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Based on the true story of John D'Agata's essay What Happens There, The Lifespan of a Fact follows Jim Fingal, who has a small job: to fact-check articles for one of the best magazines in the country. His boss has given him a big assignment: to apply his skill to a groundbreaking piece by legendary author John D'Agata. But now Jim has a huge problem: John made up a lot of the articles. What starts professional, quickly becomes profane.


The Lifespan of a Fact by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell. Based on the book by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal.


Directed by

Dustin Wright

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