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Pop Filter Hot Pick: The premier of David Bernabo's 'Ongoing Box'


See Ongoing Box at Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ Melwood Screening Room on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 8PM.

If there’s a platonic ideal for the type of creative, entrepreneurial Pittsburgh native our city is desperately trying to retain, it’s David Bernabo. The North Allegheny alum is an esteemed veteran of Pittsburgh’s music and arts scenes, rotating his time over the years among local bands—Vale and Year, Boca Chica, Host Skull—and his solo work.

He's also curated performance art pieces with his Hear/Now Performances series at Alloy Theater, and been involved with a smattering of other creative endeavors. He’s prolific and industrious, continuously carving out his own corner of the arts community in his beloved hometown while assisting others in pursuing their own dreams and ideas.

Bernabo's latest project seeks to explore the disparate strains of Pittsburgh’s arts scene, to which he has arguably been a massive contributor, through film.


Ongoing Box is Bernabo’s debut documentary. It explores the creative process with a handful of Pittsburgh-based artists. Throughout filiming he embedded with the likes of conceptual artist Lenka Clayton; chef, Kevin Sousa; movement theater specialist Mark C. Thompson; and multi-media artist Blaine Siegel to explore their experiments, studios and means of creation.

The film aspires to
“document a cultural landscape that revels in new collaborations, new work, and a strangely freeing lack of commercial expectation.”

The Pittsburgh premier is happening at Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ Melwood Screening Room on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 8PM. For more information about Ongoing Box, visit the film’s web page. (477 Melwood Ave, Oakland, Pittsburgh Filmmakers)
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