OPENING NIGHT – Palm Springs International Film Festival 2018 (PSIFF)
There is a saying about relationships in Washington: If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. – Katharine Graham
The feature film began with a panel discussion with the key players on the stage of Palm Springs High School.
Katharine Graham for those of you unfamiliar, was America’s first female Fortune 500 CEO. As the renowned publisher of ‘The Washington Post,’ she guided the newspaper to national prominence, most notably when it published The Pentagon Papers and reported on the Watergate scandal.
Meryl Streep stars as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee in Steven Spielberg’s gripping true life drama behind the publication of the Pentagon Papers in Nixon’s White House. This history making movie at the time of an incensed, vindictive president meant risking careers and the future of the newspaper.
A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government.
Decades of government lies which led the U.S. into the mire of the Vietnam War were lifted from top secret files. The risk of publishing them was greater than great.
Words to live by:
It’s hard to remake decisions and even harder to rethink nondecisions. Sometimes you don’t really decide, you just move forward, and that is what I did—moved forward blindly and mindlessly into a new and unknown life.
A long time ago I had to decide whether to be a lady who lunched or a women who worked. – Katharine Graham, Personal History
The festival runs until January 15th. Check out the film and events lineup here: