Premiere for MFVA member of Mercy Street with Lisa Quijano Wolfinger

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PBS’s MERCY STREET Executive producer, from Portland Maine
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On Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at MECA’s Osher Hall 5-8pm the MFVA hosted the MAINE PREMIERE of the primetime episodic drama for National PBSMERCY STREET.  Co-creator and Executive Producer Lisa Quijano Wolfinger of Lone Wolf Media in South Portland,  was present to participate in a Q&A after the screening.

Lisa collaborated with co-creator David Zabel, (showrunner/writer for NBC’s ER) and Executive Producers David Zuker (The Good Wife) and  Ridley Scott (Gladiator and Thelma & Louise).   It will surely be of interest to hear about Lisa’s collaboration with some of the industry’s very top producers and writers.

Capitalizing on the enormous success of Downton Abbey, MERCY STREET is PBS’ first foray into original drama. Set in 1862 in the Mansion House Hospital in Union–occupied Alexandria, Virginia, the show is focused on the professional and personal trials and tribulations of the staff. Season 1 (6 hours) is to premiere January 17th at 10pm (after Downton Abbey) on PBS.

Click image to see trailer“Accuracy was a hallmark of the MERCY STREET process from the very beginning,” said Wolfinger. “We have spent a lot of time making sure this series is historically accurate,” she said. “This is about the Civil War. This is PBS. And we have the responsibility to get it right.”


Toward that end, she assembled an all-star team of historical advisors from a wide variety of specialties and topics. “We had eight or nine experts who read every script,” said executive producer David Zabel. “We had experts on Southern gentility, we had experts on Civil War medicine, experts on runaway slaves, society … they really provided … great details and information.”

Executive Producer David Zucker: “From the very beginning of this process, we wanted to bring into the discussion and into the process as many experts from the period as we could in order to ensure that the story is being told as authentically as possible, and that the visual expression of that is realized in the most accurate way one can.”

This meeting was free for all MFVA members, $10 for guests.

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