“Fall to Grace” documentary premieres March 28 on HBO
The documentary “Fall to Grace,” featuring former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, debuts at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28 on HBO.
Details on the film, provided by HBO, are as follows:
For Jim McGreevey, Aug. 12, 2004 was, in his words, “a train wreck.” That was the day the New Jersey governor announced his resignation from office amidst scandal and declared himself “a gay American” on live television. After his political downfall and the divorce that followed, McGreevey found himself stripped of the trappings of his former life, at an existential crossroads. Charting his transformative journey from closeted high-profile politician to openly gay spiritual advisor to women in prison, “Fall to Grace” debuts at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28 exclusively on HBO.
Directed, produced and filmed by Emmy winner Alexandra Pelosi (HBO’s “Citizen U.S.A.: A 50 State Road Trip” and “Journeys with George”), “Fall to Grace” reveals how McGreevey reinvented himself after that painful period, touching on themes of redemption and transformation. The documentary follows him as he studies to become an Episcopal priest and motivates incarcerated women to believe they deserve a second chance, featuring candid interviews with McGreevey, female inmates and prison and church officials, as well as archival news footage of him and his former wife.
In “Act One,” as he calls it, McGreevey married twice, fathered two daughters and reveled in the power and perks of political office. He recalls how the political limelight fed his ego and produced an addiction to adoration that ultimately “brought no more permanent happiness than heroin provides a junkie.”
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