Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation
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Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Mind the Gap
Focus: Lit Flix
Running Time:93 min
Director:Barbara Kopple
Producer:Barbara Kopple
Suzanne Mitchell
Madeleine Akers
Cinematographer:Gary Grifin
David Sosnow
John Hazard
Editor:Richard Hankin
Note Writer:Deanna Quinones
Academy Award®-winner Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA; American Dream) turns her incisive lens on The Nation, America’s oldest continuously published weekly magazine, and the impassioned team keeping it relevant in its second century. An American institution that debuted in 1865, the magazine has housed the voices of nearly every prominent writer and thinker of each modern moment, including Albert Einstein, Emily Dickinson, Jean-Paul Sartre, Martin Luther King Jr., Toni Morrison, Gore Vidal, Barbara Ehrenreich, and many more, remaining the torchbearer for the political left. But what Kopple reveals so engagingly is the collective spirit behind the printed page, embodied by editor-publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel and the crew of writers, editors, staff, and interns who still care so much about the value of journalism. Watch this polished documentary to learn things you may not know about The Nation, but celebrate its true value in exploring the still-beating heart of the American free press.
Additional Information

Barbara Kopple is a two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker. A director and producer of narrative films, documentaries, and commercial spots, her most recent project is Miss Sharon Jones!, which will debut at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and is the first documentary about the funk-soul-revivalist band Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings as their rise to fame threatens to come to a halt with Sharon’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Other recent projects include Hot Type: 150 Years of the Nation and the Emmy-Nominated documentary Running from Crazy, which examines the lives of the three granddaughters of Ernest Hemingway and their varied journeys through mental illness. Barbara produced and directed Harlan County USA and American Dream, both winners of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. In 1991, Harlan County USA was named to the National Film Registry by the Librarian of Congress and designated an American Film Classic.