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entertain, and inspire.

EVERY ACT OF LIFE

The groundbreaking life and work of 4-time Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally - a personal journey through five decades of the American theatre, the struggle for LGBT rights, triumph over addiction, and finding love and inspiration at every age.


With Terrence McNally, F. Murray Abraham, Lynn Ahrens, Jon Robin Baitz, Christine Baranski, Zoe Caldwell, Dominic Cuskern, Tyne Daly, Edie Falco, Stephen Flaherty, John Glover, Anthony Heald, John Benjamin Hickey, Sheryl Kaller, John Kander, Tom Kirdahy, Larry Kramer, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Paul Libin, Joe Mantello, Marin Mazzie, Audra McDonald, Lynne Meadow, Rita Moreno, Jack O’Brien, Billy Porter, Chita Rivera, Doris Roberts, Don Roos, John Slattery, Micah Stock, Richard Thomas, John Tillinger, and Patrick Wilson.


“Terrence is so deeply human and vulnerable and open. He gets to the truth and makes you laugh and cry and turn on a dime in all different areas: drama, comedy, and musical theater. I defy you to name another playwright who can do that. You cannot tell the history of American theatre without celebrating his life and work.” - Audra McDonald


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The State Of Marriage

The inspiring story of how legal pioneer Mary Bonauto partnered with small town Vermont lawyers Beth Robinson and Susan Murray in a 2-decade long struggle that built the foundation for the entire marriage equality movement, and forged the legal, social, and political path in the 1990’s that ultimately led to the U.S. Supreme Court establishing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide. Also featuring Freedom to Marry founder Evan Wolfson, civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis, Gov. Howard Dean, and playwright Terrence McNally.


One of Entertainment Weekly’s “Top Pop Culture Moments in Hollywood’s Road To Marriage Equality.”

The State of Marriage recounts a truly groundbreaking chapter in the history of marriage equality. And this important film is also much more than that. It's engaging and colorful, and it's tender and warm, showing not only the devotion of committed couples, but that of hard-working activists and legal advocates who paved the way for all of us. These are the heroes who fought on the front lines, at at time when national media attention was either nonexistent or overtly hostile. They faced an enormous backlash but they beat it back with fortitude and on their belief that justice would win out. It is a remarkable story.”

- author, broadcaster, activist Michelangelo Signorile

“Gripping. Audiences will cheer.” - The Huffington Post

The State of Marriage is an indispensable addition to the filmed history of the marriage equality movement . . . and a suspenseful nail-biter right up to the feel good ending.” - The Hollywood Reporter


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FATHER JOSEPH

“FATHER JOSEPH is one of the most inspiring, life-affirming documentaries I've ever seen. Father Joseph's story is a testament to the power of the human spirit to overcome whatever obstacles life throws at you. Funny, warm, and invigorating - - this is a film that everyone should watch.” - bestelling author Reza Aslan

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Father Joseph founded Haiti’s largest micro-finance bank, which has lifted thousands of families out of poverty. He built a K-14 school, a rural university, an orphanage, a health clinic, a radio station, and more. Almost everything was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake, but he is moving forward with an unstoppable faith and determination.

“An uplifting story of the difference one person can make in the world. If there is such a thing as a man of God, surely it is Father Joseph Philippe.” - Bob Schieffer, CBS News


“This documentary is not only important for the Haitian people, but for the whole world to see. It is so well done and so compelling. I felt the pure compassion of this amazing priest who strives with real courage to do what is right. Bravo!”

- Garcelle Beauvais, actress and author 

“An inspiring documentary. Father Joseph has the kind of vision and indomitable spirit that might earn someone a Nobel Peace Prize.”

- The Huffington Post

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THE SAVOY KING: CHICK WEBB & THE MUSIC THAT CHANGED AMERICA

Featuring COREY HAWKINS voicing the words of Chick Webb, JANET JACKSON as Ella Fitzgerald, JOHN LEGEND as Duke Ellington, BILLY CRYSTAL as Mezz Mezzrow, TYNE DALY as Helen Oakley Dance, ANDY GARCIA as Mario Bauzá, RON PERLMAN as Gene Krupa, EUGENE ROBINSON as Teddy McRae, DANNY GLOVER as Count Basie, BILLY PORTER as Dizzy Gillespie, KEITH DAVID as Charles Buchanan, SUNPIE BARNES as Barney Bigard, VOZA RIVERS as Sandy Williams, CHARLIE WATTS as Stanley Dance, and narration by ROCKY CARROLL.


Interviews, dancing, and singing with: Van Alexander, Louie Bellson, Ray Brown Jr., Dr. Richard Gale, Roy Haynes, John Isaacs, Gertrude Jeannette, Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Dr. Muriel Petioni, Brad Rowe, Joe Wilder, and Rev. Edward Wilson


"The Savoy King is an important contribution to our history. I highly recommend this film.”

- Harry Belafonte

"The director weaves an aesthetic tapestry that puts most likeminded non-fiction efforts to shame, so gracefully capturing the atmosphere of the 1930s swing scene that the film truly earns the term ‘immersive.’ It's a comprehensive documentary that never feels like a school lesson, conveying the rollicking spirit of its subject with a liveliness and joy that elucidates how an artist might, as in Chick's case, give everything - including his life - for his art.”

- The Village Voice

"The Savoy King is a wonderful film. Jeff Kaufman has made one of the great musical documentaries of our time."

- music and film critic Gary Giddins

“I had a ball watching The Savoy King, and laude the filmmakers for presenting a first-class worldview of Chick Webb, our beloved Ella Fitzgerald, and the wonderful world of Harlem past. This is a masterpiece!" 

-  Grammy & Tony Award-winning Dee Dee Bridgewater

"The Savoy King is an excellent film that captures the energy and passion of our music. It is thoughtful, humorous, and heartfelt. I loved it!"

- Grammy-winning trumpeter & composer Terence Blanchard

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EDUCATION UNDER FIRE

"One of the most powerful human documentaries I have ever seen."   

- Elise Auerbach, Iran Specialist for Amnesty International

BRUSH WITH LIFE: THE ART OF BEING EDWARD BIBERMAN

Brush With Life brings into view a fascinating and thoroughly admirable human being, as well as a history of his and our time. Edward Biberman was an extraordinary artist, and also much more than that. I was totally captivated by this film.”

- author and historian Howard Zinn 

About Us

JEFF KAUFMAN

Jeff produced, directed, and wrote the documentaries Every Act Of Life, The State of Marriage, Father Joseph, The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music That Changed America, Brush With Life: The Art of Being Edward Biberman, and Education Under Fire, plus programs for The Discovery Channel and The History Channel. He also contributed cartoons to The New Yorker, and illustrations to The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, wrote / illustrated several children's books, and hosted radio talk shows in Vermont and Los Angeles.

MARCIA S. ROSS

Marcia produced Every Act Of Life, The State Of Marriage and Father Joseph. As a casting director and executive, she has also been involved in hundreds of feature films, TV series, pilots, and movies for television. She served for 16 years as EVP for Casting at Walt Disney Motion Pictures, and for 5 years as VP for Casting and Talent Development at Warner Brothers Television. Her credits include Clueless, thirtysomething, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Princess Diaries, Enchanted, Parental Guidance, and Oblivion.

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