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Carnegie Screenwriters festival to show at Sewickley's Tull Theater

| Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, 12:12 p.m.

Film aficionados and novices, alike, should be able to enjoy the Carnegie Screenwriters inaugural Script and Screen Festival, according to director Wendy Grube.

The event will be held Aug. 26 and 27 at the Tull Family Theater in Sewickley.

“Anyone who enjoys a good film or a good story would enjoy our festival,” Grube said. “We are getting a lot of interest from local filmmakers and writers but we are hoping to attract folks who have maybe never attended a film festival or seated reading before.”

Within hours of announcing the event, nearly 70 tickets were sold, so the event was moved from the smaller screening theater to the larger room of the theater. Limited seats still are available and can be purchased online until Aug. 26.

No tickets will be sold at the door.

Tickets also are available for the over-21 reception taking place in the theater's community room on Aug. 26.

“The reception offers the opportunity for people to meet filmmakers from this and other areas, talk with screenwriters and learn a bit about the craft as well as to enjoy the scripts selected to be read at the event,” Grube said.

On Sunday, films will be screened starting at 11 a.m.

The screening will include worldwide and Pittsburgh premieres among the national and international films originating from Argentina, Iran, Russia and the United Kingdom. The films, each less than 20 minutes long, cover genres such as animation, documentary, musical, horror, comedy and family.

“With the festival, these activities suddenly become very accessible and real to residents living north and west of the city,” Tull theater spokeswoman Karen Ferrick-Roman said. “We expect that people who are curious about the creative process and art of making films who have never before attended a script reading or film festival will take advantage of this opportunity and mingle with veterans of these events. It's a great chance for collaborations and new experiences all around.”

The Carnegie Screenwriters, a group of tri-state writers, actors and filmmakers, partnered with the Tull Family Theatre, which opened in February, in the spring, at the same time the group decided to form this event.

“We were both excited to grow through this partnership,” Ferrick-Roman said.

Added Grube, “We have found that the Tull Family Theater has been very supportive of our mission to highlight local filmmakers and writers, as well as to offer this region the opportunity to enjoy works from all over the world.”

Writers from Mt. Lebanon, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas will read at the event. The actors are all local professionals.

Matthew Peaslee is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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