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The Film "Red Dog Dirt" Gains Local Chamber Support

Location IS Fayette County in Western Pennsylvania
. . . NYU'S Tisch School Provides Technical/Artistic Support.

NEW YORK. June 7, 2005. The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce board voted last week in Uniontown, Pennsylvania to provide support to a film, RED DOG DIRT, "in any way within our means," Muriel Nuttall, executive director of the Fayette Chamber, said last week.

The location of the film -- a story about a 1950s Uniontown neighborhood. -- is Fayette County in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The film will feature landmarks throughout the county.

"We appreciate the Chamber's decision," Sharon Barnes, the film's director, said Friday. "It will help us with many details of production and local coordination.

"The film will involve several young people from Fayette County ," Barnes continued. "They will get a chance to gain priceless experience in filmmaking. We hope this experience will enlarge their horizons." The production company, Iron Egg Films, plans to recruit local Fayette actors in the age range of 9 to 12 , as well as other production assistants. The film company works in association with the New York University graduate film school, Tisch School of the Arts,

Casting for RED DOG DIRT is scheduled for July 8--11, with the on-location shooting of the film to take place July 22--27.

The State Theatre, being refurbished on Uniontown's Main Street, will premiere the short film this fall, according to Marty Schiff, the theater's executive director. "At the opening, we will bring some of the young actors on stage," says Schiff.

The short film may feature old coke ovens that get lighted up for the first time in decades. RED DOG DIRT is an adaptation of a stage play about Uniontown performed numerous times in Washington and other cities. Russ Barnes, author of the play, a native of Uniontown and executive producer of the film, says, "While the film is not a Hollywood feature-length film, its production values, including 35-mm technology, will build prestige within the film production community and may bring other filmmakers to Fayette County."

"Red dog," a material featured in the film's title, is a rock-like by-product of smoldering coal in Western Pennsylvania slag piles. A construction material used in road and alley construction, red dog is still found around Fayette County.

The Iron Egg Films production team principles include director, Sharon Barnes, and cinematographer, Angela Cheng.

ESQUIRE MAGAZINE's Celluloid Style Film Competition recently nominated Barnes as one of five East coast finalists. GAMINE, one of her films, will play in New York's Lincoln Center for two nights this coming October. WNET, a PBS station in New York will broadcast another of her films July 29. Barnes has recently won a grant from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles to work with the actor and director, Rod Epstein, on a documentary about the poet, Allen Ginsberg.

Cheng recently won the Wasserman King Prize for excellence in filmmaking based on her film TEN AND TWO. The Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles recently screened her film as part of the Wasserman award ceremonies.

In addition to the Iron Egg Films association with New York University, the group producing RED DOG DIRT is fiscally sponsored by Film/Video Arts, a New York City non-profit association that has supported filmmaking since 1968.

The State Theatre and the Uniontown Art Club among others in the Western Pennsylvania community are contributing services and equipment to help produce the film.

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