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Kurt Pitzer '84

Kurt Pitzer ’84 is an author, journalist and film producer. As a journalist he has covered some of the world’s most turbulent regions, including the Balkans, the Middle East and Afghanistan, for national magazines and newspapers. During the fall of Baghdad in 2003, he helped the Iraqi scientist Dr. Mahdi Obeidi escape to the U.S. and turn over Saddam Hussein’'s remaining nuclear secrets. He and Obeidi co-wrote The Bomb in My Garden (Wiley, 2005), which was optioned by Johnny Depp’s production company. In 2007, Pitzer was the recipient of the prestigious Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize for a collaboration with Canadian photographer Roger LeMoyne on a project entitled, "After War," exploring the legacy of conflict in the former Yugoslavia.

Pitzer's book, Eating with the Enemy (St. Martin's Press, May 2010), tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a New Jersey restaurant owner and a North Korean ambassador. He is co-producing a movie version of the book with Robert DeNiro's company, Tribeca Films, for HBO Films. Former Sopranos star James Gandolfini is attached to play the lead. The development deal will see Gandolfini portray a Hackensack restaurant owner who forges a relationship with a North Korean Mission in Upper Manhattan.

In 2013 Pitzer produced the independent feature film Runoff (formerly known as Cantuckee) with his wife, Kimberly Levin, who wrote and directed the film. Runoff premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
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    Sponsored by the Robert ’53 and MeiLi Hefner Foundation and offered here at Webb to two current students, The Hefner Initiative aims to foster a close and positive relationship between the people of China and the US. This extraordinary 12-day summer program includes travel this year to Beijing and Suzhou—allowing for living/learning opportunities with host students and families.
     
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