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Silk Screen film festival gala draws 400 celebrants

John Altdorfer - Banner dancers perform during the Silk Screen fundraiser for the Asian-American Film Festival at the Rivers Club.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Banner dancers perform during the Silk Screen fundraiser for the Asian-American Film Festival at the Rivers Club.
John Altdorfer - Ruby Jain during the Silk Screen fundraiser for the Asian-American Film Festival at the Rivers Club.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Ruby Jain during the Silk Screen fundraiser for the Asian-American Film Festival at the Rivers Club.
John Altdorfer - Katie Jones and Harish Saluja during the Silk Screen fundraiser for the Asian-American Film Festival at the Rivers Club.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Katie Jones and Harish Saluja during  the Silk Screen fundraiser for the Asian-American Film Festival at the Rivers Club.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

It's doubtful that the Rivers Club has ever been adorned like it was on May 10. Beholden to an enticing array of visual eye candy, a crowd of 400 was eager to partake in surroundings for the Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival Gala.

The pounding of throaty drums and clanging cymbals signaled the entrance of a Chinese lion, while locally based dancers brought even more international flair and a finale of belly dancers punctuated the evening.

“Dance is a language that you don't need to know to understand,” said coordinator Ruby Jain.

Through May 19, the showcase of Asian films and filmmakers with origins in Asian cultures will include 59 showings at the Regent Square Theater, the Melwood Screening Room and the Carnegie Museum of History's Earth Theater.

Making the rounds with executive director Harish Saluja were Katie Jones (in one of the many dazzling saris seen floating by throughout the evening), Sumedha Nagpal, Aseem Chhabra,Mona andDan Mattson, Krishna Sharma, Brian Siewiorek, Kathryn Heidemann, Reema Singh, Poonam Sood and Tulasi Gude. WTAE's Sally Wiggin emceed.

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