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Feb. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Join the Press Club of
Western Pennsylvania on
Monday, Feb. 25, at noon to hear from JulieHera DeStefano, producer and director of "Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home," a feature-length documentary about women who have served in
Afghanistan. She launched this project in 2009 to explore the psychological and social dynamics of their service, to follow their re-integration into civilian life, and to preserve their stories. It is due for theatrical release nationwide in fall 2013.
JulieHera, a native of
Richland, is a graduate of
Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama and has built a career both in front of and behind the camera. She served as the managing director and producer of an award-winning off-Broadway theater company and as the business manager of a
New York-based film and photography studio. Earlier in her career she performed extensively in
Pittsburgh, working with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Playhouse and Gargaro Productions.
She'll be joined by
Andrew Swensen, the documentary's producer. He advises nonprofits in
Greater Pittsburgh and holds adjunct positions at
Carnegie Mellon University and
Point Park University. Past positions include director of Pittsburgh Filmmakers and special assistant to the president at The Pittsburgh Foundation. His professional career began with faculty positions in the humanities at
Wellesley College and
Western Michigan University. He received his Ph.D. in 1995 from the
University of Wisconsin.
Luncheon reservations are required with payment by
Thursday, February 21. Press Club members and students are
$25. Tables of 10 cost
$200. Payment online at
www.westernpapressclub.org to use credit card or Paypal. Checks may be sent to The Press Club of
Western Pennsylvania, Engineers' Building, 337 Fourth Ave.,
Pittsburgh, PA 15222.