Alumni News: OHS '77 Graduate's Film to Appear on ESPN
Be sure to watch the film WHEN THE GARDEN WAS EDEN, executive produced by Orange High School 1977 graduate Jim Lefkowitz! The film will air on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 9 p.m. on ESPN and at 10 p.m. on ESPN2. The film premiered earlier this year at the opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival.
In the early 1970s, America was being torn apart by the war in Vietnam, with racial unrest in the streets and a distrust of the White House. But there was a happier place where men of different backgrounds showed people what could happen when you worked together: Madison Square Garden. "When The Garden Was Eden" (based on the book by Harvey Araton) explores the only championship years of the New York Knicks, when they made the NBA Finals in three out of four seasons, winning two titles.
Stitched together by Red Holzman, the previously mediocre Knicks might have seemed an odd collection of characters: a forward from the rarefied air of Princeton (Bill Bradley), two players from the Jim Crow South (Willis Reed and Walt Frazier), a blue-collar guy from Detroit (Dave DeBusschere), a pair of inner-city guards (Earl Monroe and Dick Barnett), even a mountain man from Deer Lodge, Montana (Phil Jackson). But by embracing their differences and utilizing their strengths, they showed the NBA and the world what it was like to play as a team. That they did it on the stage New York City provided made it all that much sweeter.
About Jim Lefkowitz
According to LinkedIn, Jim is a leading entertainment industry veteran with a wide range of experience in film television, entertainment law, business, and finance. He is currently the producing partner of Doug Ellin (creator of the acclaimed HBO show "ENTOURAGE"). At HBO, Jim Executive Produced "FORTY" (created by Doug Ellin ) and "DA BRICK"(with Doug Ellin, Spike Lee, and Mike Tyson). He recently Executive Produced the film "LOVE AND MERCY, the story of acclaimed singer/songwriter Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, starring John Cusack and Paul Giamatti, written by Academy Award nominee Oren Moverman , produced with John Wells (WEST WING, ER) and financed by River Road (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. Jim also Executive Produced the Showtime series LOOK. Prior to working on those creative projects, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Mandalay Digital Media.
Photo caption: (L-R) Producer Doug Ellin, actor Robert De Niro and producer Jim Lefkowitz attend the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Gala: "When The Garden Was Eden" during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival on April 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)