Move over, Wilmington. Pittsburgh has declared itself the new Hollywood of the East. Although people have been making movies in the Steel City practically since the video camera was invented, the city’s film industry really took off when Pennsylvania introduced a tax credit program for filmmakers about 10 years ago. Since then, Pittsburgh has seen a steady increase of film work — culminating this year, when five major studio movies shot in southwestern PA hit theaters, including The Dark Knight Rises and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. A murder story starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, a new TV show starring Chloe Sevigny, and Fisher Stevens’s adaptation of American Pastoral are currently being shot there. All told, the film industry has brought more than $100 million in revenue to Pittsburgh and the surrounding area for the last three years in a row. EW spoke with Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office, to learn how the town Sienna Miller once called “Sh–sburgh” reinvented itself as a movie mecca.
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