Scene from "Spotlight" with Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, and Liev Schreiber
Part of the series The Contenders 2015

Spotlight with Josh Singer and Steve Golin

Tuesday Jan 19, 2016 7:30 PM This is a past program

Tom McCarthy directs a stupendous ensemble cast, including Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, and Liev Schreiber, in this adaptation of the Boston Globe’s 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of child molestation and a systematic cover-up in the Catholic church. The film chronicles the eight months the Globe’s investigative Spotlight team spent uncovering the citywide web of institutions knowingly involved in the Boston archdiocese’s silencing of abuse victims and maintaining of the status quo over decades. Both the minutiae of journalistic procedurals and the feel of the early aughts are deftly rendered, including the efforts to keep the investigation alive after the extraordinary trauma of 9/11. While Spotlight has been compared to All the President's Men, the film would be best viewed with an eye on the present day and the questionable amount of change within the church in the ensuing decade. The film is also a testament to both local and investigative journalism, which are being replaced with social networks and citizen media. Who is going to speak truth to power in the years to come?

A Q&A with writer Josh Singer and producer Steve Golin follows the screening, moderated by Howard Rodman, President, Writers Guild of America West.

Spotlight. 2015. USA. Directed by Tom McCarthy. Photo credit: Courtesy of Open Road Films. 128 min.

See all films in The Contenders 2015 series.


$15 General Admission 
$10 Hammer Members with valid discount code

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Location: Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
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This film program is organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and Sean Egan, Producer, Film Exhibitions and Projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The Hammer Museum’s presentation is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.

Media sponsorship is provided by The Hollywood Reporter.