‘Evocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie’ Thursday at LPCA

LAKE PLACID – The Lake Placid Center for the Arts will present the new documentary “Evocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr. Movie” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Immediately following the film, the director will be available for a question and answer session on the film and its topic.

Tickets are $10 each and are available by calling the LPCA Box Office at 518-523-2512 or online at www.lakeplacidarts.org.

About the film

Before entire networks were built on populist personalities and reality morphed into a TV genre, the masses fixated on a single, sociopathic star: controversial talk-show host Morton Downey, Jr. In the late ’80s, Downey tore apart the traditional talk format by turning debate of current issues into a gladiator pit. His blow-smoke-in-your-face style drew a rabid cult following, but also the title “Father of Trash Television.” Was his show a platform for the working man or an incubator for Snooki and The Situation?

Ironbound Films’ “Evocateur: The Morton Downey, Jr.” dissects the mind and motivation of television’s most notorious agitator.