Truth: Ecstatic or Earthbound

October 6, 2016
10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
National Press Club (Holeman Lounge)

The traditions of filmmaking and journalism are distinct, as are the demands of the form and with that, the truth they seek. For investigative journalists, truth at its best is grounded in evidence and fact, and accuracy is king. Filmmaker Werner Herzog describes a kind of truth that is the enemy of the merely factual; an “ecstatic truth” that is untethered to fact, conveyed by tapping into the viewer’s imagination. He goes further: “Only in this state of sublimity does something deeper become possible.” As filmmakers and traditional journalists increasingly venture into each other’s terrain, the questions around how they define truth and how they reach it are nearing a fever pitch.

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