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HBO to showcase Jim McGreevey's second act

"Fall to Grace," a documentary about former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, will make its HBO debut March 28.

HBO to showcase Jim McGreevey's second act

 FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 file photo, former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey, center, listens as an inmate speaks to a gathering of women inmates at Integrity House, a transitional housing and residential treatment area for women incarcerated at the Hudson County Correctional Center, in Kearney, N.J. The jailhouse treatment program where McGreevey works has earned a spot at the Sundance Film Festival and accolades from the U.S. Justice Department. McGreevey is spiritual counselor to 40 women in a pilot program to keep them from returning to jail. The Justice Department cites the program as one of two top re-entry efforts nationwide. The struggles of the women as well as McGreevey´s own admission that he is gay and resignation as governor are the subject of a documentary showing at the Sundance Film Festival in January.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 file photo, former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey, center, listens as an inmate speaks to a gathering of women inmates at Integrity House, a transitional housing and residential treatment area for women incarcerated at the Hudson County Correctional Center, in Kearney, N.J. The jailhouse treatment program where McGreevey works has earned a spot at the Sundance Film Festival and accolades from the U.S. Justice Department. McGreevey is spiritual counselor to 40 women in a pilot program to keep them from returning to jail. The Justice Department cites the program as one of two top re-entry efforts nationwide. The struggles of the women as well as McGreevey's own admission that he is gay and resignation as governor are the subject of a documentary showing at the Sundance Film Festival in January. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

"Fall to Grace," a documentary about former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, will make its HBO debut March 28.

Produced and directed by Alexandra Pelosi ("Journeys with George"), who's, yes, the daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the film documents McGreevey's "transformative journey from closeted high-profile politician to openly gay spiritual adviser to women in prison," according to HBO.

More from Friday's press release:

"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.'

"In 'Act Two,' following his resignation and coming out, McGreevey lives a simpler life. "Fall to Grace' chronicles the spiritual quest that has led him to serve as a spiritual adviser to female inmates. McGreevey champions the women, prays with them, urges them to better themselves and hugs them like family.

"The documentary is a story about second chances, which McGreevey says everybody deserves. 'No one should be defined by the nadir of their existence,' he says. 'That shouldn’t define the entirety of their narrative.'"

Ellen Gray Daily News TV Critic
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