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RI Filmmakers Chad & Michelle Verdi Head To New York To Join Oscar Winning Director Martin Scorsese For The Premiere Of 'a 50 Year Argument'

Documentary to Premiere in New York September 28th; Airs on HBO September 29th

New York, NY - Point Roberts, WA - September 26, 2014 ( Newswire), a global news source covering leading sectors issues an entertainment update on movie producer Chad A. Verdi from Rhode Island.

It was reported to Investor Ideas that Rhode Island filmmakers Chad & Michelle Verdi will be joining Oscar winning director Martin Scorsese and his team in NY for the premiere of "The New York Review of Books: A 50 YEAR ARGUMENT" on September 28th. The Verdi's are Executive Producers of the film. HBO DOCUMENTARY FILMS will present the film along with SIKELIA productions in association with Verdi Productions.

The documentary filmed by Martin Scorsese & David Tedeschi tells the story of the papers found over fifty years ago during the New York City newspaper strike of 1963.

America's leading journal of ideas has pursued its goal with rigor, a unique style and more than its share of controversy. ‘The New York Review of Books: A 50 Year Argument’, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese and his longtime documentary collaborator David Tedeschi, rides the waves of literary, political and cultural history in much the same way as the paper itself.

Provocative, idiosyncratic and incendiary, the film weaves rarely seen archival material, contributor interviews and excerpts from writings by such icons as James Baldwin, Gore Vidal, and Joan Didion, with original verité footage filmed in the Review's West Village office.

These scenes reflect the humming, restless energy of a magazine that, heading into its second half-century, still feels as vital as its indefatigable founding editor, Robert Silvers.

Confrontation and intelligent argument are in its DNA, as illustrated in the documentary by the skirmish between Vidal and Norman Mailer over women's liberation, Mary McCarthy's jeremiad against American hegemony in Vietnam, Mark Danner's investigation into the use of enhanced interrogation during the Iraq war, and Michael Greenberg's analysis of the Occupy movement. Joan Didion's reading from her quietly furious explication of the 1989 Central Park Jogger Case, filmed at the recent fiftieth anniversary event at New York's Town Hall, exemplifies the film's approach: honor the writers, the writing, and the paper's determination to reveal the truth in all its complexity.

The film captures the power of ideas in shaping history. "Magazines don't change the world," says contributor Avishai Margalit, "but they shape a certain kind of climate of ideas. Influence is like the knight in chess, one move straight and then diagonal. It doesn't go in straight lines." The film documents this extraordinary process, through the inimitable filmmaking style of Martin Scorsese.

HBO link and trailer: Newswire

Photo: Award winning producer Chad A. Verdi stated, "My wife Michelle and I are very excited about being involved in such a great project and look forward to the premiere this weekend .” Verdi added, "This is one of many projects that we will executive produce with Mr. Scorsese and his producing partner Emma Koskoff, over the next few years.” 

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