Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Gala' to Screen in NYC and North Hollywood

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Gala' to Screen in NYC and North Hollywood

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A locally made short film, "Gala," will screen this week as part of a SAG-AFTRA Short Film Showcase in New York and then during the third annual North Hollywood Cinefest (see nohocinefest.com) next week.

Wilkins resident Mike Smith wrote, directed and produced the film about a lonely writer during the night of his high school reunion. Although that character has yet to score his big break, an ex-girlfriend has become an up-and-coming actress in Los Angeles. After being apart for two years, the writer imagines what it will be like to face his former flame, realizing their aspirations for fame and success have left one of them behind.

It stars Samantha Strelitz and Churchill native Amadeo Fusca. After a Kickstarter campaign, it was filmed entirely in Pittsburgh on a budget of about $14,000. …

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