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Synopsis: Live Panel – Zoom
July 30, 2021
4:00 PM EST

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Pentagon Papers Panel: Discussing the Most Dangerous Man In America

Panel discussion with the documentary filmmakers. In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a leading Vietnam War strategist in the Pentagon, concluded that America’s role in the war was based on decades of lies. He copied and leaked 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to The New York Times and then to The Washington Post. The daring and conscientious activities of whistleblowers and journalists during these times lead to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation and the end of the Vietnam War, and a Supreme Court ruling expanding press freedom.

Film Screening Presented by Government Accountability Project

Michael McCray (Moderator)
Rick Goldsmith
Judith Ehrlich

Director's Bio

Michael McCray
Michael McCray co-founded the International Association of Whistleblowers (IAW) and is the General Counsel for the Federally Employed Women Legal Education Fund (FEW-LEF), which champions equal employment opportunity. He is a member of the No FEAR Coalition, which promotes and supported the passage of the Notification and Federal Employee Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation Act (No FEAR) of 2002—the first civil rights law of the 21st Century. McCray is also the chief organizer for the Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival, an annual conference that takes place on Capitol Hill.
Michael McCray is a 2007 recipient of the “No FEAR Award” in Washington, DC. In 2008, Michael McCray received statewide recognition for outstanding work in peace and social justice when he was recognized by the OMNI Center For Peace, Justice & Ecology as an ARKANSAS PEACE & JUSTICE HERO in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Invite Michael to make a memorable contribution to conferences, events and conventions that welcome his “tell-it-like-it-is” style of storytelling and audience engagement. Learn more about his training programs, invite him to speak or contribute to your conference, or place orders for his breakthrough book RACE, POWER & POLITICS—Memoirs of an ACORN Whistleblower—today.
Michael McCray is a 2021 recipient of the Cliff Robertson Sentinel Award Recipient for his leadership and advocacy with the ACORN 8 from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

Rick Goldsmith
Rick Goldsmith has been producing and directing documentary films for four decades, with his most acclaimed films focusing on journalism: Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press (1996) and The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009) (co-director with Judith Ehrlich), both Academy Award nominees for Best Documentary Feature. He is in production on Stripped for Parts: American Journalism at the Crossroads, about a secretive hedge that is plundering America’s newspapers and the journalist who are fighting back. He won multiple awards for Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw (2015), a superstar athlete’s struggle with mental illness.

Judith Ehrlich
Judith Ehrlich, Director, Co-Producer, co-produced and co-directed Oscar, Emmy, IDA Award- nominated and Peabody Award winner, The Most Dangerous Man in America, Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. That film won over a dozen film festival awards, sold to 20 international broadcasters and made over $1/2 million at the box office. Her film, The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It, was also an ITVS documentary and broadcast on PBS. She is the only person to twice win the major history film awards.

She recently released ’The Boys Who Said NO!” The story of a youth-led mass movement of draft resisters who choose conscience over killing in the Vietnam War and ended conscription in the US. She is in production on “The Mouse That Roared” with an international team. This film focuses on Birgitta Jonsdottir, an Icelandic ‘Poetician”, collaborator with Julian Assange, founder of Iceland’s Pirate Party, very nearly Prime Minister of her country, supporter of whistleblowers worldwide and single mother of 3. With Norman Solomon/ and Daniel Ellsberg, Ehrlich is in-production on a short film for lobbying and social media to reduce the ‘hair trigger’ nuclear arsenal in the US.

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