Mike Wallace Is Here
Directed by Avi Belkin
“A compulsively engrossing account of a career notable for its gutsy, confrontational attitude toward the power brokers in business and politics.” —Todd McCarthy, Variety
Mike Wallace is Here offers an unflinching look at the legendary reporter, who interrogated the 20th century’s biggest figures in his over fifty years on air, and whose aggressive reporting style and showmanship redefined what America came to expect from broadcasters. Unearthing decades of never-before-seen footage from the 60 Minutes vault, the film explores what drove and plagued Wallace, whose storied career was entwined with the evolution of journalism itself.
Told exclusively through archival footage, director Avi Belkin weaves the story without one talking-head commentary or backward-looking interview diluting the immediacy and power of Wallace’s work. It traces his career on the air from his invention of the “tough question” in his 1950s interview show Night Beat to his news specials of the ’60s and his extraordinary four decades on CBS’ 60 Minutes, examining how his genre-defining work changed the standards of broadcast journalism for good and for ill, while also unpacking the personal qualities that made Wallace so successful. A selection of the Sundance Film Festival. 2019, U.S., DCP, 94 minutes. Rated PG-13.