MoonDocs® 2019 – The 3rd Annual Documentary Filmmakers’ Open House
Robert Morris University, 6001 University Boulevard, Moon Township, PA 15108
Friday, November 1, 2019 12:00 pm – 6:00
Saturday, November 2, 2019 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
2019 Keynote Filmmaker: Fall 2019 Visiting Documentary Filmmaker at RMU – Eva Weber, award-winning London-based German filmmaker
Registration: $40 in advance, $50 on site
Students with valid ID (checked on site): $10 in advance, $15 on site
MoonDocs® 2019 Program
Friday, November 1, 2019 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
- Production Sound Workshop: Capturing Quality Production Sound on Shoots
- Inside Indie Filmmaking
- Exploring Financial Options for Film Projects
- Lighting and Camera Workshop: Setting Up a Documentary Interview
- The Three Rivers Film Festival: Exhibiting Cultural Diversity and Cinematic Innovation in Southwestern PA – Exhibitions Director at PCA&M Joe Morrison and 3RFF Guest Curator Benjamin Ogrodnik
Saturday, November 2, 2019 9:30 am-4:00 pm
- A Masterclass with RMU Fall 2019 Visiting Documentary Filmmaker Eva Weber:
“Building Your Career as a Filmmaker and How to Use Festivals to Make Your Name”
- 4×4 Film Challenge: Show 4 minutes of your project and pitch the next production steps for 4 minutes. Submit projects to Documentary Film Strategist Nadine Patterson at [email protected]
- Current and Future Trends: From Streaming to Virtual Reality (VR)
- Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Workshop
- Plans for MoonDocs 2020
Robert Morris University (http://rmu.edu/ ), Wheatley Center
6001 University Boulevard, Moon Township, PA 15108
Driving directions: http://publicsafety.rmu.edu/university-map-and-directions
MoonDocs® is an open networking and learning event for experienced and aspiring filmmakers, artists, educators, students, cultural workers, and others interested in filmmaking, production, socially conscious arts, diversity, and learning about how to get one’s work to audiences. MoonDocs® is organized by the Center for Documentary Production & Study and Media Arts Department at Robert Morris University.
RMU Media Art Department is a community partner of Pittsburgh Shorts Film Festival.
Cameras will be rolling here in a few weeks when Amazon Studios begins shooting “I’m Your Woman,” a feature film starring Emmy winner and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star Rachel Brosnahan.
“The Pittsburgh Film Office is pleased to welcome [Amazon] back to Pittsburgh with ‘I’m Your Woman,’” said Dawn Keezer, head of the PFO. She noted that Amazon Studios was in the area most recently to shoot “Last Flag Flying” in the autumn of 2016.
Brosnahan will also produce. Directing is Julia Hart, and her husband, Jordan Horowitz, will co-produce. The couple co-wrote the script, which involves a woman (Brosnahan) who must go on the run with her child as the result of her husband’s crimes.
Mosser casting has been putting out calls for various roles.
The scammer will try to mail checks to you as pre-payment, usually in the amount of thousands of dollars. They will ask you to deposit the check promptly, and it will bounce.
DO NOT DEPOSIT OR CASH CHECKS RECEIVED BEFORE BEING INTERVIEWED OR STARTING WORK.
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Please call the Pittsburgh Film Office to verify the legitimacy of any productions that contact you.
More information: News Now Pittsburgh Article
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Know your weird and wonky Pittsburgh terms? This post is part of our Pittsburghpedia series, a handy glossary of words and phrases unique to our city that’ll help you #talklikeyoulivehere. Let’s fill you in. Today’s entry … Tinseltown East/ Hollywood East
WHAT ARE THESE? Nicknames referring to Pittsburgh’s popularity as a location for film and TV shoots.
USAGE: “Once known for its steel mills and smog, Pittsburgh is fast becoming the Tinseltown of the East.” – CNN, Aug. 7, 2012
ORIGIN STORY: Credit the zombies.
George A. Romero’s seminal 1968 zombie flick “Night of the Living Dead” is credited with accelerating the growth of commercial filmmaking in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania, Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office, said.
And the process dates back even earlier.
“They’ve been making movies in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania since 1914, the first being “The Perils of Pauline,”” Keezer explained.
Over the years, the region has been the backdrop for films like 1978’s “The Deer Hunter,” 1983’s “Flashdance,” and 1991’s “The Silence of the Lambs.”
But it took a post-9/11 state decision for Pittsburgh to reach the level of film ubiquity it has today.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, TAXES: The terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, effectively halted a push for nationwide legislation that would have offered federal tax incentives to films produced in the U.S. on top of incentives offered by individual states.
(The program would have mirrored Canada’s two-pronged tax credit program, which made Canada a world-class movie production center and drew productions from places like Pittsburgh, considered the “television movie capital of the world” through 1995 when Keezer said those productions “all left the country” and started going north.)
But a handful of states, Pennsylvania among them, went ahead with their own incentives anyway.
Pennsylvania currently offers $70 million a year in tax credits and incentives for in-state productions, which coupled with the relatively low overhead and depth of support services here has made Pittsburgh the state’s most sought-after movie-making destination, even over Philadelphia, Keezer explained. (These incentives are not without their conservative critics.)
But beyond those credits and incentives, Keezer said Pittsburgh remains a draw due to the “depth of our crew but also the diversity of our locations,” adding, “as long as you don’t need a beach or a desert, we can look like that.”
