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Steel Town aka Still I Rise, Now Filming (pics!)

"Steel Town" aka "Still I Rise" filming on location in Pittsburgh 5/23/2011

"Steel Town" aka "Still I Rise" filming on location in Pittsburgh. Base Camp at Civic Arena!

Steel Town begins filming in Pittsburgh today. So far the second out of three films that are calling the Burgh home this summer. It has been a lot of fun tracking the Perks of Being a Wallflower crew, and Batman will be here before we know it.

As if it isn’t cool enough that Pittsburgh is the Hollywood of the East, it also happens to be the setting of a few of the stories. “Steel Town” will be based on an inner-city Pittsburgh school! Perks was written by a Pittsburgher and takes place here too. Remember when Russell Crowe was in town with The Next Three Days? That movie also took place in the 412.

The Burgh is on the map.

Thanks to Steel Town, Pittsburgh will host stars like Holly Hunter, Oscar Isaac (Robin Hood), Viola Davis (Doubt), and director Daniel Barnz (Beastly). Another name we’re all familiar with, Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight). Her brother Jake was here back in 2009 and he was awesome! Will she love Pittsburgh as much as her bro? Will she get her own Steelers tramp stamp?

If you’re searching for more “Steel Town” info, try using the title “Still I Rise.” The movie was renamed from the working title to a more relevant one.

Update with pics and info!

"Steel Town" aka "Still I Rise" filming on location in Pittsburgh 5/23/2011. Cast entrance.

"Steel Town" aka "Still I Rise" filming on location in Pittsburgh 5/23/2011. Cast entrance.

"Steel Town" aka "Still I Rise" filming on location at the Civic Arena

"Steel Town" aka "Still I Rise" filming on location at the Civic Arena

"Steel Town" aka "Still I Rise" filming on location in Pittsburgh 5/23/2011

"Steel Town" aka "Still I Rise" filming on location in Pittsburgh 5/23/2011

"Steel Town" aka "Still I Rise" filming on location. Base camp at the Civic Arena.

"Steel Town" aka "Still I Rise" filming on location. Base camp at the Civic Arena.

"Steel Town" aka "Still I Rise" cast entrance at Clifford B. Connelly Trade School

"Steel Town" aka "Still I Rise" cast entrance at Clifford B. Connelly Trade School

"Steel Town" aka "Still I Rise" filming on location at Clifford B. Connelly Trade School

"Steel Town" aka "Still I Rise" filming on location at Clifford B. Connelly Trade School

When will Steel Town be in theaters?
Sometime in 2012.

Where is base camp?
The Civic Arena parking lot at the moment.

Which school is in the movie?
We think it’s the Clifford B. Connelly Trade school across from the Civic Arena.
Connelly Technical Institute (map)
1501 Bedford Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Are they casting extras?
Yes! Fourth River Casting is the agency. Contact them at fourthrivercasting@yahoo.com. Also check out the Pittsburgh Film Office casting notices here.

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  • Jen

    Two movies at the same time! I love Maggie Gyllenhaal.

  • http://na Penny Lane

    The casting agency doesn’t have a website and they use a yahoo e-mail address? That is so unprofessional. How hard could it be for them to at least have a website with a contact page or updates about what they are looking for. Unacceptable imho.

  • qq

    is it supposed to be steeltown or steel town?

  • Moo

    Is this where they will be filming the entire movie or will they be in other places?

  • http://www.twitter.com/NikiMarieR Niki

    I think it’s Steel Town. I believe they will be filming there for most, if not all of the movie. I posted some videos on my YouTube channel (msnikimarie1) from when I visited the base camp/set yesterday. It’s pretty much the same thing you see in the pictures.

  • sNOw

    I was happy reading this until I saw the snow route sign in the first picture. Then I was reminded that we only have a few months to enjoy a snow free Pittsburgh. Thanks for ruining my mood.

  • Anastasia

    i’m a extra in it and it is being shot at Adams Elementary ( also called Letsche school, it closed in 2006.) It’s in the Hill district.

    • http://BoringPittsburgh.com Boring Pittsburgh

      When are you guys scheduled to be on set?

