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Art and Heart: The World of Isaiah Sheffer
A film by Catherine Tambini

52 minutes, color, 2016

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"His voice was like having warm butterscotch poured over your head," recalls Stephen Colbert. Leonard Nimoy remembers him as "endlessly creative." "I think he bordered on genius," declares Morgan Freeman. Jane Curtin thought "he was so much fun."  "There is no one like him," said Stephen Lang.

One of New York's great Renaissance men, Isaiah Sheffer left an indelible mark on music, theater, television, and culture across three decades in the Big Apple. He was the founder and artistic director of Symphony Space, the originator of Bloomsday on Broadway, and the comic genius behind the Thalia Follies. He hosted the popular WNYC program Selected Shorts and earned an Emmy nomination for his Road to the White House series on NBC.

A celebration of his life and work, this warmly affectionate documentary includes archival material, stage performances, and interviews with friends and colleagues.


"Isaiah Sheffer was a beloved cultural figure in New York City for decades: he made an indelible mark on the city he called home. His story deserves to be told, and it's done lovingly here." - The Hollywood Reporter

"Intellectually rewarding and deliciously retrospective." - The Forward

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