Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie

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Presented with special guest Seth Kramer, one of three co-directors of the film.

Before entire networks were built on populist personalities; before reality morphed into a TV genre; the masses fixated on a single, sociopathic star: controversial talk-show host Morton Downey, Jr. In the late ’80s, Downey tore apart the traditional talk format by turning debate of current issues into a gladiator pit. His blow-smoke-in-your-face style drew a rabid cult following, but also the title “Father of Trash Television.” ÉVOCATEUR: THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. MOVIE dissects the mind and motivation of television’s most notorious agitator.

Directors Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger (who describe themselves as ‘recovering fans’) understand how to chronicle the rapid rise and shameful fall of their teenhood idol. Crammed with clips, context and cheeky animation, this pull-no-punches portrait shocks and amuses with equal frequency. What remains of its subject, however, is the melancholy image of a onetime poet and liberal who longed to sing but in the end could only talk.
– Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times



Date: August 24 2013
Cost: Members $8 | Non-members $10


One Night Only!
Presented with director Seth Kramer
8/24 | 8:00 PM

Directed By: Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger
Run Time: 90 Minutes
MPAA Rating: R
Year: 2012
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