February 02, 2010 17:50 ET

ITVS-Funded Documentary, "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers," Receives 2010 Academy Award® Nomination for Best Documentary Feature

How One Man Risked It All and Transformed the American Political Landscape; "A must-see. Crams a wealth of material into 90 minutes without losing clarity or momentum. ... A unique fusion of personal and social drama." -- Ronnie Scheib, Variety

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - February 2, 2010) - Independent Television Service (ITVS) announced today that one of its acclaimed productions, "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers," was nominated for a 2010 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature. Directed by Rick Goldsmith and Judith Ehrlich, the film will have its television premiere later this year on the PBS primetime series "POV" (check local listings). This marks the 11th Academy Award® nomination for ITVS.

"'The Most Dangerous Man in America' challenges people everywhere who want to better understand the world of power and who are looking for ways to make a difference in our world," said Sally Jo Fifer, president and CEO of ITVS. "It's a great honor that the Academy has recognized the film with this important distinction. The nomination exemplifies the quality and integrity of public media and independent film."

In 1971, Dr. Daniel Ellsberg, a top war planner, leaked top-secret documents to The New York Times, an act that many believe led to the toppling of President Nixon and the end of the Vietnam War. "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers" reveals how one man risked it all and transformed the American political landscape. Ellsberg's leak of the top-secret Pentagon Papers to The New York Times sets into motion an extraordinary series of events. The Nixon Administration starts by going after the nation's press, resulting in a First Amendment battle that, within two weeks, ends up in the Supreme Court. Ellsberg goes underground to avoid a nationwide FBI manhunt. When he emerges, he is hailed as a hero, accused of being a traitor, ostracized by friends, and finds himself on trial for his life.

The Academy Award nomination for "Most Dangerous Man" builds on ITVS's prior Academy nominations, including "Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience," a Documentary Group production for the CPB and a co-production of the ITVS presented by WETA (2008); "My Country, My Country" by Laura Poitras and Jocelyn Glatzer (2007); "Street Fight," by Marshall Curry (2006); "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" (2006), by Alex Gibney; "Weather Underground," by Sam Green and Bill Siegel (2004); "Daughter from Danang," by Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco (2003); "Promises," by B.Z. Goldberg, Justine Shapiro and Carlos Bolado (2002); "For Better Or For Worse," by David Collier (1993); and "Why Can't We Be A Family Again?" by Roger Weisberg and Murray Nossel (2002).

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