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Carnegie Screenwriters’ festival at Tull Family Theater this weekend

September 7, 2018

It’s film festival week at the Tull Family Theater in Sewickley.

The second annual Carnegie Screenwriters’ Script and Screen Festival will be held this weekend at the theater, located at 418 Walnut St.

The festival will give cinephiles a chance to come together to watch and discuss new works from filmmakers and scriptwriters around the globe at the Tull Family Theater.

Events open with a cocktail reception in the Esmark and Bouchard Family Community Room on at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. After a buffet dinner, a seated script reading will be presented by local actors.

The scenes to be performed are: “Cardboard Box” by Bernhard Riedhammer, “Be Not Far From Me” by Thomas Zak and “Friend” by Ali Abdolvahabi. They span a wide geographic range, from Louisiana to Europe and the Middle East, according to a news release.

The festival continues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, when 24 national and international shorts, selected from dozens of all-genre entries, will be screened.

The lineup will includes the worldwide premiere of a local romantic-comedy short, “The Cookie Table;” the big-screen premiere of “Ricochet,” which was filmed in Sewickley; a short from Canada, “Casey,” that recently played Cannes; the highly-acclaimed shorts from the United States, “Road Less Traveled,” and “Iran, Are You Volleyball?”

Those who attend will be able to vote for the audience choice awards.

“We strive to present quality films and scripts from our own backyard and around the globe. We hope to provide a positive experience as well as exposure for our local artists and to highlight the vibrant Pittsburgh artistic community to those who journey here to attend our event,” Wendy Eiben, the festival’s director, said in a news release.

“Providing a center for the creative community to gather is a core part of the theater’s mission, and we are excited to be embed the film festival experience into of the cultural scene of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Washington counties--and beyond,” Tull Executive Director Carolina Pais-Barreto Thor, said in a news release.

Tickets must be purchased in advance online -- by Aug. 23 for Saturday’s events ($22 plus handling fee) and by Aug. 25 for the entire day of screenings ($15, plus handling fee) -- and are available separately for each day of the festival. Tickets will not be available at the door.

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