Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2018
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 100 minutes


In 1970 Notre Dame President Father Theodore Hesburgh said, “We don’t prove anything by burning something down. We prove something by building it up.” It’s a 50-year-old quote of profound wisdom that is still needed now, perhaps more than ever. Beyond his transformative role at the college and as a devout Catholic priest, Hesburgh was also an extremely powerful bi-partisan force in American politics. He advised several presidents and foreign leaders and, as a member of the Civil Rights Commission, was an architect of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He had friends on all sides of the religious and political aisles. Those friendships were often tested, though, as Hesburgh’s allegiance wasn’t to any one particular person or group, but to the greater good. On many occasions, he found himself at odds with his church and government. As the record shows, his strong moral compass always guided him to the right side of history. HESBURGH is a fiercely inspiring documentary about a priest who set out to change a university but ended up changing the world. —E.F.

CIFF43 Screenings

Friday, April 05, 2019 at 2:30 PM

Saturday, April 06, 2019 at 4:40 PM

Sunday, April 07, 2019 at 4:05 PM

Race Relations

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition


Patrick Creadon

Patrick Creadon is a 1989 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received his master’s degree in cinematography from the American Film Institute (1996).

"Wordplay" (2006), "I.O.U.S.A." (2014), HESBURGH (2018)

Christine O'Malley, Jerry Barca

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