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Saturdays at 10 pm on WQED-13.1

Filmmakers Corner returns for a sixth season of localore film and video. Host Minette Seate gives viewers a screening room pass for drama, documentary, animation and more. Episodes also feature interviews with the folks behind the films and film festivals that you won’t want to miss.

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Fall brings thoughts of clogged gutters and busted pumpkins. If yard work's not your thing, there's the return of the Three Rivers Film Festival. November 7 - 22, you'll get your pick of some of the most highly-regarded films this side of Park City. For opening night film and ticket info: Three Rivers Film Festival.

Previous Episodes

Filmmakers Corner: 759 Dresden
Host Minette Seate talks to Dave Dunlap about his film "759 Dresden," a documentary on the unsolved triple-homicide that devastated the small town of East Liverpool Ohio in the 1970's. The film, and the crime upon which it was based, was recently featured in this article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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Filmmakers Corner: A Shorts Show
Host Minette Seate interviews Halish Saluja on the upcoming Silk Screen Asian American Film festival. Click here to watch the interview. Followed by a series of short films: Jose Muniain's "Sampsonia Way: City of Asylum Pittsburgh," Andrew Batista's "Piano Story," Ryan Krumm's "Quiet on the Set," and Matt Day's "Beached," "Laundry," "Cup of Joe," and "Pittsburghis It's Burgh." more info

Filmmakers Corner: Dog Bytes/Man of Steel/Troubadour Blues
Three short films beginning with Tammy Tsai’s “Dog Bytes,” the first episode in a dark comic on-line series that includes murder, mayhem and melodrama. Also, “Man of Steel,” a short film about the dying steel industry and its effect on an average family. The last film is “Troubadour Blues,” a shortened version of Tom Weber’s full-length documentary on the road weary life of the traveling musician.

Filmmakers Corner: Doo Dah Days
Program Description: Host Minette Seate interviews John Kirch, producer/director of "Doo Dah Days", a documentary on composer Stephen Foster, the annual celebration in his honor (called "Doo Dah Days") and his connection to Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood. "Doo Dah Days" is shown. more info

Filmmakers Corner: East of Liberty
This episode features an interview with filmmaker Chris Ivey and a 52-minute version of his documentary "East of Liberty," a look at the developments occurring in the East Liberty neighborhood and how they're being perceived by the citizens, business owners, city planners, etc. more info

Filmmakers Corner: Enter to Learn, Go Forth To Serve
The decision to close Schenley, one of the City’s most respected and beloved high schools after the 2008 school year, was one met with anger and sadness by quite a few Pittsburghers. But Schenley was more than just another controversial school closing. The documentary discusses Schenley’s legacy with former students, faculty and community leaders. They recall the school’s glory days and its last impact on the city. Host Minette Seate will be joined by Michelle Jackson, Community Affairs Officer for the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh and Lacal Turner who was part of the film’s production team. Ms. Jackson talks about the HACP’s Creative Arts Corner, the program that helps residents become media literate. For more information on “Enter To Learn, Go Forth to Serve” and the HACP programs, viewers can call them at 412-395-3950 or visit on line www.hacp.org.

Filmmakers Corner: Game Changers
Host Minette Seate interviews the Cheo Tyehimba Taylor (founder) and participants in the groundbreaking Game Changers Project, a film project for male African American filmmakers chosen from ten cities across the U.S. Interview guests include Game Changers Fellows James Robertson and Haji Muja. Program also includes their films: “Song for Trayvon,” by Jasiri X; “Building Men in an Age of Endangerment” by James Robertson; “Creative Fire: Pittsburgh Arts Group Helps Transform Youth” and “Cornell Jones” by Chris Ivey. Learn more about the project and how you can get involved at http://gamechangersproject.org/ more info

Filmmakers Corner: Game Changers II
Minette Seate hosts a new episode on the Game Changers Project, the non-profit on-line video project/fellowship/forum dedicated to films by and about African-American men. Minette talks to project founders about the project’s longevity and talks to four Game Changers Fellows, all from Pittsburgh. more info

Filmmakers Corner: In Service
Host Minette Seate interviews Ralph Vittuccio prior to screening his Iraq War documentary: In Service: Iraq to Pittsburgh. Conversations and observations from men and women from Southwestern PA who have served or are serving in Iraq. Includes footage shot by soldiers and journalists on the ground in Iraq.

