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Steeltown, one of several local organizations that work to bring film production to Pittsburgh, announced their move to the WQED studios on May 12.

Film opportunities for students open up through new partnership

By Sinead McDevitt, Senior Staff Writer
WQED is the studio where Fred Rogers filmed his show more than 50 years ago. Now, students interested in filmmaking can work there as an intern with Steeltown Productions, or visit to get help with their own projects.
Photos: The Bard in Bloom

Photos: The Bard in Bloom

By Dalia Maeroff, Senior Staff Photographer
Sally Wen Mao (left) is the author of “Oculus” and “Mad Honey Symposium.”

Poet Sally Wen Mao closes out AAPI Heritage Month with readings from her award-winning books

By Ananya Pathapadu, Staff Writer
Sally Wen Mao is the author of “Oculus” and “Mad Honey Symposium.” Her first book, “Mad Honey Symposium,” was given the Kinereth Gensler Award in 2012. “Oculus” was published in 2019 and was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Must-Read Books of 2019, and highly reviewed by NPR, The Washington Post and The New Yorker, among others.
“Army of the Dead” is the latest block-buster action feature from director Zack Snyder.

Review: “Army of The Dead” needs to tone it down a notch

By Charlie Taylor, Senior Staff Writer
No one watches a gory, action-packed zombie flick for its emotional range, but “Army of the Dead” has about as much heart and wit as its undead antagonists.
All the events being held between May 12 and May 21 by City of Asylum, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit that provides sanctuary for writers who have been exiled under threat of persecution from their home countries, center around translation and themes of identity, migration and displacement.

International Literary Festival seeks to bridge cultural barriers with translated books

By Sinead McDevitt, Senior Staff Writer
Translation, often a forgotten part of the literary process, allows stories from all over the world to be more accessible to a wider audience. City of Asylum is celebrating translation with the first annual Pittsburgh International Literary Festival, also known as LitFest. 
The Center for Creativity hosted “PITTch: The Next Step” Wednesday night as part of its PITTch project, which aims to give Pittsburghers hands-on experience pitching their movie and TV ideas to producers.

PITTch connects Pittsburgh creatives to the film industry

By Charlie Taylor, Senior Staff Writer
The Center for Creativity hosted “PITTch: The Next Step” last Wednesday as part of its PITTch project, which aims to give Pittsburghers hands-on experience pitching their movie and TV ideas to producers.
Disney+'s “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” with Anthony Mackie, left, and Sebastian Stan.

Review: ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ soars triumphantly into final episode

By Diana Velasquez, Senior Staff Writer
Initially, the show was meant to air last August, but was delayed after production stopped in the Czech Republic because of COVID-19.
Staff Picks: Oscar nominees to help you escape from responsibilities

Staff Picks: Oscar nominees to help you escape from responsibilities

Finals week is fast approaching, but so are the 2021 Academy Awards — which do you really want to spend your time preparing for?
Pitt Program Council and Rainbow Alliance hosted “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness on Monday night.

Jonathan Van Ness talks ‘Queer Eye,’ LGBTQ+ activism with PPC, Rainbow Alliance

By Anna Ligorio, Senior Staff Writer
Van Ness discussed his ice skating experience and more on Monday night, when he participated in “A Conversation with Jonathan Van Ness,” a lecture held by Pitt Program Council in collaboration with Rainbow Alliance.
The club TEDx @Pitt hosted a conference Sunday afternoon featuring presentations from four speakers, including first-year microbiology major Kim Le, career consultant and Pitt alumna Emily Bennett, Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta of the 181st District of Pennsylvania and Provost Ann Cudd.

TEDx @Pitt hosts conference to reflect on 2020

By Sinead McDevitt, Senior Staff Writer
Since TEDx @Pitt is an independent conference, it was put together entirely by Pitt students, according to Ryan Young, vice president of the organization.
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