Monday, December 7, 2009

‘Greetings From Pittsburgh: Neighborhood Narratives’ Available on DVD December 12

Last year, Pittsburgh audiences fell in love with Greetings from Pittsburgh: Neighborhood Narratives—a collection of nine short films celebrating the city’s diverse neighborhoods. Now, with the holidays just around the corner, the beloved film will be available for purchase on DVD Saturday, Dec. 12.

For just $10, the DVD can be purchased exclusively at the Dreaming Ant, located inside the Crazy Mocha coffee shop in Bloomfield. The DVD also includes a special bonus documentary about the “making of” Neighborhood Narratives.

“All nine short films were written, directed and produced by local filmmakers,” explained Andrew Halasz, co creator of the project along with Kristen Lauth Shaeffer. “We wanted to provide some insight into how everyone came together to bring Neighborhood Narratives to Pittsburgh—from selecting the filmmakers to raising the funds for production to compiling the films for screenings throughout the city. It’s a really positive story that speaks highly of the Pittsburgh film community and the city in general.”

Helping the Homeless

Neighborhood Narratives not only makes a great stocking stuffer, but all proceeds from the DVD sales benefit Operation Safety Net®, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System’s award-winning medical outreach program for the unsheltered and transitional homeless population in Allegheny County.

“We were honored to learn that Neighborhood Narratives decided to donate the proceeds to Operation Safety Net,” said Dr. Jim Withers, founder of Operation Safety Net. “This gift couldn’t come at a better time, as the winter months are particularly harsh for the homeless. This support will go a long way toward improving the well being of Pittsburgh’s street homeless population.”

Operation Safety Net is a non-profit organization dear to the heart of Ray Werner, one of the filmmakers involved in the Neighborhood Narratives project. His short film, Tommy and Me, centered on a fictional homeless character in the Strip District. Werner dedicated his film, as well as all proceeds from the Strip District screening, to Operation Safety Net.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Greetings from the Three Rivers Arts Festival!

Greetings from Pittsburgh: Neighborhood Narratives will be screening for free as a part of the 2009 Three Rivers Arts Festival!

Harris Theater, Downtown
Saturday, June 06, 2009 - 5:15 PM
Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 6:00 PM
Saturday, June 13, 2009 - 7:00 PM
Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 4:00 PM