Welcome Our Newest Board Member

Welcome Our Newest Board Member

September 4, 2014 Pittsburgh, PA…Silk Screen is pleased to announce another addition to its Advisory Board. Seema Batra, Sales & Service Director for Multi-Channels at PNC Financial Services Group, has worked with Silk Screen for years on the Asian American Business Group Resource Group. She joined the board in August.

Seema has had several management roles at PNC in the Retail Network.  Recently, she has worked on bank integrations as a customer and employee care manager. Currently, she is involved in several enterprise wide strategic initiatives involving the digital capabilities for the customers outside the branch sales and service channels.  Her primary function is leading change in the sales culture and managing operational efficiency of cross-functional teams. Seema has worked for PNC for 17 years. 

Through the years, Seema has supported Diversity and Inclusion at PNC by working with employees and local Pittsburgh organizations. In the past 3 years, Seema has lead as a President of Asian American Employee Business Resource Group (EBRG)  at PNC. This is an internal employee organization supported by the Diversity and Inclusion initiative at  PNC. The EBRG engages  employees, customers and the community  to  build bridges across their differences. Seema is passionate about driving engagement and creating cross-cultural synergy.   Seema has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Delhi University, and a  Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing  from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.   

Moon Festival at Wigle Whiskey

Moon Festival at Wigle Whiskey

Join Silk Screen on Monday, September 22nd for a lively evening at Wigle Wiskey’s Distillery. We are joining forces with our Strip District neighbor to pair live music with craft cocktails as we celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival. Mimi Jong will play the erhu and talk about the significance of the holiday. The event will feature tasty selections from local restaurants, and, of course, moon cakes! A percentage of all cocktails and bottles sold that evening will benefit Silk Screen. In addition to fine whiskey and seasonal cocktails, Wigle features gin, rum, and organic bitters (including aromatic rosemary lavender), so come prepared to stock your bar.

Wigle is one of only a handful of distilleries in the country that produces all of its products from scratch using local organic grain. For more information on Wigle click here.

Time: 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Wigle Whiskey’s Strip District Distillery, 2401 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh 15222

Cost: Minimum suggested donation of $10

Space is very limited! Please r.s.v.p. to christina@silkscreenfestival.org to secure your space.  Suggested donation of $10 will be taken at the door.

Silk Screen Welcomes New Board Members

Silk Screen Welcomes New Board Members

Pittsburgh, PA, August 5th, 2014…Silk Screen Asian Arts Organization is pleased to welcome three new members to its Advisory Board; Michael Bartholow, Anita Doshi Carleton, and Nancy Herron, Ph. D. Their diverse backgrounds and leadership experience will guide Silk Screen as it approaches its 10th anniversary season in 2015.

Michael Bartholow is in his 4th year as a Silk Screen Volunteer and Digital Outreach Adviser. He is a Senior Project Manager at LunaMetrics in Pittsburgh, PA where he advises businesses of all sizes on Search Marketing Strategy. He also trains marketing professionals in Google AdWords at seminars nationwide. He graduated from Penn State University with a major in Integrative Arts and has published film criticism in Sage’s Animation, an international academic journal.

Michael has marketed 30+ independent films around the world for theatrical and video release including award winners Red Doors (selected in Silk Screen’s Inaugural Season), Amu, Vanaja, Beauty Remains, John Sayles’ Honeydripper, and most recently the PBS Independent Lens Audience Award Winner Don’t Stop Believin': Everyman’s Journey, which opened the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.

Anita Doshi Carleton is currently the Deputy Director of the Software Solutions Division at the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University and has more than twenty-five years of technical and management experience in the software engineering industry. She provides leadership for the research, development, and transition of methods and technologies that encapsulate best practices for software. She has co-authored a book titled Measuring the Software Process: Statistical Process Control for Software Process Improvement. Ms. Carleton received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University.  Carleton serves on the IEEE Software Advisory Board and is a Senior Member of the IEEE Computer Society.

