- James Dirschberger
- politics, documentary, corruption
Honest Man: the Life of R. Budd Dwyer is a film about politics and corruption, suicide and survival. Four years in the making, it explores the scandal that led a hard-working man to take his own life. This independently produced feature-length documentary follows Budd Dwyer, a Pennsylvania politician who infamously committed suicide at a televised press conference. The film chronicles Dwyer's meteoric rise to political power and examines the bribery scandal and subsequent trial that pushed him to his breaking point. It also delves into the controversy and consequences of the uncensored airing of Dwyer's death on television stations worldwide.
Honest Man reveals a story that has remained untold for over 24 years. The film features exclusive new interviews, including William Smith, the man whose testimony convicted Dwyer, and Dwyer's widow Joanne, her last interview before her death in 2009. Was Dwyer venal, or a victim? Did he kill himself because he couldn't live with being guilty, or because he couldn't live with being innocent? Honest Man allows audiences to judge for themselves.
To purchase the director's cut of this film, visit DwyerMovie.com
"Honest Man builds its case meticulously, bringing to mind Errol Morris' best work. An overpowering achievement."
Kurt Dahlke - DVDTalk.com
"Poignant moments abound... an incredibly riveting documentary."
Clinton Stark - The Stark Insider
"It is a fitting tribute to a man who deserves better than the legacy that has been built around him. Watch it, and change your mind."
J.Hurtado - TwitchFilm.com
James Dirschberger - Director/Producer - EightyFourFilms.com
James Dirschberger is originally from Buffalo, NY, a few short hours north of Budd Dwyer's hometown of Meadville. Dirschberger moved to San Francisco in 2002 to pursue filmmaking. Since then, he has teamed up with numerous Bay Area artists to create successful collaborative animations, music videos, short films and documentaries, eventually making a move to Los Angeles in early 2011. His films have screened around the world and have accumulated over one million views online. He is currently developing an animated series for television. HONEST MAN is his first feature film, developed by his production company, Eighty Four Films.
Matt Levie - Producer/Editor
Matt Levie has been a professional editor for almost twenty years. He has been lucky enough, in his career, to cut a wide variety of films, including feature films like "The Guatemala Incident" and "Sleep Furiously," and documentaries such as "97 Orchard Street" and "Curandero." He has taught editing at the Academy of Art University, Stanford University, the Bay Area Video Coalition and the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Levie has studied with Ralph Rosenblum (Woody Allen's first editor) at the Film and Television Workshops in Rockport, Maine, and holds a master's degree in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research in New York.
At 18:24 on 30 Jan 2012
Honest Man builds its case meticulously, bringing to mind Errol Morris' best work. An overpowering achievement.
At 18:25 on 30 Jan 2012
Poignant moments abound... an incredibly riveting documentary.
At 18:26 on 30 Jan 2012
It is a fitting tribute to a man who deserves better than the legacy that has been built around him. Watch it, and change your mind.