Carnegie Mellon University
April 28, 2011

Creative Writing Student a Finalist for Steeltown Film Factory Prize

Carnegie Mellon student Yulin Kuang is among the three finalists for the second annual Steeltown Film Factory competition, which will award $30,000 to the winner to help create his or her short film. Yulin is a junior who is majoring in the English Department's Creative Writing program with a concentration in film.

The competition, which attracted 125 screenplays, will culminate with School of Drama students performing stage readings of the three scripts during "Script to Screen: The Final Pitch" at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 30 at the Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theatre in Carnegie Mellon's Purnell Center. The readings will be judged by "Ghost Whisperer" executive director and Donora, Pa., native Kim Moses, television producer Ian Sander and casting director Nancy Mosser.

Yulin's screenplay "First Kiss" draws from her own coming-of-age story and "the agony of being 14." The other finalists are Christopher Dimond (MFA'07) and Philip Beard, an Aspinwall, Pa., novelist and attorney. 

Tickets for the reading are $5 for students and $10 for general admission. For more information or to register online, visit