Hesburgh really isn’t just a Notre Dame story or even a Catholic story. It’s an American story, about an American life lived as well as can be. When Father Ted uttered the famous school motto, “God, country, Notre Dame,” you just believe he meant it, and that he meant it in that order.
One particular anecdote about a wartime correspondent practically tore out my heart. A lovely, occasionally jazzy score matches a comfortable yet quick pace. Paring down a lifetime’s worth of stories to a running time under two hours is impressive. That the finished film feels neither rushed nor dragged is near miraculous…
“Hesburgh” is an unabashedly sentimental, hopeful documentary, one which, like its subject, believes in the common humanity of all. “This was a person who really spent his whole life being a bridge builder and peacemaker,” Creadon said. “I think that really resonates right now. One side is so busy screaming at the other, we never have a conversation. That’s now how Fr. Ted operated.”
Patrick Creadon’s documentary HESBURGH, about the legendary long-time president of the University of Notre Dame, took home two awards; The Indiana Spotlight Award (and $2,500), as well as the Indiana Spotlight Audience Choice Award.
“It’s the timeliest film we have ever made. We have never made a movie that resonates in the moment quite like this one.”
While this film is seemingly about a man who did his greatest work 50 years ago, Creadon wants people to know it is truly a story about America in 2018. With the current political climate and how polarized America has become, Creadon believes Hesburgh could teach us all a few lessons. Hesburgh teaches us that being powerful doesn’t mean you can’t be kind and generous.