Delicious Donations – Mini-grant for Arts Projects


The Winners

April 4th, 2009: River Rats Design

River Rats Designs is a Pittsburgh based art and craft business focusing on anti-litter campaigns and community awareness. Recently, Stacey Magda of ‘River Rats‘ has collaborated with like minded folks to create a group called ‘Bringing Every Soul Together’ (BEST)B.E.S.T. is a local grassroots organization focusing on getting the community together, and raising awareness and donations for local charities. In the past we have created opportunities for the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank and Project Bundle Up, using local music, art, communities, and entertainment as the generator. We are currently planning our second event to take place June 20 at La Casa Winery in Gibsonia. This event will be to promote local arts and music education. We operate on a shoe string budget of donations and out of pocket support. This monetary boost could make this event even better than before, and provide a jumpstart for our bright future!

May 9th, 2009: Cody, James and Brett

We are interested in coordinating a bi-monthly screening series that will eventually manifest in a permanent live/work art-space in Pittsburgh. In addition to providing a platform for contemporary media art that is not currently being screened anywhere in the city, this series will serve to bridge resident film/videomakers and the international filmmaking community as a whole, presenting locally produced work within a wider context. To inaugurate this series, we’d like to host a ‘One Take Super 8’ event in August.

The rules are simple: each participant will receive one roll of Super 8 (approx. 3 minutes in length) to shoot whatever they wish.   The filmmakers are not allowed to edit or view their films prior to the screening. Everything they shoot in the camera is what will be shown. Soundtracks (which are optional, but highly encouraged) must be produced separately, without the opportunity to see the footage beforehand, to be performed at the screening. With live (and by necessity, improvised) scores, combined with the always-palpable chance of failure associated with projecting an unseen film, the event assumes a performative edge, and added anticipation for the filmmakers and audience alike.

The One Take Super 8 Event is unique in that it spawns 20-30 brand new films by people near enough to attend.  The roster of filmmakers will be determined on a first come, first served basis; a call for submissions will be circulated among a wider than usual pool, with the hopes of encouraging non-filmmakers and artists working in adjacent mediums to also participate, placing first-time amateurs alongside seasoned auteurs.  The event thus expands the role of a film screening beyond curating/programming to the production of original works.

The One Take Super 8 Event was initiated in 2000 in Regina, Saskatchewan by the Canadian filmmaker and programmer Alex Rogalski.  Since then, Rogalski has brought the event to cities across North America, including Montreal, Syracuse, Toronto, Ft. Lauderdale, Ottawa, and Oberlin, Ohio, among others.  In the process, he has helped foster over 300 films by a variety of artists while providing local communities an opportunity to view this work collectively. These events have been wildly successful, regularly drawing audiences of 100-300 people, while renewing excitement for the Super 8 format.

With the success of this event we aim to build momentum and engage an audience interested film programming beyond the standard gallery fare. As a relatively low-cost affair, this seems to be an ideal event to kick-off a regular series and drawing an interested crowd, one of the most daunting obstacles of a screening.  

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