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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: George HazimanolisMarch 7, 2011 412-622-1366ghazimanolis@wqed.orgMaria Pisano412-622-1459mpisano@wqed.orgWQED’s COMMUNITY CINEMA SERIESWELCOMES THE PUBLIC TO FREE SCREENINGSWQED Community Cinema Series to be held once a month through June 2011PITTSBURGH—WQED opens its doors to the community with Community Cinema.Once each month from October 2010 through June 2011, the public is invited to a freescreening of public television documentaries, a panel discussion and communitydialogue.Pushing the Elephant will be screened at WQED Studios in Oakland on Thursday,March 10 at 6:30 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. This film captures one ofthe most important stories of our age, in which genocidal violence is challenged bythe moral fortitude and grace of one woman's push for peace.Other films scheduled for Community Cinema and part of the award-winning PBS seriesIndependent Lens include: Bhutto, an intimate look at the life of Benazir Bhutto andWelcome to Shelbyville, the story of one Tennessee town working to come to terms withthe “new” immigrants and “what it means to be an American.”Last year, more than 40,000 people attended the 650 Community Cinema events heldnationwide in partnership with over 800 local and national organizations that participatedby engaging the audience in thoughtful discussions about the films.“Community Cinema has been a success because it heightens and raises the public’s-MORE-

P. 2—COMMUNITY CINEMAattention to issues that affect our local and global communities through film,” saidIndependent Television Service (ITVS) President Sally Jo Fifer.For the full Community Cinema schedule, additional film resources and a link to makereservations for the next screening go to archived recordings of previous Community Cinema panel discussions go and select any of the links to the films that have been screened.WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award forStation Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supportedbroadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs,products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within theircommunity and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in thecountry to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. Itis the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel;WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); Classical WQED-FM89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television andradio productions; WQED Interactive (; and The WQED EducationDepartment.

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