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  • chris

    Filming in Oliver building today.

  • http://twitter.com/michaelsally @MichaelSally

    On Oliver Ave by William Penn Hotel, Downtown Pittsburgh.

  • http://fuckyeahoscarisaac.tumblr.com Laura

    thanks for sharing all these pictures. i am hoping to see a picture of my favorite actor,Oscar Isaac, but nobody seems to have one online! PLEASE send me any info/pics you have of him! i would really appreciate it, I’d like to share it on my tumblr.

  • http://BoringPittsburgh.com Boring Pittsburgh

    Extras Needed

    ″Steel Town,″ a feature film starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Holly Hunter and Rosie Perez, is looking for new background actors for a three-day shoot in the Pittsburgh area.

    The shoot is from Wednesday through Friday and participants must be available all three days.

    Those who have previously participated in the film can’t be used for this shoot. No experience is necessary and all roles are paid.

    To apply, send an e-mail to fourthrivercasting@yahoo.com with ″June 22-24″ as the subject line; include your name, phone number and photo.

    source Thanks @LappyGirl for the tip.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1117129426 Robert Bianco

    interested in extra work and im available june 22-24

    • http://BoringPittsburgh.com Boring Pittsburgh

      Hi Robert, you should send an e-mail to fourthrivercasting@yahoo.com with ″June 22-24″ as the subject line; include your name, phone number and photo.

      Thanks

  • http://BoringPittsburgh.com Boring Pittsburgh

    Steel Town is filming at the Homewood Cemetery today. There are tons of cars and a few shuttles there for all the extras.

    • Pam

      They weren’t actually filming at the cemetery, they are just using it for parking. The shuttles then take the crew and extras to where they need to be. I worked two days as an extra (June 22+23) and had to park there.

      • http://BoringPittsburgh.com Boring Pittsburgh

        Ah that explains it! Thanks

  • http://BoringPittsburgh.com Boring Pittsburgh

    they are now filming at the community day school in sq hill
    they have been here for about 4 days now.

    Info sent to us via tip-line. (map)

  • Jennifer

    They are filming on Kentucky Ave in Shadyside! At least I think it’s Steel Town but it could be another one.

    • http://BoringPittsburgh.com Boring Pittsburgh

      Thanks for the update, Jennifer. Can you get some pics? Here is a link to a map of that street. (map)

  • Dominic

    They’ve been there all week. I ride through everyday… boy, they must be pissing off the neighbors… some serious generators and water equip on the street!

  • Bill

    Worked 4 days as an extra. One day in Sq Hill and 3 days in Shadyside. Maggie and the cast were really personable. This was my first experience as an extra and it was very positive. First Asst director Don Starks and his crew were patient and fun. The production assistants did a good job executing some difficult logistics managing so many people. I hope this movie does well.

  • Alex

    Does anybody know where they are filming this weekend or anytime next week? Any information would be much appreciated.

  • http://aikido1@comcast.net Bob

    Does anyone know where filming will be this coming Monday, July 18? I’m an extra, but when they contacted me, they did not know where the location would be.

    • Pam

      They will let you know where exactly they need you to go when they know for sure … even provide directions and a map (at least they did for me) so I wouldn’t worry.

      • http://aikido1@comcast.net Bob

        Thanks Pam, I’m not worried, just trying to find if anyone knew any specifics!

      • http://BoringPittsburgh.com Boring Pittsburgh

        If you get any set pics, please send them our way and we will post them :)

  • http://aikido1@comcast.net Bob

    Will try!

    • http://BoringPittsburgh.com Boring Pittsburgh

      Thanks, Bob! But if they say no pictures, don’t do it. We don’t want you to get into trouble :p

      • http://aikido1@comcast.net Bob

        No problem! I will be with two accomplished actresses in the community who have done this before. I just so excited to be a part!

  • http://www.dpsinfo.com Laurie Mann

    This is the movie of many names. Seems like the release name will be “Won’t Back Down.” The buzz on Viola Davis is EXCELLENT. Can’t wait to see this flick. I was an extra for a few days at Adams School and I know many of the people who played teachers.