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I walked in expecting a documentary about urban decay and renewal -- perhaps a wrenched memory of the hometown I left forty years ago.  I took my eleven-year-old daughter, too.  I hoped she'd learn a Pittsburgh fact or two before she whispered, "Daddy, let's get out of here, this is so boring!" The result?  "Pleasant surprise" doesn't do it justice!  We were BOTH enthralled by a delightful, quirky, heartwarming film that was as funny as it was revealing.  No whispers from my daughter, either -- only laughter!  We both laughed a lot and learned a bit, too!  And can't wait to go home again!!
Don Roy King, Director, Saturday Night Live

Today I had the opportunity to see a great Pittsburgh movie. My Tale of Two Cities takes you through the Pittsburgh homecoming for screenwriter Carl Kurlander (St. Elmo's Fire). Through interesting interviews with prominent Pittsburghers, Kurlander researches what Pittsburgh should do to recreate itself. He has made it his personal challenge to find a cure. Being a cheerleader for Pittsburgh, I was eager to see this film. I was lucky to catch a special screening at the Oaks Theatre in Oakmont. This movie shows Pittsburgh as a city ready for revitalizing itself. I highly recommend seeing it if you can.
Michael Levenson, Pittsburgh Commercial Real Estate

Whether you're a boomerang, comeback kid, recent transplant, or dyed-in-the-wool Burgher, you won't want to miss "My Tale of Two Cities," the much-buzzed about new film by St. Elmo's Fire screenwriter and Steeltown Entertainment Project co-founder Carl Kurlander, which proves once and for all, that yes, you can go home again. With 1,300 people packing the film's sold-out debut (and delivering a standing ovation!),... ("My Tale of Two Cities" is)... a sort of collective cinematic homecoming for Pittsburghers everywhere... the film stars beloved local icons like Franco Harris and Mr. McFeely, and traces the city's storied role in building America's steel, conquering polio, and inventing everything from aluminum to the Big Mac. A classic comeback tale for a town in transition, the film follows the witty and charming Kurlander as he tosses a football with Franco Harris, shops with Teresa Heinz Kerry, has breakfast with Paul O' Neill, and ponders the time honored question: Can you go home again? Dubbed a "funny valentine to Pittsburgh,"... you know you'll cry black and gold tears as Pittsburghers from Times Square to Beverly Hills to Point State Park sing in unison to the city's anthem, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"
-- Pop City Media

The movie is great. It made me laugh a lot more than it made me get weepy. With the state of things in the US right now, this was a much appreciated piece of work. Best of luck!
Also, since you've already got a nice website up, you might consider a "Spread the Word" section to encourage fans to spread the word (and video, etc) online.
Thanks for making this!
-Libby in Durham, NC

Just wanted to say how absolutely DELIGHTFUL your movie IS! I am blown-away, amazed and impressed. It was FUN watching it! Excellent job --- well well done.
I just couldn't help writing this to you.
All the luck in the world,
Sonoma, California

... delightful, comedic, mellifluous and purposive film. I LOVED IT!!! Perhaps one of the significant signs of a great film is that it left us thinking about the questions posed; i.e., what can Pittsburgh do to keep and return residents, and what does it take for ex-pats like me to return?...

Mr. Kurlander,
My daughter and I enjoyed your movie last night at the Penn Hills theatre so much. After living in L.A. for five years I too moved back when my oldest daughter was 2 to raise my children. My husband was raised in Hawaii and lived no where else besides Hawaii and L.A. before we came. Although it was very difficult for him to be in Pittsburgh the first couple years I am proud to say he now considers it home. Your movie touched on so much that makes Pittsburgh and the people so special. Thanks for the enjoyable evening!!
Norma Hamm

Hi Carl,
My name is Mike Peterson and I met you last night after the screening of My Tale of Two Cities in Penn Hills.  I just wanted to say again I really enjoyed the film and found it an inspiration as a young person returning to Pittsburgh after a time working in TV in New York.  Thanks for making it!

I love Pittsburgh and I love this movie! I laughed. I cried. I spun my Terrible Towel. I dreamed pierogie dreams and pondered the complex love affair that I and so many Pittsburghers have with our beautiful, difficult, complicated hometown. In telling the complex story of his two lives -- one in L.A., one in Pittsburgh -- Carl Kurlander maps the hearts of ex-pat Pittsburghers everywhere. Our roots run deep, and many of us, despite the odds, long to come and stay home. A Pittsburgh that will make this possible -- one that offers jobs and hope and ways to thrive -- is what Kurlander's toasting in this wonderful film. This film is not the story of a dying city. It's the story of a city that's being reborn. As Kurlander says in the film, "This isn't 'Roger & Me,' it's Mr. Rogers and Me." It's a movie that says to everyone who loves this city -- won't you be my neighbor?
Lori Jakiela, native Pittsburgher and author of Miss New York Has Everything: A Memoir

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