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Tull Family Theater Highlights Health And Science Issues With New Series

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The Man Who Knew Infinity


On March 29, the Tull Family Theater in Sewickley will launch Science on Screen. Taken from the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Science on Screen initiative, the monthly series pairs films that explore science-based issues with noted experts in the field. It includes four events from March through June and covers topics such as memory loss, sleep issues, meal preparation, and math. Before each screening, experts from local organizations will give 10-20 minutes talks and take questions from the audience.
See dates and details below:

March 29

6:30 p.m.

Marjorie Prime


Eighty-six-year-old Marjorie (Lois Smith) spends her final, ailing days with a computerized version of her deceased husband (Jon Hamm). With the intent to recount their life together, Marjorie’s “Prime” relies on the information from her daughter and son-in-law (Geena Davis and Tim Robbins) to develop a more complex understanding of his history. As their interactions deepen, the family begins to develop ever diverging recounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often painful past, Based on the play by Jordan HarrisonMichael Almaryeda’s film wonders how, if given the opportunity, would we choose to rebuild the past, and what would we decide to forget?
The includes a talk by experts from University of Pittsburgh’s BRiTE Center, which offers physical, musical and mental activities to those with mild cognitive impairments.

April 26

6:30 p.m.

Sleepwalk with Me


Based on comedian-turned-playwright-turned-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia’s successful one-man show, Sleepwalk with Me tells the semi-biographical story of burgeoning stand-up comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship threatening to race out of his control, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore. Director/star Birbiglia co-wrote the script with NPR personality Ira Glass, who also produced the film.

The screening includes a talk and Q&A by Dr. Daniel Shade, director of Allegheny General Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Clinic, and Rachel Falsone, a nurse practitioner trained in insomnia and sleepwalking.

May 31

6:30 p.m.

Babette’s Feast


Adapted from a story by Isak Dinesen, director Gabriel AxelOscar-winning 1987 film tells the layered tale of a French housekeeper with a mysterious past who brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late nineteenth-century Denmark.

The event includes a discussion on the multiple dimensions of food preparation by Leah Lizarondo, CEO and co-founder of the innovative anti-food waste nonprofit 412 Food Rescue, and Sister Lyn Szymkiewicz, director of ecology and environment at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, who manages a 94-acres preserve including beehives, chickens and community gardens.

June 28

6:30 p.m.

The Man Who Knew Infinity


Written and directed by Matthew Brown, The Man Who Knew Infinity is the true story of friendship that forever changed mathematics. In 1913, Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), a self-taught Indian mathematics genius, traveled to Trinity College, Cambridge, where over the course of five years, forged a bond with his mentor, the brilliant and eccentric professor, G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), and fought against prejudice to reveal his mathematic genius to the world.

Dr. Harsh Mathur, a quantum physics professor at Case Western Reserve University, will provide context by discussing the film’s subject and his impact on the field. Mathur shares an Indian heritage with Ramanujan and has a special interest in physics history.

The Tull Family Theater will accommodate group sales for 10 or more people, discounted from $11 general admission to the $8.75 rate reserved usually for seniors 65 and older, children 10 and younger, and military and college students with IDs. Adults and youth are encouraged to attend.

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A Look at Film Washi V, The Handmade Film on Japanese Gampi Paper

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Film Washi V is probably the most unusual film announced in 2017, and I had the privilege of being present when Lomig, the founder of Washi Film, introduced it at the Salon de la Photo in Paris last year. Since then I have always wanted to try it and see what it’s like to shoot with this very special film.

If you’ve never heard about this film before, let me introduce it briefly. For Film Washi’s V film, the standard polyester film base has been replaced by a traditional Japanese Gambi paper. The emulsion is coated directly onto the paper and then loaded into normal 35mm canisters or 120 spools.

It’s an ISO 100 film and the process is identical to the original W film (which uses Kozo paper). However, the paper used for the V offers a higher transparency. Once enlarged, you can clearly see the paper’s fibers, which makes every picture unique. Depending on the situation, this can really add to an image and give it a special character.

