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Upper St. Clair Native Captures Movie Award

'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' was filmed in Pittsburgh.

Upper St. Clair native Stephen Chbosky won the Film Independent Spirit Award for best first feature for The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Other nominees included Fill the Void, Safety Not Guaranteed, Sound of My Voice and Gimme the Loot.

Chbosky, a 1988 Upper St. Clair High School graduate, was the screenwriter and director of the film, based off his novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. 

The movie was shot in and around Upper St. Clair. Some of the familiar locations shown in the movie included Kings, Peters Township High School, Hollywood Theater and the Fort Pitt Tunnel. 

"When I wrote the novel, this (Pittsburgh and Upper St. Clair) is what I saw. There is no other place I would have wanted to film it," Chobsky told Upper St. Clair students in September.

Other winners from Saturday night:

Best Feature: Silver Linings Playbook

Best Male Lead: John Hawkes, The Sessions

Best Female Lead: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Supporting Male: Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike

Best Supporting Female: Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Best Director: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Kathy Richardson February 25, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Kudos to Stephen Chbosky! His film is a classic in the spirit of Napoleon Dynamite, and "Perks" will touch the lives of countless young people in such a positive way. Makes me very proud to be from USC!

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