Sunday, December 7, 2008

PositivelyPittsburghLive, Pittsburgh in the Movies

This show was recorded on December 22, 2007 of last year, but as we approach development in the strip district of a new movie making complex and Douglas Education Center in Monongahela expands its digital film department, I felt this was a great talkcast to revisit in preparation for doing another on Pittsburgh in the Movies. You can listen to archived version of this show at: or on PositivelyPitsburghLive Internet Radio Channel at
Guests: Women in Film and Media and Mark Brussler, Producer and Director

Pittsburgh Chapter ~~~
Statement of Purpose
Women In Film and Media of Pittsburgh is dedicated to improving the status and portrayal of women in film, video and other screen based media. With an emphasis on education, we serve our members and the community by providing access to opportunities in the industry and working with other non-profits dedicated to helping women and children. We are passionate about our vision to empower, promote, support, and mentor the community through a network of valuable programs, contacts and events.

Benefits of WIFM Pittsburgh

Central connection for people interested in film, television and other screen based media including directors, producers, talent, camera operators, writers, etc.
National and international recognition through Women In Film and Television International (WIFTI).
Ability to connect with others who share similar interests
Central directory describing abilities, resources An organization that will allow people to broaden theirand ongoing projects. horizons by working with others.
Breakfasts and/or dinners will be planned to promote awareness of the organization in the community as well as assisting in educating the members. They will bring people together to learn how they can best serve the community and assist in educating others.
Each breakfast/dinner will include a speaker who will be chosen on their position in the industry, whether film, television or other media to educate and inform.
These events will not only serve our members, but also the community by providing access to opportunities, supporting the work of our members, fostering greater public awareness of their efforts and encouraging high standards of professionalism.
PSA Program
A program that has been formed to develop, produce and distribute Public Service Announcements (PSA) on issues crucial to women and children. These PSA’s will be produced for non-profit organizations in and around Pittsburgh who do not have the funds to produce a PSA for themselves. The development, production and post-production of the PSA will all be accomplished by volunteers who are members of Women In Film and Media.
By taking on the production of the PSA for a local non-profit, Women In Film and Media will be linking with the local community to help them help themselves. In addition, the PSA will draw members together to help them gain experience, learn new skills, take on new projects and further develop their education on how film/video is produced.

Mark Bussler - Producer/Director

Mark Bussler is a producer and director of high-definition feature documentaries for DVD, HDTV and television. Bussler’s high-quality visuals and audio work have earned hundreds of positive reviews nationwide and have set his documentaries apart from the average fare. Of his film EXPO – Magic of the White City, reviewers have said: "A dazzling trip back to another time."
- Bill Diehl, ABC Radio Network

Bussler’s portfolio includes films narrated by Gene Wilder, Richard Dreyfuss, Keith Carradine, Ronald F. Maxwell and David Carradine. While he began with a budget of less than $1,000 for his first film, Bussler now manages the production of feature length documentary films with budgets in excess of $350,000. Five of his documentaries now air on public television. Bussler's next project is a feature-length high-definition film entitled Westinghouse, which focuses on George Westinghouse, his achievements, companies and his battle with Thomas Edison.

Classic Game Room, a feature-length comedy film released in 2007, chronicles the rise and fall of the first classic video game review show on the Internet in 1999 and 2000.

"An entertaining look at the days just before the dot-com bubble burst – made with tongue firmly in cheek and a charm of its own." - Damian Penny,

In 2006, Bussler produced World War 1 - American Legacy narrated by David Carradine.

"Highly recommended. Powerful, balanced, brilliant use of stills - truly excellent. David Carradine's commentary strikes the right note." - Gordon Smith,

Bussler produced and directed Horses of Gettysburg released in May 2006, Narrated by Ronald F. Maxwell, director of Gettysburg and Gods and Generals, Horses of Gettysburg focuses on the estimated 72,000 horses and mules that served in the battle of Gettysburg and throughout the Civil War. "This fascinating DVD set is extremely well-written and offers much interesting viewing. A must-have." - Phil Spangenberger, CMSA Rundown

In 2005, Bussler released EXPO – Magic of the White City, narrated by Gene Wilder, which brings to life the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 through a cinematic visit to the World’s Columbian Exposition. EXPO – Magic of the White City was Inecom’s bestselling title for 2005 and a top seller on, and at Borders stores nationwide. Recent reviews state:

"One of the year’s finest DVD premiere documentaries, this one is a must-watch." - Jamie Clark, Video Business

A veteran of several Civil War documentaries, in 2004 Bussler released Gettysburg and Stories of Valor narrated by Keith Carradine, the third installment in the CIVIL WAR MINUTES® series

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