Screening Room

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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.