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PITTSBURGH’S ROBUST FILM INDUSTRY: AN INSIDER’S VIEW

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An award-winning screenwriter and television producer, Carl Kurlander is back home in

Pittsburgh, still plying his trade, but also serving as a lightning rod to help build Pittsburgh into a leading

regional entertainment center. As co-founder of the Steeltown Entertainment Project, Mr. Kurlander is

responsible for nurturing local talent (and Pittsburgh has plenty!), supporting the local independent film

community, and pioneering innovative models to incubate and invest in film, television, and digital media

projects.

Following graduation from Duke University, Mr. Kurlander’s film career was jumpstarted by a

short story he penned called ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’. It led to an internship at Universal Studios and his first

feature screenplay. More recent credits include producing the award-winning documentary The Shot Felt

Round the World about Jonas Salk and his polio vaccine. Mr. Kurlander will talk about his career, his

transition back to his home town, and why he harbors such optimism for Pittsburgh as an entertainment

hub.

The public is welcome to attend this free AAUW-sponsored presentation.