Originally dreamed up by a scandal-mongering immigrant newspaperman, the Pulitzer Prize is celebrating its centennial as the highest honor in American arts and letters. Oscar®- and Emmy®-winning director Kirk Simon (Strangers No More, Masterclass) explores the origins of the prestigious award; its century-long run canonizing great moments in history; the careers it has burnished; and a sampling of the timeless words, images and melodies that have earned its recognition. Created by Hungarian-born Joseph Pulitzer in 1917 with the goal of lifting journalism out of the gutter (where he had helped it land while battling William Randolph Hearst for mass-circulation appeal), the Pulitzer has evolved into its current form, awarding excellence in 21 categories. Interviews with winners including Toni Morrison, Carl Bernstein, Wynton Marsalis, Tony Kushner, Junot Diaz and Michael Chabon are interspersed with short, stunning excerpts performed by Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, Natalie Portman and others to create a spectacular portrait of Pulitzer’s dream made real.
In Person: (May 13) Pulitzer Prize winners Political Cartoonist/Animator Mark Fiore; Former Editor/Publisher, Point Reyes Light, David Mitchell; Managing Editor, East Bay Times, Bert Robinson