Hot type: 150 Years of “The Nation”, with Barbara Kopple and John Nichols

March 15, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Loft Cinema
3233 East Speedway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85716
regular admission prices

The regional premiere with Oscar-winner Barbara Kopple and The Nation’s John Nichols in person! The screening will be preceded by a reception on the Loft patio, starting at 6:00pm. This reception is FREE with the purchase of a ticket to the film, and will feature free light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. At this reception, The Loft Cinema will present Barbara Kopple with the Lofty Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of her important and influential contributions to the world of documentary filmmaking. This reception is “first-come, first-admitted” with proof of movie ticket purchase, and seating is limited. All reception attendees will be offered the opportunity to register for a free subscription to The Nation!

The new film from Academy Award-wining documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA; Shut Up and Sing) tells the story of The Nation. The oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States, founded in 1865 and now in its 150th year, The Nation covers politics and culture from a liberal point of view. The film captures daily life working on the periodical, introduces staff writers and editors past and present, and follows inductees in the much-sought-after internship program. At the heart of the film are the reporters covering stories in the field, and the in-depth coverage and long-term perspectives that The Nation provides. (Dir. by Barbara Kopple, 2015, USA, 94 mins., Not Rated)

Barbara Kopple produced and directed Harlan County USA and American Dream, both winners of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.  In 1991, Harlan County USA was named to the National Film Registry by the Librarian of Congress and designated an American Film Classic.  Harlan County USA was recently restored and preserved by the Women’s Preservation Fund and the Academy Film Archive, and was featured as part of the Sundance Collection at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005.  The Criterion Collection released a DVD of Harlan County USA in 2006. Other works include Running from Crazy, Fight to Live, A Force of Nature, Gun Fight, The House of Steinbenner, Woodstock: Now and Then, Shut Up and Sing, Wild Man Blues, and Havoc.

John Nichols writes about politics for The Nation magazine as its Washington correspondent. A contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times, he is also the associate editor of theCapital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and dozens of other newspapers and he is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues. Of Nichols, author Gore Vidal said: “Of all the giant slayers now afoot in the great American desert John Nichols’s sword is the sharpest.”

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