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MAY we interest you in a little news?

Silk Screen New Hires!

alisaWe are so excited to introduce the newest member of the Silk Screen family, Alisa Jacobson, our new programming and development associate.  Alisa will be replacing Sarah, who will be leaving in the fall for graduate school.

Alisa is a painter, photographer and musician.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pennsylvania State University.  Originally from Pittsburgh, Alisa has had the opportunity through studying abroad to travel across Europe, but she has always managed to come back to her beautiful hometown!  Along with rocking out in a band and live painting at many events, Alisa is excited to become a part of the Silk Screen family where she can work with others who are also passionate about art, music and film.

In addition to Alisa, we have a crop of awesome new interns for this Festival cycle!  Gabriella and Nora are our social media extraordinaires; Katie is our community outreach guru and Alex is currently communicating with every film person on the planet to bring you the very best movies for the festival!

L-R: Alex, Katie, Nora, Gabriella

L-R: Alex, Katie, Nora, Gabriella


Tickets Going on Sale Soon!

Wigle_Whiskey_logoJust another reminder that tickets for BOTH the August 31 Launch Party and the September 15 Red Carpet Gala will be going on sale June 1.  The Gala will be at the William Penn and filled with amazing food and performances so you won’t want to miss that!  The Launch Party will be at the super cool Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse on the North Side and guests will be lucky enough to be able to purchase Gala tickets at an amazing discounted price!

CLICK for:  Launch Party Tickets / Gala Tickets


Silk Screen Recommends…


Books: This month we’re changing up our routine a bit. Rather than a film, a book and a piece of music, we are giving you two books and a film. Two very special friends of Silk Screen have recently published books and we wanted to showcase both!


Shashi Kapoor: The Householder, the Star by Aseem Chhabra

shashi kapoorChhabra, Silk Screen’s lead festival programmer and one of India’s leading journalists, has released this biography on the enigmatic stage and screen actor Shashi Kapoor. The Times of India calls the book “delightful,” and Gulf News says that the book painst “an unrivalled picture of the man and the actor through insights and anecdotes from family members, co-stars and colleagues.” Kapoor, a member of the Bollywood dynasty Kapoor family, is an award-winning actor, producer and director, best known to American audiences for his roles opposite Pierce Brosnan in 1988’s The Deceivers and Ted Danson in 1996’s Gulliver’s Travels. Of Chhabra’s book, Gulf News says, “For those who already know about Kapoor, this will be an illuminating read. For those who don’t, it will be necessary.”

Available for purchase from Amazon


The Immigrant Wife by Madhu Bazaz Wanguimmigrant wife

Excerpt from a review by Gisela Dixon of Readers’ Favorite: The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey is a story revolving around the chief protagonist, Shanti Zamzai, a girl who dares to follow her heart and her dreams…As she immigrates to America and starts raising her family in a different, freer culture, she slowly comes to the realization that she is still not free and is conforming to the ideas of what society expects from a woman. This is her story of finding her wings, so to speak, and takes us through the highs and lows across different cultures and continents.”

Available for purchase from Amazon


A Passage to India

Directed by David Lean

passageBased on the novel written in 1924 by E.M. Forster and loosely on the play by Santha Rama Rau (1960), this drama was the final film of Lean’s career and received eleven Academy Awards nominations, including Best Picture, Director and Actress for Judy Davis as Adela Quested. Set in the 1920s during the Indian Independence Movement, the film focuses on the changing dynamic between native locals in India and British colonials. When an excursion to explore caves ends in a rape accusation, tensions rise between the British Empire and the movement towards Indian independence. The New York Times called the film “intimate, funny and moving,” and noted that it was Director Lean’s finest work since Bridge on the River Kwai.

Available to rent or own from Amazon


Travel Spotlight: Flyboarding in Cambodia

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Everyone dreams of flying. Don’t pretend you haven’t thought about how cool it would be to soar over the world with your own pair of wings! You can actually make that dream a reality! (Sort of) At Sihanoukville’s Otres Beach in Cambodia, you can try your hand at the sport of Flyboarding, a futuristic endeavor that looks equal parts intimidating and thrilling.

The Flyboard looks similar to a jetpack, but it propels itself into the air from the water underneath your feet. The rider stands on the board attached to a hose connected to a watercraft and takes flight when the jets create enough pressure to shoot you nearly fifty feet in the air!

