"Hesburgh" is a new Notre Dame Classic

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.”

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Heartland International Film Festival: Closer Look

“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.

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The Film Yap: Hesburgh

For a man who had dedicated his life’s work to God, some of the most impactful moments of the 20th Century, such as the nuclear arms race, the Civil Rights movement, and the Vietnam War, saw Hesburgh’s influence in some capacity.  Without ruining the film for those who plan on seeing it during the Heartland Film Festival, it would behoove you to learn more about this man and the impact he had on this world.

Hesburgh is a carefully stitched, entertainingly narrated documentary directed by Patrick Creaddon.  It can be seen during the 2018 Heartland Film Festival.

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Napa Valley Film Festival selection announcement

The eighth annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) has announced its film line-up, including for Opening and Closing Nights, as well as special events and tribute honorees today. NVFF returns this fall with its five-day festival showcasing the year’s best new independent films from November 7 to 11. “Hesburgh” will screen in the Documentary Showcase category.

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Heartland International Film Festival Official Selection announcement

Indianapolis, IN (September 13, 2018) – The Heartland International Film Festival today announced the official selections for the film festival’s 27th edition. Documentaries will be spotlighted to bookend one of the major (and potentially, most lucrative) stops for filmmakers on the regional film festival circuit. “Hesburgh” will be featured as an Indiana Spotlight film.

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Interview: Patrick Creadon on His New Documentary About Father Ted Hesburgh

Patrick Creadon’s new film about Notre Dame’s Father Theodore Hesburgh is one of my favorite films of the year. Like the popular documentaries that came out this year about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Mr. Rogers, it is an extraordinary story about an extraordinary life, devoting much of its focus to Father Ted’s work on huge, complex, controversial issues like civil rights, but it also shows us how small kindnesses made a big difference in the lives of students and other individuals.

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AFI DOCS FILM REVIEW: HESBURGH (CREADON, 2018): USA

While I did find the historical moments of the film enlightening, what really caught me by surprise were the human elements; the relationships cultivated, the emotional warmth expressed, and the joy and love expressed by those who knew Hesburgh. What I was left with was a powerful human interest story that served as both a testimonial to a life well lived for the noble causes of justice and freedom and a welcome addition to the national historical archives.

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AFI Docs fest runs June 13-17 with strong LGBT content

Some of the other great documentaries that will screen include “Love Gilda” about the pioneering female comedian Gilda Radner (of “Roseanne Roseannadanna/SNL fame); “Studio 54” about the rise and fall of the infamous New York nightclub; “Charm City” about attempts to reduce the soaring rates of violence in Baltimore; “Hesburgh” about social justice activist Rev. Theodore Hesburgh; and “Bathtubs over Broadway” about the wacky productions commissioned by companies to celebrate their products at corporate conventions.

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AFI Docs ’18 sets lineup

Projects having world premieres in the Feature Films Selections section include Natalie Metzger and Michael Rohrbaugh’s Alone in the Game, which documents the gay rights movement’s efforts to score victories in the world of sports; Mark Jonathan Harris’s Foster, which reveals the human stories behind the largest county child protection agency in the U.S.; and Patrick Creadon’s Hesburgh, which profiles the late University of Notre Dame president Theodore Hesburgh and his influence over the 20th century.

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AFI DOCS 2018 Unveils Full Slate of Films

“He counseled presidents and popes, served on corporate boards and infuriated Richard Nixon.  He was one of the only friends to whom Ann Landers turned for advice.  During his 35 years as president of the University of Notre Dame, Theodore Hesburgh became one of the most influential and inspiring people of the 20th century.”

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