Hesburgh Biopic Coming September 10


Premieres Nationwide This September

To celebrate the upcoming first home football game of the Fighting Irish, Music Box Films Home Entertainment will present the DVD and VOD debut of the highly lauded documentary feature HESBURGH. Directed by Patrick Creadon (WordplaySki Bum: The Warren Miller Story), written by William Neal, Nick Andert and Jerry Barca, and produced by Christine O’Malley and Jerry Barca, HESBURGH chronicles the remarkable life and career of Rev. Theodore Martin Hesburgh CSC, who is best known for serving as the president of the University of Notre Dame for 35 years (1952-1987). 

HESBURGH reveals how world leaders—from presidents to popes—called on Rev. Hesburgh to tackle the most challenging issues of the day. He built a reputation as a savvy political operator with a penchant for bridging the divide between bitter enemies. Through it all, he remained a man armed with a fierce intelligence, a quick wit and an unyielding moral compass; a timeless example of bipartisan leadership that would serve us in today’s increasingly polarized times.

In addition to his career as the author and educator who oversaw Notre Dame’s transition to a nationally respected institution of higher education, the late Rev. Hesburgh was active during some of the most tumultuous times in our nation’s history, advancing the causes of peace and equal rights for all people. To that end, he was involved in numerous American civic and governmental initiatives, commissions, and international humanitarian projects, receiving such notable honors as the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964) and the Congressional Gold Medal (2000). 

HESBURGH premiered theatrically earlier this year, following its rollout at several key film fests, including the Heartland International Film Festival, where it brought home the Audience Choice Award and the Indiana Spotlight Award, and the Cleveland International Film Festival, where it was named Best Documentary.

HESBURGH will premiere on DVD and VOD on September 10 with bonus features including extended interviews and rarely seen commencement speeches from President Dwight Eisenhower, Martin Luther King, Jr and others, for the suggested retail price of $29.95.

More information on HESBURGH may be found on the MUSIC BOX FILMS website at https://www.musicboxfilms.com/film/hesburgh/

GPHR 35m/01227: Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh walking with members of the Student Government, 1970/1210. Students left to right are Student Body Vice President Mark Winings, Hall President Council (HPC) Chairman John Barkett, and Student Body President Dave Krashna.