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MIPCOM Picks 2012: Evocateur

With rare archival footage and comprehensive interviews, Evocateur examines the man, the myth and the media monster that Morton Downey Jr. unleashed.
September 25, 2012

Partners: Ironbound Films; distributed by APT Worldwide (worldwide excluding North America) and Magnolia Pictures (North America)

Length: 90 minutes

Premiered: Tribeca Film Festival, April 2012

Rights available: Worldwide, all media, excluding North America

Before Glenn Beck, before Rush Limbaugh, before Ann Coulter, there was Mort – Morton Downey Jr., to be precise. The son of a crooner who would also become a singer and songwriter himself, Downey earned the most notoriety as the host of The Morton Downey Jr. Show, a nationally syndicated, no holds barred scream-fest in which the chain-smoking Mort would mercilessly harangue any guest who dared to differ from Downey’s ultra-right wing viewpoints.

The show, and the shtick, took America by storm in the late Eighties, but as ratings inevitably dwindled, Downey’s antics became increasingly bizarre. With rare archival footage and comprehensive interviews, √Čvocateur examines the man, the myth and the media monster that Downey unleashed.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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