PITTSBURGH, 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 Iraq and 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 Brandeis University, Hamilton College, 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 $20; nonmembers $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.Questions? 412-281-7778