My Tale of Two Cities is a funny and heartfelt Pittsburgh comeback story that tells the tale of a once great industrial giant which built America with its steel, conquered polio, and invented everything from aluminum to the Big Mac, which has now, like many cities across America, been challenged to reinvent itself. This proves once and for all that you can go home again and that it is never too late to comeback.
".... a story of comebacks, coming back and what a beautiful day in the neighborhood can mean." --Barb Vancheri, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"A wry and funny tale about the fulfillment found in coming home... A cross between Woody Allen and Fred Rogers, (Kurlander) reminds us that our cities are the real "Real America" because they are the creative, connected places in which we can best renew ourselves, our country, and our hope for all humanity." -- Howard Fineman, Newsweek
The SPECIAL EDITION DVD makes the perfect Pittsburgh present and is now available at WWW.AMAZON.COM
"A movie that is timely, moving, and - above all - entertaining. You can't get an entire city into therapy - but this film is the next best thing." -- Mitch Teich, Milwaukee Public Radio
ABOUT THE MOVIE:
My Tale of Two Cities is an inspiring film about cities and people redefining their identities for a new age as told through the eyes of "St. Elmo's Fire" screenwriter Carl Kurlander who moved back to the real-life "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" only to find both himself and Pittsburgh in mid-life crisis. In an attempt to help his hometown while exploring with honesty and humor whether you can go home again, Kurlander tosses a football with Steeler legend Franco Harris and his son Dok, goes shopping in the Strip with Teresa Heinz Kerry, and asks everyone from his dermatologist to his first infatuation, the girl who inspired "St. Elmo's Fire", how Pittsburgh can once again become "The City of Champions." The result is a film which has charmed audiences in over 25 cities across North America.
Read the "Thanks, Pittsburgh" Post-Gazette article Click here.
Read the Trib piece on "Tale" star Paul O' Neill Click here.
City Council Declares "My Tale of Two Cities" Day in Pittsburgh celebrating the "national attention" the film has received and how this "funny and hopeful film about coming home again... addresses how people and communities going through tough times can redefine who they are."
From Windsor, Ontario, to Santa Fe, New Mexico to Capitol Hill, audiences in over 25 cities across North America cannot enough get of this funny and hopeful comeback story about coming home and people and cities reinventing themselves for a new age, "Tale" captures the timely, inspiring resurgence of the city of Pittsburgh--the real life "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood"-- while also exploring a more universal story about how we must confront our past in order to move on to our future.
"If you believe in miraculous comebacks, you've got to catch this film." -- Franco Harris, Hall of Fame Steeler
"A delightful, quirky, heartwarming film that is as funny as it is revealing..." -- Don Roy King, director, "Saturday Night Live"
By Jonathan on October 10, 2009 9:02 PM
"A delightful, quirky, heartwarming film that is as funny as it is revealing..."
-- Don Roy King, director, "Saturday Night Live"
"My Tale of Two Cities" is a story that is both personal and universal. As cities like Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, and others are reinventing themselves in a changing economy, natives of these cities are reconsidering what it means to call them home. Carl Kurlander has produced a movie that is timely, moving, and - above all - entertaining. You can't get an entire city into therapy - but this film is the next best thing - a funny self-help guide for cities looking at their future."
Mitch Teich, Executive Producer, "Lake Effect", Milwaukee Public Radio
"If you believe in miraculous comebacks, you've got to catch this film."
-- Franco Harris, Hall of Fame Steeler
A limited number of DVDS are available on ShopWQED or by calling 800-274-1307.
You can also find this "funny and heartfelt valentine to Pittsburgh"
at A Pleasant Present in Squirrel Hill, Kards Unlimited in Shadyside, or The Heinz History Center.
"My Tale Of Two Cities" will also be playing at The Oaks Theater in Oakmont December 19th to December 23rd at 5 pm. For directions, go to: www.theoakstheater.com. These screenings will benefit Steeltown's Youth and Media Initiative with the Holy Family Institute (see www.steeltown.org and www.hfi-pgh.org).
There will also be a special Christmas Eve screening of "My Tale of Two Cities" with a Chinese Meal at Rodef Shalom Temple. It is open to the public and begins at 6:30. For information, please email Leslie Garrison at email@example.com or CLICK Here.
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
Due to popular demand, "My Tale of Two Cities" will play at the Penn Hills Cinemas starting Monday, December 1, running through Saturday, December 6, at 7:15 p.m. On Monday Dec. 1st, filmmaker Carl Kurlander will be there to introduce the film and discuss it afterwards.
Penn Hills Cinemas is in the Penn Hills Shopping Center. From the East End, go one past the first Monroeville exit to the "Penn Hills" exit, get off and turn right. Phone 412.243.1831 They are closed on Wednesday Dec. 3rd. Tickets are just $5.00. Please help us spread the word.
On November 28, Pittsburghers everywhere were invited to a special red carpet screening of "My Tale of Two Cities", a funny and heartfelt valentine to Pittsburgh. A sold out Byham Theater audience of 1250 people laughed, cried and gave a standing ovation to this "comeback story" about coming home and one of America's great cities reinventing itself for a new age.
If you are unable to see it in a theater, a limited number of DVDS of "My Tale of Two Cities" are available for the holidays at http://www.wqed.org/genl/shop/history.shtml#tale or by calling 1-800-274-1307. The film is also at Kards Unlimited on Walnut Street in Shadyside.
If you would like to arrange for a screening of "My Tale of Two Cities" in your neighborhood (regionally or at venues around the country), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank you and hope you enjoy this film that proves "it's never too late to come back" and that the whole world really is "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."
To find out more about Steeltown's Youth and Media Initiative being done in association with the Holy Family Institute which the Nov. 28th Byham screening benefited, please go to www.steeltown.org and www.hfi-pgh.org.
On November 28, Pittsburghers everywhere were invited to a special red carpet screening of “My Tale of Two Cities”, a funny and heartfelt valentine to Pittsburgh, about coming home and one of America’s great cities reinventing itself for a new age. We are touched and humbled by the overwhelming response which SOLD OUT The Byham Theater.
If you would like to arrange for a screening of “My Tale of Two Cities” in your neighborhood (regionally or at venues around the country), please contact email@example.com.
We thank you and hope you enjoy this film that proves “it’s never too late to come back” and that the whole world really is “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”
To find out more about Steeltown’s Youth and Media Initiative being done in association with the Holy Family Institute which the Nov. 28th Byham screening benefitted, please go to www.steeltown.org and www.hfi-pgh.org.