"Once you hit bottom the only one way to go is up," said John Bair, 23, a photographer and filmmaker from Pittsburgh. "Everybody that I come in contact with seems to be on the upswing. I consider that a pretty good thing."
That anecdote qualifies as a mesofact moment. Attitude and perception are instrumental to any recovery. Anything is possible in Pittsburgh, including growth. The rose colored glasses suit the film industry. From Variety:
Tim Iacofano, a producer on Fox's "Locke & Key" pilot that filmed in Pittsburgh, says location selection is often driven by the best financial deal. "We only seriously looked at locations with tax incentives," he says, noting that "Locke & Key" is set in an old, haunted mansion. "Pittsburgh was chosen because the architecture we needed for this house was found there." ...... Iacofano, a Cleveland native, says he's impressed by the Midwestern work ethic of crews when he's shot in Chicago and Pittsburgh. "The workforce in Pittsburgh is a very motivated group, which is not to say they aren't in Los Angeles, which has some very talented professionals who are also motivated. But when you work in a place like Pittsburgh and realize the future of the industry in your town is at stake, it's different," he says. "It's a little extra something."
Emphasis added. The word about the Pittsburgh scene is getting around. Outsiders are moving in. It's a cool place to be:
Jeremiah Clark was weaned on sad contemporary Christian songs. But now that's he secular? ''[A sad song] doesn't have to be Jesus on a cross anymore,'' he laughs.Clark was only 16 when he started writing songs in his bedroom. Last year, after years spent in more traditional employment, Clark, now 26, committed to becoming a full-time musician, a move spurred on by touring in support of D.C.'s popular gay rocker Tom Goss. This Saturday, May 14, Clark stops by Black Fox Lounge on Connecticut Avenue for a show to promote his self-released debut album, Just Another Sad Song.Clark turned away from becoming a contemporary Christian musician soon after graduating from his Memphis-area high school. ''My beliefs changed a lot when I accepted who I was, as a homosexual,'' he says. ''I became much more spiritual. I found faith in the people around me more so than any holy text.''Now a practicing Taoist living in Pittsburgh, Clark grew up the youngest of two boys in a family nominally Southern Baptist. ''My parents have accepted me for who I am, they embrace that,'' he says. ''I'm very thankful."
I'm interested to know how Clark ended up in Pittsburgh. Even if there is a native connection, he hasn't bolted for New York or some other big city with a better community of musicians. Like any other boomtown, Pittsburgh will transform into a destination for talent before anyone notices. That moment has come to pass. "Steel City" oozes irony.