Sunday, February 24, 2019

Highmark presents, NETFLIX "Lights! Glamour! Action!

It was an evening of entertainment, elegance, and achievement, as the Pittsburgh Film Office celebrated the astounding accomplishment of raising over 1.5 billion dollars, to date, for the Pittsburgh Film Industry.

Guests arrived in style, walking the red carpet through the Pennsylvanian's Rotunda, to enter the lavish ballroom,  lined with culinary delights from Eddie V's, Aurochs Brewing Company, Blume Honey Water, Braddock's Rebellion, Molinaro Ristorante and Bar, Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, Parkhurst Dining, Pittsburgh Smokehouse, Parrot Bay Cafe, Pittsburgh PO' Boy, Sausalido Bistro, the Capital Grilll, Allegheny Coffee & Tea Exchange, and A519 Chocolates.

The audience  quickly took to the dance floor after an upbeat music mix by Eventures DJ as models walked the ballroom with Oscar ballot predictions for the chance to win $25,000.

Dawn Keezer, Pittsburgh Film Office Director, addressed the crowd and spoke of the film office's ongoing relationship with the film industry, with the return of "Mindhunter's" second season, CBS show "One Dollar", and Sony's "Pickle" in 2018, anticipating an even stronger 2019!

Production Curator, Richard Parsakian, treated the audience to  The Pittsburgh Connection, A Dance Tribute to Film, featuring dancers reenacting role from "Flashdance", "Singin in the Rain", "Wonder Boys", "Perks of Being a Wallflower", and "Black Panther", all with Pittsburgh connections.  Mr. Parsakian, also enlisted the help of Brian David, a local couture designer, who presented his elegant, hand made, couture gowns, with all the glamour of Old Hollywood.

Since 1990, the Pittsburgh Film Office, has continued to attract film production projects to our region, creating thousand of jobs, and adding to our local economy.  To learn more about the PFO, visit

Brian David Designs

Calla Hinderliter with Derek Ort

Veronica and Justin

Dallas and Joanne

Debra Bober and Cyndy

Fred and Marian McCann

Dawn Keezer with Tony Amen
Brian David Designs


Friday, February 1, 2019

Highmark Presents, "Netflix Lights! Glamour! Action!" 2019

It's that time of year again, when Pittsburgh celebrates the accomplishments of the Pittsburgh Film Office! 
“Netflix Lights! Glamour! Action!” Gala, sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, will be held on February 23rd, from 6 PM - 11 PM at its new location, The Pennsylvanian.  Also debuting, a new night for the Gala, Saturday, to allow for Oscar predictions.

Guests will walk the red carpet under the Pennsylvanian's rotunda to gain entrance to this elegant event. 

Cuisine will be featured from area restaurants including Eddie V’s, A519 Chocolate, Blume Honey Water, Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie, Con Alma, Double Wide Grill, Eddie Merlot’s, Lidia’s Pittsburgh, Molinaro’s, Monterey Bay, Pittsburgh Smokehouse, and Parkhurst.

Richard Parsakian, Production Curator and owner of Eons Antique Fashions, explained “The Pittsburgh Film Office places a spotlight on local assets for bringing the national film industry to Pittsburgh, we will showcase a young, talented fashion designer, Brian David at this year’s gala who will elevate what red carpet glamour is all about.”  Brian describes his designs as "Luxurious fabrics and classic couture techniques, which give a refined, polished look to my vintage inspired collection."

VIP Patrons, will receive early admittance from 6 PM to 8 PM and have exclusive access to performances by Beauty Slap, and legendary Pittsburgh/Broadway performer, Lenora Nemetz.

Under the direction of Dawn Keezer, who has served the Film Office for the past 24 years, the PFO has assisted in over 260 feature films, television series, and commercial productions.  The impact on our local economy has been astounding, with over $1.2 Billion brought into to our region.  

Tickets are available at Showclix at $125 for General Admission, and $250 for VIP access.

Although the venue has changed over the years, the Hollywood theme, beautiful gowns, and a night of pure entertainment, are a constant part of this event.  Below are photos from past "Lights!Glamour!Action!".  Look forward to seeing you on the red carpet!

Dawn Keezer

Nancy Mosser and Katie Shenot

George Long and Amy Merlo
Jennifer Manypenny

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