April Showers and Splendid News

April Showers and Splendid News

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Event Updates

2016 festival logoWe’re kicking into advanced planning mode here at Silk Screen and we want to share with you scoop on upcoming events! Tickets for both of the following events will be available in June, so keep your eye on our social media as we get closer.  It’s relatively far in advance, but we’re excited and couldn’t wait!

First up is our 2nd Annual Festival Launch Party, which will be held on Wednesday, August 31 Wigle_Whiskey_logofrom 5-7pm at the Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse. The tickets are $25, and food is included in the ticket price! Like last year, there will be raffles and we will show trailers from the festival films to get you properly excited! If you are familiar with Wigle, then you know that this event is sure to be a blast!

The Red Carpet Gala this year will be Thursday, September 15 at the Omni William Penn. Entertainment bookings are currently underway, but we can confirm that Sally Wiggin of WTAE will once again be our emcee extraordinaire. We will be offering a special discounted Gala ticket price at the launch party, so make sure you’re in attendance at the launch party to take advantage of such awesomeness.


Film Submission Deadline—Extended!

For all you aspiring filmmakers, there is still time to submit your work for our 2016 Festival. We have decided to extend the submission deadline until May 1. If you are interested, follow the click the link below to review submission details and instructions. If you have any questions, direct them to Alex at alex@silkscreenfestival.org. Best of luck!

Submissions: http://www.silkscreenfestival.org/film/film-festival/submit-a-film/


Silk Screen Recommends…

Kano_posterMovie – Kano, directed by Umin Boya

In the year 1931, Taiwan is still a colony under Japanese rule. An underdog baseball team from southern Taiwan defeats the northern champions and gains the opportunity to represent the colony in the empire’s tournament. The film captures the struggles that the team faces with its ethnically diverse players as they work tirelessly to prove themselves in the elite league. Based on true events, this underrated film from writer/producer Wei Te Sheng is a wonderful film to watch with the family, guaranteed to entertain and inspire.

The film is available for rent or purchase from Amazon.


Book – The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma by Gurcharan Das

diff goodIn this 2010 book, Gurcharan Das explores what it means to be good and the methods involved therein using the teachings of the 2,000 year old Sanskrit epic, Mahabharata. The poem under review here is an exploration of Dharma – essentially the art of doing the right thing – and Das applies the ancient perspectives on moral and ethical dilemmas to many modern, well-known individuals. The book was a bestseller all over the world upon its release six years ago, but is perhaps especially topical today considering the current political climate gripping our nation.

Available for purchase from Amazon.


Music – Todi, Ahir Lalit, Panchamkauns by Z. M. Dagar

zmdagar1Peaceful and relaxing pieces played by the rudra vina, an instrument that dates back to before the sitar. Dagar plays in the style called Drupad, which is a traditional, classic style that is native to Northern Indian music. There are no vocals here, just beautiful melodies and rhythms guaranteed to turn any bad day around.

Available for purchase from Amazon.


Travel Spotlight: Songkran – Thailand

One of the most anticipated and exciting events in Thailand and an absolute must for any fun-loving adventurer in Songkran, the Thai New Year. As the celebration has recently finished, we wanted to give you the rundown so you can start planning your Thai vacation as soon as possible!

“Songkran” comes from the Sanskrit word samkranti, which literally means “astrological passage.” The actual holiday falls on April 13 every year but the celebration typically lasts an extra two to four days as locals and travellers alike take to the streets for MASSIVE-SCALE WATER FIGHTS! It’s exactly as fun as it sounds. Many streets are closed to traffic leaving swaths of big cities for guerilla water-warfare. Be careful on the streets that are open though because there’s an excellent chance that you and your motorbike will be doused from a huge bucket of water on the truck in front of you!

The origin of the water wildness stems from an iconic ritual called “water pouring,” whereby people pour water over Bhudda statues to represent purification and washing away of sins and bad luck. There is a wholesome part to the holiday as well. The day usually begins with merit-making, the practice of visiting temples and offering food to Buddhist monks. After that, it’s nearly impossible to stay dry.

Songkran is celebrated all over Thailand, but it is universally acknowledged that Chiang Mai, one of Thailand’s most exciting and culturally rich cities, is by far the best celebration.  Click here to read some accounts of the wild time that is Songkran or here to hear a
more measured take on the holiday.


Featured image courtesy of andrewtaylor.photoshelter.com

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: 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