by Lucy Leitner
Last year, the second round of obstacles in Steeltown Film Factory entrants’ quest for $30,000 included Rusty Cundieff. This Saturday, the six semi-finalists that have already bested the Chapelle’s Show director in the Writer’s Pitch portion of the epic journey will meet three new judges who will decide their fate.
The extremely helpful villains of this level of the game include Chris Keyser — President of the Writer’s Guild of America, West and creator/producer of Party of Five. The veritable tag team of producers and writers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts — with credits that include Revenge, Beverly Hills 90210, Roswell, and Pushing Daisies — will also help determine which of the six remaining contestants will make it to the finals.
Witness the showdown from which only three entrants will emerge victorious at University Center on Point Park’s campus at 11 AM (doors at 10:30). Tickets are still available through the Steeltown Entertainment Project. No one will be vanquished, but it will be a fascinating event nonetheless that provides an opportunity to hear from accomplished film industry professionals and emerging local talent.
Randy Baumann — Tire Stem Sushi
Laci Corridor — Two Thousand Bridges
Heather Gray — Life After Deaf
Dennis Schebetta — My Date with Adam
Glenn Syska — The Sketch
Though this is not an audience participation game and your opinion on the scripts has absolutely no bearing on the results, please read the semi-finalists’ entries on the Film Factory website. They are good. These panelists are far more difficult to pass through than a horde of zombies. If you’re playing a video game.