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May 19, 2015



Filmmakers Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters Recognized in Documentary/Reality Category

The George Bush Presidential Library Foundation is very pleased to announce that “41ON41,” a documentary which examines the personal life of President George H. W. Bush through the eyes of 41 extraordinary storytellers, will be recognized in Los Angeles tonight when twin sister filmmakers Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters of Lookalike Productions accept The Gracies Award for Outstanding Directing in Documentary/Reality Concept. 

Executive producer Mark Kate Cary, who served George H. W. Bush as a White House speechwriter from 1989-1992 and originally conceived the film project, will also attend.

The Gracie Awards, established in 1975, honor outstanding programming by, for and about women and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable and web-based media including: news, drama, comedy, public service, documentary and sports. National and digital winners will be honored at the 40th Gracies Awards Gala, May 19, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. 

“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.”

“41ON41” originally aired on CNN and will debut on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and other digital platforms in early June of 2015.

“Working with Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters has been an absolute privilege,” said executive producer Mary Kate Cary.  "They deserve the Gracies Award for the superb job they did bringing this idea to life — travelling over 40,000 miles to chronicle on film all 41 of the storytellers we interviewed — from heads of state to fishing buddies and everyone in between.  They made each and every story come alive on screen, perfectly capturing the essence of George H.W. Bush’s personality and character.  They truly earned this award.  Thank goodness I had the sound judgement to hire them!”

The Gracies are the latest in a series of awards for Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters, whose television and film productions have earned them a combined 16 Emmy Awards and a prestigious Peabody Award.

"At first, the thought of interviewing 41 people to include in a feature length documentary was daunting, and then we found a poem that President Bush's mother inscribed in a bible that she gave him that became the thematic thread we were looking for.  The poem personified George H. W. Bush's life and each person we spoke with was able to share an anecdotal story that mirrored the sentiments in that poem perfectly," said Nancy Stern Winters, Director, 41ON41.  

"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.

David McCullough, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of John Adams and Truman, said, “41ON41 is a strong, good-hearted portrait of an American president whose standing among his countrymen keeps growing and for reasons the film puts sharply into focus in the most human and compelling of ways.  I don’t think its importance can be overstated … I try to imagine what it would be like to watch a documentary complied of soliloquies spoken by those — and in comparable numbers — close to John Adams or Harry Truman.  Think of what a gift to history that would be!  And so it may be said of this film: It is a great gift to history.”


The George Bush Presidential Library Foundation was established in 1991 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational foundation to design, build and support the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and The George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Its focus is to bring public attention to prominent scholars, practitioners and artists in a format that invites public participation and exposure to leading cultural, scholarly and policy programs while preserving the historical legacy of George Bush, 41st President of the United States. For more information, please go to: http://georgebushfoundation.org

CNN Films Acquires 41ON41 for Broadcast as
41st President Celebrates 90th Birthday

Compelling film uniquely profiles President George H. W. Bush with 41 voices of those closest to him for premiere Sunday, June 15 at 9:00pmET

Link to Official Press Release

CNN Films announced today that it will premiere 41ON41, a unique, multidimensional profile of President George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, from 41 extraordinary storytellers who know the president best.  The revealing, two-hour film weaves first-person accounts that explore the historic policy decisions and personal life experiences that shaped President Bush’s life and distinguished his presidency.  The two-hour film will debut Sunday, June 15 at 9:00pm and encore at 11:00pm Eastern. 

Three days prior to the Father’s Day evening broadcast, on June 12, 2014, President Bush will celebrate his 90th birthday in Kennebunkport, Maine, with family, friends, and former colleagues from his White House years.

41ON41 is executive produced by President Bush’s former White House speechwriter, Mary Kate Cary, and Rick Kaplan, formerly of CNN and ABC News.  The award-winning film team also includes Nancy Stern Winters and Lisa Lax at Lookalike Productions who produced and directed the film.  

“CNN is extremely pleased to present the first television broadcast of 41ON41, which offers extraordinary insights to the man behind the powerful office, and his consequential presidency,” said Amy Entelis, senior vice president of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide.  “Viewers will learn the backstory to key historic moments in our history – and will be surprised by insights from family and friends who reveal sides of their husband, grandfather, father, and friend that only people within the inner Bush family circle ever knew.”

“The goal of this film is for the world to see President Bush through the stories of his life – one of the most significant in our modern history,” said Fred McClure, chief executive officer for the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, which funded the film. “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.”

Led by First Lady Barbara Bush, the film’s 41 storytellers include family members, world leaders, sports figures, White House staff, and more – several of whom have never previously spoken on camera.  The documentary also includes never-before-seen footage from the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and the Bush family’s private video and photo collection.

