Durham's own, Paul Lally, who has become a wonderful friend, was the writer/director for Mr. Rogers Neighborhood for approximately 10 years.  He is currently the Executive Producer for Ciao Italia with our own, Mary Ann Esposito, filmed right here in Durham.

When I saw the Trailer for "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," just out today, I had to call him immediately.  Here's his reaction to my enthusiasm:

"That makes me happy.  Wonderful.  That'll make Fred happy and also Tom Hanks."  I've got my fingers crossed for this.  The woman who directed it is a power house."

I had to look up the woman he was talking about:

Turns out, the Director of the film is Marielle Heller, who also directed "Can You Ever Forgive Me," starring Melissa McCarthy.  An amazing film about Lee Isreal, a writer who pretended to be writer Fanny Brice, among others, and sell the writings to book stores in the New York area.  Wonderful film.  I can't wait to see what she'll do with this film.

If you haven't seen the trailer yet, check this out:

I'm gonna need an entire box of tissues for this film.  Can't wait!

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