Anita and her husband, Dennis, reside in Sewickley and have two sons that attend Carnegie Mellon University.  Anita has enjoyed a love for the arts from a young age with an emphasis in dance and music.  Her other hobbies and interests include Indian cooking, travelling, running, Pittsburgh sports, as well as attending theater, dance, and symphony performances.

Nancy L. Herron, Penn State associate vice president and senior associate dean for Commonwealth Campuses emeritus, is currently serving as interim chancellor of Penn State Greater Allegheny. She began her Penn State career at Greater Allegheny in 1984, serving as head librarian and later as director of academic affairs. Herron then served as associate dean in the Office of the Dean of the Commonwealth College and subsequently the associate vice president and senior associate dean in the Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses at the University Park campus. She has edited five books among her scholarly credits; one of her textbooks, The Social Sciences: A Cross- disciplinary Guide to the Social Sciences, is in its third edition.

Heron has also been honored for her effective leadership and professional achievements, receiving the University’s Administrative Excellence Award in 2004,  the Commission for Women’s Achieving Women Award in 2000, and has chaired numerous University committees and groups, including the Administrative Council on Undergraduate Education and the Penn State University Commission for Women. Her community service activities include the following board memberships: The Pittsburgh Opera, Inc.; Duquesne University’s Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions Committee; Community Advisory Board for the Center for the Performing Arts, College of Arts and Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University; and the Murrysville Community Library.


2014 RAGS Audience Award Winner Announced

2014 RAGS Audience Award Winner Announced

The 2014 Silk Screen Film Festival, held April 25th- May 4th, featured 25 full length films from all over Asia and the Middle East, as well as two shorts. The festival shares Asian culture with Pittsburgh each year with its diverse line-up which includes a strong Indian presence, Japanese samurai epics, enlightening documentaries, and the horror thrillers South Korea has become known for. Also represented were Taiwan, the Philippines, Iran, Sri Lanka, China, and a host of other nations. There were 47 showings at 4 locations across the city. Once again viewers had a chance to vote on their favorites through the RAGS Foundation People’s Choice Award. All films (except opening, closing, and shorts) were eligible to win the award.

Silk Screen is proud to announce the winner of the

RAGS Foundation People’s Choice Award

for the 2014 Silk Screen Film Festival:



Director: Amit Gupta

Cast: Amara Karan, Tom Mison, Harish Patel, Paul Bazley, Ray Panthaki, Kulvinder Ghir, and featuring Madhur Jaffrey

Shalini, (Amara Karan) a successful lawyer living in London, has just accepted her boyfriend’s (Tom Mison, of TV’s Sleepy Hollow) proposal. While her fiancé is excited about meeting his future father-in-law, Shalini worries about something else. She’s uncertain if her father is ready to accept this cross-cultural relationship. However, the larger, looming issue is the long-standing rivalry between her father and uncle. Shalini cannot be sure if her fiancé is ready to accept her family, either.

The feud between her father and uncle started more than 20 years ago. The two brothers had a fierce dispute over an heirloom family cookbook. Following an extremely heated exchange, they have not spoken since. Their solution has been to stoke the rivalry over the decades by establishing competing curry houses across the street in Leicester’s little India.

Shalini travels home from London to inform her family about the wedding. Her biggest wish is to reunite her father and uncle and persuade them to cater together at her wedding. Like an entrée course needs an appetizer, the two brothers can’t cook the perfect wedding banquet without each other. Persuading her father and uncle seems impossible. But the competition of an upcoming culinary contest is irresistible to the feuding siblings- and provides Shalini the perfect opportunity to mend fences. This inventive comedy boats heartwarming conversations, and most ravishingly…. scrumptious food! View the trailer HERE.

Honorable Mention goes to Hank and Asha from the United States and Touch of the Light from Taiwan, which both received very high scores from the audience. Hank and Asha is playing in theaters now across the country, so if you missed it at Silk Screen, check it out: http://www.hankandasha.com. Best of luck to all of our filmmakers and thank you all for being a part of Silk Screen 2014!