Owing to the pandemic, there was no gala ceremony. But it was a thrill for real to see the film nominated, and, indeed, it was an even bigger thrill to hear it named winner via livestream.
The Miracle team includes Oscar-nominated director Alice Elliott (The Collector of Bedford Street) and executive producer Ken Aguado (An Interview with God), and it was the biggest thrill of all to be part of that group.
Miracle on 42nd Street, which premiered on the New York PBS station, WNET, and screened at the United Nations earlier this year, is about Manhattan Plaza, the New York City affordable-housing community for artists that rose from the bleak Hell’s Kitchen of the 1970s. Its story about economic hard times seems especially timely. Hopefully, some of its proposed solutions will seem of the moment, too.
Miracle on 42nd Street, the PBS-aired documentary that I co-wrote, will be available in late February for streaming purchase on Amazon, iTunes and Google Play. Fans of physical media, please note that DVDs will be available in just a matter of days via Amazon. Truly, we live in an age of wonder.
What a busy summer it was for Miracle on 42nd Street.
The documentary wascompleted. The official Website was relaunched. The teaser poster was rolled out.
Miracle, which I co-wrote, is about Manhattan Plaza, the affordable-housing community for artists in New York City. The complex was born of the Big Apple’s mid-1970s financial crisis, and opened during the Bronx Is Burning summer of 1977. So, yes, there’s a lot of cool footage in Miracle — and a lot of cool stories from the likes of Larry David (an early Manhattan Plaza resident) and Samuel L. Jackson (a Manhattan Plaza security guard during the ’77 blackout).