Miracle on 42nd Street has been honored with the 2020 New York Regional Emmy® Award for Best Documentary. I am a producer/editor of this seventy-minute documentary film which tells the story of Manhattan Plaza, the renowned experiment in subsidized housing for people in the performing arts. The film features on-camera interviews with people whose lives were positively impacted by the complex including Alicia Keys, Terrence Howard, Donald Faison, Larry David, Samuel L Jackson, Angela Lansbury and many others. This social experiment was a resounding success in the lives of the tenants, for the neighborhood economy and for the survival of the Broadway Theatre district.
“Miracle on 42nd Street” is more than a documentary. It’s a story of the power of community filled with unlikely mixes of people interacting and finding empowerment, love, and enlightenment.” — Reel Honest Reviews
“Played my first song that I wrote lyrics to, and played the music to, on that piano, in that apartment, in that building.” – Alicia Keys
“For as much as I could have a sense of community, there was a sense of community at Manhattan Plaza.” – Larry David
National PBS broadcast on May 18th at 9PM (check local listings)
I was Associate Producer and Consulting Editor on Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words, a feature length documentary on the life story of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. It has screened in 110 theaters nationally and will have it’s PBS Broadcast Premiere on May 18, 2020 at 9 PM. Although Clarence Thomas remains a controversial figure, loved by some, reviled by others, few know much more than a few headlines and the recollections of his contentious confirmation battle with Anita Hill. With unprecedented access, the producers interviewed Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife, Virginia, for over 30 hours of interview time, over many months. Justice Thomas tells his entire life’s story, looking directly at the camera, speaking frankly to the audience.
The film is a rare opportunity to hear directly from Thomas, who is famously quiet during oral arguments and shies away from public appearances.
Everyone interested in the truth and a great story should go and see it.
[A] rare insight into the mind of a justice known for his reticence on the public stage.
It is a marvel of filmmaking that two hours pass so quickly. At the end of a screening I recently attended, there weren’t many dry eyes in the room.