For more info on this insane adventure, click here!

2015: The Home Stretch!

2015: The Home Stretch!


Holiday Sale
Don’t forget to shop our Holiday Sale for some last minute gifts! We still have some amazing items in stock including the gorgeous miniature paintings and fun t-shirts. The sale ends December 15 so hurry up and get shopping!

Festival of Nations

Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 12.15.11 PMIt’s never too early to start making plans for spring! As we gear up for a long, cold winter (unless
current temperature trends hold, that is!), it’s nice to think about making plans for the spring. Next March is the 8th Annual Festival of Nations at the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center. The festival is a celebration of unity and diversity, bringing together many nationalities with food, dance and music. The event is brought together with some serious hard work by Silk Screen friends Juginder and Dolly Luthra. Juginder and Dolly frequently travel the hour to Pittsburgh for Silk Screen events, so let’s return the favor and head out to Weirton for a day of cultural fun! If you are interested in attending, please email Juginder Luthra at

What:              8th Annual Festival of Nations

When:             Saturday March 19, 2016

Where:           Weirton Milsop Community Center

Time:              11AM—4PM


Silk Screen Recommends…

benjamin field trilogyBook: Benjamin’s Field Trilogy by J.J. Knights

The Benjamin’s Field trilogy follows a rural farm family over the course of sixty years through war, peace, triumph, tragedy, heartbreak and finally happiness. This emotional and heartwarming story with an unexpected ending examines the role of family loyalty versus individual need, personal liberty and how it relates to society’s demands, religious prejudice, racism, intolerance and the overwhelming need for humans to forgive one another.

The publication “Reader’s Favorite” recently awarded a 5-star review to the first book of the trilogy, Benjamin’s Field: Rescue.

Available for purchase from Amazon.

Visit to learn more about the author, who is a long time Silk Screen friend and supporter!
tibetan singing bowlsMusic: Tibetan Singing Bowls: Journey Through the 7 Chakras

By Music for Deep Meditation

The holidays are fast approaching and we here at Silk Screen know how hectic and stressful this time of year can be so for this month’s music recommendation, we thought we would share with you something to help break through your astronomical levels of stress and allow you to find some zen, even if it’s just for the length of the album. Music for Deep Meditation has a number of albums to keep you chilled out, but we thought this one was particularly special. Tibetan singing bowls have long been believed to hold special healing powers due to the meditative trance it inspires in its listeners. Take a moment for YOU.   Unwind and relax with this meditative music!

Available from iTunes and Amazon.


Movie: Infernal Affairs (2002) directed by Andrew Lau & Alan MakInfernal Affairs

You are probably familiar with the 2006 film The Departed with Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon, perhaps best known for being THE film to finally score legendary director Martin Scorsese his first elusive directing Oscar, but what you may not know was that the film was actually adapted from the Hong Kong Film Infernal Affairs which tells pretty much the same story, substituting a Chinese triad for the Boston Mob. The thriller follows a young police officer sent undercover into the triad while simultaneously the triad has sent a member of its own to be a mole in the police. If you love The Departed (and let’s be serious, who doesn’t?!), you’ll absolutely want to see the original version of the film!

Available from Netflix and Amazon.


skiing japanTravel Spotlight

I don’t know about you, but when I think of stellar skiing destinations, Japan has never been on my list. I think of Whistler, Innsbruck and Telluride—maybe St. Anton in Austria or Meribel in france. Possibly I’ve been living under a rock, or possibly Japan’s ski resorts are the best-kept secret in all of winter sports.

Thanks in part to being the host of the 1998 Nagano Olympics, Japan’s skiing profile has only grown. The country boasts some of the best back-country, deep powder skiing in the world. Hakuba is a resort with some of the steepest runs in the country, but there are so many others with just as much to offer.

Also thanks to the Nagano Olympics, Japan’s ski resorts have quite nice infrastructure and tourist facilities…not to mention buzzing nightlife! Here’s the best part: you don’t even have to plan yourself! Inside Japan has a selection of winter sports travel packages ranging from fully structured and guided to self-guided ski adventures.

Visit to plan your next great ski excursion!!


Happy Holidays from everyone at Silk Screen!!

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 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.