Film Notes: Clemente screenplay gets seated reading

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A seated reading of Russ Babines' screenplay "The Great One" about Roberto Clemente will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Franco's Trattoria, 3271 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont. It is free and open to the public.

The play is a coming-of-age story about a group of children in the early 1970s who share a passion for baseball and their favorite Pittsburgh Pirate. The screenplay has reached the quarter- or semi-final round of various screenwriting competitions and is under consideration by production companies.

Duquesne doc honored

A Duquesne University documentary that followed the Pony Express Trail through remote areas of the West has won a People's Choice Telly Award. Through an online competition on the Telly YouTube Channel, the public was invited to pick their favorites.

"7 Days, 17 Hours" was produced by students, faculty and alumni led by instructor James Vota. The crew on motorcycles and in vehicles tried to meet or beat the record Pony Express time from St. Joseph, Mo., to Sacramento, Calif., providing the title for this look at Pony Express aficionados, scenes and history along the route.

Too late, MacGruber

Look for a "MacGruber" review Saturday. It was screened too late for today's paper.

Hollywood Theater skates for good cause

Skaters from South Park Board Shop and Headboards on the South Side will rocket down the aisles of the Hollywood Theater in Dormont to kick off a skateboarding movie festival Saturday and Sunday.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, "Rolling Through the Decades" will screen, with "Thrashin' " at 4:30 p.m. At 2 p.m. Sunday, "Downhill Motion" will play, while "Never Been Done" will screen at 4:30 p.m. Tickets: $6 or $5, with student ID.

The event also will kick off fundraising efforts to build a skate park to honor Vincent Pitcher, 21, and Stephen Pitcher, 19, skateboarding and BMX biking enthusiasts who drowned July 15, 2008. The brothers, sons of Mary Pitcher who has been leading the way on the project, were graduates of Keystone Oaks High School.

Mingling for movies

The Pennsylvania Film Industry Association is organizing an event for Monday, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Bossa Nova that will address getting into the movies and the importance of the film tax credit.

Speakers will include: Deb Docherty from Docherty Talent Agency; Stephen Black, The Talent Group; and Nancy Mosser, Nancy Mosser Casting.

To gain admittance to the event at the Downtown venue, 123 Seventh Ave., you must be 21 years old. Cash bar and appetizer menu will be available.

-- Post-Gazette movie editor Barb Vancheri


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