***Please note that ongoing updates will be provided here as more information is received.

The Pittsburgh Film Office believes the highest priority to maintain our state’s film industry amid the COVID-19 Pandemic is the safety of the Pittsburgh region’s filmmakers, crew members, talent, vendors, location owners, and communities. In accordance with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s three-phased approach to safely reopen the economy, we will be following the PA Health Department, the CDC, and the film industry union guidelines. In addition, the Pittsburgh Film Office is releasing additional related resources for filmmakers, to allow for a safe return to work with our local crew.

As of Friday, June 5, 2020, Allegheny County, Armstrong County, Beaver County, Butler County, Fayette County, Greene County, Somerset County, Washington County, and Westmoreland County will open in the Green/Phase Three of a three-phased approach to re-open the Pennsylvania economy.

The Pennsylvania Plan for Reopening:

This statewide plan is:

  1. Based on scientific modeling from public health experts and Carnegie Mellon University.
  2. Intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  3. Intended to protect Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens from the threat of COVID-19.
  4. Intended for businesses and individuals to utilize in conjunction with guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

 

COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR FILM PRODUCTION

Guilds, Unions, Companies, and Studios will have safety procedures created with the working environment and scope of a film, television, or commercial production in mind, and may be more restrictive than the state-wide plan. As film productions make decisions about operations while the pandemic persists, they may consider incorporating suggestions from multiple sources. The following documents included below are examples of what the Pittsburgh Film Office believes to be strong direction in maintaining a safe working environment in the film industry. We aim to share the most comprehensive guidelines available to bring back a thriving and healthy film industry in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Guidelines by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers: Industry-Wide Labor Management Safety Committee Task Force

Guidelines by Camelot Communications: suggested for commercial filming

Guidelines by SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, and TEAMSTERS

 

The following information has been provided to the Pittsburgh Film Office:

Filming would fall under NAICS 512110 – motion picture and video production which is defined as: industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in producing, or producing and distributing motion pictures, videos, television programs, or television commercials.

On the Governor’s Life Sustaining Business list, they would fall under NAICS 512110: DCED List of Life-Sustaining Businesses

  • RED/Phase One: No filming
  • YELLOW/Phase Two: Some filming allowed if attached guidelines are followed
  • GREEN/Phase Three: filming allowed while following the PA Health Department, CDC, and film industry guidelines

FILMS & EVENTS PERMITTING

For the latest information on film permitting in the Southwestern PA region, and guidance on permitting, please contact the PITTSBURGH FILM OFFICE by email at [email protected] or telephone, 412-261-2744. You many also visit our permits page on the Pittsburgh Film Office website.

The following counties are in the GREEN/Phase Three:

Allegheny County, Armstrong County, Beaver County, Butler County, Fayette County, Somerset County, Washington County, and Westmoreland County

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON COVID-19 IN PENNSYLVANIA AND THE PITTSBURGH REGION

Updates on COVID-19 from the Mayor of Pittsburgh

Further information on Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 cases can be found on:

Pennsylvania Health Department

Allegheny County Health Department

CDC on COVID-19 Prevention

LOCAL RESOURCES FOR COVID-19 TESTING

UPMC Testing
COVID-19 Test Site Finder

 TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS + SELF-QUARANTINE PROTOCOLS

For the latest information on travel guidelines from the CDC

SOCIAL DISTANCING + PERSONAL PRACTICES

Pittsburgh Film Office strongly encourages each production to continually check the CDC’s recommendations for personal practices and social distancing.

As a note, groups of people who share a space within a building in the ordinary course of operations, such as in an office building, classroom, production floor or similar regularly occurring operation of a business or organization, are not “events or gatherings.”

We understand how difficult these uncertain times have been for you are your families and how eager you are to return to work. We are here to support you and are looking forward to film production resuming in our region!

We hope all filmmakers will follow the health guidelines we have shared to keep our local film industry healthy and working. Our office will continue sharing health information and filming guidelines as they become available on our website. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Pittsburgh Film Office by email, [email protected] or by telephone, 412-261-2744.

