Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (encore screening!)

The most explosive and zeitgeisty televised force of nature since the birth of MTV, Morton Downey Jr. forever altered the American broadcast landscape in a blast of cigarette smoke, fistfights, in-your-face populist ranting, nasty epithets and good, old-fashioned showmanship.  Billed as “3-D television” and “rock and roll without the music”, The Morton Downey, Jr. Show was the most addictive talk show of its kind to ever hit the airwaves, with its maniacally whirlwind host oozing “Fuck you, pal!” attitude while his rabid, droogish studio audience throbbed in the background.  Predating today’s omnipresent tsunami of trash TV, this late-’80s phlegmatic wonder tore up the tube, fashioning the “discussion” of crazy current events (phone sex, heavy metal, the Rev. Al Sharpton) into a giddy, unforgettable gladiator pit.  Celebrate the highs and lows of this wicked broadcasting icon with Évocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie: the brand-new feature documentary dissecting the mind and motivation of television’s most notorious agitator.   Our screening of the film is preceded by a custom mix of MDJ Show rarities compiled by the Evocateur filmmaking team!
Dirs. Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller & Jeremy Newberger, 2013, digital presentation, 90 min.

Watch the trailer for “Évocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie”!
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