World premiere - 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

“Terrence McNally receives a warm salute as a vital voice in the American theater and an LGBT activist who made the personal political. Jeff Kaufman's briskly entertaining film will be met with heartfelt applause from theater-lovers and LGBT audiences.” - The Hollywood Reporter

“Poignant, incredibly inspiring . . . indispensable.”

– The Village Voice

“Riveting and revealing.”

 – Entertainment Weekly 

“Wonderful . . . I wasn’t prepared for the emotional release of Every Act Of Life.”

 – The Paper 

“Every Act of Life truly lives up to its name, painting a dense and detailed portrait of Terrence McNally - one of the most renowned playwrights and influential trailblazers for the LGBTQ+ community - from his complicated childhood in Corpus Christie to the present day as he sits on the cusp of eighty years old. Jeff Kaufman’s sleek, sophisticated and stylish direction skillfully combines biographical details and artifacts from McNally’s life, anecdotes and interviews with some of his most distinguished coworkers and clips of his famous scenes to offer a comprehensive reflection of his journey from underdog to icon.”

- Constellation Magazine

“Really entertaining and illuminating. Bravo.”

– Edge Media

“An affectionate and intensely personal portrait.”

– The San Francisco Chronicle

Featuring interviews and performances with: F. Murray Abraham, Lynn Ahrens, Jon Robin Baitz, Christine Baranski, Zoe Caldwell, Dominic Cuskern, Tyne Daly, Edie Falco, Stephen Flaherty, John Glover, Anthony Heald, John Benjamin Hickey, Sheryl Kaller, John Kander, Roberta Kaplan, Tom Kirdahy, Larry Kramer, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Paul Libin, Joe Mantello, Marin Mazzie, Audra McDonald, Terrence McNally, Peter McNally, Lynne Meadow, Rita Moreno, Jack O’Brien, Billy Porter, Chita Rivera, Doris Roberts, Don Roos, John Slattery, Micah Stock, Richard Thomas, John Tillinger, Stanley Tucci, and Patrick Wilson, plus the voices of Dan Bucatinsky, Bryan Cranston and Meryl Streep

Tribeca Film Festival premiere panel (excerpt)

Frank Rich, moderator. Panelists: Jeff Kaufman, Terrence McNally, Tyne Daly, Nathan Lane, Joe Mantello, and F. Murray Abraham

“Theater is collaborative, but life is collaborative. We need more of that spirit more than ever in the days ahead. We need what connects us, what makes us human beings. We need to bring the barriers down, not build walls, but tear them down. I really hope we’re very aware of the decisions we’re being asked to make as a country, but it starts with the individual. We need to start loving one another more, and seeing how connected we all really are. The stakes are really high now, higher than ever. And I think that’s the message of art.” - TERRENCE MCNALLY