Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Stars Donate Items for Auction Here

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Stars Donate Items for Auction Here

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A signed poster from "The Dark Knight Rises," along with items from Tom Cruise, Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, will be among items offered during a silent auction at this year's Pittsburgh Film Office Oscar party.

Tickets are on sale for the 13th annual event Feb. 24 at Heinz Field. Highmark Inc. is back as presenting sponsor of "Lights! Glamour! Action!"

Highmark president and CEO William Winkenwerder Jr. and his wife, Pride Winkenwerder, are honorary co-chairs of the event that serves as the film office's primary fundraiser.

Package prices: $75 for admission to the party at 7:30 p.m. (must purchase minimum of six tickets); $125 for gala ticket, also with admission at 7:30 p.m.; $250 for VIP ticket granting entry at 6 p.m., VIP champagne reception and valet parking; and $500 for patron ticket, which adds a pre-party tonight at J. Verno Studios to the rest of the frills.

Dress is black tie optional. To reserve tickets for the event, go to www.pghfilm.org or call ShowClix at 1-888-71-TICKETS.

'Blood Brother' at Sundance

It doesn't get much better than this -- unless the praise is followed by a deal to get the movie into theaters around the world and money to a place that absolutely needs it.

"Blood Brother," the real-life story of Rocky Braat made by fellow Pittsburghers, has been getting glowing reviews at this week's Sundance Film Festival.

Drifting through India, Mr. Braat landed at an orphanage for children with HIV and AIDS. There, he found a calling, a sense of purpose and a chance to make a difference, and his old friends from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, director Steve Hoover and producer Danny Yourd, charted his new life on film.

Dennis Harvey of Variety wrote: "Documentaries don't come any bigger-hearted than 'Blood Brother,' a highly worked yet non- manipulative first feature for Steve Hoover that requires no string- pulling to achieve its inspirational impact. …

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