Filmmakers Corner: JFilm
Host Minette Seate interviews Iris Samson and Katherine Spitz Cohan on the 18th annual JFilm Fest (formerly the Jewish and Israeli Film Festival). Also, short films from Elizabeth Seamans ("Outdoor Activity"), Tess Allard ("Broke Down Mill Town," "Bird Land," "Journey") and Len Caric ("Roof of the World").

Filmmakers Corner: JFILM
Host Minette Seate interviews Iris Samson, Chair, and Katherine Spitz Cohan, Executive Director, on the 18th annual JFilm Fest (formerly the Jewish and Israeli Film Festival). Included are clips from the upcoming festival and a discussion of JFilm's history. more info

Filmmakers Corner: Julie and the Pacer
Filmmakers Corner returns for a sixth season of localore film and video. Host Minette Seate welcomes documentarian, musician and writer Julie Sokolow kicks off the new season of Filmmakers Corner. She’s also the creator of the documentary series “Healthy Artists,” a look at how artists navigate their lives without health insurance. Tonight’s episode screens her short films: “Making House Calls,” “The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum,” and “Russian Icon Painter.” Minette and Julie also talk to about her upcoming feature length documentary “Aspie Seeks Love”. For more on Julie Sokolow, her life and work, go to her webpage: juliesokolow.com

Also on this episode, Joe Ligo’s documentary “The Unfortunate History of the AMC Pacer.” Like all great heroes, the Pacer was maligned and misunderstood during its heyday. In “Unfortunate History” Joe talks to the folks who built and designed the gold-fish bowl shaped Pacer, along with the collectors who treasure it today.  Producer Ligo explores everything from the car’s origins, to its engine design and the rise and fall of American Motors Company. more info

Filmmakers Corner: Lightweight
Host Minette Seate interviews Randy Kovich and Deborah Hoskings, co-writers and creators of the film “Lightweight,” which is also screened during this episode. Also, trailers from the highlights of the 30th annual Three Rivers Film Festival and two shorts from last year’s competition. more info

Filmmakers Corner: Local Films
Host/Producer Minette Seate brings viewers a program of films with a decidedly local focus. Chia-Pi Phoebe Chao talks about her documentary on the lives of three very different women and the roles they play in the city’s Chinese American community. Her film “A Better Home” follows. Then, Minette visits with Jessica Pachuta of Carnegie Mellon University’s Create Lab and Sophia Benett of their project Hear Me 101. Hear Me combines technology with community by helping area young people become media literate and then mentoring them while they shoot and produce films of their own choosing. Films include: “Wilkinsburg As I See It” and “Music in Schools: Heart & Soul.” more info

Filmmakers Corner: Local Films
Laura Jane Kahl from Pittsburgh Filmmakers previews the 32nd Annual 3 Rivers Film Festival with host/producer Minette Seate. The preview includes scenes from opening night Festival Films and event highlights. Minette also interviews Lisa Reed-Smith, COO of the Steeltown Film Factory about the winners for their film competitions. Films include: “The Perils of Growing Up Flat Chested” and “Escape from St. Quentin’s.” The 32nd Annual Three Rivers Film Festival runs from November 8 – 23, 2013. For more information, go to 3rff.com To find out about special events or how to get involved in their screenwriting competition, go to: Steeltownfilmfactory.org or Steeltown.org.

Filmmakers Corner: Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.? (Vamos Meninas!)
A documentary focusing on Brazil’s female president Dilma Rousseff and the role women play in shaping that country’s political and economic climate. The documentary also examines the possibility of a woman in the office of president of the United States. Produced by The Women and Girls Foundation of Pennsylvania.

Filmmakers Corner: Men, Women & Water
This week's episode features three short films beginning with Tom Poole’s “The Black Male Experience” composed of interviews with a collective of Black Male Pittsburghers on their varied life experiences.

“Little Blue: A Short Documentary” by Angela Wiley tells the stories of citizens in Beaver County, Pennsylvania and Hancock County, West Virginia who live around Little Blue Run Dam, one of the largest coal ash impoundments in the country.

