Coming to a screen… in your living room

The filming is complete, the editing over and the premeire has been shown to a very select group of storytellers. The next step for the production of Our Town Warren will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, when the rest of the WPSU viewers in and around Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to see Warren through its residents eyes.

Pat Evans presented Leadership Warren County during her part of the 75-minute video.

She said, “It’s a great way to showcase the community. Many of us wore more than one hat, and it was interesting to what hat a person was wearing.”

While the steel arch in front of the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry was a Leadership Warren County project, it appeared as a part of the WCCBI presentation because of its current location.

She also noted that some people chose not to be filmed, but their work ensured that their organization was still represented.

Leadership Warren County’s role in the Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways was a part of it, although Evans emphasized that PKP encompassed a “whole lot more.”

She said the WPSU producers of the show were overwhelmed by the number of people and topics, and added 15 minutes to the original hour-long presentation to accomodate more stories.

Evans is one of the participants who will answer phones to accept donations to WPSU on the evening of the broadcast.

Warren resident Bill Hill’s portion of the production featured the Warren Public Library.

After watching the premier, he said the producers included most of his quotes, except for one about a visiting friend. Whitfield J. Bell, a former executive director of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, visited with Hill, who gave him a tour of Warren, including the library.

“Bill, I hope you realize that you have one of the finest public libraries for a town this size in the United States,” Hill quoted Bell.

Hill added the library has a copy of “Libraries We Love” that lists the Warren Public Library as the third best library in the state, just behind Carnegie Mellon, and one of the top 83 libraries in the U.S. and Canada.

“On the whole, it was a great program. I thought they were well equipped, knew what they were doing and how to do it. They were amazed at how many showed up (to participate),” Hill said.

Hill said he is constantly surprised at the volunteer spirit in Warren.

Lisa To, executive director of Hospice of Warren County, was enthusiastic about both the presentation and Warren in general.

“It was a very good show, and represented Waren well. It was a positive experience and the people from Penn State were very friendly and professional. They kept us up to date, and the production was beautifully done, with editing that makes us look great,” she said.

She added, “Even though I knew the gist of the stories, I still learned tidbits.”

Like Evans, she appreciated the fact that people represented in the show were interconnected, like one of the Hospice board members is also a Community Foundation board member. Both organizations are featured in the video.

“It was really fascinating just to be a part of it. We were fortunate to be represented.”