One of the best films I saw at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Andrew Rossi’s documentary Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times (the “A Year” has now been dropped from the title). This is a must-see film that takes a thoughtful look at our nation’s greatest newspaper as it faces an existential threat from online media and recent shots at its credibility. The movie celebrates the Times but also takes an honest look at where the paper has fallen short and where it’s struggling to succeed.
A trailer for the film has gone online and I think it does a good job of giving you an overview, but I think it could make a better sale by showing David Carr being a gigantic badass. Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Atlanta folks: The movie is playing at this year’s Atlanta Film Festival and will be at the Landmark Midtown on Thursday, May 5th at 7pm. Everybody else: the film hits theaters on June 24th.
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Here’s the official synopsis for Page One: Inside The New York Times:
Andrew Rossi’s riveting documentary Page One: Inside The New York Times had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media for theatrical release this June. In the tradition of great fly-on-the-wall documentaries, the film deftly gains unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom and the inner workings of the Media Desk. With the Internet surpassing print as our main news source and newspapers all over the country going bankrupt, Page One chronicles the transformation of the media industry at its time of greatest turmoil. Writers like Brian Stelter, Tim Arango and the salty but brilliant David Carr track print journalism’s metamorphosis even as their own paper struggles to stay vital and solvent, while their editors and publishers grapple with up-to-the-minute issues like controversial new sources and the implications of an online pay-wall. Meanwhile, rigorous journalism is thriving–Page One gives us an up-close look at the vibrant cross-cubicle debates and collaborations, tenacious jockeying for on-record quotes, and skillful page-one pitching that brings the most venerable newspaper in America to fruition each and every day.