Leslie Iwerks - an Emmy- and Academy Award-nominated director for "The Pixar Story" and "Recycled Life" - recently turned her camera toward the 125-year media empire created by William Randolph Hearst. The resulting documentary, "Citizen Hearst: The Story of a Modern Media Company 125 Years in the Making," opens with Hearst, the son of a mining magnate, taking over the San Franscisco Examiner, the first outlet in a media empire that he'd expand with other papers (including the Houston Chronicle) and eventually magazines and TV stations. Hearst's larger-than-life existence, which was partial inspiration for Orson Welles' landmark film "Citizen Kane," provides the film's first half. The second portion of "Citizen Hearst," which is narrated by actor William H. Macy, follows various Hearst companies as they evolve under the guidance of leaders like Helen Gurley Brown and Diana Vreeland through an oft-changing media landscape.
The film screened at Hearst events late last year as well as a special screening last week at Hearst Castle in California. A theatrical run will bring it back to the Houston area on Thursday and Sunday at the Silverado IMAX theater, 24720 Texas 249 in Tomball. Show times are to be determined. For more information, go to www.citizenhearst.com.