Twelve quarter-finalists and their scripts will compete on March 23, 2013
The Steeltown Entertainment Project is proud to announce the 2013 Film Factory competition finalists. This year, 12 scripts have been chosen from a record 256 entries. The writers will pitch their short film ideas to a panel of entertainment industry professionals during FILM FACTORY: The Writer's Pitch, to be held at 11 a.m. on March 23 at the University of Pittsburgh's Frick Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Now in its fourth year, the competition successfully connects top Hollywood film and television professionals with local, emerging talent.
"This year's entries are outstanding and highlight the wealth of talent here in Pittsburgh," Carl Kurlander, Steeltown Entertainment Project's President and CEO, said. "The Film Factory Competition proves that our region has what it takes to be a player in creating world-class entertainment. We are excited that previous Film Factory finalists have had their films screened at national festivals, picked up for distribution, and bought by a major Hollywood studio. And the competition continues to grow at a rapid pace and provide aspiring filmmakers with an unparalleled opportunity to showcase their skills."
The finalists (and their films) are in alphabetical order: Randy Baumann (Tire Stem Sushi), Brandon Clemens (Meet-Cute), Laci Corridor (Two Thousand Bridges), Jarrett Fisher-Forester (The Escapist), Kevin Fuller (Cruelty Towards Animals), Heather Gray (Life After Deaf), Bruce Johnson (Fish), Samuel Krebs (Couriers), Dennis Schebetta (My Date With Adam), Glenn Syska (The Sketch), Cameron Roeback (The Greater Image), and Dan Wilkerson (Secondhand Start).
Panelists from Los Angeles, New York and Pittsburgh, including Pittsburgh Northside native, Rusty Cundieff, director, writer and actor for various movies and television programs including Comedy Central's and as director of the horror anthology Tales from the Hood and Movie 43, Asher Garfinkel, founder of Readers Unlimited, and University of Pittsburgh graduate, Douglas Crise, Oscar nominated for his editing work on the film Babel and editor of the much-anticipated new film Spring Breakers, will review each of the finalist's 12-page scripts. Each finalist will have a chance to re-write their scripts given notes by the panel and then five will be selected to move on to a semi-final round in April. The winning writers, to be chosen this May, will be awarded a trip to Hollywood to meet with Steeltown advisers, along with up to $30,000 to film the movie in Pittsburgh.