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Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

Dir. Oren Rudavsky | 84 min
Documentary United States 2018 English

Thursday, January 177:30 PM Bethesda Row Cinema

Joseph Pulitzer spoke of “fake news” over 100 years ago and fought the dangers that the suppression of news augured for democracy long before our present threats to press freedom.

Director Oren Rudavsky’s (The Ruins of Lifta, A Life Apart: Hasidism in America) riveting account traces Pulitzer’s unlikely rise from a penniless Jewish immigrant to a baron of the press. A founding father of modern journalism, Pulitzer navigated warmongering, persistent anti-Semitism, and aggressively hostile governments in his pursuit of the news but his legacy was also complicated by union-busting, accusations of yellow journalism and fraught family relations. Altogether, it’s a fascinating account of a towering figure who shaped our media landscape while living through—and affecting—some of the greatest upheavals in modern US history.

Narrated by Adam Driver and featuring voice work from Liev Schreiber, Rachel Brosnahan, Hugh Dancy, and Lauren Ambrose.

Screening followed by a conversation with filmmaker Oren Rudavsky.

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Screening followed by a conversation with filmmaker Oren Rudavsky.

Oren Rudavsky is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and several National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts grants. Rudavsky produced the NEH funded American Masters documentary: Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People, broadcast date April, 2019. The film was chosen to premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival, at the Hot Springs Documentary Festival, and at the New York Jewish Film Festival. Oren also produced Witness Theater a film chronicling a Selfhelp organized workshop between holocaust survivors and high-school students which will premiere in 2019. His films Colliding Dreams co-directed with Joseph Dorman, and The Ruins of Lifta co-directed with Menachem Daum, were released theatrically in 2016. Colliding Dreams was broadcast on PBS in May 2018.

Rudavsky’s work includes writing and producing segments for the ABC national

series PrimeTime Live, the PBS series Media Matters, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

and other national programming. He has also worked as a post-production supervisor

on the film unit of Saturday Night Live and the syndicated series Tales From the Darkside in the 1980’s.

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