Andrew Rossi‘s documentary about the New York Times, Page One: Inside the New York Times, premiered at Sundance this year and has been getting solid reviews as it moves to other festivals. The film does exactly what it promises to do: shows you a condensed year in the life of the paper and the people who create it as they address a rapidly shifting business climate while trying to remain true to the Gray Lady’s goal to provide in-depth reporting on a global scale.
Magnolia picked up the film for distribution, shortened the title slightly (shaving off ‘A Year’ from the subtitle) and now has a trailer for the July 24 release. Check it out below.
Germain reviewed the film at Sundance, saying,
Page One is a gold mine of ideas, awesome scenes and quotes. Even when it veers off the path – if there ever was a path beyond the promise of the title – it’s still rich in almost every way. As a whole film, Page One isn’t incredible, but in parts, it approaches that.
I can see how that would be the case, and while I understand his complaint that the film isn’t entirely unified, I think that is a necessary factor when trying to present something as broad as the experiences of a variety of reporters. The fact of their common home, the NYT, is unification enough, and the film looks great.
Apple has the trailer.
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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.