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SPOTLIGHT

ÉVOCATEUR: THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. MOVIE

Directed by Jeremy Newberger, Seth Kramer, and Daniel Miller
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 90 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE ÉVOCATEUR: THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. MOVIE
Morton Downey Jr. was a chain-smoking showman, extremist, and master of provocation with the smile of a movie star and the mouth of a sailor. He was a son of a crooner and a sonofabitch whose friends in high places did not make him nearly as famous as his friends in low. Evocateur pays tribute to Downey Jr.'s legacy by showing that, while his act may have been all fistfights and F-bombs, there were deeper layers to both Mort and his show. He had a calculated plan for a new entertainment, and his politics—whether staunch beliefs or make-believe—were the driving vehicle.

Providing just the right balance of behind-the-scenes access, historical context, archival footage from Mort's glory days, and interviews with those whose path he crossed (either directly or indirectly), Evocateur remains admirably objective and stays on course to deliver an inside look into the polarizing man who people loved and loved to hate… allowing Mort to entertain us one more time, for better or worse.
Documentary
About the Director(s)
Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger are Ironbound Films, which crafts documentaries for theaters, television, and the web. Their film The New Recruits, narrated by Rainn Wilson, aired on PBS, and The Linguists premiered at Sundance before airing on PBS. Both were nominated for an Emmy.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight
  • Year:
    2012
  • Length:
    90 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger
  • Screenwriter:
    Daniel A. Miller
  • Producer:
    Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger
  • Editor:
    Seth Kramer
  • Associate Producer:
    Graham Wright
  • Director of Photography:
    Ken Fuhr, Roger T. Grange, III, Seth Kramer, Richard Patterson, Chad Wilson, Ben Wolf
  • Production Designer:
    Jeremy Newberger
  • Executive Producer:
    Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger
  • Animation Director:
    Murray John
  • Additional Animation:
    Stefan Nadelman
  • Music by:
    Marc Ribot
  • Additional Music by:
    Peter Rundquist
  • Distribution Advisor:
    Josh Braun
  • Primary Cast:
    Herman Cain, Pat Buchanan, Chris Elliott, Gloria Allred, Sally Jessy Raphael, Alan Dershowitz

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