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The Pulitzer at 100
A film by Kirk Simon

91 minutes, color, 2017

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This new documentary by Academy Award-winning director Kirk Simon celebrates the centenary of the Pulitzers - the revered national award for excellence in journalism and the arts. The Pulitzers have had an immeasurable impact on American sensibility and beyond over the past 100 years. The riveting tales of the winning artists give an insider's view of how these pinnacles of achievement are selected and how the award has the power to change lives and communities. The diverse stories explored in the film relate to immigration, race, gender, and above all freedom of speech - all issues that are ever more relevant in America today.

Featuring interviews with notable prize recipients including authors, journalists, playwrights and musicians such as Toni Morrison, Michael Chabon, Junot Díaz, Tony Kushner, Paula Vogel, Carl Bernstein, Robert Caro, Nicholas Kristof, Thomas Friedman, David Remnick and Wynton Marsalis, the film also brings Pulitzer-winning works to life through readings by John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Natalie Portman, Liev Schreiber, Martin Scorsese, and Yara Shahidi.

Interwoven with the stories and readings is the history of the man who created it. Joseph Pulitzer came to America to fight as a mercenary in the Civil War, made a fortune in publishing, and, upon his death in 1911, left money to Columbia University, a portion of which was used to establish the Pulitzer Prizes. First awarded in 1917, the iconic prizes represent the highest standards of integrity and excellence in the arts.

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"An enlightening new documentary. The bottom line in The Pulitzer At 100 is the importance of the free press and the fact that, at its core, investigative journalists hold individuals accountable for their actions." - WAMC Radio

"Must-see. What can I say? I'm a print journalism sentimentalist. Yes, even now. Maybe especially now. So how can this film about the creation and history of journalism's greatest nod not inspire?" - Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

"Impressive. Kirk Simon has assembled a grand cast plus authors, journalists, composers and photographers who have won Pulitzers, to create a vivid portrait of the importance of Joseph Pulitzer's brilliant idea to establish the School of Journalism at Columbia University and award prizes" - Anne-Katrin Titze, Eye For Film

"Dazzles us with appearances by luminaries of journalism, belles lettres, and music" - The Village Voice


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