Fake News: Journalism Goes to Hollywood Featuring Ace in the Hole

Sunday Jun 24, 2018

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Following Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole, film critic Devin D. O'Leary moderates a discussion on the movie’s themes and on the importance of journalism in today’s society.

FlyerFake News! Journalism Goes to Hollywood film and discussion series continues June 24 at the KiMo Theatre with "Ace in the Hole.”

"Ace in the Hole" is director Billy Wilder's cynical 1951 film starring Kirk Douglas as an unscrupulous reporter stranded in New Mexico who is willing to go to any length to get back to "the big time."

Following the film, Weekly Alibi film critic Devin D. O'Leary will moderate a discussion on the movie’s themes and on the importance of journalism in today’s society. Panelists include Gene Grant, veteran journalist and KNME’s New Mexico in Focus host, and Larry J. Calloway, veteran print journalist for the Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal. The panel discussion will be followed by questions from the audience.

The series, which will run monthly through November, is free and open to the public and invites community conversations about the importance of journalism in our democratic society and its many challenges today – as seen through the lens of Hollywood and popular culture.

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Fake News! Journalism Goes to Hollywood returns to the Historic KiMo Theatre (423 Central Ave. NW) this Sunday, June 24, at 2pm. This monthly film and discussion series is organized by the New Mexico Humanities Council and features screenings of noteworthy Hollywood films that concentrate on journalism followed by panel discussions about the evolving role of the press in a democratic society. The post-film discussions are hosted by Alibi film editor Devin D. O’Leary. (Yup, that’s me.) This month’s film is Billy Wilder’s wildly cynical 1951 drama Ace in the Hole. Filmed right here in New Mexico, the film focuses on an unscrupulous newspaper man (played by Kirk Douglas) who talks his way into a job at an Albuquerque newspaper and stumbles across the gripping story of a man trapped in an abandoned mine—which he immediately turns into a media circus for maximum readership. After the film Gene Grant, host for KNME’s “New Mexico in Focus,” and Larry Calloway, veteran print journalist for The Associated Press and the Albuquerque Journal, will be on stage to talk about the pitfalls as well as the importance of modern-day 24/7 media coverage. Admission to this event is free and open to the public. This series, which is part of the Democracy and the Informed Citizen Initiative, continues through November. It comes to Albuquerque thanks to the generous support of the Pulitzer Prizes and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more info on future screenings, got to kimotickets.com and nmhum.org.

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