Directed by Kirk Simon. 2016. USA. Color. 91 min.
"Slick new doc...dazzling us with appearances by luminaries of journalism, belles lettres, and music."
- The Village Voice
The Pulitzer at 100, by Oscar- and Emmy-winning director Kirk Simon, celebrates the centenary of this revered and seminal national award for literary excellence in journalism and the arts. 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.
The documentary features 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.
"An enlightening new documentary. The bottom line in The Pulitzer at 100 is the importance of the free press and the fact that, at its core, investigative journalists hold individuals accountable for their actions. To again quote Robert Caro, journalism may be directly connected to getting at the truth. 'The only remedy for injustice,' he observes, 'is to expose it...'"
- WAMC Radio
"Must-see. What can I say? I'm a print journalism sentimentalist. Yes, even now. Maybe especially now. So how can director Kirk Simon's documentary about the creation and history of journalism's greatest nod not inspire?"
- Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post