Movie mogul granddaughter Cass Warner to speak Sept. 26 at Tyler History Center

Cass Warner Sperling, granddaughter of the founder of the Warner Bros. movie studio, will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26. at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s Tyler History Center, located at 325 W. Federal St. in downtown Youngstown After a brief talk, Warner will screen her award-winning 2008 documentary “The Brothers Warner” then follow it up with a question-and-answer session.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at the Arms Family Museum, 648 Wick Ave., Youngstown; by calling 330-743-2589; or by sending a check and a self-addressed stamped envelope to the MVHS, 648 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44502. Warner will also be the guest at a meet and greet at 5:30 p.m. at the Tyler Center. Tickets are $40 for the meet and greet, which will include hors d’oeuvres and reserved seating for the presentation. Contact the Historical Society 330-743-2589 for reservations.

“The Brothers Warner” is the intimate portrait and saga of the four Hollywood pioneers: the strategic general, Harry Warner; honest Abe; visionary Sam; and volatile Jack. It’s the definitive story of a family who rose from immigrant poverty through personal tragedies persevering to create a major studio with a social conscience. The documentary is the culmination of 30 years of research, the collection of family memorabilia and never-before-seen photos, speeches and home movies, as well as many personal interviews. It’s been screened at over 35 film festivals and won several awards. It’s aired on American Masters/PBS television, and is now being distributed by Warner Home Video.

Warner Sperling is a third-generation filmmaker and is president of Warner Sisters, an independent film and television production company. Her grandfather, Harry Warner, was the original president and one of the founders of Warner Bros. studio. Her father was writer/producer, Milton Sperling, who was nominated twice for an Academy Award.

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