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Never before has journalism in America been so hotly debated. At a time when it seems like the hard-hitting question is fighting for its right to be asked, MIKE WALLACE IS HERE turns the tough question loose on its inventor to understand how we got here and what’s really at stake. Legendary newsman Mike Wallace unflinchingly interrogated the 20th century’s biggest figures in over fifty years on the air, and his aggressive reporting style and showmanship redefined what America came to expect from broadcasters. Unearthing decades of never-before-seen footage from the 60 Minutes vault, this documentary portrait explores what drove and plagued this restless reporter, whose storied career was entwined with the evolution of journalism itself.
“Take a look at the history of any nation which has lost its freedoms, and you’ll find that the men who grabbed the power also had to crush the free press” — Mike Wallace
We witness now on a daily basis the dangers of a fractured and disrespected press. Echo chambers abound, talking heads toe party lines, and politicians attempt to convince the public that facts—and truth—don’t matter. The sharp-edged, astute documentary MIKE WALLACE IS HERE looks for inspiration in a different time, in the work of one of the most fearless, confrontational broadcast journalists of the last 50 years… and finds motivation for those holding truth to power in the present day.
MIKE WALLACE IS HERE is told exclusively through archival footage, without one talking-head commentary or backward-looking interview diluting the immediacy and power of Wallace’s work. The film traces his career on the air from his invention of the “tough question” in his 1950s interview show Night Beat to his news specials of the ’60s and his extraordinary four decades on CBS’ 60 Minutes, examining how his genre-defining work changed the standards of broadcast journalism for good and for ill, while unpacking the personal qualities that made Mike tick.
$5 Suggested Donation
|6:20 PM:||Gates Open|
|7:20 PM:||Live Music By Dave Flamand|
|8:35 PM:||Film followed by Q&A with producer Rafael Marmor, moderated by Hollywood Reporter contributing editor Tatiana Siegel|
|Food Vendors:||Boru Noodle Bar, Bella's Pizzeria, Diego's, Brunch Belly, Tricycle Ice Cream, Lemons Aid|
|Back-Up Venue:||Casino Theatre|
|Run time:||88 mins|
Brisk and compelling