Welcome, Michael Bartley!

Welcome, Michael Bartley!

Michael Bartley PortraitSteeltown Entertainment Project CEO Carl Kurlander is pleased to announce that mediaconsultant and award winning Pittsburgh television journalist Michael Bartley has been named Executive Vice President of Production and Development at Steeltown. Michael joined Steeltown in January as a consulting producer for “The Reel Teens: Pittsburgh” mentoring 18 teens from different schools and different backgrounds for a program which airs on WPGH Fox 53.

“Michael has been so instrumental in our productions and overall success that we are very excited to have him here full time,” said Carl Kurlander, Steeltown’s president & CEO. Bartley will lead Steeltown’s expanding television production and implement his keen knowledge of sponsorship and development for the organization.

“I not only love the work Steeltown is doing, I just fell in love with the organization and its strategic goals of advancing Pittsburgh’s entertainment, film, and television prominence, and particularly its work with young people” Mr. Bartley said.

Michael Bartley spent 17 years as a host and managing editor at WQED Multimedia before joining Steeltown. He also spent 15 years anchoring and reporting the news in Milwaukee, WI and Green Bay, WI. Michael is a native of Pittsburgh and lives in the house where he grew up in the city’s Greenfield Neighborhood. Mr. Bartley has won 14 regional Emmys for excellence in journalism, as well as an Edward R. Murrow Award, a Gabriel Award, The Bill Burns Media Award, and numerous Pittsburgh Press Club Golden Quill Awards, among other professional honors. Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney has called Michael’s storytelling “… a true asset to the Pittsburgh region.”

Michael is honored and gratified to share his production and development skills and prowess toSteeltown, where he says “creativity is thriving and growing and benefiting the greatest city in America!”

Take A Shot Teen Film Prize Now Accepting Entries!

Take A Shot Teen Film Prize Now Accepting Entries!

Make a movie. Make a difference. Have your voice heard.

 Steeltown believethat a camera, an idea, and a voice can change the world. Our Take a Shot contest empowers teens in Southwestern Pennsylvania to share their stories by creating digital media that matters. Now’s your chance to have your voice heard. Whether you want to create a documentary that inspires social change or film an imaginative short with your friends, the 2016 Take a Shot contest is your opportunity to tell us your story.

ENTER TODAY!

Join Us In Celebrating Pittsburgh’s Indie Film Community!

Join Us In Celebrating Pittsburgh’s Indie Film Community!

 

Join us as we celebrate Indie Filmmaking! 
November 9  |  7:00PM  |   Regent Square Theater
 
 
Steeltown’s 7th annual event at the Three Rivers Film Festival is an evening to celebrate independent filmmaking in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The event will feature the first Steeltown Indie Class and showcase short projects made around the region. Local filmmakers will also share their experiences about making films here in Pittsburgh. Steeltown Indie offers educational and mentorship opportunities for local filmmakers as well as cash grants to help make their projects happen.
 
Following the event will be a networking reception!  
 
 
Many of the filmmakers and films screening at this event have achieved regional and national recognition such as: screening at Sundance, an Emmy Win, Film Factory Winner, and numerous awards and screening at festivals.

Films Include:

  • Pittsburgh Dad’s Back to the Future Episode By Chris Preksta and Curt Wooton
  • Back for Good Trailer: By Molly Donovan and Bailey Donovan
  • The Beat Goes On Short Film: By Randy Kovitz
  • Candyland Teaser Trailer: By Don Ammon and Kris Veenis
  • Father(s) Day Short Film: By Demetrius Wren
  • The Immaculate Reception Short Film: By Charlotte Glynn
  • The Raven Short Film: By Thad Ciechanowski, Joe Serkoch, and Frank Tirio Jr.
  • Milkman Short Film: By Garrett Kennell
  • The Sisters Sorella Live Scene: By Tressa Glover, Julianne Avolio, Maggie Carr and Don DiDiGiulio

Reed Agnew Visits Steeltown

Reed Agnew Visits Steeltown

Reed Agnew, known for his work on FX’s Wilfred and Comedy Central’s Crank Yankers, visited Steeltown to share his story and answer questions regarding his career as a writer and showrunner. 

Reed’s off-the-wall humor kept us all on our toes and excited to hear more. We can’t thank him enough for taking time out of his Pittsburgh visit to meet with us!

Keep your eyes peeled for Reed’s latest project, Son of Zorn, an animated/live-action television comedy starring a cartoon barbarian who’s trying to adjust to suburban boredom.

Youth & Media’s Busy Summer

Youth & Media’s Busy Summer

Our Youth & Media program kept themselves busy this summer by giving 18 kids from around Southwestern PA the opportunity to learn leadership skills and the tools to start a career in the entertainment industry.

We partnered with Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board & Learn and Earn Pittsburgh to give Pittsburgh’s youth an opportunity to jumpstart their careers. During the summer, our crew got the chance to film Steelers great, Jerome Bettis, as well as meeting and filming other kids working at different organizations within the Learn and Earn program.

What’s summer when it’s all work and no play, though? Our team also participated in field trips that exposed them to all that Pittsburgh has to offer. Plus, they loved the free pizza perk!

We’re so incredibly proud of the youth that we worked with this summer. Despite their age, they showed impressive responsibility and work ethic, and we know they’re destined to make a mark in Pittsburgh and beyond. Check out the hard work they put into the video below that they created for Learn and Earn Pittsburgh!

“Franksgiving” Premieres in the Three Rivers Festival On November 11

“Franksgiving” Premieres in the Three Rivers Festival On November 11

Steeltown’s 6th annual Film Factory event will be an evening to celebrate independent filmmaking in Southwestern Pennsylvania and feature, Franksgiving, the Ellen Weiss-Kander Award winner of the 2014 Film Factory Competition, and a sneak-peek of some of the Steeltown-supported Community Showcase films. Local filmmakers share their experiences about how they made their films here in Pittsburgh.  Steeltown will also announce its new development/mentorship program. 

Learn more about Franksgiving below in the great article published in Sunday’s edition of the Trib!
 

 


Steeltown award-winner 
‘Franksgiving’ ready for premiere

By Rachel Weaver
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

Just before Carl Kurlander, Steeltown Entertainment Project president, announced the winner of this year’s Ellen Weiss Kander Award, he foreshadowed the journey upon which its recipient was about to embark.

“The contest isn’t the end,” he told the crowd of hundreds gathered at Point Park University in May. “It’s the beginning.”

In the six months since, Stephen Knezovich has experienced many beginnings. Knezovich, winner of the $15,000 prize slated for bringing his short screenplay to the screen, has attended the first casting session, the first meeting of his crew, day 1 of filming. And, in the midst of all of it, he began a new life with his bride.

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