While most filmmakers strive and struggle to make it to Hollywood, Carl Kurland
er was dying to get out. And that's not because he wasn't successful. The Hyde Park-born writer and director hit it out of the ballpark early on. A short story he wrote in college became the Brat Pack cult classic St. Elmo's Fire
. But life in L.A. was wearing on Kurlander and his family. So he left for what was meant to be a brief sabbatical in his hometown of Pittsburgh. His sabbatical turned into a mission – to help save his hometown from its own economic and identity struggles. He documents the journey in the new film, My Tale of Two Cities.Screening:My Tale of Two Cities
Gene Siskel Film Center
Sat., Sep. 11 at 8 p.m.; Mon., Sep. 13 at 8 p.m.