As you can imagine, the processing of this film is a bit different and requires some extra equipment. The paper film base will not load onto normal reels, which leaves you with only two options:

1. Send your rolls of Washi film to Nation Photo, which has received the equipment and training to process this film.


2. Roll-up your sleeves and follow my tutorial to do it yourself.

If you have decided to go for the DIY solution, you will need the processing kit from Film Washi. This kit allows you to develop the films V and W into your Paterson or Jobo tanks. What’s special about it is that it will separate the film to help it avoid sticking to itself once in the tank.

Here’s my 8.5-minute video tutorial:

In this article, I will show you how to finish assembling the kit and how to load the film onto the reel, which can be pretty intimidating, I must admit. However, after seeing it and with a bit of practice, anybody can do it.

Unboxing the Processing Kit

The kit includes the following:

  • 1 processing reel (male+female parts)
  • 2 plastic separating strips (135 and 120)
  • 2 plastic strings
  • 1 rubber band
  • The film data sheet

Assembling the Kit

After unrolling the two plastic separating strips, you will see a plastic string already attached to each of them. The only thing you have to do it pass the string through the holes following the existing pattern. This is very easy but it does require a bit of patience.

It took me about 30 minutes to finish both strips. This step only has to be done once and then it will be ready for all your future developments.

Loading the Film Onto the Reel

This is where the fun begins! From here you’re supposed to be in complete darkness so I recommend practicing a little before playing around with the real film.

My suggestion is to prepare the film beforehand. For the 35mm, put it out of the canister and roll it onto itself. When you reach the end, cut it from the spool. For 120, it’s the same thing except that you also have to remove the backing paper. In the video above, you see me loading the backing paper. Keep in mind that this for demonstration purpose only and you are supposed to load the film instead!

On the strips, you will see one side two cuts. This side has to slide into the slot that’s on the reel. To slide it in, you will have have to align both parts of the reel and then slide the strip into it. Then firmly hold onto it and to a full turn with the strip to cover the starting point.

When you have done a full turn around the central axis, grab the film and place under your thumb onto the strip. Now roll them both together until all the film and strip have been rolled on the reel.

At the end of the strip, you will see a tiny black bar. Place it between the reel’s bars so it stays in position. You can also use the rubber band if you feel like it’s not locked properly (I recommend it on the 120).

Then put it in your tank and you are good to go for the development.

Developing the Film

The development of the film V is relatively standard. On the documentation, you will find processing times for the most common developers. In my case, the Ilford DD-X was not listed so I followed the advice given and sticked to the developing times of the Ilford FP4. I went for a 1+4 dilution for 10 minutes.

I won’t go too much into detail about the development, as there are plenty of resources for developing film online.

Sample Photos

I’ve had the chance to try both the 35mm and the 120 versions of V film. On some shots, you will see that the fibers aren’t perfectly horizontal or vertical. This is because I had to the straighten the horizon (I’m terrible at having picture leveled!) so it’s good to keep that in mind while shooting as it will be impossible to correct.

We are going to look first at the 120 that I shot on the Mamiya M645 1000s with a Sekor C 35mm f/3.5 and a Sekor C 80mm f/1.9.

From here you are looking at samples of the 35mm version shot on a Nikon F2 and Nikkor 50mm f/2.0.

I hope you have enjoyed this introduction to the Film Washi’s V film and that you will give it a try too! You can find more information on the company’s website.

About the author: Vincent Moschetti is an Ireland-based photographer who is in the middle of a year-long experiment where he’s shooting only film photography. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of his work or follow along on this adventure by visiting his website or following him on Facebook and Instagram. This post was also published here.

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Michaels: Yes, You Can Do That Portrait Challenge In Our Stores


Photographer Jenna Martin helped spark a movement back in November 2017 when she did her “Ugly Places, Pretty Portraits” challenge in a Lowe’s home improvement store. Since then it has spread to other popular retail chains, include arts and crafts stores. But while the #hobbylobbychallenge is officially against store policy, Michaels is embracing and encouraging the #michaelschallenge.

