The Columbia Public Library is having a special showing of the documentary Trustees for the Public: 200 Years of Missouri Newspapers on Monday, January 23rd at 7 p.m. in the Friends Room. After the film, Doug Crews, Executive Director of the Missouri Press Association, and Beth Pike, a member of the filmmaking team, will discuss the history and the future of Missouri newspapers. Two people who helped create this film, Beth Pike and Steve Hudnell, also helped create the local documentary Neither Here Nor There.
We recently added Tabloid to the DBRL collection. The film was shown earlier this year at the Ragtag and currently has a rating of 92% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. It is the latest film from Errol Morris, who has also directed other documentaries such as The Thin Blue Line and The Fog of War. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
In the late 1970s, Miss Wyoming Joyce McKinney became a tabloid staple when she kidnapped her former beau, a Mormon missionary, and tied him to a bed to ‘deprogram’ his religious beliefs-by having nonstop sex with him. Director Errol Morris follows the salacious adventures of this beauty queen with an IQ of 168 whose single-minded devotion to the man of her dreams led her across the globe, into jail and onto the front page.
Looks at journalism and the press in Missouri’s last 200 years. Remembers such journalists as Joseph Charless, Mark Twain, Eugene Field, Joseph Pulitzer, Ernest Hemingway, Walter Williams, and others. Describes the Missouri Press Association’s role in founding the State Historical Society of Missouri in 1898 and the Missouri School of Journalism in 1998. Long-time publishers and editors of Missouri newspapers tell stories of their careers, from the days of newspaper carriers on street corners to the emergence of newspapers on the Internet. At the end of the program, Ron Powers, an award-winning journalist from Hannibal, Mo. and graduate of the Universitiy of Missouri, reads the Journalist’s creed (written by Walter Williams, Boonville, Mo.) to honor his school and his profession.
While this movie is not part of our monthly Center Aisle Cinema series, we’d still encourage you to attend. Check out the trailer and movie description below.
In 1808, Joseph Charless moved to St. Louis and became the first newspaper publisher west of the Mississippi. Since then, more than 6,000 newspapers have come and gone in the Show-Me State. Travel back in time as you watch the Emmy Award-winning documentary, “Trustees for the Public: 200 Years of Missouri Newspapers.” Discussion will follow with filmmaker Steve Hudnell and Doug Crews, Executive Director of the Missouri Press Association.