Discounted Tickets for Banff Mountain Film Fest this Sunday!

BMFFPoster2013If you are a lover of the outdoors or a lover of outdoor documentary films – you don’t want to miss the Banff Mountain Film Festival which will be stopping in Pittsburgh this weekend.  Hosted by Venture Outdoors this is a great chance to check out the best in outdoor films and to support Venture Outdoors programming.

This is the view of the Los Angeles river from behind my hotel in Studio City, CA

This is the view of the Los Angeles river from behind my hotel in Studio City, CA

Even if you don’t consider yourself an outdoor lover – I think you will enjoy these films – which include some spectacular cinematography.  I’ll admit that I didn’t think I would like outdoor films, but after attending Banff a few years ago, I have attended the Fly Fishing Film Festival and the Paddling Film Festival last year.  I am still talking about the Los Angeles River documentary that was screened at the paddling film festival.

Banff Mountain Film Festival Pittsburgh Screenings

  • Saturday, April 5, 2014 – 7pm
  • Sunday, April 6, 2014- 5pm

Tickets range from $14-$20. Click here to purchase tickets through ShowClix.

[use code IHEARTPGH To save 10% on Sunday tickets]

Banff After Party at The Porch

porchI want to invite everyone to head over to the Porch following the Saturday night screening for a little after party and a chance to learn more about Venture Outdoors.  I will be there, along with several other Venture Outdoors board members and staff.  (If you are interested in getting more involved with Venture Outdoors – please let me know – we are always looking for volunteers, trip leaders and new board members).

Banff After Party 
Saturday, April 5, 2014 9:30pm-11pm
The Porch at Schenley Park
Free to attend – cash bar
RSVP on Facebook

Banff Mountain Film Festival Trailer

Paddling Film Festival & Try Paddleboarding – This Saturday

One of THE BEST ways to see Pittsburgh is from the rivers.  If you have been a regular reader of IheartPGH, you know how much we love kayaking around town with Kayak Pittsburgh.  Last summer, thanks to the REI and my sister who spent a summer in Hawaii, I spent most of the time on a standup paddleboard. (If you saw some crazy lady driving down Penn ave with a large surfboard on the car – that was probably me). Whether your sitting in a kayak or standing on a board – Western PA offers lots of great places to paddle.

SurfSUP Adventures, a paddle board tour company located here Western PA, is bringing the Reel Paddling Film Festival to town this Saturday.

SurfSUP Adventures is hosting the 2013 Reel Paddling Film Festival for the Pittsburgh area on Saturday, May 11.

  • 3pm SUP Instruction and paddling activities
  • 5pm Film Screenings begin –
  • Time is subject to change due to weather so please stay posted for updates the SurfSUP facebook page  prior to the show.
  • Vegan Food Truck An amazing array of organic and vegan friendly food options will be offered by Randitas Grill!
  • Tickets are $12.00 in advance or $15.00 at the door.  You can purchase tickets at: Ticket Sales
  • Where:  229 Howes Run Road, Sarver PA 16055
  • Facebook event –

Here is the trailer for the Film Festival:

Here is a video from the folks at SurfSUP Adventure with some paddling scenes from Western PA:

Peeps, Parties and A Pick Up Truck – Radio Round Up

Pink Marshmallow Peeps

Image via Wikipedia

Pittsburgh is waking up from a long winter nap.  Spring is in the air and here are a few ways to get out and about this weekend.  You can listen to IheartPGH chat live with Jim and Randy on WDVE 102.5 FM most Friday mornings at 6:45 am.

Attack of the Giant Peeps

  • Friday, April 8 @ Noon
  • The  Peepster – a mobile marshmallow peep will be rolling into downtown today
  • Look for the giant yellow guy on Wood Street outside of McCormick and Schmicks

Banff Film Festival

  • The biggest baddest outdoor film festival around makes a stop in Pittsburgh for the weekend
  • Benefits Venture Outdoors
  • Tickets are still available for Friday and Sunday

Party for a Purpose Prom

  • Friday, April 8 @ Elixir on Carson st.
  • $10 gets you in the door – and the proceeds from each party for a purpose to go to a local nonprofit
  • This month it is prom season wear your old prom dress or tuxedo

The Sugar Factory @ Bakery Sq.