 

Additional Links:

Plan For Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania COVID-19 Safety Guidance for Businesses

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

*View our full page on COVID-19 and filming here: https://www.pghfilm.org/june-8-2020-pittsburgh-film-office-re-opening-in-southwestern-pennsylvania/

‘The Safe Way Forward’ Joint Report from the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, and Teamsters on COVID-19 Safety Guidelines to Provide Safe Workplaces in a Pre-Vaccine World

Source: https://www.sagaftra.org/%E2%80%98-safe-way-forward%E2%80%99-joint-report-dga-sag-aftra-iatse-and-teamsters-covid-19-safety-guidelines

Detailed Protocols Grounded in Latest Science From Foremost Epidemiologists and Experts

Los Angeles — In the next major step toward the resumption of film and television production, the Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and the Basic Crafts, and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) today released “The Safe Way Forward,” a Multi-Union Report on Covid-19 Safety Guidelines. The Guidelines set forth a detailed set of science-based protocols serving as a path for Employers to uphold their responsibility of providing safe workplaces in a pre-vaccine, Covid-19 world. The Guidelines serve as an essential and necessary element of a return to work for the Unions and Guilds representing film and television casts and crews.

Developed jointly by the Unions and Guilds in consultation with leading epidemiologists and experts, the Guidelines are a follow-up to the Industry White Paper recently delivered to the Governors of New York and California, and other state governments. While the White Paper offered a foundation for the appropriate state agencies to examine the resumption of production, and provides guidance Employers must follow to provide a safe working environment, it expressly contemplated that specific protocols regarding mandatory testing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and department-specific procedures would be the subject of further discussions and agreement between the producers and the unions. Today’s Guidelines announced by the Unions and Guilds set forth key components of those detailed protocols.

The Unions and Guilds worked in close coordination with one another as they consulted with an array of experts ranging from preeminent epidemiologists and scientists to risk analysts and specialists in public health and occupational health and safety. By delving into up-to-the minute medical expertise, the science of Covid-19 transmission, and the unique risk factors their members would be confronted with in the production environment, the group developed tailored protocols to protect cast and crew. A central focus is the protection of performers, who are among the most vulnerable on set given they are not always able to observe physical distancing or wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when cameras are rolling.

Testing is the Key to the Resumption of Production
The Unions and Guilds quickly determined that a comprehensive, mandatory testing regimen would need to be the cornerstone of a safe return to production in a pre-vaccine landscape. Without testing, the entire cast and crew would be working in an environment of unknown risk. Confirmed cases would be determined days after people have been shedding the virus – potentially endangering the health of cast and crew members. Moreover, they could lead to the quarantining of others on set, and should those individuals include a key actor or director, to production delays or even a production shutdown. Not to mention the public health implications associated with cast and crew members interacting with the public and going home to their families.

Testing Frequency and the Zone System
The Guidelines lay out that:

  • Every member of the cast and crew be tested for active Covid-19 infection before their first day of work to ensure they are not shedding the virus. Cast and crew members will then be subject to regular testing protocols during the course of their work on the production.
  • Given that performers are uniquely vulnerable for the reasons described above, the Guidelines require a higher testing frequency of at least three times a week at minimum for them as well as those with whom they come into close contact.
  • Individuals who work in areas like the production office – where physical distancing and PPE can be utilized – can be tested less frequently, at a minimum of once a week. Other variables impacting testing frequency include the prevalence of the virus in a given community, and the rate that the infection is being spread.

In order to ensure these different sections of the production environment are tightly controlled, the Guidelines require the implementation of a specialized “Zone” system laying out barriers within which those on set can flow based on proximity to cast, level of testing, PPE and the extent to which physical distancing can be observed in the performance of their work. Cast and those with whom they come into frequent contact would be grouped in Zone A, while other individuals on set would be grouped in Zone B. The Zone system is the structure and foundation around which all on-set Covid-19 safety decisions should be engineered. A detailed tour of the inner-workings of the Zone system is included in the Guidelines.

New Health and Safety On-Set Positions
To execute testing and the Zone System, the Guidelines require the creation and staffing of two new positions/departments with authority to oversee the production to ensure the Guidelines are being followed, and to take immediate action to correct any unsafe practices or conditions:

  • A Health Safety Supervisor (HSS) (referred to in the Industry White Paper as the “Covid-19 Compliance Officer”) would be in charge of the testing process, hire and coordinate the necessary Covid-19 medical staff, and be responsible for related health safety for the production. The HSS has the authority to pause the production in event that a breach threatens the health of the cast or the crew.
  • There would also be a Health Safety Department, with a Manager and staff.  The Health Safety Unit Manager (HSM) would oversee the execution of HSS directives in conjunction with the directors’ team, and other relevant department heads.

The full set of Guidelines, and a listing of the experts consulted by the Unions and Guilds, can be found here. The document will be updated with further specific safety protocols from IATSE locals, SAG-AFTRA, Teamsters and the Basic Craft Unions as they are developed.

