FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 12, 2011
PITTSBURGH—The newly revitalized Hollywood Theater in Dormont is hosting a special Pittsburgh double-feature for the holidays on Friday December 16, 2011 at 7 p.m. featuring WQED’s recent high-definition all-aerial production Pittsburgh From the Air which will make its big screen debut and My Tale of Two Cities, a Pittsburgh comeback story which is coming home playing 25 cities across North America. Preceding will be special episodes of the new hit web sensation Pittsburgh Dad.
As part of the evening, a special panel including WQED’s Vice-President of Content Darryl Ford Williams, ”Tale” director Carl Kurlander and the film’s producer Stephanie Dangel Reiter who will discuss the way Pittsburgh has reinvented itself for a new age and the city becoming a major player in the entertainment industry as evidenced by all the Hollywood movies shooting here and a new TV pilot by Two and A Half Men director Jamie Widdoes filming at the Fred Rogers Studios as part of the new Pittsburgh Innovative Media Incubator, a co-venture between WQED and the Steeltown Entertainment Project.
Special guests “Mr. McFeely” of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, actor David Newell, and Pittsburgh Dad creator, Chris Preksta will be attending this screening. David Newell, who grew up going to Hollywood Theater, will be there to sign photos as McFeely and share his own memories of this newly revitalized theater.
Tickets are only $7 and can be purchased at the Hollywood Theater box office or in advance at www.showclix.com.
Pittsburgh From the Air is a high-definition aerial journey through six western Pennsylvania counties including Allegheny, Butler, Fayette, Indiana, Somerset and Westmoreland. It captures and preserves the cultural and natural wonders of the region and is the setting for My Tale of Two Cities, a funny and hopeful tale about coming home to the once great industrial giant that built America with its steel, conquered polio, and invented everything from aluminum to the Big Mac, and which has now, against all odds, reinvented itself for a new age. Pittsburgh From the Air portrays the newly reinvented Pittsburgh that My Tale of Two Cities envisioned. Both films also celebrate Pittsburgh neighborhoods and Pittsburgh’s neighbors which is what makes this city so special.
These DVDS which make the perfect Pittsburgh present for the holidays are also available at SHOP WQED. Order a special edition DVD of My Tale of Two Cities for $19.95 (with unseen footage & special features) and Pittsburgh From the Air on DVD for $19.95 and Blu-ray for $24.95 at www.shopwqed.org or by calling 1-800-274-1307.
WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 128 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and The WQED Education Department.
My Tale of Two Cities was produced by Stephanie Dangel and Janet Smith. Tale features some of Pittsburgh’s favorite neighbors including Franco Harris, Dok Harris, Teresa Heinz Kerry, Paul O’Neill, David Newell, Joanne Rogers, the late Mayor Bob O’Connor, Dr. Thomas Starzl, Dr. Cyril Wecht, and Bill Strickland. The film also features Pittsburghers from Times Square to Beverly Hills to The Point, singing the city’s unofficial theme song, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” for the film’s uplifting finale.
For more information, visit http://www.mytaleoftwocities.com