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The Johnstown Film & Wine Festival is a project of the Greater Johnstown Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2006, in cooperation with the Johnstown Area Heritage Association. The 2009 festival was held July 8-11.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009
The Johnstown Film & Wine Festival is delighted to announce the feature film for this year's festival! Traditionally, the festival shows a feature film on Wednesday evening; shorts entered into the festival competition begin on Thursday and Friday night, and the top-rated films are shown on Saturday night.. see nav bar at left for more about the festival's 2009 lineup.

The Wednesday screening will take place at the Johnstown Flood Museum; doors open at 6:30, and the films begin at 7:00. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.

My Tale of Two Cities -- a funny and heartfelt "comeback" story about coming home and cities and people reinventing themselves for a new age. "St. Elmo's Fire" screenwriter Carl Kurlander returns to his hometown with his family in search of a simpler and more meaningful life, only to discover that both he and the city of Pittsburgh are going through a mid-life crisis. In scenes which are strikingly honest and often hilarious, Kurlander asks his neighbors -- from the famous (Steeler Franco Harris, Teresa Heinz Kerry) to his old gym teacher and the girl who inspired "St. Elmo's Fire" -- whether the city which built America with its steel, conquered polio, and invented everything from aluminum to the Big Mac, can come back and once again become "The City of Champions." This hopeful, surprisingly feel-good film has delighted audiences everywhere, having premiered at the Sonoma Valley Film Festival, opened the Three Rivers Film Festival, sold out 1300 seats at The Byham Theater (where it received a standing ovation), and played at Tribecas Cinemas in New York, AFI Silver Theater in the D.C. area, and various theaters across Western Pennsylvania.

The film features a soundtrack composed by Johnstown native Carol Lee Espy and her husband Jim Dispirito (former band member of "Rusted Root.")