About two years ago, a chair appeared outside the Carrick branch of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
Employees wanted to get rid of it. They left it out with their trash, but waste collectors didn’t take it. Then they put it on the curb with a sign that said “free,” and still, no one took it.
That strange experience inspired “Chairpocalypse: Never Say Never Say Never,” a horror film that the library’s Teen Think group created this summer.
“It started to get kind of creepy that [the chair] wouldn’t leave,” said Jon Antoszewski, the Carrick branch’s teen librarian. “It was something quirky like that that the teens sort of gravitated toward.”
Teen Think will screen its film Aug. 13, 14 and 16 at the library’s Carrick branch.
The chair story first became the theme of a haunted house that Teen Think created in October 2012. In the summer of 2013, the group developed the story into a film.
“Chairpocalypse: Never Say Never Say Never” is the sequel to that first movie. It follows the misadventures of thrill-seeking teens who decide to investigate incidents caused by a killer chair.
The 24 teens, who range in age from 11 to 18, started to plan their new film in January. Using equipment from The Labs, Carnegie Library’s teen learning lab, the group filmed two days each week from June 9-30.
Friends of Carrick Library, a group of adult patrons who raise funds for the library, provided 40 printed T-shirts that many actors wore on screen.
Marty Taylor, 18, helped to make both of Teen Think’s movies. This summer, he acted in “Chairpocalypse: Never Say Never Say Never” and developed its soundtrack.
“Last time I helped with the basic plot,” said Marty, of Carrick. “This time I was much more distant from that, and it was interesting seeing where other people took the story.”
Arlington resident Emily MacIntyre co-directed the film. She said she enjoyed collaborating on the project with other teens.
“This was the first time I got to work with other people on a film. Usually when I do films, it’s little things on my own,” said Emily, 16. “So this was breaking out of my shell.”
The social aspect of the filmmaking was also a highlight for Marty. He said he was proud to see the end result of the group’s hard work.
“It’s just very grandiose in a very minuscule way,” he said.
Teen Think recently nominated the film for the video category of Carnegie Library’s Labsy Awards, which honor teen artists and creators. Mr. Antoszewski said he expects to hear results in early August.
Screenings of “Chairpocalypse: Never Say Never Say Never” will be held every half-hour from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 and 14 and every half-hour from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Carrick branch of Carnegie Library, 1811 Brownsville Road.
For more information: www.carnegielibrary.org.
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