Journalism film festival to be held at the AFI Silver

March 9, 2004, midnight | By Allison Elvove | 16 years, 10 months ago

American University sponsors March event

The American University School of Communication (AU) is collaborating with the American Film Institute (AFI) in downtown Silver Spring, the Newseum and The Washington Post to sponsor the Reel Journalism Film Festival from March 26 to March 28.

According to the AFI Preview, the weekend event presents "exceptional films depicting the world of journalism – from the newsrooms to the battlefields." Panel discussions featuring journalists and AU alumni will follow certain movies. On Saturday and Sunday, discussions include "Hollywood's Portrayal of the Media: Fact or Fiction?" and "Journalists at War," respectively. The following is the schedule for the movie screenings.

Friday, March 26; 7:00 p.m.
Broadcast News
The 1987 film is based on the life of AU alumna and Executive Producer of CBS News' 48 Hours Investigates Susan Zirinksy. Zirinsky will appear in person for a question and answer session following the film at 9 p.m., and a reception will follow at 9:30 p.m. in the AFI Silver Gallery.

Saturday, March 27; 11:00 a.m.
The Front Page
Directed and produced by Lewis Milestone, this 1931 movie stars Adolphe Menjou as editor Walter Burns who tries to convince reporter Hildy Johnson, played by Pat O'Brien, to find a prison escapee instead of getting married and leaving the job. The movie runs approximately 100 minutes.

Saturday, March 27; 1:00 p.m.
Ace in the Hole
Kirk Douglas stars in this film, which is based on the 1925 Floyd Collins case. Collins was a reporter who won the Pulitzer Prize. The movie is directed and produced by Billy Wilder and lasts 111 minutes.

Saturday, March 27; 3:15 p.m. and Monday-Wednesday, March 29-31; 6:40 p.m. and 8:35 p.m.
Shattered Glass
The movie, written and directed by Billy Ray, tells the story of reporter Stephen Glass who fabricated 27 stories out of the 41 he wrote while working for a newspaper. After the 95 minute film, the following speakers will discuss Hollywood's portrayal of the media: former editor of The New Republic Charles Lane, Washington Post film critics Desson Thomson and Rita Kempley, broadcast journalist and USC professor Joe Saltzman, and author and Chicago Tribune reporter Nell Minow. Margaret Engel from the Newseum will moderate the panel discussion.

Saturday, March 27; 7:15 p.m.
All the President's Men
Directed by Alan Pakula and staring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, this movie tells the story of Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstein during the Watergate scandal. The movie lasts 138 minutes, and after the screening, John Watson, a professor at AU's School of Communications will moderate a question and answer session. Speakers include former special counsel to Richard Nixon, Leonard Garment, founder and executive director of the Center for Public Integrity, Charles Lewis, and executive editor of Washington Post, Len Downie.

Sunday, March 28; 12:00 p.m.
The Killing Fields
This 1984 film is based on real-life events which took place in Cambodia when the Khmer Rouge took over. After the film's screening, a discussion will follow featuring former New York Times correspondent Sydney Schanberg, who was the inspiration for the movie. The movie runs approximately 140 minutes and stars Sam Waterston as Schanberg and Haing Ngor as his assistant, Dith Pran.

Sunday, March 28; 3:30 p.m.
Under Fire
Nick Nolte, Joanna Cassidy and Gene Hackman portray men and women in the media who become involved in the politics and violence of Nicaragua. A discussion will follow the 123 minute film featuring Molly Bingham, Joe Galloway and Lois Raimondo, all of who are war photographers. AU Journalism Professor Emeritus Laird Anderson will also join the panel to discuss journalism, ethics and war. The AFI Silver's director Murray Horwitz will moderate the event.

Sunday, March 28; 7:10 p.m.
The Year of Living Dangerously
The movie is directed by Peter Weir and stars Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hunt. It takes place in Indonesia in 1965 during a conspiracy, which complicates an Australian journalist's newspaper assignment.

For more information, go to the AFI Silver website.

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Allison Elvove. Allison Elvove was a Co-Editor-in-Chief of Silver Chips Online during the 2004-2005 school year. She wrote more than 70 articles while on the staff and supervised 40 student journalists, editing articles on a daily basis. During her time as editor, Silver Chips Online won the … More »

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