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Short Films

January 26, 2009

Granted, the film festival was a few months ago, I finally remembered to come back and post a couple short films from the Symposium. These two films are part of the reason that I enjoyed the symposium as much as I did. Neither one is longer than about 4 minutes, and I hope you will take the time to enjoy them as much as all of the attendees did.

Dear, Sweet Emma



Symposium–The Short Film: A Genre Unto Itself?

November 18, 2008

As stated before, I made it to the symposium. I was that girl that showed up late and looked lost until lunch arrived. Lunch always makes me think straight again when I’m confused.

At any rate, my impression of the symposium was fantastic. I got to see Ernie Gehr speaking about time as it affects his art. His speech went through the first optical coin tricks to the first animations and later, moving pictures as first explored by the Lumière brothers. We saw two of his short films, one by the name of Greene Street, where objects and shadows floated surrealistically until you realized it was a time-stop filming of the sun’s movement and the lights and shadows it caused on the buildings of Greene Street.

After the speech was finished, we moved into concurrent afternoon sessions. I could not stay until the very end of the symposium, but what I saw was definitely interesting. The panel discussion I chose was about short film and audiences in the era of YouTube. With the explosion of user-created content, especially short movies and videos, the short film has more exposure than ever, but is it its own market? We first explored the topic by watching this, which got the panel discussion off to a hilarious start:

YouTube Contest Challenges Users To Make A ‘Good’ Video

Unfortunately, as most know, YouTube is a catch-all (a term used in discussion by panelist Ralph Vituccio) where not every video is of great artistic merit. With this flood of content, what is a viewer to do? Panelist Kim Ann Pfau (who organizes the Sandy Valley Independent Short Film Series) advocated seeing short films as an audience experience, as the reactions of the crowd around you can greatly affect your perception and enjoyment of the film. All expressed concern over wide exposure via sites like YouTube or Atom Films, or the traditional film festival circuit.

It’s definitely an experience I would recommend if film and the visual arts are your passion in life.


Tomorrow’s film symposium

November 13, 2008

Meet the blogger!

No, don’t go for me (even though I’ll be there for at least a portion of the festivities)…go for the chance to talk with several industry professionals and independent filmmakers. I have briefly mentioned the event before, but I also don’t mind repeating myself!

Plus–lunch. Need I say more? Talking and eating are definitely my fortes. In fact, I believe talking and eating are my DREAMS in life, my raisons d’être.

Details about pricing as well as the ticket-purchasing link to can be found here. See you tomorrow!


Special Events at the Film Festival

November 4, 2008

In addition to collaboration with the Polish Cultural Council, Pittsburgh Filmmakers has several special events happening at this year’s festival which will truly be once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. I personally got to print and cut tickets for these!

  • Opening Night screening of Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine at the Harris Theater
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc, a 1928 silent film that will be shown in conjunction with a musical performance by the Bach Choir
  • Three Rivers Film Symposium: The Short Film (first time ever!)
  • The Last Command, a 1928 silent film shown simultaneously with a performance by the three-man Alloy Orchestra
  • Closing night’s Pittsburgh Reframed (at 250), a collection of short films by local artists

Stay tuned for an elaboration of these special events!


3 Rivers Film Festival

October 28, 2008

Who: Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

What: The 27th Annual 3 Rivers Film Festival

Where: One of three theaters currently held by the organization, as follows-

Harris Theater
Regent Square Theater
Melwood Screening Room

When: November 7th through November 22nd. Films are shown every day in the two week period, with over 40 films covering the genres of local films, documentaries, restored classics, and many more…

Why: It’s the longest running and largest film festival in this region. We love to help emerging and established artists find audiences and to help audiences find great films.

How: Through collaboration with Dollar Bank and our sponsors and many volunteers, we have managed to bring together a wide variety of films. Many of the artists involved in the creation of these films will be in attendance, and will take part in special events such as the artist’s symposium. In addition to film screenings and the symposium, there will also be a brunch and live musical performances.

How can you get your tickets?
They’re actually on sale online through the Festival’s website. As always, tickets can be purchased at the door starting a half-hour before the show, provided the show is not sold out.