Pittsburgh Filmmakers files (1970-1990)

The Pittsburgh Filmmakers files make up the eighth series of sub-group one in the Department of Film and Video Archive. They contain information about the Three Rivers Film Festival and other screening events co-hosted with Carnegie Museum of Art and its Department of Film and Video (1970-2003). Pittsburgh Filmmakers is an independent media arts center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was one of several burgeoning film groups that Sally Dixon rallied when she founded CMOA’s film program in 1970. Pittsburgh Filmmakers started as an equipment center and workshop venue at the Selma Burke Art Center in the city’s East Liberty neighborhood before being incorporated as its own organization in 1971. The series contains myriad memorabilia for the annual Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Many of the later files deal exclusively with the film component of this festival, which derived in the 1980s as the Three Rivers Film Festival. The series is minimally processed and kept in its original order. Materials have been re-housed in acid-free archival boxes but many of the materials were kept in their original file folders. Titles for the folders were copied from the original. The series is divided into smaller groupings (sub-series) to help you find items of interest. These are 1) General files of Pittsburgh Filmmakers and 2) Three Rivers Arts/Film Festival files. You can find additional information about the history of Pittsburgh Filmmakers throughout the Department of Film and Video Archive, especially in the administrative files.