Mike Wallace Is Here

Avi Belkin, USA 2019, 90’
Polish premiere
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound Pahokee

Mike Wallace had a strong, expressive voice, even later in life when his wrinkled face appeared on the evening news. His voice resounded with authority and intelligence, not to mention a note of irreverence. It was his main asset, the tool he used to ask questions—an unrelenting series, one bolder than the next. During a career spanning decades, Wallace questioned an entire cast of prominent figures, including Kirk Douglas, Salvador Dali, Oriana Fallaci, Ayatollah Khomeini, Donald Trump, and Vladimir Putin. Avi Belkin’s documentary includes fragments of his most important interviews. With dynamic editing and the frequent use of a split screen, the result is an impressive portfolio of Wallace’s work. The film focuses on the protagonist’s professional life, but it also shows flashes of who he was in private—and he was a much more sensitive person than his television persona suggested.

Piotr Mirski

Avi Belkin

Avi Belkin is a director of Israeli descent who works mainly in the area of documentaries. He studied at the HaMidrasha art school. His films have been shown at various international events, and Mike Wallace Is Here premiered at the Sundance Festival. Belkin’s crowning achievement to date is the documentary miniseries No One Saw a Thing.

Selected filmography

2012 Kreutzer Sonata

2012 Paddle Ball (doc., short)

2015 Nad brzegami Jarkonu / Winding (doc.)

2019 Bezlitosny Mike Wallace / Mike Wallace Is Here (doc.)

2019 No One Saw a Thing (doc., TV)

Cast & Crew

director Avi Belkin
screenplay Avi Belkin
cinematography archive footage
editing Billy McMillin
music John Piscitello
producer John Battsek, Avi Belkin, Peggy Drexler, Chris Leggett, Rafael Marmor, Zoë Morrison
production Delirio Films, Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment
sales Dogwoof
language English
coloration colour & b&w
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