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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
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,
... 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
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!!
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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