with films that demonstrate, “news gathering, how media works and how media is a cultural force across decades.”</p><p>The series begins with <em>Citizen Kane</em>, a film that is often considered the greatest movie of all time, followed by <em>His Girl Friday</em> starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, <em>Ace in the Hole</em> with Kirk Douglas, <em>Medium Cool</em> directed by Haskell Wexler. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:01:17 +0000 Katie Martin 15759 at http://wesa.fm Old School Media & Modern Muckraking on Film 2-Minute Film Fest Returns to the Carnegie Museum of Art http://wesa.fm/post/2-minute-film-fest-returns-carnegie-museum-art <p>The 2-Minute Film Festival returns to the Carnegie Museum of Art this summer with a child-like image.</p><p>This year’s theme, “At Play,” encourages applicants to test boundaries, take risks and bring out their childhood creativity.</p><p>The 2-Minute Film Festival showcases more than 30 of the best two-minute movies submitted by people from around the country. Judges are looking for the briefest films that best capture the idea of play. Each movie shown at the festival is eligible for the People’s Choice and Juror’s Choice awards.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 10496 at http://wesa.fm Lights, Camera But Where's the Action? http://wesa.fm/post/lights-camera-wheres-action <p>In recent years the number of movies shot in Pittsburgh has some people calling us "Hollywood East."&nbsp; However, it appears the city and state have become <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/ae/movies/pittsburgh-film-office-hopes-tax-plea-will-bring-more-movie-production-to-pennsylvania-686701/">victims of their own success</a>.</p><p>Filmmakers have gravitated to Pittsburgh over the years for a number of reasons, including affordability. But Pennsylvania's current tax credit allotment is capped at $60 million a year.&nbsp; That money dries up quickly in the film industry. So how can Pennsylvania keep up with states like Louisiana, and Georgia, which have no tax credit limit? And what more can be done to lure film and television production to the state?</p><blockquote><p><strong>Guest </strong></p><p><strong>Chris Breakwell CEO of <a href="http://www.31ststreetstudios.com/">31st Street Studios</a>.</strong> Fri, 10 May 2013 00:19:47 +0000 Heather McClain 9291 at http://wesa.fm Lights, Camera But Where's the Action? Black Filmmakers Changing the Game http://wesa.fm/post/black-filmmakers-changing-game <p></p><p></p><p><strong>&nbsp; </strong></p><p><strong>"Black Men on a Hero's Journey."</strong></p><p>Armed with <strong><a href="http://www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com/index.php/featured-news/metro/12903-re-writing-the-script-and-changing-the-game-adjusting-the-image-of-black-males">cameras as weapons</a></strong>, 10 black men are chosen each year for the <strong><a href="http://gamechangersproject.org/">Game Changers Project</a></strong>, a fellowship which highlights positive black male images in the media by promoting some of America's emerging documentary film leaders.&nbsp; And many of those leaders come from Pittsburgh. Thu, 09 May 2013 23:00:24 +0000 Heather McClain 9279 at http://wesa.fm Black Filmmakers Changing the Game