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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Aaron Kleiber and Pittsburgh-based Talent Featured on SyFy Channel's New Web Series "The Mercury Men"


July 26, 2011
Posted By - Emma Venezie
Source Credits - The Mercury Men; Adrian McCoy for Pittsburgh Post Gazette
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talent network artist Aaron Kleiber is a part of SyFy Channel's new web series "The Mercury Men." The series, based in Pittsburgh and featuring all Pittsburgh talent, is an 8 to 10 minute weekly web series available through SyFy.com. It is the second original series to be picked up for SyFy's new web series channel.

SyFy, Aaron Kleiber, The Mercury Men, Christopher Preksta, Pittsburgh
SyFy, Aaron Kleiber, The Mercury Men, Christopher Preksta, Pittsburgh

The creator/director of "The Mercury Men" - Christopher Preksta - is a longtime friend and collaborator of Aaron Kleiber. Arguably best known for the groundbreaking film/web series "Captain Blasto," in which Preksta served as writer/director and Kleiber served as producer/writer/lead character (he's playing the same character in "The Mercury Man - Darryl the janitor - as an homage to their first film), the duo also made the Star Wars fan mockumentary "A Great Disturbance" together, in which they both served as producer/writer/lead. Both films garnered awards at film festivals across the country.

Christopher Preksta and SyFy's "The Mercury Men" were a part of the Comic Con Convention in San Diego last week, screening excerpts from the series that takes place in Pittsburgh in 1975 and revolves around the character of Edward Borman, "a lowly government office drone, finds himself trapped, when the deadly men of Mercury seize his office building as a staging ground for their nefarious plot. Aided by Jack Yaeger, a daring aerospace engineer from a mysterious organization known as "The League," Edward must stop the invaders and their doomsday device, the Gravity Engine." The series was filmed in 2008, in locations including offices in Wexford and a downtown Pittsburgh parking garage, and the initial season consists of 10 episodes, one of which will be posted every weekday for the next two weeks. The series will also be available On Demand through SyFy.

Visit "The Mercury Men" for more. And watch Episode One Invasion on SyFy's website here. 

Read the article 'Mercury Men' Web series gets a shot on Syfy site on Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Check out Aaron Kleiber's article - Aaron Kleiber Wasn't Born Standing Up - in this month's issue of Pittsburgh Magazine.

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