PR, Films and Fantasies

When newspapers are the story

Posted on: October 4, 2011

Just found the trailers of two amazing documentaries which once again focus on the amazing “behind the scenes” of the media. Their stories are completely different, one following a sex scandal from the 70s and another being placed in The NY Times’ offices in the current, ongoing and forever-lasting financial crisis. I don’t know much about the films yet but they’re surely on my “unmissable” list, not just for somehow being a media person, but also due to their exquisite filmmaking techniques. Here’s the synopsis and trailer of Tabloid by Errol Morris:

One of America’s top documentary filmmakers, Errol Morris, turns his attention to the outrageous and nearly unbelievable story of Joyce McKinney. She’s a former Miss Wyoming beauty queen who gained a great deal of notoriety after being accused of kidnapping a young Mormon missionary, restraining him in chains and raping him in England in 1977. The unbalanced McKinney is interviewed extensively, particularly about her ambition to write a memoir telling her side of the tale.

And, the second, Page One: Inside the NY Times:

Unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom yields a complex view of the transformation of a media landscape fraught with both peril and opportunity.

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