'Franksgiving' wins Steeltown Film Factory competition

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A script about a bowler on Thanksgiving Day called "Franksgiving," written by Pittsburgh native Stephen Knezovich, was chosen Saturday as the winner of the fifth annual Steeltown Entertainment Project's Film Factory competition.

Mr. Knezovich receives $15,000 to turn his script into a short film, which will premiere at the Three Rivers Film Festival this fall. He also wins a trip to Hollywood.

Two runners-up, "Rainy Days" by Julie Jigour of Squirrel Hill and "The Beat Goes On" by Randy Kovitz of Lawrenceville, each won $7,500.

Mr. Knezovich's work was selected by three judges after hearing the three finalists' scripts read by Pittsburgh actors at Point Park University's GRW Theater, Downtown.

Tim Colbert, spokesman for the competition, described "Franksgiving" as "Pittsburgh-themed and very funny."

"It's Thanksgiving and bowler Frank Oitchovic has two things on this mind, throwing strikes and feeding half the neighborhood," Mr. Colbert said. "The crowd loved it. There were a lot of laughs in the house."

Mr. Knezovich of Point Breeze is a fifth-generation Pittsburgher and visual artist who holds a master of fine arts. His work was chosen from among 200 entries.

Patricia Sabatini: psabatini@post-gazette.com or 412-263-3066. First Published May 17, 2014 4:21 PM

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