“The Lint Lady” a film by Alex Lee, Christa Majoras and Angela Wiley of an artist who uses an unusual yet everyday medium to create art. More of Angela's work can be seen at www.angelawiley.com.
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Filmmakers Corner: More Shorts
Host Minette Seate presents an evening of short films by local filmmakers that includes: Sam Boese's corporate satire "Hamilton Lurie and the Bad Karma Sink," a selection from Madelyn Roehrig's documentary on people who visit Andy Warhol's grave "Figments: Conversations with Andy" and two films from Bryan Talkish, a sci-fi thriller "Home" and an urban zombie showdown "Prosper City." more info

Filmmakers Corner: Mr. Pleasant
Host Minette Seate interviews filmmaker John Rice about his short film “Mr. Pleasant,” included in this episode. Also, a comedy selection from the 2012, 48 Hour Film Project, “Sphincterless: Born Without A Butt.” For more info on Mr. Pleasant, visit the website at: http://mrpleasantmovie.com/
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Filmmakers Corner: Neighborhood Narratives
Kristen Lauth-Shaeffer and Andrew Halasz are interviewed on their project "Neighborhood Narratives." In 2008, nine short films were made, each one set in a specific Pittsburgh neighborhood. The films were a huge hit during local screenings and this is their first time on television - four films will be presented. more info

Filmmakers Corner: New Shorts!
Host Minette Seate presents an evening of short films by local filmmakers that includes: Sam Boese’s corporate satire “Hamilton Lurie and the Bad Karma Sink,” a selection from Madelyn Roehrig’s documentary on people who visit Andy Warhol’s grave “Figments: Conversations with Andy” and two films from Bryan Talkish, a sci-fi thriller “Home” and an urban zombie showdown “Prosper City.” more info

Filmmakers Corner: Not As I Pictured
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer John Kaplan was at the top of his world. Never before ill, he was used to documenting the life ordeals of others. But when suddenly diagnosed with a rare case of potentially deadly Lymphoma, it was a blind side. Turning the lens on himself, Kaplan's remarkable imagery takes us beyond his despair and through his powerful belief that he can, and must, beat it.
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Filmmakers Corner: Paramount of Shorts
"The Paramount Film Exchange" is Drew Levinson's film that helped launch the preservation campaign for this local film landmark. Dan Holland, of the Young Presevationists Association is also interviewed on Pittsburgh's once famous film row. Other featured films include: “Meet Your Maker,” – a Twilight-zone like sci-fi film; "Tear It Up Son!" – a b&w ode to off-road trucking; and two films by Matthew Day: “Catching Up With Ketchup” and “Steam Rolled Pittsburgh.” more info

Filmmakers Corner: Point Park Showcase
An interview with Andrew Halasz, Assistant Professor of Cinema and Digital Arts at Point Park University and filmmaker Noel Schermaier. Episode also includes selections from the 2010 Point Park University Cinema showcase. more info

Filmmakers Corner: RMU
Host Minette Seate interviews  Jim Seguin, director of Robert Morris University's Center for Documentary Study and Production and screens two student films from 2006: "The Baluh Boys" and "That's Amore: the 10th Annual Dean Martin Festival."

Filmmakers Corner: Shorts Medley
Every year, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts names its Masters of Visual Arts. Two of them are profiled in tonight's episode: David Lewis – a profile of the artist and sculptor and Tina Brewer -- educator and textile artist. Also, Jay Kuntz’ Chasing The River – a look at the beautiful ecosystem along the Allegheny River Basin. Natalie Vazquez’ Routes to Roots – a young woman looks at the way the relationships with her grandmothers are grounded in their respective food traditions.

Filmmakers Corner: Shorts Show, Volume 2
Host Minette Seate brings you another show of shorts! First, we'll meet Lisa Smith of the Steeltown Film Factory and watch the winners of the 2010 Film Factory competition. We'll also see Andy Kelemen's "A Roof Above" and Glenn Syska's "Fortunex." more info

Filmmakers Corner: The Carrie Deer
Host Minette Seate presents Sharon Brown’s documentary “The Carrie Deer.” The old Carrie Furnaces – in the milltown of Rankin –- once produced over a thousand tons of iron a day according to some estimates. In 1997, fifteen years after the furnaces had shut down, a group of mysterious young artists used the mill and its refuse to create the Carrie Deer. Once considered close to vandalism by some, the deer is now at the heart of a preservation campaign and serves as an enduring symbol for the region. Artist interviews, rare archival footage and original music help tell this unique story. more info

Filmmakers Corner: The Carrie Furnaces
Southwestern Pennsylvania is world renowned for its dominance in the steel and aluminum industries. "The Carrie Furnaces" tells the story of those famed furnaces, iron production, and the industry's contributions to the region's history. "The Carrie Furnaces" is filled with engineering marvels, labor rights and stories of a time when just going to work was an adventure. more info

