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Film Office's party goes on despite snowfall

| Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Luke Ravenstahl and Dawn Keezer during the Pre-Oscar Party for the Pittsburgh Film Office at J. Verno Studios on Friday, January 25, 2013. Mike Mancini | For the Tribune Review
Vanessa DeSalvo Getz during the Pre-Oscar Party for the Pittsburgh Film Office at J. Verno Studios on Friday, January 25, 2013. Mike Mancini | For the Tribune Review

As the city shut down early on Friday thanks to a brutal reality check from Mother Nature, the Pittsburgh Film Office brushed off any suggestions to cancel it's “So, You Want to Be in Pictures ...?” pre-Oscar party.

“We were having this party no matter what. All day, the joke was that if no one shows up, we can drink everything,” jested PFO director Dawn Keezer.

Outside the J. Verno Studios, a valet line that snaked its way around the block signaled a refusal to spend the night in hibernation as blaring horns revealed an impatient urgency for happy hour to begin — desperate times calling for desperate measures.

“Did you see me walking? We were stuck in the valet line. ... I said, ‘Just let me out.' I don't have the patience,” shared Hizzoner Ravenstahl.

As the likes of board chair Russ Streiner, Drs. Tony and Katie Farah, Evan Frazier, Jerimiah Lancaster and Katelyn Petraitis made the rounds, it became evident that no amount of snow was going to deter these diehards from raising a glass.

“I wouldn't have missed it,” offered Vanessa DeSalvo Getz.

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