Thomas Schlamme, President, Directors Guild of America
“Safely getting back to our work of storytelling, and reuniting with our creative community is at the top of all our minds. But in these fast-changing times amid such a complicated virus, figuring out how to get that done right was no easy task. We knew the only way forward was to consult with leading medical experts and let science guide us to the right approach for our unique work environments. It was only through that Herculean process, and our close coordination with our sister guilds and unions, that we were able to develop the most effective solutions to keep all of our members safe. At the DGA, this was many weeks of hard work and we are eternally indebted to our Covid-19 Safety Committee led by Steven Soderbergh who so intimately understands the complex issues at hand. Through the dedication of everyone involved, we are all that much closer to being able to get back to telling stories together.”

Gabrielle Carteris, President, Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
“We’re pleased to share this crucial report which includes meaningful protocols and requirements for a safer return to work. We commend each of our union and guild partners for their diligence, determination and hard work throughout this collaborative and productive process. The report reflects our shared goal of ensuring the safest possible return to production for all of our members throughout the entertainment and media industry.”

Matthew D. Loeb, International President, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
“These steps are key in our efforts to safely reopen the Motion Picture and Television Production Industry, and they would not have been possible without the collaboration between the other guilds and unions. We look forward to continuing to work with the industry and our local unions on getting our members back to work the right way.”

Thomas J. O’Donnell
Director, Teamsters Motion Picture & Theatrical Trade Division

Steve Dayan
Chairman of the Hollywood Basic Crafts Unions

“On behalf of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Hollywood Basic Crafts Unions, we are grateful for the collective and collaborative process that took place between all of our Sister Guilds and Unions, in developing these guidelines. We will be continuing discussions with our Members and committees to finalize our own internal protocols and procedures that will best support our Members within all of the classifications we represent, in order to bring our Members safely back to work.”

Features and series filmed in Pittsburgh that you can watch for free with a streaming subscription or service:

Abduction (2011)
available with a Hulu subscription
“A thriller centered on a young man who sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website.”
starring Taylor Lautner

Adventureland (2009)
available on Hulu with the Starz extension
“In the summer of 1987, a college graduate takes a ‘nowhere’ job at his local amusement park, only to find it’s the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world.”
starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and Ryan Reynolds

All the Right Moves (1983)
available on Hulu with a Cinemax extension
“A high school football player desperate for a scholarship and his headstrong coach clash in a dying Pennsylvania steel town.”
starring Tom Cruise

Banshee (2013)
available on Hulu with a Cinemax extension
“An ex-con assumes the identity of a murdered sheriff in the small town of Banshee, Pennsylvania, where he has some unfinished business.”
starring Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, and Ulrich Thomsen

Concussion (2015)
available on Sony Crackle
“In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.”
starring Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, and Albert Brooks

Fathers and Daughters (2015)
available with a Hulu subscription
“A Pulitzer-winning writer grapples with being a widower and father after a mental breakdown, while, 27 years later, his grown daughter struggles to forge connections of her own.”
starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and Aaron Paul

Flashdance (1983)
available on Hulu with the Showtime extension
“A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school.”
starring Jennifer Beals

Foxcatcher (2014)
available on Sony Crackle
“U.S. Olympic wrestling champions and brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz join “Team Foxcatcher”, led by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont, as they train for the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, but John’s self-destructive behavior threatens to consume them all.”
starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo

I Am Not Okay With This (2020)
available with a Netflix subscription
“Sydney is a teenage girl navigating the trials and tribulations of high school while dealing with the complexities of her family, her budding sexuality, and mysterious superpowers just beginning to awaken deep within her.”
starring Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff, and Sofia Bryant

I Am Number Four (2011)
available on Vudu
“Aliens and their Guardians are hiding on Earth from intergalactic bounty hunters. They can only be killed in numerical order, and Number Four is next on the list. This is his story.”
starring Alex Pettyfer

Innocent Blood (1992)
available on Hulu with the Starz extension
“Marie is a vampire with a thirst for bad guys. When she fails to properly dispose of one of her victims, a violent mob boss, she bites off more than she can chew and faces a new, immortal danger.”
starring Anne Parillaud, Anthony LaPaglia, and Robert Loggia

Inspector Gadget (1999)
available with a Disney+ subscription
“A security guard’s dreams come true when he is selected to be transformed into a cybernetic police officer.”
starring Matthew Broderick

Kingpin (1996)
available on Sony Crackle and Tubi
“A star bowler whose career was prematurely “cut off” hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches.”
starring Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, and Bill Murray

