Pittsburgh, June 23, 2023….
It was announced just recently that local Pittsburgh concert promoter, Rich Engler has won Best Documentary for his documentary called “Behind the Stage Door” in a local Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival. The festival director, Ron Quigley is a former Pittsburgher and now a Los Angeles based actor who launched the festival 15 years ago. The festival runs this weekend June 23rd, 24th and 25th at the Parkway Theatre and Film Lounge in McKees Rocks. Engler’s documentary will run this Sunday June 25th at 7:10pm. For more information go to www.pghindie.com.
The film, which is a Gravitas and Canted Frame Post Productions presentation, captures a “behind the scenes” look at what a promoters life entails including the ups and downs of dealing with some of the biggest rock stars in the world. The film includes special appearances from manager Peter Asher (James Taylor), Alex Lifeson (Rush), manager Doc McGhee (KISS), Phil Ehart (Kansas), Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Danny Seraphine (Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer and founding member of Chicago) Donnie Iris, Joe Grushecky and many others.
Rich Engler spent 53 years in the entertainment business. He has produced and promoted over 6,000 concerts and events. Some of the notables that he has produced include the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and many many more. He owned, operated or managed venues in Pennsylvania, Las Vegas, Wilkes Barre, Scranton, Harrisburg, Hershey and Erie. He was the first inductee into the Pittsburgh Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, he owned and operated the Stanley Theatre (now the Benedum Center) and has authored his own book, “Behind the Stage Door“.