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Asked to sum up his controversial resignation from public office, former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey has one word: “Trainwreck.”
McGreevey is the subject of a new Sundance doc from filmmaker (and Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s daughter) Alexandra Pelosi, Fall to Grace, which highlights his charitable efforts since stepping down as Governor in New Jersey in 2004, when he publicly came out as a homosexual and admitted to engaging in an extramarital affair with another man.
“He’s a recovering politician, I’m a recovering journalist,” Pelosi said during a visit to The Hollywood Reporter‘s video lounge. “News is all about the planes that crash and we’re all obsessed with the worst moment in people’s lives, but what’s more interesting is what he did after the fall, and how he managed to take the worst moment in his life and turn it around and use it for such good to help so many people.”
Pelosi is referring to McGreevey’s current work with female prison inmates, many of which are included in the film.
“All of us, myself included, would drive by prisons and jail and not look at the concrete or the barbed wire,” said McGreevey. “When Alexandra said she not only wanted to look at my life and what I’ve done or not done, but most importantly, look at the women with whom I work — this was a way of showing America through the largess of HBO and Alexandra’s talents that people can reclaim their lives.”
Fall to Grace premiered at the fest on Jan. 18 and will air on HBO on March 28.
Reporting by Stacey Wilson.
Email: Sophie.Schillaci@thr.com; Twitter: @SophieSchillaci
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