ttu logo

tennessee technological university

TTU News

A portion of Hollywood history is coming to Tennessee Tech University’s Clement Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 12, with the granddaughter of former Warner Bros. president Harry Warner.

An accomplished writer, director and producer in her own right, Cass Warner will present her award-winning documentary about her famous family, titled “The Brothers Warner,” and lead a discussion following the film.

She recently earned HBO’s Producer’s Award for the feature-length documentary about the lives of Harry, Albert, Jack and Sam Warner, Polish immigrant brothers who founded the legendary motion picture studio in Hollywood.

She will be introduced at the TTU showing of that film by history professor Michael Birdwell. He participated in the making of the documentary based on his book, “Celluloid Soldiers,” published in 2000 by New York University Press.

“The book offers a historical look at the efforts of Warner Bros. to make America aware of Nazi activity prior to World War II,” Birdwell said. “Warner Bros. was really the only major motion picture studio to take such a proactive stance against the Nazis, and in my research, I found that Harry Warner functioned essentially as the behind-the-scenes social conscience of the studio.”

Last year’s release of “The Brothers Warner” marked the 85th anniversary of the brothers’ founding of the studio in 1923.
Cass Warner is also the author of a book titled “The Brothers Warner,” formerly titled “Hollywood Be Thy Name: The Warner Brothers Story,” which is in its seventh printing and available at

A Center Stage event, the showing of the documentary and Warner’s presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, call or e-mail Birdwell at 931/372-3356 or