While lawmakers debate the $70 million in tax credits currently offered by the state, Keezer said about $125 million a year is needed to “handle the amount of work that wants to be in southwestern Pennsylvania.”
MOVIE TRIVIA: Since 1990, 267 movies and TV shows have filmed in the Pittsburgh area — 72 in the past decade. This includes blockbuster films like “Dark Knight Rises,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” and “Fences.” There are three major projects filming in Pittsburgh right now: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “I Am Not Okay With This” (TV), and “Manhunt: Lone Wolf” (TV).
MOVIE TRIVIA, THE SEQUEL: “The Dark Knight Rises” dropped Allegheny County’s unemployment rate by a full percentage point in August 2012, in large part because the production hired 10,000 extras to wear winter clothes in the middle of July and sit in the stands at Heinz Field. The result was this scene. (Note the last name of the away team’s kicker at the 1:41-mark in that clip.)
COMING ATTRACTIONS: The Mister Rogers film starring Tom Hanks is due out later this year, along with “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” starring Cate Blanchett. There’s also a bevy of Pittsburgh-shot Netflix shows in the works, another season of David Fincher’s moody crime drama “Mindhunter” among them.
March 20th, 2019
A TV series that once planned to film in Pittsburgh and then went to Atlanta for its first season is set to film its second season in Pittsburgh.
But it may be some time before Pittsburghers get a chance to see it.
Pittsburgh Film Office director Dawn Keezer confirmed on Wednesday that “Manhunt” opened a production office in town this week.
In July 2016, Discovery Channel announced plans to shoot the first season of “Manifesto,” an FBI profiler drama, in Pittsburgh. However, Lionsgate Television producers had trouble finding a suitable male lead, and by the time they landed actors Paul Bettany and Sam Worthington, the Pennsylvania Film Tax Credit funds producers anticipated getting had been allocated elsewhere. Production relocated to Atlanta.
The series aired on Discovery in summer 2017 as “Manhunt: UNABOMBER.” Discovery, moving away from a brief flirtation with scripted programming, didn’t renew “Manhunt,” but in July 2018, Hollywood trade publications reported the anthology series, following a different FBI case each season, was coming back to life after it was sold to Charter Communications. Charter has several series in the works for its Spectrum Originals channel including “L.A.’s Finest,” a cop drama spinoff of the “Bad Boys” movies, and a limited series revival of the former NBC sitcom “Mad About You.”There’s just one catch for Pittsburghers interested in seeing the filmed-in-Pittsburgh “Manhunt”: It won’t be possible to watch it, at least not initially. Charter has no cable systems in Western Pennsylvania. (Spectrum Originals is to Charter as Audience Network is to DirecTV; you only get the channel if you subscribe to the service.)
Odds are “Manhunt” will at some point have a secondary window of distribution — possibly on DVD — so Pittsburghers will have the opportunity to see it then.
While season one of “Manhunt” offered a deep dive into the case of the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Deadline.com reported last year that season two will be about the true story of security guard Richard Jewell who was first lauded and then accused of a bombing at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta; Eric Rudolph eventually was convicted of that crime.
A spokeswoman for Lionsgate would not confirm the plot of season two.
TV writer Rob Owen: [email protected] or 412-263-2582. Read the Tuned In Journal blog at post-gazette.com/tv. Follow RobOwenTV on Twitter or Facebook.
This January, the office submitted a proposal to the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) requesting $5 million to begin construction on a new film production park on the vacant brownfield beside the abandoned Carrie Furnaces mill in the borough of Rankin.
According to the proposal posted this week, the 20.16-acre development would include six sound stages, three production support buildings, a mill building restored for set construction and two commissary buildings.
Speaking to NEXTpittsburgh, Pittsburgh Film Office Director Dawn Keezer said the project is a key step in growing the region’s burgeoning industry.
In terms of filmmaking, “Southwestern Pennsylvania has been on a roll. We’ve been bringing in over $100,000,000 a year into this region’s economy every year for the past five years in a row,” says Keezer. “We’ve quadrupled the number of people working in this industry locally, and we could see a lot more of that.”
The city already has several warehouses that have been successfully converted into production studios, including 31st Street Studios in the Strip District, the Westinghouse office park in Churchill and the former American Eagle distribution center in Warrendale.
Currently, though, these facilities are unable to support much of the state-of-the-art lighting and camera equipment that has become the industry standard in the era of 4K televisions.
“We’ve been able to make due over the years,” says Keezer. “But what we keep hearing is the need for purpose-built space. It needs to happen in Southwestern Pennsylvania.”
Though she declined to name specific projects, Keezer says that in January, “we lost three shows to Canada in one week.”
This list of RACP award winners will be announced this fall, and Keezer hopes this project will be among them.
Twenty-six years strong, the annual JFilm Festival presents international Jewish-themed films that deepen audiences’ understanding of Jewish culture, tolerance, and our common humanity.
This year’s lineup features 21 narrative and documentary films—plus an Opening Night party, Q&As with visiting filmmakers, a Bagel Brunch, and two Film Schmoozes with the University of Pittsburgh’s Jewish Studies Department. Join us for eleven days of unique cinematic experiences that help audiences discover the stories, history, and experiences that connect us all.
11 countries represented
3 visiting filmmakers