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Episode 4 of The Uncle Barky Show will soon go to print

Fresh from premiering their documentary at the 2008 AFI Dallas Film Festival, the producers of Stop the Presses: The American Newspaper in Peril will meet their next deadline on The Uncle Barky Show.

Our fourth free admission episode, scheduled for Saturday, April 12th, 4 p.m. at Stratos Greek Taverna (2907 W. Northwest Hwy.), will feature an extended screening of never-before-seen footage with a special emphasis on former Dallas Morning News staffers who were interviewed for the film but didn't make the final cut. We'll also have a few excerpts from the 80-minute film, which will be screened in its entirety three times at AFI early next month (dates and times below).

Filmmakers Mark Birnbaum and Manny Mendoza, previously an entertainment writer/critic for The News, will be on hand for an interview with your generally congenial host followed by questions from the audience. The film's financier, AMS Production Group CEO Andy Streitfeld, also will be in the house. And as always, a very generous contribution will be made by Stratos to our guests' designated charity. A grand total of $2,000 has been donated to date.

Birnbaum and Mendoza ranged through Dallas and beyond to do more than 100 interviews for Stop the Presses, which went into production immediately after 110 DMN staffers, including yours truly, left the paper in fall 2006 after accepting buyout offers.

The documentary has its AFI world premiere on April 2nd, 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Theatre, 3699 McKinney Ave. Screenings also are scheduled on April 3rd, 4 p.m. and April 5th, 1 p.m. at the Angelika Theatre, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane.
Ed Bark