Film series to examine role of the press in democratic society

The public is invited to examine the role of the press in a democratic society through the lens of film during “Journalism at the Movies,” a three-part film series starting April 24 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The series, hosted by students in a University Honors Program course, is a featured event of the UW-Eau Claire communication and journalism department’s Centennial Week, part of UW-Eau Claire’s ongoing Centennial Celebration.

Each film will feature a brief student introduction. Following the film, attendees can participate in a small-group discussion and share ideas about the film, the news media and journalism.

All movies begin at 6 p.m. in Room 102 of Hibbard Hall. Movies are free and open to the public:

Monday, April 24: “Good Night, and Good Luck,” starring George Clooney, David Strathairn, Robert Downey Jr. and Patricia Clarkson. This 2005 historical drama, directed by Clooney, portrays the conflict between veteran radio and television journalist Edward R. Murrow and U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Wednesday, April 26: “Frost/Nixon.” Released in 2008, this British-American film directed by Ron Howard tells the story behind the 1977 post-Watergate interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former President Richard Nixon. Controversial at the time because of several historical inaccuracies, the fictional movie nonetheless offers a standout performance by Frank Langella, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Nixon, and Michael Sheen, who captures David Frost’s ambition to jumpstart a flagging TV career.

Monday, May 1: “All the President’s Men” is known for launching many a journalistic career. The tale of two young Washington Post reporters whose relentless reporting leads to the nation’s largest political scandal and the end of the Nixon White House is an account of classic journalism. Directed by Alan J. Pakula, the 1976 film tells the story of Watergate scandal investigation by Washington Post journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward.

For more information about the "Journalism at the Movies" film series, contact Jan Larson, interim chair of UW-Eau Claire's communication and journalism department, at 715-836-4314 or larsoja@uwec.edu.