April is the coolest month for filmmaking here

April will be anything but the cruelest month for filmmaking in Pittsburgh.

"Promised Land," the Gus Van Sant movie starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski, is looking for office space and is expected to start production in late April.

In addition, the $45 million "Out of the Furnace," directed by Scott Cooper and starring Christian Bale and Robert Duvall, is headed to Braddock, according to the Pittsburgh Film Office and state Rep. Paul Costa, D-Turtle Creek, although Relativity Media had no comment about the project.

Talking about Mr. Damon, who came here in 1998 to make "Dogma" with director Kevin Smith, Dawn Keezer of the film office said today, "We're happy to welcome him back to Southwestern Pennsylvania."

She anticipated no problem providing crews for both movies, saying, "We've been running four and five productions at a time.

"Thanks to the success of the Pennsylvania film tax credit program, we have quadrupled our local crew base, and as the amount of work continues to increase in the film industry, we expect the crew to grow as well."

Barbara Vancheri: bvancheri@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1632.

First Published 2012-03-06 15:30:33