When Jim McGreevey announced his "truth" on live television, it shocked the political world. On August 14, 2004 the former New Jersey governor revealed he was a "gay American."
In an interview for ABC's "This Week" the former New Jersey governor reflected, "The blessing of 2004, my resignation is that I've had the opportunity to reassess my values, what was at my core, and a difference to me, if you could do anything at this point in life, think about pursuing what your passion would be."
Alexandra Pelosi's new HBO film, "Fall to Grace," follows McGreevey pursuing his new found passion, serving as a spiritual advisor for incarcerated women.
"What is so special about Alexandra was the trust that she incurred with the women. Because at some point we actually took a vote in the jail and said do we want to continue this? Because Alexandra and her little handheld camera was in their faces," McGreevy said, "They talked about some of the most difficult aspects of their lives and she gives meaning and purpose to these women. If any good comes out of this George, hopefully it's that as we drive by those high concrete walls with barbed wire we understand that there are human beings behind those walls."
The filmmaker, whose previous films include HBO's "Citizen U.S.A.: A 50 State Road Trip," "Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County," and "Journeys with George" said "We're trying to put the idea out there that everyone deserves a second act, everyone deserves redemption. We've all made mistakes that we're not proud of and all think that in this time of the year it's a good time to talk about getting forgiveness for our sins."
McGreevey agrees that his journey after resigning from office in 2004 has been one of redemption.
"It's redemptive as Alexandra says and, for me I remember when the dean of the seminary suggested I do prison ministry. Frankly it was a safe place for me to go because I didn't think I would be subject to recrimination and then you spend time with people who are broken and you see the sense of goodness within them. But you have to work with them and I also achieved a parallel blessing they're working with me to move to a more, what I would perceive, godly place."
An official selection for the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, "Fall to Grace," Jim McGreevey's road from political scandal to redemption premieres Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 8pm on HBO.
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