Steeltown Entertainment

Steeltown Entertainment Project’s mission is to help build a vibrant, responsible, and sustainable entertainment sector in Southwestern PA by connecting entertainment professionals with regional ties to local projects, people, and partnerships to create commercially viable and socially meaningful film and media.

Begun in 2003 by Carl Kurlander (a Hollywood screenwriter originally from Pittsburgh) and like-minded partners Ellen Weiss Kander and Maxine Lapiduss, the organization not only advocates for professional filmmaking in Pittsburgh, but also provides opportunities for youth to try their own hand at making movies through its Youth & Media programming arm. Most significantly, Steeltown hosts the local Take a Shot at Changing the World contest each year, giving away over $10,000 to middle and high school students who are passionate about the art of film.

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