ITVS Indies Showcase Comes to a Close with Most Dangerous Man

Judy Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith’s Emmy-nominated documentary The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg And The Pentagon Papers will be the 20th and final film to stream for free as part of ITVS’s Indies Showcase. Watch the film in its entirety now until Thursday, September 22.


The film follows Daniel Ellsberg, a leading Vietnam War strategist, who concluded in 1971 that America’s role in the war was based on decades of lies. He leaked 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to The New York Times, a daring act of conscience that led directly to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation, and the end of the Vietnam War.
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Filmmakers Judy Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith Earn Emmy Nomination for Most Dangerous Man

The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg And The Pentagon Papers has picked up an Emmy nomination for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking. The documentary, produced by Judy Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, aired last season on P.O.V.. Join ITVS in congratulating the filmmakers and P.O.V.!


The film follows Daniel Ellsberg, a leading Vietnam War strategist, who concluded in 1971 that America’s role in the war was based on decades of lies. He leaked 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to The New York Times, a daring act of conscience that led directly to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation, and the end of the Vietnam War.
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Most Dangerous Man in America Streams Free Online to Mark 40th Anniversary of Pentagon Papers

The Academy Award nominated documentary is streaming free on P.O.V.‘s website in recognition of the 40th Anniversary of the Pentagon Papers.

POV is marking the 40th anniversary of the publication of the Pentagon Papers with a special opportunity to watch The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers online.

The acclaimed documentary by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith follows Daniel Ellsberg, a leading Vietnam War strategist, who concluded in 1971 that America’s role in the war was based on decades of lies. He leaked 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to The New York Times, a daring act of conscience that led directly to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation, and the end of the Vietnam War.

This week not only marks the date the documents were originally published in The New York Times, but also when the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum will release the now declassified documents.

Read The New York Times piece on the 40th Anniversary of the Pentagon Papers and watch the trailer after the jump >>
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Daniel Ellsberg Up Close on P.O.V.

In 1971, Dr. Daniel Ellsberg, a top war planner, leaked top-secret documents to The New York Times that led to what many consider the toppling of President Nixon and the end of the Vietnam War.

THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers — airing Tuesday night on P.O.V. (check local listings) — looks at how one man risked it all and transformed the American political landscape.

Get a behind the scenes look at the ITVS-funded documentary from filmmakers Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith.

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ITVS Film Vies for 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary

The Oscar buzz is in the air! This Sunday, March 7, Hollywood takes center stage for one of its biggest nights of the year with the 2010 Academy Awards.

Competing for Best Documentary Feature is the ITVS film The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Also, Independent Lens host Maggie Gyllenhaal received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the feature film Crazy Heart.

In addition, several previously funded ITVS filmmakers received nominations for their work in the category of short documentary.

  • China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province (Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill)
  • The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner (Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher)
  • The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant (Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert)

Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar produced A Lion in the House; Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher made Iron Ladies of Liberia; and Jon Alpert made The Last Cowboy. All three films aired on Independent Lens on PBS.

Congratulations and good luck to all the filmmakers!

Check out this the video preview of The Most Dangerous Man in America:

Who do you think will win? Share your thoughts in our comment section.

Check out the entire list of this year’s nominees >>

Oscar Noms for The Most Dangerous Man in America; Indie Lens Host Maggie Gyllenhaal

This morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences officially announced that The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. This marks the 11th Academy Award nomination for ITVS.

In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a leading Vietnam War strategist, concludes that America’s role in the war is based on decades of lies. He leaks 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to The New York Times, a daring act of conscience that leads directly to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation, and the end of the Vietnam War. Ellsberg and a who’s-who of Vietnam-era movers and shakers give a riveting account of those world-changing events. The film is by award-winning filmmakers Judith Ehrlich (The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It) and Rick Goldsmith (Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press). The film will air later this year on P.O.V. on PBS.

Nominees for Best Documentary Feature of the year include:

  • Burma VJ
  • The Cove
  • Food, Inc.
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
  • Which Way Home

Also, Independent Lens series host Maggie Gyllenhaal received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her compelling role as a journalist and single mom in the film Crazy Heart. When shooting the Independent Lens host introductions in New York City last August, Maggie talked about this flim and how proud she was of the work. She praised her co-star Jeff Bridges and predicted that his performance would receive wide acclaim. We want to congratulate Maggie on her Academy Award nomination and are honored to be working with her on Independent Lens.

Nominees for Best Actress in a Supporting Role include:

  • Penélope Cruz in Nine
  • Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal in Crazy Heart
  • Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air
  • Mo’Nique in Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Check out the entire list of this year’s nominees >>

The 2010 Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 7. Stay tuned to Beyond the Box for further coverage.Congratulations and good luck to all the filmmakers!

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GARBAGE DREAMS, Ellsberg Doc Make Oscar Short List

The Oscar buzz is in the air! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced 15 films in the Documentary Feature category that will advance in the voting process for the 82nd Academy Awards. Eighty-nine pictures had originally qualified in the category.

Among those on the short list include GARBAGE DREAMS, airing on this season of Independent Lens and the ITVS-funded film THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.

The official nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 AM PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.

Congratulations to all the filmmakers!

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At the Toronto International Film Festival: THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which kicked off last week, is considered one of the top festivals in the world. This year, two ITVS films are in competition. Read the article below from the TIFF blog, by Heidy Morales, about the ITVS film THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers and the audience’s reaction.

The Vietnam War has been the subject of many documentaries. Daniel Ellsberg is a quintessential figure of the time; he helped shed light on the atrocities and the necessity to stop this war by leaking the “Pentagon Papers.”

The film––THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers––is a personal account of the changes Ellsberg experienced throughout this time, his relationship with his wife Patricia and the many friends who helped him the most important decision of his life. Ehrlich and Goldsmith combine Ellsberg’s own narrative with that of other key players and some very poignant images of the time.

The audience responded very well to the film. We were lucky to have both Mr. and Mrs. Ellsberg in the audience for the world premiere. After the film, they joined the filmmakers for a Q&A session. It was great to see how pleased they were with the film. Mrs. Ellsberg, as remarkable a person as Mr. Ellsberg, shared with us the fact her husband is still her hero and realizes this everyday. She has never stopped being impressed by him.

Visit the TIFF blog to watch a video clip from the premiere >>

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