For immediate release
March 19, 1998

All Things Considered Celebrates Oscar Night with Special Report from NPR's Roving Correspondent - Monday, March 23

WASHINGTON, DC - On Monday, just hours before the Academy Awards ceremony, NPR's evening newsmagazine All Things Considered will present a humorous, behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood's movie industry. In this special report, roving correspondent Bob Garfield details his efforts to pitch what just might be the greatest film since Casablanca. (Please check with your local NPR station for broadcast time.)

Lamenting the quality of the films he finds at the local video store, Garfield sets out on a mission, not just to sell his movie script, but to "save Hollywood's soul." Negotiating the steps involved in bringing a movie to the screen, the novice screenwriter crosses paths with such Hollywood players as Steven Spielberg, directors Curtis Hanson (LA Confidential) and Ron Shelton (Bull Durham) and Daily Variety Editor Peter Bart. Can he change the movie industry? If not, can he at least put himself in position for a prime seat at next year's Oscars?

The report is the final installment of Garfield's "Quixotica Trilogy." The first two reports for All Things Considered were among the most popular in NPR history. One detailed Garfield's successful efforts to take his family to the White House's bowling alley. The other chronicled the 36 hours he spent in Nashville trying to write a hit country record, and find a major star to record it (which after former President Jimmy Carter got involved, Willie Nelson did.)

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