By: John Tiech
The enthusiasm was palpable throughout the evening of Wednesday, March 2 as the luxurious Omni William Penn Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh played host to 65 attendees for a PaFIA mixer. The event was held so individuals in and around the entertainment business from Pennsylvania can meet, forward their careers, and share information. Those in attendance were wine and dined in the Sky Room with an elegant appetizer buffet and cash bar run by the friendly and efficient hotel staff.
The night began with informal greetings amongst the attendees followed by a brief opening courtesy of Mr. David Haddad, Owner of Haddad’s Inc. and chairman of the PaFIA. Mr. Haddad introduced attending PaFIA board members Katie Scott, Chelsea Danley, Jim Mahathey, James Pastorious, and Frank Conforti as well as fielded any possible questions about the PA Film Tax Credit. Mr. Haddad also encouraged current members to seek out new membership for the PaFIA before introducing the night’s guest speaker, the beautiful and talented Reese Randall.
Reese Randall began her career in the industry working for The Docherty Agency, Pittsburgh’s premier model and talent agency. She also worked for Pittsburgh Magazine for more than 15 years as the flagship’s managing editor as well as the fashion and style editor. Randall has worked with several talented figures in film and sports, a list that includes Joe Manganiello, Rob Marshall, Hines Ward, Mike Tomlin, Andrew McCutchen, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Evengi Malkin. She continuously works as a writer and wardrobe stylist for film, commercial, and fashion print accounts.
Randall provided the mixer attendees with an enlightening presentation, critiquing the choice of dress at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony with her professional expertise. The roughly 15-minute presentation tastefully and diversely highlighted the best on the red carpet while giving a brief glimpse to those fashion choices that just didn’t work. Afterward, she graciously gave attendees the opportunity to ask questions, and of course she offered the best advice as well as where to go for the best fashion purchases in the Pittsburgh area.
The evening concluded with synergetic film mingling amongst the attendees, giving everyone an opportunity to network with fellow members of the film community.
If you’re interested in learning more about the PA Film Tax Credit, or getting involved in the PA film industry, please consider becoming a PaFIA member and taking advantage of many more exclusive events just like this!
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