Aug. 16, 2017

Carnegie Screenwriters, a group of tri-state writers, actors and filmmakers, is partnering with The Tull Family Theater and Dr. Bryan Suydam for its inaugural Script & Screen Festival. The festival will bring the best of screenwriting entries and short films from around the world to the region on Saturday, Aug. 26, and Sunday, Aug. 27.

The Carnegie Screenwriters will open this landmark event on Saturday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. with a reception and seated script reading of three selected short scripts in the Esmark and Bouchard Family Community Room.

On Sunday, Aug. 27, festival films, each less than 20 minutes long, will be screened starting at 11 a.m. The films will be shown in blocks of about 90 minutes, with breaks between the segments. Following the final segment, the filmmakers in attendance will be recognized. The event will wrap by 5 p.m.

The screening will include worldwide and Pittsburgh premieres among the national and international films, originating from Argentina, Iran, Russia and The United Kingdom, as well as the U.S., said Wendy Grube, festival director. Genres cover animation, documentary, musical, horror, comedy and family.

The nonprofit group of writers, filmmakers and actors decided to launch the festival after years of percolating the idea of hosting a short script competition. Many of the local members have produced their own short films, which sparked the idea of including films in the event as well.

“Pittsburgh is very much a supportive community when it comes to filmmaking,” Grube said. “We hope to bring more area film folks together through this event and encourage folks from other parts of the country and world to travel to the area, share their works and connect with our local filmmakers.”

For the theater, hosting an inaugural festival presents a special opportunity to make cinematic arts more accessible across the region.

“Partnering with the Carnegie Screenwriters is one of the ways The Tull Family Theater shows its support for filmmakers and screenwriters from Pittsburgh and beyond,” said Carolina Pais-Barreto Beyers, executive director of the theater. “This is an inaugural event for the Carnegie Screenwriters and this area, so we are honored to host this festival while exposing northwestern communities to this type of creative expression.”

Because the festival initially sold out in hours, more seats have been opened. Tickets can be purchased online in advance for the reception/script reading at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3056944 and for the film screenings at  www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3054519. Tickets will not be available at the door.

SCRIPTS

The scripts for the seated reading are:

  • Hell to Pay: The Legend of Robert Johnson by Giancarlo Fusi, Los Angeles

Following the death of his wife and baby during childbirth, a sharecropper’s burning desire to be a famous bluesman leads him to sell his soul to become the greatest guitarist of all time.

  • DIG by Robert Brian Taylor, Mount Lebanon

Most men will do pretty much anything when a loaded gun is pointed at them, including dig their own grave. Jackson, however, is not most men.

  • The Badge, the Gun and the Hangman’s Noose by Edward Santiago, Austin, Texas
    A ruthless desperado faces the ghosts of his past as he flees from the law of the Old West.

A complete listing of films to be screened is available at the Carnegie Screenwriters events Facebook page and website.

The Carnegie Screenwriters, a nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh brings filmmakers, actors and writers together to share and discuss their work, and to promote the art of filmmaking in the region. Carnegiescreenwriters.com Contact: Wendy Grube, festival director, wjgrube@gmail.com

The Tull Family Theater, a 501(c) (3) Pennsylvania nonprofit, is a film-based arts organization created to strengthen cultural, educational and entertainment experiences in the region northwest of Pittsburgh. Supported by diverse revenue streams from private, public, corporate and foundation funding, the theater counts among its donors Allegheny Regional Asset District, Huntington Bank, Esmark and the Bouchard Family, more than 500 individuals and its patrons. Their support helps to sustain and expand programming at an independent cinema in Sewickley offering two screens and an event/performance space. TheTullFamilyTheater.org
Contact: Karen Ferrick-Roman, Karen@thetullfamilytheater.org, cell 412.671.1456

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