Documentary Honoring Rev. Theodore Hesburgh Premieres on DVD and VOD on September 10


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).


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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).


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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 premiered on DVD and VOD on September 10 (pre-book August 6 ) 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.

About Music Box Films: Music Box Films is a North American distributor of acclaimed international, independent, and documentary features. Recent releases include Christian Petzold’s critically acclaimed TRANSIT, and Thomas Stuber’s romantic drama IN THE AISLES. Upcoming releases include Claudio Giovannesi’s PIRANHAS, Kirill Mikhanovsky’s GIVE ME LIBERTY, Simon Hunter’s EDIE, and François Ozon’s BY THE GRACE OF GOD. Music Box Films is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation, which also owns and operates the Music Box Theatre, Chicago’s premiere venue for independent and foreign films. For more information, please visit


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