Patrick Creadon & Christine O'Malley

MIDWEST PREMIERE! HESBURGH, a feature-length documentary film from award-winning filmmakers Patrick Creadon and Christine O'Malley examines the challenges and triumphs of one of the most influential leaders in American history.

Timely in today’s current social and political landscape, HESBURGH explores the life and work of Father Theodore Hesburgh and offers a unique glimpse at more than fifty years of American history as seen through the eyes of the long-time president of the University of Notre Dame and highly influential civil rights leader-- who also happened to be America's most well-known Catholic priest. Educator, civil rights champion, advisor to presidents, envoy to popes, theologian and activist, Hesburgh was called on by countless world leaders in critical moments in modern history to tackle the most challenging issues of the day.

Throughout his work, Hesburgh remained a leader armed with a fierce intelligence, a quick wit and an unyielding moral compass-- a timeless example of bipartisan leadership in today’s increasingly polarized times. He built a reputation as a savvy political operator with a penchant for bridging the divide between even bitter enemies.

The Festival previously screened I.O.U.S.A. (2008) and WORDPLAY (2006) by filmmakers Creadon and O’Malley.