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Pitt’s Neighborhood

Crowds gathered everywhere from Times Square to Los Angeles to Point State Park in recent years to sing “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” for a documentary celebrating the city and people of Pittsburgh. Produced by Pitt faculty member and Hollywood screenwriter Carl Kurlander, My Tale of Two Cities premiered this past fall in honor of Pittsburgh’s 250th anniversary. Kurlander, a visiting distinguished senior lecturer, began the project after Doug Kress, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at Pitt, encouraged Kurlander to create an upbeat movie about how Pittsburgh is reinventing itself in the poststeel age. More than two dozen Pitt students interned with the film crew, and Pitt alumni across the country joined in the sing-alongs of the theme song from the Pittsburgh-based Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood television show.