Filmmaker Judith Ehrlich writes:
It’s 1971: America is embroiled in a dirty war based on lies. Dr. Daniel Ellsberg, a top war planner, leaks a safe full of secret documents revealing the truth about the Vietnam War to the NY Times and risks life in prison for his daring act. He becomes an international anti-war hero. Henry Kissinger calls him, "The Most Dangerous Man In America" and a traitor. His bold act of truth-telling causes a constitutional crises and reckless responses from the Nixon administration that lead to toppling the presidency and finally ending the war. This is a political thriller about personal and public spiritual and political transformation of the first order. It is a story with tremendous resonance for us today.
When I approached my Berkeley Saul Zaentz Film Center colleague Rick Goldsmith with the idea of a collaboration, he already had a file on Ellsberg himself. The repeated response we got to the idea of this film has been "why hasn’t it been done before”?
This film has much support but faces an immediate challenge. We have received many donations from individuals and foundations and now ITVS, The Public TV fund for independent documentaries, has made a major commitment to provide finishing funds for this film. That means we need to raise over $150,000 in the next few months to release this major funding.
You can perform your own act of truth-telling by going to http://www.mostdangerousman.org/ and making a contribution. Thanks for watching our work-in-progress.
GRITtv note: Ehrlich’s prize-winning PBS film, The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It told the story of World War II conscientious objectors, men who risked it all in the name of non-violence. Goldsmith’s academy-award-nominated Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American explores vital questions of free press. Ehrlich and Goldsmith are a great team to tell this story of conscience and truth-telling.