All the President’s Men screened Jan. 21

The Avon Theatre and Sacred Heart University present the FTMA Talk Back Series, continuing with All The President’s Men Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. The screening is free to the public and will include a post-film question and answer session with professor Justin Liberman.

Conspiracy film specialist Alan J. Pakula turned journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s best-selling account of their Watergate investigation into one of the hit films of the bicentennial year 1976. While researching a story about a botched 1972 burglary of Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate apartment complex, green Washington Post reporters/rivals Mr. Woodward (Robert Redford, who also served as executive producer) and Mr. Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) stumble on a possible connection between the burglars and a White House staffer.

With the circumspect approval of executive editor Ben Bradlee (Jason Robards), the pair digs deeper. Aided by a guilt-ridden turncoat bookkeeper (Jane Alexander) and the vital if cryptic guidance of Mr. Woodward’s mystery source, Deep Throat (Hal Holbrook), Mr. Woodward and Mr. Bernstein follow the money all the way to the top of the Nixon administration. Despite Deep Throat’s warnings that their lives are in danger, and the reluctance of older Post editors, Woodward and Bernstein are determined to get out the story of the crime and its presidential cover-up. Once Mr. Bradlee is convinced, the final teletype impassively taps out the historically explosive results.

Justin Liberman was a directing fellow at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. His award winning films have played in many international film festivals, museums, and galleries. He has worked under Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider), David Mamet (House of Games, Spartan) and Allen Coulter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) and as a commercial director he has worked with American Express, ESPN and General Mills.

The Film and Television Masters program (FTMA) at Sacred Heart University is a one-year conservatory dedicated to the art of storytelling. Students engage in dynamic classroom workshops and lectures focusing on directing, screenwriting, producing, and new media arts. Based in Stamford, FTMA draws from talent and resources in the area and neighboring New York City. Each student produces a cinematic portfolio and rounds out their experience with industry internships. For more information please visit FTMA.sacredheart.edu.

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