Dear Programmers and Bookers,

It's a pleasure to be offering a new film from director Oren Rudavksy, whose titles like Colliding Dreams and A Life Apart have enjoyed much acclaim. His newest film, made in association with PBS American Masters, is called Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People. At a time of daily attacks on the news media with claims of fake news, and at a time when journalism is being suppressed around the world, Joseph Pulitzer’s words and his story resonate more deeply than ever.

I hope you'll consider booking this powerful and important film. I'm happy to send a screening link.

Marc Mauceri
Theatrical Bookings  |  212-243-0600 x20
Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People
A film by Oren Rudavsky
95 minutes, color, 2019


“Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together.” -Joseph Pulitzer

In this landmark film by acclaimed director Oren Rudavsky, Adam Driver is the narrator while Liev Schreiber, Tim Blake Nelson and Rachel Brosnahan voice key roles; together, they bring to life the virtually unknown American icon who spoke of “fake news” and of providing opportunities to immigrants over a hundred years ago. While he is best remembered for the prizes that bear his name, his own heroic battles in the face of grave illness and Presidential ire have been forgotten, as has the artistry and game changing originality he brought to newspapers. How did Joseph Pulitzer, once a penniless young Jewish immigrant from Hungary, come to challenge a popular president and fight for freedom of the press as essential to our democracy?
Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People mixes striking contemporary scenes and luminous archival images, as well as recreations and interviews filmed by cinematographer Wolfgang Held. Pulitzer's remarkable transformation of newspaper graphics is made visually thrilling by Andrew Roberts (Obit). The original score by Olivier and Clare Manchon references the classical and popular music of the Gilded Age.

Pulitzer's story that of an immigrant from Hungary and a Civil War recruit, followed by his transformation first in St. Louis and then in New York into one of America's pre-eminent newspaper publishers was tarnished by claims of "yellow journalism" during the Spanish American War. His struggle to maintain his reputation and day-to-day control of his empire even after he had gone blind is both tragic and inspiring.

Joseph Pulitzer’s newspaper, The World, would transform American media and make him wealthy, admired and feared. Throughout his four decades as a reporter and publisher, he created a powerful artistic vehicle that spoke specifically to waves of new immigrants. Towards the end of his life, isolated on his yacht, Pulitzer’s commitment to fearless reporting would be tested by the most powerful person in American life. On December 15th, 1908, President Teddy Roosevelt delivered a scathing indictment of Pulitzer to Congress accusing the publisher of libel for claiming that the Panama Canal amounted to a colonialist overreach built on a $40 million cover-up. Roosevelt threatened Pulitzer with imprisonment, proclaiming “it is high national duty to bring to justice this vilifier of the American people.” The parallel’s to today’s times are uncanny, sobering and disturbing.
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Marc Mauceri | | 212-243-0600 x20

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