  • Benefits Future Tenant – the student run gallery that is affiliated with CMU
  • Friday, April 8
  • Music, Cupcakes, and art for sale

Cinebrunch @ the Oaks Theater

  • 2nd Saturday of every month – brunch and a movie
  • April 9 – “April in Paris”

5th Annual Braddock Chili Cook Off

  • Saturday, April 9
  • Braddock Elks Club
  • $10 gets you chili to eat and the proceeds go to the Braddock Carnegie Arts Program

Intro to Kayaking

  • Sunday, April 10 @ Sarah Heinz House
  • get ready for the opening of Kayak Pittsburgh!
  • Learn the basics of kaying in the pool

Support Your Local Brewer – Buy This Truck

  • East End Brewing is selling their old beer delivery mobile
  • 1976 Ford F100 pick up
  • Only 34,000 miles
  • $4000 or best offer
  • details and more photos on craigslist here
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Steel Town Film Factory Kickoff Event Nov. 7

The Steeltown Entertainment Project will be launching their newest project Steeltown Film Factory on November 7, 2009.

The Steeltown Film Factory invites students and amateur filmmakers (and screenwriters) to submit original film ideas for the competition. Submissions must include a 10-12 page script along with a logline, a one-page synopsis and an optional sample of prior work (scripts or reels).

All submissions will be required to be:

Relevant to the SWPA/Pittsburgh region.
Commercially viable.
Capable of being produced in the SWPA/Pittsburgh area during Summer 2010.

Submissions will be reviewed by a selection panel. The most promising screenplays will be developed into full-fledged productions thru staged readings, panel discussions and public workshops, which will be open to the public.

Call for submissions will open in November and continue thru December 31, 2009.

Fees: $50; $25 for students with valid ID

THE PRIZE: The total prize package is worth $25,000. This prize is available to be used to produce the winning film or films. One to three short films will be chosen and the funds will be divided and awarded at the discretion of the judges.

The winning film(s) will premiere at the Three Rivers Film Festival in November 2010.

More details to come.

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Sierra Club Enviromental Film Festival featuring Mark Dixon from YERT

Mark & YERT (check it out!)Image by michael and anna via Flickr

Saturday, April 18th, 2009, 6-10pm is the 2nd evening of the Sierra Club’s Environmental Film Festival. They have a great line up of 5 different films for the evening – including a showing of some of the YERT footage. YERT stands for Your Environmental Road Trip (see the our post on the YERT kick-off and follow up from last year).

After his year long environmental road trip, YERT founder Mark Dixon has decided to make Pittsburgh his home and he will be at the film festival on Saturday. I have had the opportunity to get to know Mark over the past 2 years and I really enjoyed his presentation at the 2009 GLUE (Great Lakes Urban Exchange) Conference that we attended last month in Milwaukee. I am also thankful that Mark has introcuded me to the chico bag and that I have significantly reduced the number of plastic bags needed for shopping this year.

Here is the schedulfor Saturday:

  • Garden Song – If you want to get psyched for gardening, this should do it! (28 mins)
  • Eden’s Lost and Found: Philadelphia – If Philly can do it, so can we! How volunteer organizations have redeemed inner-city Philadelphia’s environment on a shoe-string. (57 minutes)
  • YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip) – A zany, clever, fun, interesting and totally up-to-date look at what’s happening nationwide in the environment, with Mark Dixon, the filmmaker. Not to be missed! Really first class fun. Great for all ages. (about 90 mins)
  • Cheat Neutral – A satirical look at carbon offsetting. Does it really work? (13 mins)
  • Black Diamonds – Mountain-top removal at its worst. How it’s destroying our neighbors in West Virginia and what we can do about it. (72 mins)

Here is the trailer for Black Diamonds…

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