Chad Hunter is executive director of the Hollywood Theater, the nonprofit art house cinema in Dormont. The former film archivist at George Eastman House in Rochester, Chad also helped start the media archive at Appalshop in eastern Kentucky and served as media archivist at musician Peter Gabriel’s human rights organization WITNESS in Brooklyn.
Monday, July 20
My four-year old daughter yells “HEY DADDY!” at 6 a.m. on the nose. I get her ready for the day, hand her off to my wife Diana, and they speed off to preschool in Cranberry (where Diana is head of film preservation at the Media Preserve). I make a stop at Potomac Bakery to pick up cookies for the theater. I have a late a.m. meeting with the Denis Theatre Foundation to plan a joint fundraiser in November. After dinner we’ll take a bike ride to the Mellon Park playground, and maybe get a bubble tea at Asiatique Thai Bistro in Bakery Square.
Tuesday, July 21
I’ll stop by Fredo’s Deli at lunch to order brownies for the theater and grab an Insalata Caprese sandwich for myself. I have an afternoon meeting with John Schalcosky from Odd Pittsburgh to plan a joint film program. In the evening is band practice: I play clawhammer banjo in the Panther Hollow String Band, an old-time Appalachian group.
Wednesday, July 22
I’ll meet up with musician Tom Roberts for a working lunch over spicy seitan wings and a beer at the Double Wide Grill. In the afternoon I head to terraFITNESS on Baum Blvd. to meet with personal trainer Terra Brozowski. She puts me through the wringer, and the boxing is amazing. If all goes well, date night: Powell & Pressburger’s The Tales of Hoffmann at the Regent Square Theater.
Thursday, July 23
I will put out seltzer bottle empties on the porch for a delivery by Pittsburgh Seltzer Works. Later on I’ll drop off some theater posters at Whistlin’ Willie’s 78s (part of Jerry’s Records), and try not to spend too much money on vinyl. Before dinner we’ll take a walk up the street to pick up our local, fresh CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) veggies from our Dillner Family Farm pick-up location.
Friday, July 24
In the morning I’m giving an interview for a promotional video shoot produced by ScareHouse. I usually stream WRCT’s “Zombo in your Brain” radio show from 12 to 4 p.m. while working. In the evening we”ll meet some friends for dinner at Udipi Cafe in Monroeville—great South Indian vegetarian.
Saturday, July 25
I’ll stop by the Horror Realm & Pop Expo in the morning to support some friends and meet a few of the guests. If the weather is nice, we’ll probably go to Blue Slide Park. From 6 to 8 p.m. we always listen to the best radio program in Pittsburgh—Rhythm Sweet & Hot—on WESA. And that night we plan on completely blowing our daughter’s bedtime by taking her to her first drive-in movie experience at the Riverside Drive-In in Vandergrift.
Sunday, July 26
In the morning I’m working a table at OpenStreetsPGH at the Pittsburgh Artisan Flea at Altar Bar (stop by for some 16mm films and free popcorn). In the afternoon we’ll take our daughter to dance to the Turbosonics at Arsenal Park as part of the Surfin’ Burgh! Surf Music Festival. Background music for the night—Music from India on WESA from 8 to 10 p.m.—the longest-running Indian music program in the country.