Gala Live Auction Items Announced

Gala Live Auction Items Announced
FYI! If you’re going us at the 9th Annual Festival Gala, you can look forward to bidding on the following items!
Gala Live Auction starts at 7:45 and features exclusive items including:
  • Mandala Painting: A unique piece by our own Executive Director, local artist Harish Saluja.
  • Mean Joe Green: Signed picture from Super Bowl Hall-of-Famer Mean Joe Green, circa 1987
  • Mayor for a Day: Enjoy being mayor for the day! Shadow Bill Peduto and enjoy lunch with him.
  • Roberto Clemente: Vintage framed poster from 1970, very limited edition.
  • Dine Like Sheherezad: 5-course Persian dinner for 6, includes cooking demonstration by Mahnaz Harrison.

 
If you need tickets for the gala, click here.

Silk Screen Interviewed by ‘Burgh Vivant

‘Burgh Vivant recently sat down with Silk Screen Founder & Festival Director Harish Saluja to discuss the 2014 Silk Screen Film Festival.

Click over to www.burghvivant.com to listen to the uncut audio of the interview and follow BV’s podcast!vivant

Festival Spotlight: Comcast Newsmakers

Please Vote! Silk Screen Film Festival: T-Shirt Design Contest

Please Vote! Silk Screen Film Festival: T-Shirt Design Contest

Below are the finalists selected by our judges. Please vote for your favorite one!

Click HERE to take the poll! We highly appreciate your participation and support! 

A prize package worth $400 will be awarded to the winner. Selected design will be printed on our T-Shirts and sold at the Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival from April 26th- May 4th, 2014.

(Click the image to see a larger and clearer version)

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2014 Opening Film Announced! Academy Award Nominated Omar

Our selection committee has chosen the opening film for the 2014 Silk Screen Film Festival: Omar, one of 2014′s Academy Award Nominated Films for Best Foreign Film!

Watch the trailer and stay tuned for ticket information!

Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. On the other side of the wall, the sensitive young baker Omar becomes a freedom fighter who must face painful choices about life and manhood. When Omar is captured after a deadly act of resistance, he falls into a cat-and-mouse game with the military police. Suspicion and betrayal jeopardize his longtime trust with accomplices and childhood friends Amjad and Tarek, Nadia’s militant brother. Omar’s feelings quickly become as torn apart as the Palestinian landscape. But it’s soon evident that everything he does is for his love of Nadia.

Silk Sound Track – Throb

Silk Sound Track – Throb

Listen to Throb by Silk Sound.

See them in concert Feb 28th! Get your tickets.

Silk Screen Film Festival: T-Shirt Design Contest!

Silk Screen Film Festival: T-Shirt Design Contest!

Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival announces its first ever crowdsourcing T-shirt Design Contest!  Are you a designer or know someone who is?  Do you want to see your design on this year’s festival t-shirt and all over Pittsburgh? Then send us your designs.  Share with your friends and get them to vote for you. A limited amount of shirts will be sold at the Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival from April 26th- May 4th, 2014.

 

  Details:

  • Submissions must be emailed to: filminfo@silkscreenfestival.org by midnight, Friday, March 14th.
  • Images must be no more than 4 colors and will be printed on the front of a charcoal grey shirt. Suggested colors include our logo colors of dark red and yellow. The Silk Screen moth logo and name will be printed on the back. Here are a few examples from our previous festivals.Silk Screen Film Festival T-Shirts
  • Image must be saved as an .eps AND .jpeg file with your last name and first initial in the title. Please include your name, address, e-mail, and the best phone number to reach you.
  • Images will not be edited or cleaned up and need to be ready to print. Printed dimensions will be no larger than 11×14.
  • Participants must be at least 21 years of age (will need to verify age to enter VIP gala party).
  • Only 1 design may be submitted per participant
  • Public voting for the finalists will occur Friday, March 21st – Sunday March 30th. Visit our website and Facebook page for details. Encourage your friends to vote for your design!
  • Winner will be announced Tuesday, April 2nd

The winner will receive a prize package valued at $400 that includes:

  • 2 VIP passes to Silk Screen’s Opening Night Gala on Friday, April 25th
  • 2 4-pack passes to the Silk Screen Film Festival
  • 2 passes to the Closing Night Film on Sunday, May 4th
  • A t-shirt with your design
  • Recognition on our website, Facebook page, and other media

Silk Sound Featured on 90.5 WESA

Silk Sound Featured on 90.5 WESA

Read & listen here.

He said that for years there have been attempts to fuse Asian music and jazz, and “most of it has been forgettable.” As an Indian native who enjoys jazz and has wanted to bring these two cultures together for years, Saluja built this project from the foundation of Samir Chatterjee and Mimi Jong, who play the tabla (an Indian percussion instrument) and the erhu (a two-string Chinese bowed instrument), respectively.

Pittsburgh jazz artists Ben Opie, Chris Parker, Jeff Berman and Matt Booth were added, and rehearsals began.

“We’ve really workshopped this band,” said Opie, a saxophonist. “There’s been an extended time devoted to rehearsals.”

Saluja was concerned at first because the initial efforts sounded to him to be just Asian music played on Western instruments.

“Now when I listen to it I cry, I get emotional” he said.

Silk Sound on Comcast Newsmakers – Mimi Jong

Silk Sound on Comcast Newsmakers – Mimi Jong

See our own Mimi Jong discuss Silk Sound, Silk Screen & more on Comcast Newsmakers.

Announcing Silk Sound Asian American Jazz

Announcing Silk Sound Asian American Jazz

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

info@silkscreenfestival.org

724.969.2565

January 14, 2014 

The past eight years have seen continued successes for Silk Screen Asian Arts Organization, both in terms of the quality and quantity of our events and our ever-expanding audience.  Silk Screen’s new venture is Silk Sound, an Asian-American jazz-fusion ensemble comprising six internationally acclaimed musicians.

Rehearsals began last summer, and are continuing, with the first public performance during Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s inauguration celebration.

 

The group will have its debut performance on February 28, 2014 at Bellefield Hall, Oakland. Read More »