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: Best of luck to all of our filmmakers and thank you all for being a part of Silk Screen 2014!


2014 Gala Photos

2014 Gala Photos

Did you attend our opening Gala this year?

Check out these great photos from our photographers:

Katy Dax – Silk Screen 2014 Photos – Shutterfly

Jessica Van Natten – 2014 Silk Screen Gala – Flickr

Day of Giving

Day of Giving

If you attend one of our 2014 Film Festival screenings, you’ll hear about Pittsburgh’s Day of Giving!

This is a terrific opportunity to support local non-profits with matched donations. For one day, any donation given through the Day of Giving website will receive a matched donation (up to $1000).

The 2014 Day of Giving will run from 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. (Midnight.) on Tuesday, May 4th. This is an 18-hour event. Give on this day to make your gift to Silk Screen count that much more!


Visit to learn more!

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 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.



  • Submissions must be emailed to: 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