Bill Moyers: The Trump Files, Part One Investigative reporters have been digging into the candidate's business dealings from the past and present.

Bill Moyers: The Trump Files, Part One Investigative reporters have been digging into the candidate's business dealings from the past and present.

Trump: What’s the deal? is a period piece produced in the late 1980s. The documentary is an unflattering look at Trump’s mafia connections and legal troubles as he rose to prominence. It was backed by Leonard Stern who owned The Village Voice and Seven Days magazine, and looking to expand into television with a series on celebrity businessmen. When Trump learned about the film, he threatened to sue anyone who broadcast or distributed it. A personal fight between Stern and Trump broke out and Stern pulled the plug. Producers Ned Schnurman and Libby Handros and director Al Levin eventually finished the film, but it was screened in public only once in 1991, and then shelved. Last summer, Libby Handros dusted it off, digitized it and uploaded it to the Internet.

New York Times: TV Film on Trump Can't Find a Station 1989

New York Times: TV Film on Trump Can't Find a Station 1989

 

The documentary, ''Trump: What's the Deal?'' was being prepared by a Manhattan production company with money from Leonard Stern, the chairman of the Hartz Mountain Corporation conglomerate and owner of The Village Voice and the magazine 7 Days. But the producers have been unable to find a syndicator to arrange for its broadcast on a New York station. Without a New York outlet, a syndicated production stands little chance of being carried in other markets.

WHO.WHAT.WHY: THE STORY BEHIND THE SUPPRESSED TRUMP DOCUMENTARY

WHO.WHAT.WHY: THE STORY BEHIND THE SUPPRESSED TRUMP DOCUMENTARY

FEBRUARY 9, 2016 | IRINA GROUSHEVAIA

THE STORY BEHIND THE SUPPRESSED TRUMP DOCUMENTARY

“If there was more critical coverage of Trump and more facts of who he really is, the less of the chance he would be running now,” Handros told WhoWhatWhy. “People need to know what the real Trump is. Old Trump and new Trump — same Trump.”
 http://whowhatwhy.org/2016/02/09/the-story-behind-the-suppressed-trump-documentary/

http://whowhatwhy.org/2016/02/09/the-story-behind-the-suppressed-trump-documentary/

New Zealand Radio: Audio Interview with Libby Handros

New Zealand Radio: Audio Interview with Libby Handros


Libby Handros is the producer of Trump - What's the Deal a 1991 documentary about Donald Trump that never made it to the small screen in the US because of legal threats from the billionaire who has his sights set on the White House. The film is now available on the internet for all to see.

Daily Dot - What a 'suppressed' 1991 documentary reveals about Donald Trump

Daily Dot - What a 'suppressed' 1991 documentary reveals about Donald Trump

"Aside from its entertaining qualities, this documentary helps us contextualize Trump’s shenanigans and the image that he tries to control. To understand Trump at this point in his career—if you can call it that—is to understand him at a point in his life where he wants to remain relevant. During his 2016 campaign announcement, he boasted, “I’m really rich … that’s the kind of thinking you need for this country. It sounds crass; it’s not crass.” 

Salon - The explosive 1991 documentary Donald Trump did everything in his power to suppress

Salon - The explosive 1991 documentary Donald Trump did everything in his power to suppress

"Trump: What’s the Deal? chronicles the real-estate developer and presidential hopeful’s rise to power. His self-described “addiction” to acquiring cash and real estate drove him to build developments in Manhattan, Atlantic City, Palm Beach, and Los Angeles. He skirted the law on multiple occasions throughout his career, underpaying his workers, associating with mob bosses, committing union fraud, harassing tenants, and ignoring environmental regulations, yet managed to evade legal retribution."

The Daily Beast - Watch the Doc Trump Fought a Decade to Kill

The Daily Beast - Watch the Doc Trump Fought a Decade to Kill

"Yes, Trump wasn’t, as you can imagine, thrilled at the thought of his dirty laundry being aired for all to see, reacting much the same way then as he does today—with bluster and threats of legal action. And these were techniques that carried more weight two decades ago, successfully burying the documentary by cutting off any outlet for it to be seen."

Film School Rejects - 5 BLOCKED MOVIES THAT BECAME EASILY AVAILABLE THANKS TO THE INTERNET

Film School Rejects - 5 BLOCKED MOVIES THAT BECAME EASILY AVAILABLE THANKS TO THE INTERNET

"In 1988, long before he became a reality TV star and presidential hopeful, Donald Trump was rising to fame as perhaps the most recognizable real estate developer in the country. Fellow tycoon Leonard Stern was doing a series on celebrity businessmen, and Trump was the logical first subject. But the final product hardly portrayed him positively, and so he threatened to sue any broadcaster or distributor who’d show it."
In 1988, long before he became a reality TV star and presidential hopeful, Donald Trump was rising to fame as perhaps the most recognizable real estate developer in the country. Fellow tycoon Leonard Stern was doing a series on celebrity businessmen, and Trump was the logical first subject. But the final product hardly portrayed him positively, and so he threatened to sue any broadcaster or distributor who’d show it.
 

The Daily Beast - Trump, Lies, and Videotape

The Daily Beast - Trump, Lies, and Videotape

"The film struck so close to home for the arrogant billionaire that, at a party some time after successfully squashing its release, he even got in a shoving match with the 65-year-old Al Levin, the mild-mannered producer who worked on it."

The National Memo - Documentary the Donald Suppressed, Free at Last.

The National Memo - Documentary the Donald Suppressed, Free at Last.

"The film shows how greed, hubris and mistakes humbled Trump, ever so briefly, 25 years ago. It also examines his lack of real friends, and shows that both the old money crowd in Palm Beach and some of America’s leading entertainers, including Jerry Seinfeld and the late Christopher Reeve, found him oleaginous."

The Weekly Standard - Trump: The Documentary

The Weekly Standard - Trump: The Documentary

"Might the press have some questions about it and Trump's past? Absolutely. The film makes many bold claims and observations, too many to fully recount here, but they seem well sourced, with views of articles and headlines that in today's Internet age are easy to research."