From Toni Ruberto, March 17th, 2017:
Well everyone, we made the Final 4. Not the NCAA Final Four, but the “Bring TCM to Your Hometown” final four. Yep – I’m happy to finally be able to tell everyone that my entry in the TCM contest to bring the network here for a special event is a finalist. (My 1,000 word entry also ran as a story in The Buffalo News.)
When TCM gave me the news, they also added a final step: They wanted a 1 to 5 minute video on why TCM should come here. With the help of some gracious friends – including Tracy Snyder, Scott Celani, Colin Dabkowski, Cathaleen Curtiss, the North Park Theatre (wait till you see what they did for me), Don Nieman and Imperial Pizza – this first-time filmmaker got her entry in on time. (I will thank everyone in more detail later.)
The four videos are now online at TCM Backlot (the fan club) where only members can vote. However, here is the public link to my entry. https://www.tcmbacklot.com/vote-for-buffalo
I now understand what people mean when they say it’s an honor just to be nominated. I put as much heart as hard work into this so it means a lot that it was recognized. The winner will be announced in about a month.