Smiling Through the Apocalypse - Esquire in the 60s

Smiling Through the Apocalypse - Esquire in the 60s
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Smiling Through the Apocalypse - Esquire in the 60s
USA, 2012, 98 Minute Running Time
World Premiere
Topics: Art/Architecture/Film, Biopic, Documentary, History
Program: True Stories
Language: English

For a decade from the early 1960s through the early ’70s, Esquire magazine became a galvanizing force in American culture - the voice of an era. Forging its pop-cultural capital on the basis of provocative cover art, intellectual audacity and riveting articles by the preeminent and cutting edge writers of the time, the magazine captured the zeitgeist of America in the crucible of the ‘60s.

The chief architect of this print revolution was Harold Hayes, a brilliant and tenacious editor who granted Esquire's contributors unprecedented journalistic freedom. Hayes’ fearless instincts provided a haven for writers like Gore Vidal, Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese, Nora Ephron, William F. Buckley and Norman Mailer, and nurtured the iconoclastic talents of art director George Lois. By making it possible for writers and artists to bring novelistic techniques into reportage Hayes fostered what became known as “New Journalism”. The indelible cultural contributions captured in this enthralling documentary by his son, Tom Hayes, provide a vivid context for nothing less than the rebirth of American aesthetics.

Director Tom Hayes expected to attend January 4 and January 7 screenings

Producer: Tom Hayes
Editor: Tom Hayes
Screenwriter: Tom Hayes
Cinematographer: Daniele Salm
Principal Cast: Gore Vidal, Nora Ephron, George Lois, Robert Benton, Gay Talese
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Telemotions LLC -

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