George H.W. Bush Documentary ’41ON41′ Receives Gracie Award
The George Bush Presidential Library Foundation announced that “41ON41” received The Gracie Award for Outstanding Directing in Documentary/Reality Concept Tuesday in Los Angeles, California. The award was accepted by twin sister filmmakers Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters of Lookalike Productions.
Executive producer Mary Kate Cary, who served George H.W. Bush as a White House speechwriter from 1989-1992 and originally conceived the film project, also attended.
“41ON41” is a documentary examining the personal life of President George H.W. Bush through the perspective of 41 storytellers.
"The goal of '41ON41' was to let the world see President Bush through the stories of his life – one of the most significant in our modern history. It is more than a recounting of history - it is an engaging and uplifting profile of one of our greatest citizens that no American will want to miss," said Frederick D. McClure, the Chief Executive Officer of the George Bush Foundation which supported the film's production. "We could not be prouder of the work Lisa and Nancy put into bringing Mary Kate Cary's vision to life."
“Our challenge and goal as directors was to create a compelling story arc, a seamless weave without narration. Each of the 41 storytellers had their unique relationship with and interesting perspective on our 41st President. We culled never before told gems to mold a historic legacy piece portraying Bush 41's remarkable personality and his presidency in an entertaining and heartfelt way. It was an honor getting to know President and Mrs. Bush and making this film was an experience of a lifetime," said Lisa Lax, Director, 41ON41.