We are pleased to announce that the Graduate Film Society received the award for “Outstanding New Student Organization” at the Chatham Banquet Awards on April 5, 2011. The GFS has only been active for 6 months, but we have made strong progress towards creating a well-recognized and hard working organization that hopes to continue our efforts in the future within the Chatham community and surrounding Pittsburgh area.
The 1st Annual Chatham Spring FilmFest 2011 was a success! More than 75 people attended the panel discussion in the Mellon Board Room and/or the screening in the Campbell Memorial Chapel. The panel, consisting of John Russo, Russ Streiner, Dan Handley, and Nina Gibbs, demonstrated their vast love for filmmaking and gave our audience a professional look at the state of filmmaking in the Western Pennsylvania area. Each member of the panel was thoroughly engaging and offered wonderful insight about the future of filmmaking and what current students can do to better position themselves for careers in the entertainment industry.
The Screening was just as exciting as we watched films ranging from 2-10 minutes covering a multitude of genres. Several students from Point Park University contributed their films and we loved the collaboration between the two schools. In the future, we hope to receive submissions from other neighboring schools. However, this first FilmFest demonstrated what our graduate program is capable of and anticipate twice as many people for the next Festival!
Enjoy the photos taken by Ryan Haggerty!
Our final two panelists are involved in documentary filmmaking and the 48 hour film festival. We welcome Nina Gibbs and Dan Handley to the panel.
You can count yourself among those in attendance by registering at my.chatham.edu under our events link on March 19. For non-Chatham students and faculty, please register by emailing ChathamFest@gmail.com. The panel is free and will run from 5:00-7:00pm. Seating is limited to those who have registered. For a campus locations and parking, consult our modified campus map. There is free parking in the Library lot, but please note that it is only accessible from Murray Hill Avenue. From there, there are highlighted pathways and labeled buildings where each event will take place.
Nina Gibbs has been active in the Pittsburgh arts community for the past 13 years. For the last three years, she has worked as one of the producers for the Pittsburgh section of the 48 Hour Film Project, the oldest and largest timed film competition in the world. Currently, she is producing “A Year Without Rent,” a multi-media experience in which award-winning filmmaker Lucas McNelly is spending a year living completely on the road, traveling across the country donating his talents to various independent film projects, all while documenting the process using a variety of online mediums. And because she believes in always staying busy (and creative), Nina also works as a photographer, screen printer, writer, event coordinator, and PR specialist.
Dan Handley is an engineer/scientist, musician, writer, and filmmaker. He has studied playwriting and science journalism at Johns Hopkins University as well as documentary filmmaking at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, where he is currently an Artist Member. You can see his take on the Allegheny Observatory at The Story of the Allegheny Observatory.
Our fist two panelists are well known throughout Pittsburgh and the movie making industry in general. Russ Streiner and John Russo will be on hand to meet those attending prior to the panel and will be answering questions about the State of Filmmaking in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.
You can count yourself among those in attendance by registering at my.chatham.edu under our events link on March 19. For non-Chatham students and faculty, please register by emailing ChathamFest@gmail.com. The panel is free and will run from 5:00-7:00pm. Seating is limited to those who have registered.
Russ Streiner is a film producer and actor. Streiner is well known for his role as Johnny in Night of the Living Dead (1968). He was also one of the producers of the film. Streiner has also produced There’s Always Vanilla (1971), The Booby Hatch (1976), and the remake of Night of the Living Dead (1990). He worked in the advertising field for several years while continuing to do film, television, commercial, and corporate production work. Russell has been actively involved in bringing film and television productions to western Pennsylvania throughout his career, and currently serves as chairman on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Film Office (formerly known as the Pittsburgh Film & Television Office). Russ Streiner is also one of the co-mentors along with John A. Russo of the John Russo Movie Making Program at DuBois Business College in DuBois, Pennsylvania.
John Russo , is an screenwriter and film director who worked on the 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead. As a screenwriter, his credits include Night of the Living Dead, The Majorettes, Midnight, and Santa Claws. The latter two, he also directed. He has performed small roles as an actor, most notably the first zombie who is stabbed in the head in Night of the Living Dead, as well as cameos in There’s Always Vanilla and House of Frankenstein 1997. John Russo is also the founder and one of the co-mentors along with Russell Streiner of the John Russo Movie Making Program at DuBois Business College in DuBois, Pennsylvania.