The directors of “Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie,” produced by Garrison-based Ironbound Films, will be on hand for a Q&A after a screening of the flick on Friday at 7:15 p.m. at Manhattan’s Quad Cinema.
For the film, directors Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger interviewed many of the late TV talk show host’s contemporaries and sifted through box after box of old tapes to get a sense of who Downey was on screen and off – and why he was such a pioneering influence.
Last year, Newberger, who lives in Yorktown Heights, told The Journal News’ Linda Lombroso that he and his colleagues were teenage fans of Downey’s show.
“He was this chain-smoking, cranky, in-your-face, rock-and-roll political arguer, and in high school that was what you watched,” said Newberger. “That kind of vibe, in our film at least, we attribute to the beginning of maybe Fox News and the talking, screaming heads on TV. That felt like a relevant story to tell today.”
The Quad Cinema is located at 34 West 13th Street in NYC, but you can also catch the film starting Friday on demand and on iTunes.