The Pulitzer at 100

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  • TV-14
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Release year: 2017
  • Running time: 91 min
The Pulitzer at 100 celebrates the centenary of this revered and seminal national award for literary excellence in journalism and the arts. The totality of the Pulitzers has had an immeasurable impact on the American sensibility and beyond over the past 100 years. read more
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The Pulitzer at 100 celebrates the centenary of this revered and seminal national award for literary excellence in journalism and the arts. The totality of the Pulitzers has had an immeasurable impact on the American sensibility and beyond over the past 100 years. The riveting tales of the winning artists give an insider’s view of how these pinnacles of achievement are selected in the twenty-one categories and how the award has the power to change lives and communities. The diverse stories explored in the film relate to immigration, race, gender, and above all freedom of speech – all issues that are ever more relevant in America today. Featuring interviews with several notable prize recipients, including authors, journalists, playwrights and musicians such as Toni Morrison, Michael Chabon, Junot Díaz, Tony Kushner, Paula Vogel, Ayad Akhtar, Carl Bernstein, Robert Caro, Martin Baron, Nicholas Kristof, Thomas Friedman, David Remnick, Wynton Marsalis and John Adams, the film also brings Pulitzer-winning works to life through readings by Martin Scorsese, Helen Mirren, Natalie Portman, Liev Schreiber, John Lithgow and Yara Shahidi, all of whom bring their own talents to bear on the words of their favorite writers. Interwoven with the stories of the journalists and artists and readings is the history of the man who created it. Joseph Pulitzer, who came to America to fight as a mercenary in the Civil War, left money to Columbia University upon his death in 1911. A portion of his bequest was used to found the School of Journalism in 1912, not only to elevate the professionalism and to improve the craft but also to establish the Pulitzer Prizes which were first awarded in 1917. Today, both the iconic prizes and the prominence of the School of Journalism at Columbia represent the highest standards of integrity and excellence in writing.

Original Release

11/07/2017

US Release

11/07/2017

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Cast

Toni Morrison Self - Novelist
Michael Chabon Self - Novelist / Himself, Novelist
Junot Diaz Self - Novelist
Tony Kushner Self - Playwright
Paula Vogel Self - Playwright
Ayad Akhtar Self - Playwright / Himself, Playwright
Carl Bernstein Self - Journalist
Robert A. Caro Self - Biographer
Martin Baron Self - Executive Editor, The Washington Post
Wynton Marsalis Self - Composer
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Kirk Simon

Cast

Toni Morrison Self - Novelist
Michael Chabon Self - Novelist / Himself, Novelist
Junot Diaz Self - Novelist
Tony Kushner Self - Playwright
Paula Vogel Self - Playwright
Ayad Akhtar Self - Playwright / Himself, Playwright
Carl Bernstein Self - Journalist
Robert A. Caro Self - Biographer
Martin Baron Self - Executive Editor, The Washington Post
Wynton Marsalis Self - Composer
Martin Scorsese Himself / Self
Helen Mirren Herself / Self
Natalie Portman Herself / Self
Liev Schreiber Himself / Self
John Lithgow Himself / Self
Yara Shahidi Self
David Crosby Self - Musician / Himself, Musician
John Adams Self - Composer
Jim Amoss Self - Editor, The Times-Picayune
Maureen Corrigan Self - Book Critic

Producers

Editors

Emily Williams

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