Last Flag Flying (2017)
available with Amazon Prime Video
“Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry “Doc” Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.”
starring Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, and Steve Carell

Lorenzo’s Oil (1992)
available on Hulu with the Starz extension
“A boy develops a disease so rare that nobody is working on a cure, so his father decides to learn all about it and tackle the problem himself.”
Starring Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon, and Peter Ustinov

Manhunt: Deadly Games (2020)
available on Spectrum TV
“A new installment of the acclaimed series, this season will chronicle one of the largest and most complex manhunts on U.S. soil—the search for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Park Bomber—and the media firestorm that consumed the life of Richard Jewell in its wake. With their legacies on the line and divisions within communities stoked, investigators must choose what is most important to defend—their reputations or the truth.”
starring Cameron Britton

Mindhunter (2017)
available with a Netflix subscription
“Set in the late 1970s, two FBI agents are tasked with interviewing serial killers to solve open cases.”
starring Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, and Anna Torv

My Bloody Valentine (2009)
available on Hulu with the Starz extension
“Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine’s night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, and it seems like his old flame is the only one that believes he’s innocent.”
starring Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Kerr Smith

Night of the Living Dead (1968)
available on Tubi
“A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters who are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.”
starring Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman

Out of the Furnace (2013)
available on Hulu with the Starz extension
“When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement doesn’t follow through fast enough, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.”
starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, and Zoe Saldana

Outsiders (2016-2017)
available with a Hulu subscription
“A story of struggle for power set in the rugged and mysterious hills of Appalachia.”
starring David Morse, Ryan Hurst, and Kyle Gallner

Promised Land (2012)
available on Hulu with the Starz extension
“A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.”
starring Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski

She’s Out of my League (2012)
available on Sony Crackle
“An average Joe meets the perfect woman, but his lack of confidence and the influence of his friends and family begin to pick away at the relationship.”
starring Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, and T.J. Miller

Smart People (2008)
available with a Netflix subscription
“Into the life of a widowed professor comes a new love and an unexpected visit from his adopted brother.”
starring Dennis Quaid, Thomas Haden Church, and Sarah Jessica Parker

Sorority Row (2009)
available on Tubi
“A group of sorority sisters try to cover up the death of their house-sister after a prank gone wrong, only to be stalked by a serial killer.”
starring Briana Evigan, Rumer Willis, and Carrie Fisher

Striking Distance (1993)
available on Sony Crackle
“Coming from a police family, Tom Hardy ends up fighting his uncle after the murder of his father. Tom believes the killer is another cop and goes on the record with his allegations. Demoted then to river duty, the killer taunts Tom.”
starring Bruce Willis, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Dennis Farina

Sudden Death (1995)
available on Hulu with the Starz extension
“A former fireman takes on a group of terrorists holding the Vice President and others hostage during the seventh game of the NHL Stanley Cup finals.”
starring Jean-Claude Van Damme

The Lifeguard (2013)
available on Sony Crackle and Tubi
“A former valedictorian quits her reporter job in New York and returns to the place she last felt happy: her childhood home in Connecticut. She gets work as a lifeguard and starts a dangerous relationship with a troubled teenager.”
starring Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, and Martin Starr

The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
available on Sony Crackle
“A reporter is drawn to a small West Virginia town to investigate a series of strange events, including psychic visions and the appearance of bizarre entities.”
starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, and David Eigenberg

The Next Three Days (2010)
available with a Hulu subscription
“A married couple’s life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder.”
starring Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, and Liam Neeson

Unstoppable (2010)
available on Hulu with the Cinemax extension
“With an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train barreling toward a city, a veteran engineer and a young conductor race against the clock to prevent a catastrophe.”
starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, and Rosario Dawson

Warrior (2011)
available with a Hulu subscription
“The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he’s trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament – a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.”
starring Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, and Joel Edgerton

Where’d You Go Bernadette (2019)
available with a Hulu subscription
“A loving mom becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Her leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.”
starring Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, and Emma Nelson

Wonder Boys (2000)
available on Sony Crackle
“An English Professor tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in.”
starring Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire, and Frances McDormand

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
available with a Netflix subscription
“Lifelong platonic friends Zack and Miri look to solve their respective cash-flow problems by making an adult film together. As the cameras roll, however, the duo begin to sense that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.”
starring Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, and Craig Robinson

*This information is current as of 3/23/2020.

“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

Angsty Syd navigates high school awkwardness, family drama and an unrequited crush on her best friend while trying to rein in her budding superpowers.

WATCH ON NETFLIX