Chatham News

Graduate Film Society hosts first Spring FilmFest featuring screening, panel discussion on Sat., March 19

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
March 4, 2011

PITTSBURGH (March 4, 2011) … Chatham University’s Master of Fine Arts in Film and Digital Technology and its Graduate Film Society will present the Chatham Spring FilmFest on Saturday, March 19, 2011, from 5:00-10:30 p.m. on the University’s Shadyside Campus. The film panel will run from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Mellon Board Room and will include industry professionals discussing the state of filmmaking in western Pennsylvania.

The film screening follows at 7:30 p.m. in the Campbell Memorial Chapel and will feature a collection of films from Chatham undergraduate and graduate students as well as students from surrounding universities. Each film will run 2-10 minutes and will represent a multitude of film genres. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. Registration is necessary for the panel discussion by e-mailing; no registration is needed for the film screening.

Panelists will include Russ Streiner, film producer and actor who is well-known for playing the role of “Johnny” in “Night of the Living Dead” (1968). Streiner also served as a producer on that film, as well as “There’s Always Vanilla” (1971), “The Booby Hatch” (1976), and the re-make of “Night of the Living Dead” (1990). Also serving as a panelist is John Russo, screenwriter and film director whose credits include “Night of the Living Dead,” “The Majorettes,” “Midnight,” and “Santa Claws.”

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit