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Film Kitchen hosts a music-video contest with all-local sounds.

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In past years, Film Kitchen's annual contest challenged local artists to make films and videos on a given theme. (The first, in 2003, was "Kitchen Films.") This year, the monthly screening series built its contest around not images, but sounds. The Film Kitchen Music Video Contest, on Tue., May 8, features cash prizes, audience voting and live music.

Film Kitchen (which is co-sponsored by City Paper) solicited songs or other audio from local artists. All the works are originals two to three minutes long. Contributing bands and musicians include: David Bernabo (of Vale and Year), Black Moth Super Rainbow, Boca Chica, Centipede E'est, Ben Opie (of Opek) and Shade. The contest also includes pieces by sound artist Steve Boyle and spoken-word artist Vanessa German.

Competing filmmakers previewed the tracks online (still posted at www.filmkitchenpgh.org) and applied for one. The contest accommodated two filmmakers per track, with later applicants asked to choose from the remaining tracks.

On May 8, at Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Regent Square Theater, Film Kitchen will screen at least one video for each of the eight audio tracks. Judges (who will be seeing the videos for the first time) will award cash prizes including $200 for first place. Judges include Ayanah Moor, an artist and Carnegie Mellon assistant professor; musician and producer Soy Sos (of Soma Mestizo); and filmmaker and educator Gordon Nelson. An additional $100 will go to whoever made the video that wins audience voting.

The May 8 event will also include screenings of other music-themed shorts. The evening concludes with a set of live rock by Centipede E'est.

Film Kitchen's music-video contest was conceived by Teresa Foley, a filmmaker and educator who is leaving Pittsburgh for a new job, in New Mexico. Foley, whose quirky and incisive short works have been screened nationally, is finishing up as head of Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Media Literacy Arts Education Program and heading to Santa Fe, where she'll be director of digital media arts for the Center for Contemporary Arts.

As an exhibiting artist as well as a consultant, advisor and the source of many ideas (including Film Kitchen's annual contest itself), Foley has been an invaluable help to Film Kitchen since it began, in 1998.

Film Kitchen Music Video Contest 8 p.m. Tue., May 8 (7 p.m. reception). Regent Square Theater, 1035 S. Braddock Ave., Edgewood. $6. 412-316-3342, x178 or www.filmkitchenpgh.org

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