Podtalk: Patrick Creadon on His Doc ‘Hesburgh,’ at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre, Apr. 26, 2019

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CHICAGO – For every grand name in history, there are behind-the-scenes performers who contribute to that history just as profoundly. One such person was “Father Ted” of Notre Dame, profiled in Patrick Creadon’s new documentary, “Hesburgh.” The film opens Friday, April 26th, 2019, at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago.

Opens Friday, April 26th, at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago
Photo credit: Cinetic

Father Theodore “Ted” Hesburgh was a legendary Catholic priest and president of Notre Dame from 1952 through 1987, during a period of monumental religious and social change. Hesburgh was in the middle of it, fighting for social justice, civil rights, free thought at his Catholic University and the growth of the school itself. Director Creadon tells the priest’s story in segments rather than a timeline, but at the heart of those stories is Hesburgh, a man who those grand names of history admired, and who followed up on the tenets of Christianity as a bridge builder in society. For more details on the documentary, and ticket info, click here.

Filmmaker Patrick Creadon of ‘Hesburgh’
Photo credit: O’Malley Creadon Productions

Patrick Creadon is a Notre Dame graduate (natch) and filmmaker veteran, wearing many production hats, but mostly known as a cinematographer and director. His debut doc was the acclaimed “Wordplay” (2006, about New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz), and his follow up was the prescient “I.O.U.S.A” (2008, about the impending financial meltdown). He has also tackled the subject of Notre Dame for the first time in one of the most famous “30 for 30” ESPN documentaries… “Catholics vs. Convicts” was a 2016 look-back at the 1988 showdown between the Fighting Irish and the Miami Hurricanes.

In PART ONE of the HollywoodChicago.com Podtalk with Patrick McDonald, filmmaker Patrick Creadon of “Hesburgh” speaks about his interaction with Father Ted Hesburgh’s life and legacy, and the Catholic Church around him.

In PART TWO, the director talks about his 2008 film “I.O.U.S.A,” working with voice actor Maurice LaMarche and the lessons of Father Ted.

“Hesburgh” opens in Chicago on April 26th at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 North Southport Avenue, Chicago. Director Patrick Creadon and Producer Jerry Barca will make appearances on behalf of the film on April 27th at the 2pm and 7pm screenings, and will be joined by Notre Dame All-American and former Chicago Bear Chris Zorich at 7pm. Not Rated.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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© 2019 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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