Hill District Native is co-writer of short film named as official selection of Macon Film Festival

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Macon Film Festival names Pittsburgh’s ‘Exposures’ as 2014 Official Selection

“Exposures,” a psychological thriller shot in Pittsburgh last spring, has been named as an official selection of the 2014 Macon (Ga.) Film Festival.

Co-written by Pittsburgh natives Jonathan Gribbin and Jonathan Blackwell, “Exposures” tells the story of Harper Lowell, a photographer who snapped an award-winning shot of an emaciated boy’s last moments of life instead of coming to his aid. The photo immediately brought Harper fame, but when the ethics of his decision to choose art over humanity were called into question, he was soon labeled a pariah and ostracized by the same people who once praised his work.

The film joins Harper three years later—washed up, broke and terrified to push the limits of his craft. When an opportunity to take what could be his next great shot presents itself, Harper again finds himself faced with the question that brought him to ruin. Harper’s sanity will be pushed to the limits as he struggles with the decision to choose a different path, or seize the chance to reclaim his former fame and glory.

Gribbin, a Churchill resident, directed the film. Robert Louis Love III of Los Angeles served as the film’s producer. Blackwell, who grew up in the Hill District, was first assistant director and also served as a co-producer. Zachary Lyons of Greenfield was the film’s editor and production designer.

The film stars Craig Newham of Penn Hills, and co-stars Vincent Bombara of Pleasant Hills and Jordan Speranzo of Pittsburgh.

Markowitz Communications of Lawrenceville served as unit publicist.

The Macon Film Festival, which runs from Feb. 27 to March 2, made Movie Maker magazine’s 2013 list of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World.

In the narrative short film program, “Exposures” will compete against entries from Spain, France, Austria, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia, as well as the United States.

The trailer can be seen at: http://vimeo.com/71721389

Other links: http://abderianpictures.com/

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