“The Chair,” a documentary series executive produced by Point Park University, will air its first episode Sept. 6 on the STARZ channel.
The 10-episode series, filmed in Pittsburgh, follows two up-and-coming directors, Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci, as they compete to make two separate feature films from the same script. “The Chair” will document the creation, marketing and theatrical release of both adaptations, which will also air on STARZ. Both directors have the same budget and, through multiplatform voting, the audience will determine which director will be awarded $250,000.
More than 100 Point Park students and alumni from a variety of majors supported the TV series and two feature films as interns, employees, and through class projects. Additionally, production offices were located on Point Park University’s campus in downtown Pittsburgh.
“Point Park University is proud to act as an economic driver and incubator for original works of entertainment that can help boost the local economy, while also giving students and alumni an outlet for developing the kind of experience they need to thrive in the real world,” said University President Paul Hennigan.
“The Chair” was created by producer Chris Moore, who partnered with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon on HBO’s “Project Greenlight.” For “The Chair,” he partnered with Green Tree native Zachary Quinto and his production company, Before The Door Pictures.
“Working in Pittsburgh with the support of Point Park University was an invaluable component in creating this show and these two films,” said Josh Shader, who produced the two films.
“The Chair” chronicles Los Angeles filmmakers Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci as they make their feature films, also shot in Pittsburgh, from a script by Dan Schoffer. The film is a coming-of-age comedy about a group of former high school classmates who return home from college for Thanksgiving.
View the trailer for Martemucci’s “Hollidaysburg,” the trailer for Shane Dawson’s “Not Cool,” and watch a preview of “The Chair.”