Scammers have been targeting crew with false job offers posing as real film industry professionals.

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 ANY CHECKS RECEIVED BEFORE BEING INTERVIEWED OR STARTING WORK.

The scammers may also offer to meet with you in person. Please be careful and investigate job offers before going to any location. Ask questions and do research.

Please call the Pittsburgh Film Office to verify the legitimacy of any productions that contact you. The PFO cannot review any job offers received through email.

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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.

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Following last week’s news of the drama series “Manhunt” filming its second season in Pittsburgh, this week a second Netflix series, after the streamer’s “Mindhunter,” has begun hiring crew for an expected summer shoot.

“I Am Not Okay With This,” which Netflix ordered to series in December, will film its eight-episode first season in Western Pennsylvania.

The coming-of-age series is from “Stranger Things” director Shawn Levy, who will executive produce the series, and British director Jonathan Entwistle, who previously adapted the Charles Forsman comic series “The End of the F***king World” for Netflix.

Mr. Entwistle has teamed with writer Christy Hall, per Deadline.com, to adapt Mr. Forsman’s “I Am Not Okay With This,” which Mr. Entwistle will direct.

Tuned In: ‘Manhunt’ series will film in Pittsburgh

The series follows a teen girl trying to make it through high school while discovering both her budding sexuality and mysterious superpowers. No casting for the series has been announced.

Netflix appears to have had success in the teen space — the streamer does not release ratings data so it’s difficult to know for sure — ordering multiple seasons of “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” and many rom-com movies aimed at the teen audience.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Netflix back to southwestern Pennsylvania to continue the great relationship that’s been established,” said Pittsburgh Film Office director Dawn Keezer.

Netflix filmed season two of “Mindhunter” in Pittsburgh in 2018, but a premiere date for the show’s return has not been announced.

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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.

In the last decade, the Carrie Furnaces have been the site of operas, modern art and dance parties.If the Pittsburgh Film Office has its way, movies are up next.

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.

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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.

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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.

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WQED’s NextGeneration Fellowship training program seeks to enhance the skill set of college students and community media makers by providing actual working experience for emerging creators. Four individuals per year will participate in the training program. Fellows will learn about the editorial process by developing, researching, writing, shooting and editing their own productions. In 2018 the Next Generation Fellows will focus on a different aspect of our changing city.

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If you’d like to submit your resume for consideration for the next Fellows session, please send your resume and cover letter to Minette Seate at [email protected]. Resumes must be received by March 13, 2019. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and residents of the City of Pittsburgh.

Directed by Benedikt Erlingsson
Iceland/France/Ukraine | 2018 | 101 min

EVENT INFORMATION

Friday, February 22, 2019 
6:30pm
 @ McConomy Auditorium, CMU

Buy tickets here!

 

EVENT INCLUDES:

  • Q&A
  • Food Reception

CO-PRESENTED: Sustainable Earth

 

ABOUT THE FILM

“Is there anything rarer than an intelligent feel-good film that knows how to tackle urgent global issues with humor as well as a satisfying sense of justice?”
– Jay Weissberg, Variety

Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything.

Languages: Icelandic, Spanish, & Ukrainian with English subtitles

Watch the trailer here.

 

AWARDS:

  • Haifa International Film Festival, 2018, Special Mention
  • Hamburg Film Festival, 2018, Best Feature
  • Ljubljana International Film Festival, 2018, Best Film
  • Montréal Festival of New Cinema, 2018, Best Actress
  • Nordic Council, 2018, Nordic Council Film Prize
  • Seville European Film Festival, 2018, Audience Award
  • Valladolid International Film Festival, 2018, Best Actress

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Benedikt Erlingsson is an Icelandic director, author, and actor. Erlingsson’s first feature film, “Of Horses and Men,” received the New Directors prize at the 2013 San Sebastián Film Festival and went on to win over 20 international awards. He is a 2016 Gan Foundation for Cinema award winner. His second feature film, “Woman at War”(2018), was selected at the 57th Semaine de la Critique.

