University of Pittsburgh
October 25, 2004

A Film by Peter Riegert of The Sopranos to Be Screened At Pitt Nov. 1

King of the Corner screening and Q&A with the actor, director, writer, and producer
Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH—Acclaimed actor, director, writer, and producer Peter Riegert will screen his new film, King of the Corner, and answer audience questions at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 in the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Hall's seventh floor auditorium, 4227 Fifth Ave., Oakland. The free event is a collaboration of Pitt's Film Studies Program, Pitt in Hollywood, Jewish Studies Program, and the School of Arts and Sciences dean's office.

A powerful presence on stage and screen for more than 30 years, veteran actor Riegert will showcase his talents as a writer and director with King of the Corner, his debut, feature-length film, cowritten with Gerald Shapiro. The film is based on Shapiro's collection of short stories, Bad Jews and Other Stories (University of Nebraska Press, 2004).

Riegert embarked on his directing career in 2000 with his adaptation of the O. Henry short story, "By Courier;" his adaptation was nominated for an Academy Award for best live action short.

King of the Corner, a sly, deadpanned social comedy about the dangers of navigating life without a compass, promises no less of an impact.

Riegert began his acting career in 1971, appearing in off-off Broadway productions. In 1972, he cocreated the improvisational company War Babies and by 1976 had added David Mamet's first success in New York, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and the Broadway musical Dance With Me to his acting resume. Riegert's first national exposure came in 1978 as Boon in the comedy classic Animal House. His other films include Local Hero, Crossing Delancey, Chilly Scenes of Winter, A Man in Love, A Shock to the System, The Mask, Utz, Coldblooded, and Traffic.

Riegert has appeared on television in such productions as Concealed Enemies, Photography Made Difficult, Barbarians at the Gate, and Gypsy. Most recently, Riegert has been seen as Assemblyman Zelman on The Sopranos.

For more information, contact Vladimir Padunov, associate director of Pitt's Film Studies Program, at 412-624-5713 or padunov@pitt.edu.

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