Fake News Goes Local
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.