Sustained Outrage

Filmmaker: Gabriela Cavanagh
Representative: Luke Northrop
Runtime: 26 min

Synopsis: For over 100 years, the family-owned Charleston Gazette-Mail has been a relentless watchdog over West Virginia’s most powerful, propelled by its unofficial mantra: “Sustained Outrage.” But just eight months after winning the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Gazette-Mail grapples with a painful reality: bankruptcy ahead of a sale. Shot over three years, Sustained Outrage is an intimate look inside the paper as its future is decided.

About the Filmmaker

Gabriela Cavanagh is a Peruvian, Brooklyn-based documentary director/producer drawn to latinx storytelling and collaborating with artists to bring their work to life through a different visual medium. Most recently, she developed and co-produced NightGowns for Quibi (April 2020). Part-performance, part documentary, the series follows drag queen sensation Sasha Velour and her drag ensemble as they craft the lip-sync numbers of their dreams. The series was called “among the most life-affirming shows you could find on any platform” by the New York Times. Previously, she directed and produced the award-winning short documentary Sustained Outrage (2019), about a family-owned, Pulitzer Prize-winning local newspaper in West Virginia and its fight for survival. The film premiered at the 2019 New Orleans Film Festival, and screened at Big Sky, Mountainfilm, and the San Luis Obispo Film Festival (Winner: Best Short Doc), among others. The film was broadcast on PBS’ Reel South and NBC.