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Broadway: The Golden Age Creator Rick McKay Wins First Greenwich Village Film Festival

The award-winning documentary filmmaker is preparing to release the second installment of his Broadway trilogy.

Greenwich Village: A World Apart producers Richard Eric Weigle and Michael Anastacio holding their prize at the first-ever Greenwich Village Film Festival.
(courtesy of Rick McKay)

On Monday, October 28, Rick McKay, creator of the hit 2004 documentary film Broadway: The Golden Age, earned top honors at the inaugural Greenwich Village Film Festival for his new short film, Greenwich Village: A World Apart. The festival was held at Greenwich Village's historic Player's Theatre, where the film received the award for "Best Film — Greenwich Village Portraits."

The 20-minute film tells the stories of many Broadway stars whose New York City lives and careers began when they moved to Greenwich Village in the 1950s. Stories include the creation of the original Threepenny Opera, playing the legendary clubs of Greenwich Village, Bob Dylan beginning his career on Hootenanny Night at Café Wha?, and the pain of leaving the Village when Hollywood success and Oscars beckon. The film's cast includes Bea Arthur, Elizabeth Ashley, Tom Bosley, Carole Cook, Charles Durning, Nancy Dussault, Tony Franciosa, Ben Gazzara, Jerry Herman, Jerry Orbach, Don Pippin, Charlotte Rae, Rex Reed, Charles Nelson Reilly, Eva Marie Saint, and Brenda Vaccaro.

McKay is currently completing the second installment of his Broadway trilogy, titled Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age, which covers Broadway history from 1959-1980. The film is scheduled for theatrical, DVD, and television release in 2016.