‘Every Act of Life’ Co-Cinematographer Unveils Q&A
Despite the hype, the plight of our Entertainment professionals and Arts workers is rarely glamorous and is oftentimes besieged with being forced to endure the unexpected.
Knowing how to truly hustle is an art in and of itself and rarely has our community been forced to buckle down and get serious about its future more than right now.
The Covid-19 virus has catapulted us into unnervingly uncertain territory. All the more reason why it’s so important to revel in and truly acknowledge the pioneers of our industry who came before us. One of 2020’s biggest losses in March was revered, blisteringly gifted playwright Terrence McNally.
Filmmaker Michael Lee Stever (Broadway: The Golden Age, Resurrecting Carrie, Abducted in Plain Sight), who served as co-cinematographer on the Terrence McNally documentary Every Act of Life, is excited to share this never-before-seen Q&A filmed in March 2018 during the New York City premiere of the critically lauded documentary chronicling the unparalleled achievements, ups and downs of legendary playwright McNally.
Moderated by The New York Times’ own Frank Rich, the Q&A features McNally, Tyne Daly, Nathan Lane, Joe Mantello, F. Murray Abraham and Every Act of Life director Jeff Kaufman.
Recalls Stever of working on the documentary about Tony-winning playwright McNally: “His ‘In it for the long haul’ spirit has inspired us beyond measure and now that he’s just recently slipped away, it makes these moments and this historic documentary ‘Every Act of Life’ all the more important. The esteemed Kaufman, his gifted producer wife Marcia Ross and a veritable who’s-who cast have created a magical cinematic time capsule which has become required viewing. Not simply to get a keener understanding into Terrence’s life and history, but to see how our beloved theater is and will forever remain the lifeblood of our human species. Few playwrights managed to hit us in the gut like Terrence did, and even fewer could punch us with such ferocity then follow it up with a belly laugh that could soothe even the most savage societal onslaught. Rest in peace dear Terrence, you are a true hero for our age.”