Magnolia Pictures Presents Film About Reporter Mike Wallace

Never before has journalism in American been so hotly debated as today. We witness now on a daily basis the dangers of a fractured and disrespected press. A new documentary about legendary newsman Mike Wallace looks for inspiration in a different time.

Wallace interrogated the 20th century’s biggest figures in over fifty years on the air and redefined what America came to expect from broadcast journalism.

Unearthing decades of never-before-seen footage from the 60 Minutes vault, “Mike Wallace Is Here” explores what drove and plagued Wallace, whose storied career was entwined with the evolution of journalism itself.

Magnolia Pictures will screen the documentary Aug. 2 at the Angelika Film Center Dallas.

Tickets can be purchased online.

“Take a look at the history of any nation which has lost its freedoms, and you’ll find that the men who grabbed the power also had to crush the free press” — Mike Wallace

The film traces Wallace’s career on the air from his invention of the “tough question” in his 1950s interview show Night Beat to his four decades on CBS’ 60 Minutes, examining how his genre-defining work changed the standards of broadcast journalism for good.

Director Avi Belkin had broad access to CBS News’ archives for the making of the documentary, including never-before-seen materials from 60 Minutes’ earliest days. “This was the first time 60 Minutes and CBS News have ever opened their archives completely to an outside filmmaker. I had my pick of over 50 years of unparalleled archival footage… it was a dream,” said Belkin.

 

 

Jaxx Artz

Jaxx Artz is a senior at New York University but has lived in the Dallas Fort Worth area her whole life. An alumna of Ursuline Academy of Dallas, Jaxx got started writing for Ursuline’s Bear News student newspaper and the Colleyville Charm, a magazine local to her home community in Colleyville, TX. When she is not writing, Jaxx loves to explore new places, cook, and walk her dogs (she has two!). If you have a story idea for her, you can email Jaxx at [email protected]. For the latest news, click here to sign up for our newsletter.

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