Michaels, the largest arts and crafts retail chain in the US (with over 1,100 stores), just took to its social media accounts to ask photographers to share the results of portrait challenges done inside its locations. The goal of the challenge is to shoot a professional-looking portrait using the backdrop of Michaels arts and crafts aisles (particularly the floral decor aisle):

“#Challenge accepted! Find us in the floral aisle, working all the angles,” the post reads, while linking to a store locator. “Show us your shoot #MichaelsChallenge.”

So instead of having a policy that kicks photographers out, Michaels is embracing the fad as a way to get people into its stores.

And yes, even professional photographers are welcome (though Michaels does encourage you to give the store location a heads up).

“Wait I’m not sure if I get it right I’m allowed to bring my professional camera and my client and take photo at the store???? Like just to walk in ??,” one commenter asked on Facebook.

Michaels replied: “Hi Shiran, yes, you can go to any store for your photos. We don’t need a release, but a prior heads up with the store location would be nice. We can’t wait to see the results of your photoshoot!”

A quick search for the hashtag shows plenty of examples from people who have tried their hand at the challenge:

Even Michaels employees are getting in on the action:

Hobby Lobby, on the other hand, isn’t embracing photographers and this photo challenge in the same way. While the store says that casual photos for the challenge may be okay, the company’s photo policy does not allow for professional photographers bringing models for the purpose of a photo shoot.

“We welcome creative customers and welcome them to take photos in the stores for their personal use,” a Hobby Lobby spokesperson tells PetaPixel. “Company policy does not allow professional or commercial photography in stores. Customers may not move merchandise, rearranged or alter the condition of merchandise. We ask that customers not disrupt other customers or block aisles. The store manager has final discretion on all requests and has the right to ask photographers to discontinue if needed.

“If you are bringing individuals to the store for the purpose of taking photos, I think common sense would say that is outside the bounds of our photo policy.”

So if you’d like to try your own hand at this unusual photo fad, it seems that Michaels is now the best place to do it.

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ORIENTED, featuring ceramic artists who identify with both Western and Eastern cultures, in Pittsburgh from March 13 to 17.

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From "Clean and Bleed" by Jennifer Ling Datchuk."

The 2018 National Council On Education For The Ceramic Arts will bring hundreds of national and international artists to venues across Pittsburgh in March. One exhibition of particular relevance here is ORIENTED, on display from March 13 to 17, which
explores the concept of ceramists who identify with both Western and Eastern cultures; their stories are unique and give a taste of what goes on in contemporary America.
Featured are Adam Chau, Ayumi Horie, Steven Lee, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, and Beth Lo.

From "Culture Blind" by Stephen Young Lee.

Step Into" by Beth Lo.

Teapot by Ayumi Horie.

Blue cups by Adam Chau.

ORIENTED will be displayed at the Trust Arts Education Center at 805 Liberty Ave. in the Cultural District (map). The center is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on the 13th, 14th, and 16th; from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on the 15th; and from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday the 17th. For a full list of events and artists, visit the NCECA 2018 website.
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California Officials Set Up Invasive Swamp Rodent Hotline

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California has a giant rodent problem. To clarify, it's not that California has a huge problem with run-of-the-mill rats, it's that the state has an emerging problem with jumbo-sized critters. Nutria, otherwise called Myocaster coypus, were thought to have been eradicated from the state's wetlands and rivers as far back as 1965 but they have mysteriously reappeared in three counties over the last year, California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Peter Tira told NPR. And now the department is calling on residents to help track the animal to get an accurate count on the size of the latest infestation. "We have no idea how many there are or how they were re-introduced," Tira said. "We don't know if someone set one loose or if there was an isolated population out there that we didn't know about. But we do know we have to get rid of them." The invasive animals can grow up to 2.5 feet, not counting a foot-long tail. They weigh up to 20 pounds, and wreak exponential havoc on their

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