ALIQUIPPA (KDKA) — The television and film industry loves Pittsburgh, and more and more local towns are lobbying for the spotlight.

Back in February, KDKA toured some of the blighted neighborhoods of Aliquippa with Mayor Dwan Walker.

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“It’s a challenge, but something we’re willing to take head on,” he said.

As part of his “think outside the box” revitalization strategy, Mayor Walker began opening up historic abandoned properties to photographers and urban explorers hoping to attract the Hollywood spotlight that often shines on other Pittsburgh area towns.

“If they can go that far, they can go down 65 and across the bridge and see Aliquippa as well,” Mayor Walker said. “I think we have a lot to offer as well.”

Fast-forward to this week and producer Kevin Tabb.

“I was born and raised here, and believe it or not, there’s a lot of talent in Aliquippa,” said Tabb.

The CEO of Mind, Body & Spirit Productions starts shooting a pilot for a potential TV series later this summer.

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“I believe there’s so much talent here. It’s hard when you’re in a depressed area to really get that out there for people to see,” Tabb added. “So, I just feel like if we bring it here… It’ll really do good for the town. People will be able to put back in the town.”

From back alleys to main streets, Aliquippa will be the set for a story of two young, underprivileged men and their rise from poverty.

“There’s a lot of suspense and drama. The D.A. and police are involved. It’s real exciting,” Tabb said.

The plan is to keep the project 100 percent local. That includes the actors.

There’s an open casting call June 28 at the Broadcast St. Café at 10 a.m.

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