Tell the Truth and Run
Please join us for the screening of the Academy-Award-nominated documentary film, Tell the Truth and Run. The film presents the dramatic life of muckraking journalist George Seldes, and examines censorship and suppression in America's news media. Susan Sarandon narrates the film and the words of Seldes are read by Edward Asner.
Tell the Truth and Run - 111 minutes
Synopsis: Eighty years a newspaperman, George Seldes was a noted foreign correspondent who became America's most important press critic. Through Seldes's encounters with Pershing, Lenin and Mussolini; the tobacco industry, J. Edgar Hoover and the "lords of the press," Tell The Truth and Run raises profound ethical, professional and political questions about journalism in America.
Seldes at age 98 is the centerpiece of the film: remarkably engaging, witty and still impassioned about his ideas and ideals. Ralph Nader, Victor Navasky, Ben Bagdikian, Daniel Ellsberg, Nat Hentoff and Jeff Cohen, among others, provide incisive commentary. Stunning archival footage and over 500 headlines, photographs and articles provide a rich historical backdrop.
Tell The Truth and Run raises fundamental questions about the recorded history of the Twentieth Century; about freedom, fairness and diversity in the media; about power and abuse of power; and about public citizenship and the democratic process.
About the Director : Rick Goldsmith is the Producer/Director/Editor/co-writer of Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature of 1996. This acclaimed film on the pioneering muckraking journalist was broadcast nationwide on public television and has become a staple in college and high school journalism programs across the country. Goldsmith co-produced and co-directed (with Abby Ginzberg) and edited the acclaimed Everyday Heroes, a behind-the-headlines look at AmeriCorps and a provocative look at youth, race and national service.
Among Goldsmith's early films is Anatomy of a Mural, winner of Best Short Film at the Hemisfilm International Film Festival in San Antonio and cablecast nationwide on the Learning Channel.
Born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, Goldsmith came west in 1975 and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area ever since. Trained in architecture, music and community activism, he started working in films in 1979 and made his living for years as an editor. He is the father of two girls, and a dedicated girls' softball coach.
1996 Academy Award nominee, Best Documentary Feature