Filmmakers Corner: The Cask Of Amontillado/Gas Rush Stories
Host Minette Seate presents two films: The Cask Of Amontillado, a dramatization of Edgar Allan Poe’s sinister story that centers on a rare cask of wine. Second up is filmmaker Kirsi Jansa’s “Gas Rush Stories.” This compilation of two episodes from Jansa’s web series focuses on shale gas production and how it affects the communities where it occurs. To find out more about  the team behind "The Cask," visit their website at: dijitmedia.com. For more insight into The Gas Rush Stories and filmmaker Kirsi Jansa, visit kirsijansa.com. more info

Filmmakers Corner: The Films of Will Zavala
Will Zavala is a maker of documentaries and an instructor at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. This episode features a selection of his documentaries including: The farm-life documentary "Today I Baled Some Hay to Feed the Sheep the Coyotes Eat," a raucous look at life on wheels in "Roller Derby: Theatre of Pain," and a portrait of famed local artist "Virgil Cantini: the Artist in Public."

Filmmakers Corner: The Haunting Of Larimer Mansion
Host Minette Seate presents “The Haunting Of Larimer Mansion.” Loving the charm and history of the area, Lynne and and Larry Moisey purchased the old Larimer House in North Huntingdon PA. They refurbished the more than 200 year old home into a charming bed and breakfast that attracted visitors from throughout the region including more than a few from another world. The paranormal investigation team Hauntings Research explores the mansion and shares its many unnatural secrets. more info

Filmmakers Corner: The Reel 48
Filmmakers Corner starts its fourth season with an interview with Mitch Leib Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Lesbian & Gay Film Festival on the 2012 Reel Q festival and clips from this year’s films. Also, Kahmeela Adams and Nina Gibbs of the 48 Hour Film Project Pittsburgh edition talk about the growth of the 48 and present a selection of films from the 2012 competition. Including: Letter Die: A Gamut Sibling Mystery, Tourist Companion, Green Eyed and more. Comedy, adventure, drama, dinosaurs!
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Filmmakers Corner: The Trail
This week on Filmmakers Corner, host Minette Seate presents “The Trail,” Robert Isenberg’s self produced, self shot documentary on his one man trip on the Appalachian biking trail from Pittsburgh to Maryland. Also, two additional short films, both from the 48 Film Project: “A Walk in the Park” and “Come After.” You can find out more about the filmmaker and see a trailer of his two-wheeled journey at his website http://robertisenberg.net/. more info

Filmmakers Corner: Tolerance
Minette Seate hosts two films that share a theme of tolerance. First is “The Wait for Innocence” by Mark Notarberardino. Mark is an independent filmmaker who brings us this suspenseful short focusing on one man’s delusions and the unlikely friend who chooses to help him. Second is “The Marriage Project” by first-time filmmaker Michele Huber. Huber’s film contrasts and compares the lives of three married couples – one gay, one lesbian, one heterosexual – and their quest for marriage equality. more info

Filmmakers Corner: Travel
Host Minette Seate interviews videographer Ben Hernstrom and screens his documentary "Venzaha." And artist and filmmaker Teresa Foley shows off her "Locally Toned" project and screens the short films: "Fight and Flight," "A Mano," "Monkey Forest Tourist" and "Hazardous Materials." more info

Filmmakers Corner: What Does Trouble Mean: Nate Smith's Revolution
"What Does Trouble Mean" tells the story of the late local civil rights activist Nate Smith who fought to get African American workers on construction crews during the city’s building renaissance in the 1970’s. It includes re-enactments, news footage, and interviews. more info

Filmmakers Corner: Whistle
Host Minette Seate interviews Pittsburgh Filmmakers Director Andrew Swensen on the 2010 Three Rivers Film Festival and previews clips from the festival. Also, producer/writer/actor Nikki Young talks about her film "Whistle Lesson." The film is shown in its entirety. more info

Filmmakers Corner: Wine and Dust
Artist/filmmaker Frank Ferraro and producer John Vento join host Minette Seate to talk about their documentary "Wine and Dust." The film explores the lives of several working musicians and the effect their choices have had on the people who love them. A frank and thoughtful look at the stresses that often accompany a life-long dream. Find out more about Frank and his work at http://frankferraro.wordpress.com/ more info

Filmmakers Corner: Woman to Woman
Host Minette Seate interviews Alyssa Hanna and screens her film “Woman to Woman,” a documentary on the role of religion in the lives of different Israeli women. Also, five short films by animator/filmmaker Jo Dery including: “Echoes of Bats and Men,” “Roll,” “The Last, The Rest,” “Peeks,” and “String Stories.” more info




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