Filmmaker Dori Berinstein is nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award as Director, Producer and Writer for Outstanding Documentary or Series for her film Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love, which aired on American Masters this past season. The documentary was selected by American Masters to represent the PBS series for Emmy consideration. This is Dori's first Emmy nomination.
In the first film biography about Hamlisch, award-winning filmmaker and four-time Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Dori Berinstein presents a deeply personal, insider portrait of one of the greatest artists of our time.
Dori's husband, Mitchell Cannold, is nominated for an Emmy in the SAME category for his work as Executive Producer of COSMOS, A Spacetime Odyssey.
Composer, conductor, genius, mensch: Marvin Hamlisch earned four Grammys, four Emmys, three Oscars, three Golden Globes, a Tony Award, and a Pulitzer Prize before his untimely death, making him one of only two PEGOT winners ever. Hit after hit - "The Way We Were," "Nobody Does It Better" and scores for The Sting, Sophie's Choice and the Broadway juggernaut A Chorus Line - made him the go-to composer and performer for film, Broadway, every U.S. President since Reagan, and concert halls worldwide. With exclusive access to Hamlisch's personal archival treasure trove and candid interviews with Hamlisch's family, friends and A-list collaborators including wife Terre Blair Hamlisch, Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Steven Soderbergh, Quincy Jones, Christopher Walken, Sir Tim Rice, Joe Torre, Woody Allen, John Lithgow, Lucie Arnaz, Ann-Margret, Sir Howard Stringer, Kelli O'Hara, Brian D'Arcy James, Idina Menzel, Donna McKechnie, Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Melissa Manchester, Carole Bayer Sager and many others, Dori explores and celebrates Hamlisch's prolific life and career.
The New York Times cheered, "Marvin Hamlisch died more than a year ago, but he can still teach a fine master class. Any would-be composers watching this program should be prepared to take notes" and The Boston Globe applauded, "In the engrossing documentary about the irrepressible composer-conductor, 'What He Did for Love' presents a loving and intimate look at an artist who clearly lived for the music."
"Marvin's astounding musical genius was certainly breathtaking, but it was his irrepressible joy for life and his unending generosity that constantly had me in awe. What a tremendous honor and challenge to capture the magic of this singular sensation," said Berinstein, who was friends with Hamlisch and collaborated with him on a new Broadway musical before his death.
As a filmmaker, Dori's award-winning films include: Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, Gotta Dance, and ShowBusiness: The Road To Broadway.
As a Broadway Producer, Dori's shows include: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Tony Award), Legally Blonde (Olivier Award), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award), One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest(Tony Award), Fool Moon (Tony Award), The Crucible (Tony Nomination) and Flower Drum Song.
Dori is the co-founder and creator of Camp Broadway. She is also the recipient of Broadway's Robert Whitehead Award for 'outstanding achievement in commercial theatre producing'.
Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love is a production of Dramatic Forces and THIRTEEN's American Masters in association with WNET. Dori Berinstein is director, producer and writer. Alan Deutsch and Jimmy O'Donnell are directors of photography. Penelope Falk is editor. Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Music arranged and adapted by Matthew Sklar. Motion graphics are by Brian Oakes. Andrew Herwitz is executive producer. Susan Lacy is American Masters series creator and executive producer.
The winners will be announced during the Creative Arts Emmys Awards ceremony on August 16th at 7pm EST.