Before the airwaves were built around the faces of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, Morton Downey Jr. was an anomaly in the world of televised news. Throughout the 1980s he was one of the most notorious faces on television, pioneering the reactionary agitator image that can now be seen on almost every popular cable news station.
Now, the documentary “Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie,” co-directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger, aims to re-introduce viewers to one of television’s most infamous figures. Ahead of its upcoming theatrical release, a trailer has landed for the Magnolia Pictures film.
“Évocateur” had its world premiere at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival where it received largely positive reviews. The film tracks Downey through his confrontational rise, eventually gaining the title of the “Father of Trash television,” and his eventual downfall on the talk show scene.
The film will be released in a limited theatrical release by Magnolia on June 7, with a limited expansion following after. Watch the full trailer below.