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Documentary by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith Nominated in Creative Arts Category For Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking
New York, NY — July 14, 2011 — Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith’s documentary The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, which had its national broadcast premiere on the POV (Point of View) series on PBS, has been nominated for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking in the Creative Arts category of the 63rd Primetime Emmy® Awards, it was announced today by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. PBS received a total of 43 nominations.
The Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be taped on Saturday, Sept. 10 and aired at a later date on the E! Network. The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, primarily for the performing arts and hosted by Jane Lynch, will air live from the NOKIA Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 18 on Fox Television.
Winner of a Peabody Award and nominated for an Oscar®, The Most Dangerous Man in America is an account of one man’s deeply personal decision and its lingering impact. Why would a dedicated Cold Warrior throw away his career and his friends and risk life in prison for a chance to help end the Vietnam War? In 1971, Ellsberg, a leading military planner, concluded that America’s role in the war was based on decades of lies. He leaked the Pentagon Papers, 7,000 pages of top-secret documents, to The New York Times, a daring act of conscience that led to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation and the end of the Vietnam War. The film is a gripping tale told by Ellsberg with a who’s who of Vietnam-era figures.
The Most Dangerous Man in America had its national broadcast premiere on POV series in October 2010 and was rebroadcast and streamed online in June 2011 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the publication of the Pentagon Papers (June 13, 1971).
“We are thrilled that the Academy has nominated The Most Dangerous Man in America along with other remarkable documentaries,” said POV Executive Director Simon Kilmurry. “This is a powerful film that shows that one person of conscience can make a difference and that we ignore history at our peril.”
Now in its 24th season on PBS, POV has won 23 Emmy Awards, including a 2007 Special News & Documentary Emmy for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking, and earned 54 previous Emmy nominations. POV has garnered many other coveted industry honors, including 13 George Foster Peabody Awards, 10 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Awards, four Independent Spirit Awards, three Oscars, the Prix Italia, the Webby, the International Documentary Association IDA Award for Best Continuing Series and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers’ 2011 Award for Corporate Commitment to Diversity.
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers is a co-production of Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith and The Independent Television Service (ITVS), in association with American Documentary, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).
Co-directors/Co-producers: Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith
Cinematographers: Vicente Franco, Dan Krauss
Editors: Michael Chandler, Rick Goldsmith, Lawrence Lerew
Writers: Lawrence Lerew, Rick Goldsmith, Judith Ehrlich, Michael Chandler; Based in part on Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers by Daniel Ellsberg
Original Music: Blake Leyh
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Produced by American Documentary, Inc. and now in its 24th season on PBS, the award-winning POV is the longest-running showcase on American television to feature the work of today’s best independent documentary filmmakers. Airing June through September with primetime specials during the year, POV has brought more than 300 acclaimed documentaries to millions nationwide and has a Webby Award-winning online series, POV’s Borders. Since 1988, POV has pioneered the art of presentation and outreach using independent nonfiction media to build new communities in conversation about today’s most pressing social issues. Visit
Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The Educational Foundation of America, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, FACT and public television viewers. Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Funding for POV’s Diverse Voices Project is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Project VoiceScape is a partnership of Adobe Youth Voices, PBS and POV. POV is presented by a consortium of public television stations, including WGBH Boston and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG.
American Documentary, Inc.
American Documentary, Inc. (AmDoc) is a multimedia company dedicated to creating, identifying and presenting contemporary stories that express opinions and perspectives rarely featured in mainstream media outlets. AmDoc develops collaborative strategic-engagement activities around socially relevant content on television, online and in community settings. These activities are designed to trigger action, from dialogue and feedback to educational opportunities and community participation. Simon Kilmurry is executive producer POV; Cynthia Lopez is executive vice co-executive producer of POV.
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