The Drusky Entertainment Film Series
The folks responsible for bringing some of your favorite acts to Pittsburgh, throwing over 500 events this year alone, Drusky Entertainment, are at it again with their new film series. Debuting this Saturday at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont, The Drusky Entertainment Film Series is a new endeavor for the promoter, who will donate $1 from each ticket to a charitable cause. The series’ first screening is December 21 and features “SLC Punk” and “Filmage (The Story of The Descendants/ALL)“, a documentary profiling “THE band–responsible for pop-punk as you know it.” We had a chance to ask Josh Bakaitus from Drusky a few questions about the new project and what they’re planning in the coming months.
Kymbo Slice: Why did you decide to start a local film series?
Josh Bakaitus: Well, the idea for the film series came to mind last year after helping to assist my girlfriend promote a film fundraiser for her niece at the Hollywood. Shortly after the fundraiser event, The Hollywood Theater announced their need to raise $75,000 to convert their theater to comply with new industry digital standards. For a while I played with the idea of trying this film series to help raise funds and awareness for the theater, but just kind of sat on it for a couple of months. After more thought, it only felt right. The business is very similar to what we do to promote shows, except without such a big production and less costs associated with it.
KS: Why did you pick “Filmage” and “SLC Punk” as your first films to show?
JB: It happened to just come about by surprise. One day we agreed that we were going to start the film series and literally the next day a couple promoter friends posted about producing “Filmage” in their market. I thought immediately that if we also promoted this film that it would be a great way to introduce the series, being that we already have ties with the music community. I knew our demographic would be interested and that we wouldn’t be shooting in the dark with this one.
KS: How did you link up with the Hollywood Theater?
JB: I actually live in Dormont and frequent the theater as much as possible. One of the key reasons I decided to move to the neighborhood was because I thought it would be cool to live within walking distance of a movie theater like the Hollywood. Because of this, the theater’s need for some fundraising and based on the success from the fundraiser film we helped promote, it only felt right to work with them to make this happen. They have been a huge help getting this project off of the ground, and we’re excited about how our partnership is developing.
KS: What charitable cause are you donating a portion of the ticket proceeds to? Will it be the same for each film or different?
JB: One of the main things we are doing for the entire film series is donating $1 per ticket sold to a charitable cause. For “Filmage” and everything else booked so far, the $1 per ticket is going straight to our good friend Steve “Shuffles” Quinlan who had to receive surgery on his heart this past month. He doesn’t have health insurance so we’re trying to help him any way we can.
KS: What are you future plans for the Drusky Ent. Film Series?
JB: We’ve started the series off with “Filmage (The Story of Descendents/ALL)” at 10PM + “SLC Punk!” at 7PM on 12/21, a special double screening of “Blackfish” at 7PM & 9:30PM on 1/18, screening and producer / director signing of “Code 2600” at 7PM + a late showing of “The Matrix” at 10PM on 1/25, and a double screening of “Blue is the Warmest Color” on 2/14 at 7PM and 10PM. Tickets for all films on sale here.
Be sure to check out the first installment of the series this Saturday at 7PM, and check out the trailer below.