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CARL KURLANDER

Burden of Genius

Carl is a screenwriter (St. Elmo’s Fire) and TV writer producer (Saved By the Bell) who also teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and is the co-founder of the non-profit Steeltown Entertainment Project with the mission of building a thriving film industry in southwestern Pennsylvania. 

 

He has collaborated on various projects with Laura Davis and Tjardus Greidanus including his directorial debut, My Tale of Two Cities, a documentary about Pittsburgh’s rebirth in which he went shopping with Teresa Heinz Kerry, played football with NFL Hall of Famer Franco Harris, and walked dogs with Dr. Thomas Starzl, which gave rise to the idea for Burden of Genius.

 

The three also worked together on A Shot To Save the World, a documentary about the Salk polio vaccine which won a CINE Golden Eagle Award.  Carl was  also co-executive producer of The Chair, the DGA Award-winning Starz reality series.