TRUTHWriter/Director: James Vanderbilt
When veteran newscaster Dan Rather (Robert Redford) and CBS News head Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) choose to air a segment on 60 Minutes exposing how President Bush avoided being drafted to Vietnam through his father’s political advantages, the resulting fallout ultimately costs them their jobs and reputations. How did attention end up focused on the journalists who questioned an official version of a story? How did the minutiae of document typefaces, line breaks, and superscripts become seemingly more important to the national discourse than the question of whether a President had failed to fulfill his military obligations? TRUTH is based on Mary Mapes’ memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power.
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Desert Palm Achievement Award