Steps in Motion

Throughout the Steel City, a system of remarkable city steps connect 90-plus communities. Spreading across hills and valleys and creating paths to playgrounds, churches, and markets, these steps supported the migration of steelworkers who kept the city alight and their families as well. Some of these stairways are crumbling; others are being revitalized by their neighborhoods. Steps in Motion connects communities, literally across time and space, linking places, generations and cultures, bringing us closer together.
     Steps in Motion: A Northside Animation, a collaborative project on city steps supported by 50+ volunteers, captures grandparents’ stories, documents a clean-up and creation of a mural, culminating with an experimental film. Steps showcases a diverse community; preserving and celebrating unique land-bridges between Pittsburgh neighborhoods.
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Steps in Motion Screenings

2018 Steps in Motion: A North Side Animation Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival, Pittsburgh, PA 
Steps in Motion: A Pittsburgh Experience Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main, Oakland, PA

2017 Steps in Motion: A North Side Animation Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Allegheny, Pittsburgh, PA
Steps in Motion: A North Side Animation City of Asylum Alphabet City, Pittsburgh, PA 

Community Outreach Screenings

Arch Court Senior Apartments
The Allegheny
West Park Senior Living
Allen Place Community Center


Steps in Motion and Other Animation
Catherine Drabkin Steps in Motion and Other Animation
Catherine Drabkin Steps in Motion and Other Animation