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March 28, 2013
Contact: Kate Brown
The Charlie Project will showcase 30-minute documentary at two Washington DC presentations in April and May
On March 12, 2013, The Charlie Project finished the rough-cut editing of How Washington Really Works: Charlie Peters and the Washington Monthly, a 30-minute documentary about the founder of the legendary Washington Monthly, Charles Peters.
The film will be presented at two rough-cut presentations in Washington in April and May before a final edit. The production team, The Charlie Project, will then do a final edit by August with plans to formally release the film in September or October 2013.
The documentary, produced and directed by Norman Kelley, examines Peters' career as the influential editor-in-chief of the Washington Monthly, which began in 1969 after he left the Peace Corps. Wanting to examine the nation's capital the "way an anthropologist would an South Sea Island," Peters was also known as a keen taskmaster who cultivated a stellar corps of young journalists in an informal institution called way an anthropologist would an South Sea Island," Peters was also known as a keen taskmaster who cultivated a stellar corps of young journalists in an "Charlie's Journalism School of Indentured Servitude."
A film about a "Man, a Magazine and the Media," the film also highlights Peters' trials and tribulations in running the Monthly on a shoe-string budget - "staying one step ahead of the sheriff" - to being an alternative voice of "neo-liberalism," advocating gay rights before it became popular, extolling the cause of entrepreneurialism, keeping a skeptical eye on the Washington media, and funny demonstrations of his legendary editing technique called "rain dancing."
As wells as interviews with Charlie Peters, the film also features: Jonathan Alter (Bloomberg News); Jennifer Barrett (Hirshhorn Museum); Taylor Branch (Pulitzer winning author); Matthew Cooper (National Journal); Michelle Cottle (Daily Beast); Gregg Easterbrook (author); James Fallows (The Atlantic); Paul Glastris (Washington Monthly); David Ignatius (Washington Post); Nicholas Lemann, (Dean, Columbia University School of Journalism); Suzannah Lessard (author); Joe Nocera (New York Times); Sen. John Rockefeller (D-WV), and Amy Sullivan (National Journal).
Using contemporary interviews and archival footage, photos, TV and movie clips, and motion animation, How Washington Really Works tells the story of one of the most important but off-the-radar journalists in American history.
After a successful fall 2012 Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to begin the rough cut editing, The Charlie Project plans another crowd-funding appeal in May to raise funds for the final edit.
A trailer of the film is available here
CHARLIE PROJECT.COM RELEASES "HOW WASHINGTON REALLY WORKS" TRAILER FEATURING CHARLES PETERS
Washington D.C., MAY 27, 2011.
The Charlie Project.com released a trailer presentation of its forthcoming production of "How Washington Really Works: The Life and Times of Charlie Peters." The documentary is partially biographical as well as an examination of the state of American journalism.
The trailer, a nearly ten-minute work-in-progress, centers on Charles Peters, the founding editor of The Washington Monthly, an influential publication that Peters founded in 1968.
The Monthly has also served as the training ground for numerous journalists such as Joe Nocera (New York Times), David Ignatius (The Washington Post) and Nicholas Lemann (Dean, Columbia University Journalism School), graduates of "Charlie's journalism school of indentured servitude," who are also featured in the trailer along with Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV).
Sen. Rockefeller has known Peters since they both served in the Peace Corps, and it was Peters who suggested to a young Rockefeller that if he wanted to more about some of dire socio-economic conditions in the country then Peters' home state of West Virginia was a good place to start.
The Charlie Project's production team, co-directors Ellie Walton and Norman Kelley, with Mr. Kelley serving as the film's producer and writer, are planning to release a full version of the film in 2012.
The Charlie Project believes with the release of the trailer, meeting the project's fundraising goal becomes more achievable when viewers and potential donors see the aim of the film.
The proposed 90-minute documentary featurewill cover, among other aspects of a varied life, Mr. Peters' childhood in West Virginia; his years in New York as an ad man and theater manager; as a law student at the University of Virginia; as a West Virginian legislator; working for JFK