Posted on Monday, March 4th, 2019 by Abby Olcese
One of the emerging trends in the films at this year’s True/False documentary film festival in Columbia, Missouri has been curated footage. Several of the films at this year’s festival, like Apollo 11, Amazing Grace and now director Avi Belkin’s film Mike Wallace is Here, are made up entirely of archival content, either presented in a linear way, or edited together in such a way that it creates a complete picture all on its own.
In the case of Mike Wallace is Here, Belkin has assembled clips comprising the majority of the 60 Minutes journalist’s career, as well as interview clips where Wallace himself is the subject. The goal is twofold: to create a portrait of a notoriously tough journalist who mostly evaded the tough questions asked of him, and to consider the impact that his brand of journalism had on the way we report the news. Basically, based on what records we have of Wallace, and the way he conducted his work, what can we glean about the man?