Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mon-Fayette Expressway Movie to Get Parody Previews

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mon-Fayette Expressway Movie to Get Parody Previews

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After a decade of collecting footage of the public hearings that have preceded the design and construction of the Mon-Fayette Expressway, filmmaker Tony Buba had a realization.

The stuff was really boring.

But, with an estimated price tag of $2 billion, the expressway project needed to be on people's minds, and he knew there had to be some way to get people to think about it.

He found that just about everyone had a strong opinion about the roadway as he filmed speakers at public meetings and interviewed those in affected neighborhoods.

"Both sides are really adamant in their positions," he said.

To spur discussion about the roadway, for which the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has finished its final environmental impact statement, Buba created two faux trailers for his film, similar to the coming attractions seen before a feature movie.

The two fake previews are going to open the short movie on the expressway he's still developing.

It will be a takeoff on film noir, in which he plays a detective trying to find which is true: Will the expressway ruin the Mon Valley or save it?

It's not certain when the preview parodies will have their first public viewing.

They were to be part of a discussion April 21 at the Braddock Carnegie Library on the roadway organized by the Tri Boro Development Forum. That event was canceled, however.

Buba's trailers are designed to show the opposing views on the road.

The first is for "Expressway to Disaster," a mock horror movie.

Shots that Buba took while driving on the Mon-Fayette Expressway from Jefferson Hills to Brownsville have titles superimposed on them that say things such as: "Prepare yourself for the shock of your life!"; "So big it staggers the imagination!"; and "Spreading terror!" Ominous music from the 1959 movie "Horrors of the Black Museum" and 1972's "Vampire Circus" plays in the background. …

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