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Film About Walter Mondale Premieres at History Center

OCTOBER 13, 2008—The first feature-length documentary on the life of former Vice President Walter "Fritz" Mondale ('56) premieres Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. There will be a short question-and-answer session following the viewing.

Fritz: The Walter Mondale Story was written and produced by independent filmmaker Melody Gilbert and is narrated by Mondale's daughter, Eleanor. The film includes newly released home videos of the Mondale family, archival footage from the White House years, and a few short clips from the Law School's April celebration of Mr. Mondale's 80th birthday. The exhibit prepared for the event, "A Voice of Wisdom, Compassion, and Hope: A Celebration of the Life and Career of Walter F. Mondale," continues at the Law School's Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center.

Fritz is part of the Moving Pictures Film Festival running at the History Center through Oct. 21. It will be distributed to libraries across Minnesota and become part of the History Center's Mondale archives. Minnesota Public Television will air the documentary in December.

For more information about the documentary, the film festival, and Mr. Mondale, visit http://www.mnhs.org/people/mngg/film/index.htm and http://www.mondalefilm.org.

 

Vice President Mondale and President Jimmy Carter
Vice President Mondale confers with President Jimmy Carter in January 1979.
Courtesy of the Carter Library

Learn more about the current exhibition at the Law School, A Voice of Wisdom, Compassion, and Hope: A Celebration of the Life and Career of Walter F. Mondale.