This could be interesting.... one-sided, but interesting
c.2012 Hearst Newspapers
NEW YORK -- Hearst Corporation and Leslie Iwerks Productions announced Wednesday that a new documentary film about the 125-year-old company and founder William Randolph Hearst will have its world premier next month at the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival.
The documentary, “Citizen Hearst,“ is crafted from interviews and historical footage and features the personal stories and trials and tribulations that have made today’s Hearst Corporation. Among those interviewed are Frank A. Bennack, Jr., CEO of Hearst, who has led the company longer than any Hearst executive other than W.R. Hearst himself; Oprah Winfrey; Mark Burnett; Ralph Lauren; Donna Karan; Dan Rather; Bob Iger; Leonard Maltin; Dr. Oz; Heidi Klum; Nina Garcia; Timothy Greenfield-Sanders; and several descendants of W.R. Hearst.
The film, narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor William H. Macy, makes its private debut Sept. 18 at a screening at Hearst Tower, the company’s headquarters in New York, and its world premier Oct. 4 to 8 at the film festival in East Hampton, N.Y.
The documentary was produced by Academy Award- and Emmy-nominated director Leslie Iwerks.
The Hearst announcement noted that the story of W.R. Hearst was famously dramatized in the 1941 film “Citizen Kane,“ starring Orson Welles. “Citizen Hearst,“ produced by Iwerks and Jane Kelly Kosek, is the first in-depth look at how the company has navigated the changing times over the span of two centuries, according to the announcement.
The film chronicles the rise of American journalism and the newspaper rivalry with Joseph Pulitzer; traces the beginnings of newsreels and films, and later magazine brands and cable; glimpses inside the personal lives of W.R. Hearst and Marion Davies (including reactions to “Citizen Kane“); explores the influences of media on politics through the decades; and investigates Hearst’s pursuit of creative expansion, according to the announcement.