Micro Interview: Susie Singer Carter

Based on a true story, Susie Singer Carter’s My Mom and the Girl is about an odd encounter between a woman with Alzheimer’s has on the capricious streets of Los Angeles. Susie joins us for the screening of her film on Saturday, October 28th. Check out some of her thoughts on filmmaking! If My Mom and the […]

Micro Interview: P.J. Gaynard

In local filmmaker P.J. Gaynard’s The Decisionists, three universal health inspectors complete their final report on planet earth. See this Pittsburgh 48-Hour Film Project winner at Pittsburgh Shorts on Sunday, October 29th and read about P.J.’s thoughts on filmmaking and devotion to the Rocky Horror Picture Show. If The Decisionists were the offspring of two other […]

Micro Interview: Erin Brown Thomas

In Erin Brown Thomas’ hilarious film, Rekindled, a successful woman purchases an online deal to revitalize a high school romance she never got over. See it at Pittsburgh Shorts on Thursday, October 26th and check out Erin’s thoughts on pacing, creativity, and the power of voice. If Rekindled were the offspring of two other films, who are its […]

Micro Interview: Damon Brennen

Five Star Service reveals a day in the unpredictable life of a ride-share driver. We’re excited to welcome producer Damon Brennen to the Pittsburgh Shorts screening! In the meantime, check out his thoughts on filmmaking. If Five Star Service were the offspring of two other films, who are its parents? Not thematically, but the end of […]

Micro Interview: Caroline Collins

Produced as part of Pittsburgh’s 48-Hour Film Project, This is How We Roll is a mockumentary that follows a family of Yahtzee champions as they prepare for the upcoming World Series. Local director Caroline Collins will join us for the screening; in the meantime, check out her thoughts on short filmmaking. If This is How We Roll were […]

Micro Interview: Ann Talman and Seth Kramer

Woody’s Order  had its Pittsburgh screen premiere at the 2017 Pittsburgh ReelAbilities Festival and was so adored by the audience that we brought it back for an encore! We’re excited that writer/star Ann Talman and co-director Seth Kramer will be joining audiences at Pittsburgh Shorts. In the meantime, read her and Seth’s thoughts on short […]

Micro Interviews: Nathan Hale Williams

Nathan Williams’ film 90 Days explores a couple’s relationship and their life altering decisions after ninety days of dating. He’ll be joining us for the screening on Friday, October 27. In the meantime, read about Nathan’s thoughts on storytelling and respecting the craft of filmmaking. If 90 Days were the offspring of two other films, […]

Micro Interviews: Molly Beucher

Molly Beucher wrote and stars in Eulogilia, a dark comedy about a woman grappling with her addiction to eulogizing the living. She’ll be in Pittsburgh for the screening on October 27th. For now, read about her thoughts on Wes Anderson, creative freedom and talking to strangers. If Eulogilia were the offspring of two other films, […]

Micro Interview: Robin McDonald

Writer and producer Robin McDonald’s The Candidate is a meditation on the rigorously impossible vetting processes of 21st century life. See it on Saturday, October 28th at Pittsburgh Shorts. Info and Tickets. We’re excited that Robin will be in town for the screening! In the meantime, check out our micro interview. If The Candidate were […]

Micro Interview: Alejandro Alvarez Cadilla

Alejandro Álvarez Cadilla’s documentary, Fisk, Untitled Portrait, follows Canadian artist William Fisk as he risks it all for representation by a world-renowned New York art dealer. See it on Friday, October 27th. Info and Tickets. In the meantime, read our micro interview with Alejandro, who will be in Pittsburgh for the screening! If Fisk, Untitled Portrait […]

Micro Interview: Nicolas Beauchemin

Nicolas Beauchemin’s short film, Modern Love, muses on the ways technology fosters and complicates contemporary dating. See it at the Opening Night of Pittsburgh Shorts on October 25. Info and Tickets. In the meantime, check out our micro interview with Nicolas, who is expected to attend the Pittsburgh screening! If Modern Love were the offspring of […]

Micro Interview: Nicholas Verzilli

In Nicholas Verzilli’s Girl Seeking Wood, a young Amish woman who has spent her entire life on the family farm discovers a cell phone and earnestly enters the world of online dating. Girl Seeking Wood won multiple awards at the 2017 Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project. See it at Pittsburgh Shorts on Saturday, October 28. Info and Tickets. […]

Micro Interview: Jessica Petelle

In Jessica Petelle’s directorial debut, All Good, a maid of honor grapples with her sobriety during an awkward and humorous one-night stand. All Good will play at Pittsburgh Shorts on Saturday, October 28th. Info and Tickets. Enjoy our micro-interview with Jessica, who is expected to join us for the Pittsburgh screening! If All Good were the […]

Interview: Gabrielle Zilkha

Director, Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana When Gabrielle Zilkha volunteered to work in Africa, religion wasn’t at the forefront of her mind. But when the Jewish New Year came along, she found herself a lone Canadian Jew awash in a sea of Christians—that is, until she stumbled upon a group of practicing Jews in a […]

Interview: Kathy Leichter, Director of Here One Day

When Kathy Leichter returned home to New York after her mother’s suicide, she discovered a hidden box of audiotapes. Sixteen years passed before she had the courage to delve into this trove, unearthing details that her mother had recorded about every aspect of her life, from the challenges of her marriage to a State Senator, to her son’s estrangement, […]


Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald  is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, a Jewish philanthropist who joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century. Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), and a deep concern over racial inequality in […]

Here One Day

JFilm and ReelAbilities present a special screening of Kathy Leichter’s documentary, Here One Day, an emotionally candid, award-winning film about a woman coping with mental illness, the ripple effects of her suicide on those she loved, and how her family survived in the aftermath. This is a film about creativity, love, struggle, hope, and family (2013, USA, […]

What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy

JFilm is co-presenting What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy at Three Rivers Film Festival. This provocative documentary explores the complicated friendship between two men—both sons of high-ranking Nazi officials. Human rights lawyer Philippe Sands investigates their compelling connection, interweaving the story of his own grandfather, who escaped the same town where their fathers carried […]

Interview: Lou Howe, Director of Gabriel

Lou Howe’s Gabriel reveals a window into the life of a young man who longs for stability and happiness amidst an ongoing struggle with a mental illness. Newly released from an institution, Gabe (Rory Culkin) becomes convinced that reuniting with his old girlfriend holds the answer to his troubles. His increasingly obsessive pursuit tests the limits of his […]

Interview: Sophie Sartain, Director of Mimi and Dona

In 2009, Sophie Sartain began documenting the lives of Mimi and Dona, her grandmother and aunt, as they embarked on the difficult journey of finding 64-year-old Dona an appropriate state-funded home. As the project unfolded Sophie came across dozens of people grappling with the same predicament—a cousin, a neighbor or a friend’s sibling, some with developmental disabilities, others with mental illnesses, […]