Interview: Director Andrew Rossi, “Page One: Inside the New York Times”

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By Sandra Kraisirideja

Documentary filmmaker Andrew Rossi infiltrates the legendary newsroom in his latest feature, “Page One: Inside the New York Times.”

Fate worked in Rossi’s favor during shooting in 2010 and the emergence of WikiLeaks proved the perfect example of how new media was eroding print journalism. It also illustrated the issues and questions that the old guard papers, personified by the New York Times, were struggling to answer in order to stay alive.

The documentary will be fascinating to watch 15 years from now because the fate of print newspapers is still undecided. Rossi’s film adds information and brings forth new questions to the debate.

While it’s entertaining for news junkies and people in the media, “Page One: Inside the New York Times” doesn’t really examine the inner workings of a daily paper. If you’re expecting a documentary about how the New York Times puts out an issue day after day then this movie will fall short.

The movie is a great snapshot of what is effecting the industry today, which makes it very important in terms of a historical document. Fifteen years from now it will be hard to explain what it was like in 2010 when news, social media, technology and information all collided. How we get our news is changing so rapidly that predicting what will happen next year seems impossible.

Rossi does a great job distilling the issues effecting print journalism and he’s got some intersting characters to help move the story along. To hear the full-length interview with Rossi, click here.

“Page One: Inside the New York Times” opens June 24 in Los Angeles and July 1 in San Diego.

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