Magnolia acquires U.S. rights for Morton Downey Jr. doc

Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie follows the rise of the chain-smoking talk show host known as "The Father of Trash Television."
June 13, 2012

Magnolia Pictures has acquired the U.S. rights to Ironbound Films’ √Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie.

The film, directed by Ironbound’s Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger, follows the rise of the songwriter-turned-talk show host, who came to be known as the “Father of Trash Television” through his frequently controversial interviews with such guests as Reverend Al Sharpton and Ron Paul.

“While we tend to think that everything has gotten so extreme in this age of reality television, it’s shocking to see how The Morton Downey Jr. Show makes everything today pale in comparison,” said Magnolia Pictures president Eamonn Bowles. “The filmmakers have done a great job capturing that.”

The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.


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