Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The new documentary series produced by Point Park University has found a home. The Chair will air on STARZ this fall.
The Chair is a 10-episode series, shot in Pittsburgh, that follows two first-time feature-film directors making their films based on the same source material. More details are here.
Filming — of both the dueling features and the documentary series — took place in February and March at various locations around town.
Locations for the film directed by YouTube star Shane Dawson included places like Garfield’s Most Wanted Fine Art gallery (disguised as a used-record store). Writer, actress and producer Anna Martemucci shot in locations including a private home in Upper St. Clair.
The two films are both based on a coming-of-age comedy script by Dan Schoffer about former high school classmates who return home from college for Thanksgiving. However, said the films’ producer, Josh Shader, both directors had leeway to adapt the script, and Dawson’s is pitched more as a raucous comedy while Martemucci’s is more bittersweet.
The Chair will document the making, marketing and theatrical release of the two films, which themselves will also air on STARZ. (The project was launched before producers Chris Moore and Before the Door Pictures — whose principals include Pittsburgh native and film star Zachary Quinto — had an outlet for it.)
After the films air, audience voting will determine which filmmaker wins the $250,000 prize.
Point Park says that “more than 100 Point Park Students and alumni .. supported the TV series and two feature films as interns, employees and through class projects.”