(Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger, US 2012, 90 min., DCP)
In Person! Director Seth Kramer. Before shock jocks, Jerry Springer, and Fox News, one man ravaged the talk show format and delivered his own brand of confrontation and in-your-face antics. His name was Morton Downey Jr., and he turned political debate into shouting matches, occasional fistfights, and downright mayhem. Featuring interviews with Herman Cain, Pat Buchanan, Chris Elliot, and Gloria Allred, this new documentary probes the methods and motivations of not only Downey’s controversial television persona, but the man he was when the cameras were turned off.