Jacob Tierney | WednesdayJan. 23, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

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The Oscar nominees for best documentary take viewers to hazardous mountaintops, war-torn Syria and the chambers of the Supreme Court — but not the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Last year’s Fred Rogers documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” won almost universal acclaim from critics and viewers and became the highest-grossing biographical documentary of all time, but that wasn’t good enough for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The film didn’t garner any Oscar nominations.

Moviegoers weren’t happy about that, and many took to the internet to say so.

“I know from looking at social media that a lot of people are feeling that way, because they were so connected,” said Cara Friez, chair of cinema arts at Point Park University. “People were hoping this would be the opportunity to really let his story shine.”

A survey of more than 1,000 people conducted by movie site Fandango named “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” this year’s “most shocking” Oscar snub.

“Normally, documentaries are so overlooked, nobody really notices or cares, so that just shows you how much people loved Mr. Rogers,” Fandango correspondent Nikki Novak said.

Pittsburgh-area film experts and those devoted to preserving Rogers’ legacy said the Oscar news was disappointing but didn’t undercut the film’s impact.

“On one hand, it’s a disappointment; on the other hand, it’s good the documentary got so much interest,” said Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film office.

The early buzz surrounding “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” may have helped spur development of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” a Fred Rogers biopic starring Tom Hanks that filmed in Pittsburgh earlier this year and is slated for release in the fall, Keezer said.

“It’s nice that we’re able to share Mr. Rogers with the rest of the world,” she said.

Both film projects highlight Rogers’ legacy.

“The most important recognition has come from the countless people who have rediscovered Fred Rogers and been inspired by his talent, scholarship, commitment, and grace thanks to this incredible film,” Fred Rogers Productions President Paul Siefken said of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.”

Rogers founded Fred Rogers Productions, originally known as Family Communications, and the company continues to make children’s programming like “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.”

Before the nominations were announced, many people thought “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” was a “shoo-in” to win best documentary, Novak said.

It’s unclear why it wasn’t nominated, though it may have something to do with the insular nature of the selection process, she said.

“Only documentarians vote on the best (documentary), and they can be a little snobby,” Novak said.

This year’s other “most shocking” snubs include Bradley Cooper, who didn’t get a best director nod for “A Star is Born” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” which was not nominated in any category.

Novak believes the Oscars usually get the nominations right — but there’s always a few oversights.

“Every year, you get something that will get snubbed or overlooked, and I think you just don’t want to (anger) Mr. Rogers fans,” she said.

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor” is coming to television soon. It will debut on HBO and PBS Feb. 9.

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, [email protected] or via Twitter @Soolseem.

Pittsburgh plans to honor Western Pennsylvania legend George Romero, known as the father of American zombie films, on Monday at the Downtown location where his cult classic “Night of the Living Dead” premiered in 1968.

Romero’s widow, Suzanne Desrocher, will be joined by Mayor Bill Peduto, representatives of the Pittsburgh film office and fans in remembering Romero at 10:30 a.m. outside the Byham Theater on Sixth Street. Sixth Street will be closed between Penn Avenue and Fort Duquesne Boulevard from 10 a.m. until noon.

“Night of the Living Dead” premiered at what was then the Fulton Theater on Oct. 1, 1968.

More than 30 organizations have committed to a series of events over the next month, including screenings, lectures and festivities, to recognize Romero’s work and highlight Pittsburgh as a destination to learn about his impact on American pop culture.

Romero, who died July 16 of lung cancer, is credited with incorporating conformity, racism, mall culture, militarism, class differences and other social ills into his films.

His second zombie classic, “Dawn of the Dead,” shot at the Monroeville Mall, debuted in 1978.

The Library of Congress in 1999 inducted “Night of the Living Dead” into the National Registry of Films.