Dear Zoe is a powerful coming-of-age story of resilience in which teenage Tess enlists the support of her biological father – a lovable slacker – and the charming juvenile delinquent next door in the aftermath of the death of her little sister, Zoe.

The movie is based on the novel by Pittsburgh author, Philip Beard, and the screenplay adaptation was written by Pittsburgher Melissa Martin, and Pittsburgh native, Marc Lhormer. Marc and his wife, Brenda, produced the film under their shingle Zin Haze Productions. The movie was shot entirely in Pittsburgh, PA in the fall of 2019. Key locations included Braddock, Kennywood, Squirrel Hill, downtown Pittsburgh. This movie is truly a love letter to our beautiful city!

Directed by Gren Wells (The Road Within), Dear Zoe stars Sadie Sink (Stranger Things), Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy), Jessica Capshaw (Grey’s Anatomy), Vivien Lyra Blair (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Justin Bartha (National Treasure) and newcomer Kweku Collins.

Dear Zoe can be seen in select Pittsburgh theaters and will be available to rent or buy on multiple video on demand platforms as of Friday, November 4!. 

Don’t Miss A Chance to Attend the Red Carpet Premiere of Dear Zoe on Wednesday, November 2!

Event Schedule:

5:00PM    Red Carpet Arrivals and Hosted Reception, August Wilson African American Cultural Center, 980 Liberty Avenue

6:15PM    Opening Remarks

6:30PM    Dear Zoe Screening

8:00PM    Q&A with Cast

$95 tickets go on sale September 24th at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. A share of net proceeds will go to Pittsburgh’s The Caring Place, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports grieving children and their families. 

Purchase tickets for the premiere at the August Wilson Center on Wednesday, November 2nd:
https://awc.culturaldistrict.org/production/83772/dear-zoe-premiere

The Pittsburgh Film Office and Pittsburgh Film and Media Educators Alliance are excited to present the virtual event,  PITCH-BURGH – THE SCREENING, Friday September 18th at 5pm via Zoom Meeting!

Please join us to view a selection of student works created this year! As a follow-up to the successful Pitch-Burgh event at the beginning of the year, Pitch-Burgh The Screening gives students from different universities in the Pittsburgh area the opportunity to come together and showcase their completed projects. Come join in and hear their experiences and stories from creating their films! Kevin Smith of the University of Pittsburgh will be hosting the event and leading the discussion. The Zoom call will begin at 5:00pm on Friday, September 18th.

Pitch-Burgh – The Screening 

Friday, September 18th, 2020

5:00pm

Hosted by Kevin Smith, Screenwriter and Director of Undergraduate Studies – Broadcasting and Senior Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh

 

Join the Screening on Zoom

https://pitt.zoom.us/j/96617911621

Meeting ID: 966 1791 1621

 

Please RSVP to [email protected] for the passcode to join in! The meeting is passcode protected and you will need it to join the call.

 

Films:

“Perception” – Kayla Lukitsch

“A Role to Play” – Matthew Knight

“Cheers COVID-19: Boxing Rage” – Derrick Ostolaza

“House Fly” – Sarah Gabany

“Stand Above the Hate” – Timante’ Morris

“Shortest of Stories” – Jennifer Springel

“Fear the Outside” – CCAC Students

“The Social Distance Film” – CCAC Students

“A Gentleman” – Amina Hawes

Are you a filmmaker that loves fashion?

From Pittsburgh Fashion week: “We are planning to bring together fashion and film for the first annual Pittsburgh Fashion Week film festival. We know there are countless independent filmmakers in Pittsburgh and across the country capable of producing quality productions that are always looking for opportunities to showcase their ability.

According to John Valentine, Downtown CDC Executive Director, “We believe this project fits into one of our goals, which is, making Pittsburgh a national and then hopefully an international fashion city.” In line with that goal, this festival will also have a special award that will honor a film entered in the festival.

This all-inclusive event will be an entrance to a place that can offer perspectives communicated through a fashion film festival.”

More Info: https://www.pghfw.com/2020-lineup

Apply for PGHFW Film Festival 2020

ANATOMY OF A MOVIE
What was the screenwriter thinking? ~ a unique way to learn a unique craft

“Gags” & Aha! Moments
Most of the screenwriting process takes place away from a keyboard and desk. The story, the situations, character introductions, subplots, story points, setups & payoffs, “gags,” transitions, edits, “slug lines”, etc. are all thought about long before the writer downloads screenwriting software onto their computer. Many times—if not most—the ending is known before the beginning is.
There are numerous things a writer of a screenplay must think about when building their story. “Gags” and Aha! Moments are just two of them.
We will be using technology to show you a video with clips from well known—and some not-so-well known—movies to give examples of Gags and Aha! Moments. (A gag doesn’t need to be humorous—but adds greatly to our “friendship” with a character.)
This is the second Anatomy of a Movie presentation using Zoom. It’s not the future—it’s the “now.”
There is nothing harder to write than a motion picture screenplay. The writer can’t use the First Person or the Third Person to explain what is going on. There is a limited range for the length. It is a format unique to itself.
But if you can “train your brain” to think the way a screenwriter (actually any writer) must, there will be ancillary benefits to your professional and personal lives, and you may be able to write books, articles, business plans, love letters, etc.

