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Fake news: Film series looks at the some of the high points in journalism movies

Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 4:32 pm




By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

Fake News! comes to the Southeast Musuem of Photograpy beginning Sept. 20 and continuing each Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. and evening at
6 p.m

The evening screenings include a discussion by series curator and senior professor of photographic studies, Eric Breitenbach, as well as other guest speakes.

Admission is free to all films.

The schedule includes:

Deadline USA (1952), a film about a crusading editor, whose only hope of saving the paper is to complete an expose on a dangerous criminal. Sept. 20.

Ace in the Hole (1951), a Billy Wilder classic where reporter Chuck Tatum turns a man trapped in a mineshaft story into a media sensation, using unscrupulous tactics.

All the President’s Men (1976), probably the definitive journalism film, by Alan J. Pakula, covering Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncovering Watergate, which lead to the downfall of President Richard Nixon. Oct. 11.

Good Night and Good Luck (2003) features George Clooney in a film about CBS News’ Edward R. Murrow as he dedicates himself to exposing the atrocities being committed by Senator Joseph McCarthy’s communists in America investigation. Oct. 25.

Spotlight (2015), another recent hard-hitting film, covering a a newspaper’s investigation against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys, in a massive cover-up of abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.

Cameraperson (2016), Kristien Johnson exposes her role behind the camera, in her decades of shooting around the world. Nov. 8.

I am Not Your Negro (2016) Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions James Baldwin’s Remember This House, telling the story of race in modern America.

Newtown (2016). Kim Snyder, directs this look on how the commnit of Newtonw, Conn, came together in the aftermath of the largest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history.

Citizen Four (2014). Director Laura Poitras. Poitras and reporter Glenn Greenwalk fly to Hong Kong to meet the sender of of some encyrpted emails from someone with information about the government’s massive covert-surveillance programs. It turns out ot be Edward Snowden.

All screenings are at the Madorsky Theater,  Building 1200. Call 386-506-4475 for more information. Donations are always welcome.