Guest Curator: Caroline Jones
“Here’s an embarrassing fact about journalists: We love to see ourselves depicted on the big screen. We also love documentaries that shine a light on newsmakers and take viewers behind the scenes. The films below celebrate our field. They will make you think deeply about how news is reported and just might make you laugh as well.”
— Caroline Jones, Washington City Paper managing editor
Photo Credit: New Day Films
Steven Spielberg’s The Post chronicled the publication of the Pentagon Papers, but in this Oscar-nominated documentary, Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked the documents to The New York Times and The Washington Post, explains what happened in his own words. Ellsberg’s story remains relevant today, as the current presidential administration continues to attack the media and outrageous stories continue to seep out of the White House.
Photo Credit: NYX Channel
Newsrooms are noisy, zany places, making them the perfect settings for fast-talking comedies. This classic romance starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell is full of hijinks and, unlike a lot of news outlets of this era, celebrates the work of a woman reporter.
Photo Credit: Film Art Media
Prolific author Dominick Dunne spent decades covering the crimes of the rich and famous, among them Claus von Bülow, O.J. Simpson, and Phil Spector, for Vanity Fair magazine. Dunne shares stories about encounters with celebrities, shocking trials and his personal struggles in this film that gets viewers to consider the way reporters cover well-known subjects.
Photo Credit: First Run Features
You’ve seen people carry New Yorker tote bags around D.C. for years. Now learn the story of the legendary magazine’s founding from contributors like John Updike, Roz Chast and Roger Angell.
Photo Credit: Gravitas Ventures
This harrowing documentary remembers James Foley, a freelance photojournalist who was kidnapped by ISIS in Syria in 2012. His family and fellow journalists remember him and reflect on the sacrifices journalists make to properly tell a story.
Caroline Jones’ recommendations can be viewed through Kanopy, the popular on-demand video service available in the Library’s goDigital offerings. Library cardholders can stream six movies a month on any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV (4th generation and up), Chromecast or Roku.