No charge. Discounts given to “Fade In” screenwriting software and the “Write Your Script” class.

DATE: SUNDAY JUNE 7TH
TIME: 12 NOON UNTIL 1PM SHARP
VENUE: YOUR LIVING ROOM, DEN, BASEMENT, KITCHEN, PATIO…

(“Ctrl & Click the link below to register. Registration is required.)
REGISTER HERE!!

Submitted by: Ken Kaszak

ANATOMY OF A MOVIE
“What was the screenwriter thinking?” a unique way to learn a unique craft
SPECIAL EDITION!!
SETUPS & PAYOFFS

Most of the screenwriting process takes place away from a keyboard and desk. The story, the situations, character introductions, subplots, story points, setups & payoffs, “gags,” transitions, edits, “slug lines”, etc. are all thought about long before the writer downloads screenwriting software onto their computer. Many times—if not most—the ending is known before the beginning is.

There are numerous things a writer of a screenplay must think about when building their story. Setups and Payoffs are one of the most important (think of an out-of-shape Rocky struggling up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (the Setup) and then flying up those steps later in fighting shape (the Payoff) .

We will be using technology to show you a video with clips from well known—and some not-so-well known—movies to give examples of Setups and Payoffs.

This is the first Anatomy of a Movie presentation using Zoom. It’s not the future—it’s the “now.”

There is nothing harder to write than a motion picture screenplay. The writer can’t use the First Person or the Third Person to explain what is going on. There is a limited range for the length. It is a format unique to itself.

But if you can “train your brain” to think the way a screenwriter (actually any writer) must, there will be ancillary benefits to your professional and personal lives, and you may be able to write books, articles, business plans, love letters, etc.

No charge. Discounts given to “Fade In” screenwriting software and the “Write Your Script” class.

DATE: SUNDAY MAY 3RD
TIME: HIGH NOON (also the title of a great movie)
VENUE: YOUR LIVING ROOM, DEN, BASEMENT, KITCHEN, PORCH…
(“Ctrl & Click the link below to register. Registration is limited)

https://us04web.zoom.us/meeting/register/upAvcu6uqTIvHNQYARLjV3MQ5T44U0T7sfMM

(shared by Ken Kaszak)

School is back in session! The Motion Picture Association invites you to join the first virtual Film School Friday

Heroes, Villains, and Everything In-Between: Behind the Scenes of Hit Film and TV Shows, will feature creative industry leaders who have worked on shows including Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Watchmen etc.

 

Please see the below details for more information. We hope you’ll be able to tune in!

Friday, April 24, 2020

2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT)

To RSVP: Visit the Motion Picture Association’s Facebook Event Page

Join the Conversation: #FilmSchoolFriday | @MotionPictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

“Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations”
a documentary partially filmed in Pittsburgh


Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Andrew Goldberg explores antisemitism’s infectious behavior in his film “Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations.” Andrew looked at four ‘mutations’ of antisemitism, including the American far-right having incited such acts as the mass shooting at the Tree of Life.

The film leads with the story of October 27, and includes interviews with survivors of the shooting including Tree of Life Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers and New Light Congregation Rabbi Jonathan Perlman. The documentary explores an international pattern of antisemitism, which by virtually every yardstick is rising and worsening in the US and Europe in ways not seen since the 1930s.


It premieres this Friday, March 6, at the AMC Waterfront 22.
It runs for one week through Thursday, March 12.
Link to showtimes: AMC Showtimes

You can watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/XgLoFLTzae4


Directed and Written by:

Andrew Goldberg

Produced and Edited by:
Diana Robinson

Featuring:
Bill Clinton
Tony Blair
Fareed Zakaria
George Will
Deborah Lipstadt
Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers
Rabbi Elisar Admon

OPEN CASTING CALL:

SHOWTIME TELEVISION NETWORK: Extras Casting is seeking paid background actors for the
series “RUST” Starring JEFF DANIELS in the Greater Pittsburgh Region and surrounding areas!

**Looking for kids, teens, adults, and senior citizens of all ethnicities! Extras will portray, SMALL TOWN
LOCALS, COPS, RESTAURANT PATRONS, BUSINESS AND BLUE COLLAR TYPES, HIGH SCHOOL/
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYERS, BAR PATRONS, WEDDING GUESTS, SHOPPERS, PEDESTRIANS
WITH CARS & more fictional characters of all types! Thousands will be employed over the course of
filming with opportunities to work multiple days!

We are committed to inclusive, diverse casting. Please submit without regard to age, sex, ethnicity,
disability, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity or any other basis protected by
law unless otherwise specifically indicated.

Filming takes place mid March through June, 2020.
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

WHEN: SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2020
FROM: 9AM-4PM

LOCATION:
DAVID L. LAWRENCE CONVENTION CENTER
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd Pittsburgh, PA 15222

*Please do not call the venue directly for any information.
For more information please visit: www.movieextraspittsburgh.com
or FOLLOW FACEBOOK: MOVIE CASTING PGH