Our hearts go out to the folks in Aurora—and in light of the early morning tragedy, we hesitated to move forward with our planned post.
We originally intended for this week’s post to correlate with the highly anticipated opening of The Dark Knight Rises, which was filmed in Pittsburgh.
But after last night’s horrific events in Colorado, now is not the right time for exclamation points and pushy social media efforts. Instead we would just really like to give a great book away and hope everyone can enjoy a little film history from the great city of Pittsburgh.
Today’s #FreeBookFriday giveaway, Pittsburgh Film History: On Set in the Steel City, comes from film scholar and Hometown Hollywood founder John Tiech. You can enter to win by commenting on this post by Sunday, July 22 (12:oo a.m., EST).
It’s a little-known fact that Pittsburgh has been part of the film industry since the days of silent film. Yet it was not until the 1951 classic Angels in the Outfield—set at Forbes Field—that the Steel City had its first major role on the silver screen.
Greater Pittsburgh’s film and television industry has since produced everything from the beloved children’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to the cult classic Night of the Living Dead. Most recently, Christopher Nolan chose to set the conclusion to his Batman trilogy in the city.
From the first nickelodeon and “film row” of those early days to the locations and cutting-edge sets of today, local author John Tiech takes a behind-the-scenes tour of Pittsburgh cinema. We hope you’ll enjoy this fantastic excerpt and share your thoughts on the “Hollywood of the East” and its incredible film history.
John Tiech is a lifelong resident of the Pittsburgh area and an English college instructor. By a very young age, he had a passion for film and television. After a decade of research, he is one of very few individuals with the extensive and accurate knowledge about the history of Pittsburgh cinema. He is friends with many members of the Pittsburgh film community and has even been part of local movie productions such as The Dark Knight Rises and Won’t Back Down.
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