What people are saying:
"Well done, Jordan! Beautiful!"
Jonas Mekas, Filmmaker
"This is the World's Foremost Must See Movie. And I say that with some Authority. Courage, compassion and Commitment are packed into its skin, like a kreplach!"
"It was a thrilling, funny, touching night at the movies"
"If you care about the left, popular culture, and America’s true values, don’t miss this wonderful documentary"
"I feel more like I do now, than when I first got here", quotes Professor Irwin Corey who, after starting in show business in 1938, claims to be The World’s Foremost Authority. Married for over seventy years to his chain-smoking wife, Fran, he is a famous ninety-nine year-old stand-up comedian, performer and political satirist. Legendary comedian, political activist and civil rights advocate Dick Gregory shares his thoughts about Irwin and Susan Sarandon, an old family friend, narrates this gem of a film in a very personal tone. Filmmaker Jordan Stone explores an intimacy rarely caught on camera with such a fascinating untypical New York couple.
Winner of the Best Film Award at the 2013 The People's Film Festival in New York City.
Cinematography by Gerald Wenner
Edited by Stuart Greenwald
Original Music Soundtrack by Sacha Puttnam
Filmed in New York City and Washington,DC
Nearly two decades after beginning her career, Sarandon, at last, actively campaigned for a great role, "Annie" in Bull Durham (1988), flying at her own expense from Rome to Los Angeles. "It was such a wonderful script ... and did away with a lot of myths and challenged the American definition of success", she said. "When I got there, I spent some time with Kevin Costner, kissed some ass at the studio and got back on a plane". Thereafter, she began a romance with the twelve-years-younger Bull Durham (1988) supporting actor, Tim Robbins, and reached the position of being offered roles that really challenged her. The result was four Academy Award nominations in the 1990s and best actress for Dead Man Walking (1995). Her first Academy Award nomination was for Louis Malle's Atlantic City (1980).
Dick Gregory was on the frontline in the sixties during the Civil Rights Era; today he continues to be a "drum major for justice and equality."
Gregory, Richard Claxton 'Dick' (Born, October 12, 1932, St. Louis, Mo.), African American comedian and civil rights activist whose social satire changed the way white Americans perceived African American comedians since he first performed in public. Dick Gregory entered the national comedy scene in 1961 when Chicago's Playboy Club (as a direct request from publisher Hugh Hefner) booked him as a replacement for white comedian, 'Professor' Irwin Corey.
Gregory's activism continued into the 21st Century. In response to published allegations that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had supplied cocaine to predominantly African American areas in Los Angeles, thus spurring the crack epidemic, Gregory protested at CIA headquarters and was arrested. In 1992 he began a program called "Campaign for Human Dignity" to fight crime in St. Louis neighborhoods.
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CHANNEL 13 WNET/PBS PREMEIRE BROADCAST:
Sunday 26th July 2015 at 11pm
Bolzano (Italy) Film Club
9th June 2018
23rd Toronto Jewish Film Festival
3rd May 2015
18th UK Jewish Film Festival, London
20th & 23rd November 2014 LINK
Soho House NYC
1st November 2014
Spazio Oberdan, Milan Italy
7th October 2014
Woodstock Comedy Festival, NY
21st September 2014
Riverside Studios, London, UK
10th July 2014
14th April 2014
New York City, NY
24/25/26/27 April 2014
Anthology Film Archives
Riverside Studios, London, UK
The People's Film Festival
With Dick Gregory in Washington, DC February 2012
Corriere Della Sera October 2014
Vogue Italy April 2012