The 41 storytellers featured in the film are:
·         Roger Ailes -– former campaign advisor to President Bush
·      James A. Baker III -– former Secretary of State for President Bush
·         Susan Baker -– wife of James Baker, longtime family friend
·      Jean Becker -–  post-presidential chief of staff for President Bush
·         Tom Brokaw -– former anchor, NBC Nightly News
·      Billy Busch -–  fishing companion
·         George W. Bush -–  43rd President of the United States
·      Jeb Bush -– former Governor of Florida
·         Jeb Bush, Jr. -–  President Bush’s grandson
·      Marvin Bush -–  President Bush’s son
·         Neil Bush -–  President Bush’s son
·      Pierce Bush -–  President Bush’s grandson
·         Andrew Card -– former White House deputy chief of staff for President Bush\
·      Buddy Carter -–  White House butler
·         Dana Carvey -–  comedian
·      Bill Clinton -– 42nd President of the United States
·         Michael Dannenhauer -– former personal aide to President Bush
·      David Demarest -–  former White House communications director for President Bush
·         Sgt. First Class Michael Elliott -– U.S. Army Golden Knight
·      Marlin Fitzwater -–  former White House press secretary for President Bush
·         Dr. Robert Gates -– former director of the CIA under President Bush
·         Bruce Gelb -– classmate of George Bush, Phillips Andover Academy
·         Boyden Gray -– former White House legal counsel for President Bush
·         Brit Hume -– former senior White House correspondent, ABC News
·      Sarah Jackson – alumna, Bush School of Government and Public Service
·         Doro Bush Koch -– President Bush’s daughter
·      Mike Krzyzewski (“Coach K”) -– Duke University men’s basketball coach
·         John Magaw -– former director, U.S. Secret Service
·      Sir John Major -– former Prime Minister, U.K.
·         David McCullough -– historian and author
·      Admiral DeWolfe Miller -– former commander of the U.S.S George H. W. Bush
·         Jim Nantz -– sports commentator
·      Barack Obama -– 44th President of the United States
·         Arnold Palmer -– Hall of Fame golfer
·      General Colin Powell – former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for President Bush
·         Gabe Pressman -– WNBC-TV correspondent
·      Dan Quayle -– 44th Vice President of the United States
·         Dr. Condoleezza Rice -– former special assistant to President Bush for national security
·      Lt. General Brent Scowcroft -– former National Security Advisor for President Bush
·         Alan Simpson -– former U.S. Senator from Wyoming
·      Dr. John H. Sununu -– former White House chief of staff for President Bush

41ON41 will be available, in simulcast, through CNNx for iPad, as well as through “Watch CNN” via www.cnn.com and CNN’s mobile applications.   More information about the film may be found by visiting www.cnn.com/cnnfilms and www.41ON41.com.

Other upcoming CNN Films broadcasts include DOCUMENTED, a biographical film that also explores themes of identity and unauthorized immigration through the personal journey of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas; LADY VALOR: The Kristin Beck Story, a film about the personal journey of former U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Beck, now Kristin Beck; DINOSAUR 13, about paleontologist Peter Larson’s multiyear odyssey to bring his history-making find of the Tyrannosaurus rex “Sue” to the world; IVORY TOWER, which examines the financial value of a traditional college education; WHITEY: The United States of America v. James J. Bulger, about the crimes, capture, and conviction of the notorious Boston gangster; and LIFE ITSELF, a biographical profile of renown film critic Roger Ebert

About the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation

Established in 1991, the George Bush Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the historic legacy of George Bush, 41st President of the United States, and supporting the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, and the community. Through exhibits, lectures, and special events, the George Bush Foundation creates a dynamic learning environment, and fosters a devotion to the noble calling of public service.

About CNN Films

CNN Films brings documentaries beyond the small screen by developing strategic partnerships to leverage distribution opportunities at film festivals and in theaters, acquiring films for broadcast on CNN, and providing finishing funds for collaborative film productions.  Amy Entelis, senior vice president of talent and content development for CNN Worldwide, and Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide, oversee the strategy for documentaries for CNN Films.  Malhotra manages the day-to-day operation of CNN Films, and works directly with filmmakers to develop original projects.  For more information on CNN Films, please visit: www.cnn.com/cnnfilms or follow @CNNFilms via Twitter.

About CNN

CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of two dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Domestically, CNN reaches more individuals on television, the web and mobile devices than any other cable TV news organization in the United States; internationally, CNN is the most widely distributed news channel reaching more than 271 million households abroad; and CNN Digital is a top network for online news, mobile news and social media.  Additionally, CNN Newsource is the world’s most extensively utilized news service partnering with hundreds of local and international news organizations around the world. CNN is division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company.



Jennifer Dargan


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George Bush Presidential Library Foundation


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