Dec 16, 2013
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CPTV Documentary Looks at a Connecticut Version of Santa: Paul Newman

CPTV Documentary Looks at a Connecticut Version of Santa: Paul Newman

The image from the CPTV post about “Give It All Away: Newman’s Own Recipe for Success."

Just in time for the holidays, a new Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) original documentary tells the story of Connecticut’s version of Santa Claus—a Santa who was far more handsome than the original, and one who liked the kind of "sleighs" (race cars) that “fly” far faster than those pulled by reindeer.

In terms of impact, Connecticut’s own philanthropic hero ranks right up there, though in a much different way.

Paul Newman’s legacy of changing the world around him and changing lives for the better is the subject of “Give It All Away: Newman’s Own Recipe for Success,” a new documentary premiering Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. on CPTV, and also airing Dec. 20 at 8:30 p.m., Dec. 22 at 10 a.m., Dec. 25 at 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 29 at 11 p.m.

“Having the opportunity to tell stories about people that are doing great things to help others is an honor. I hope this documentary motivates others to make a difference in their community,” said the executive director, CPTV’s Jennifer Boyd, the force behind another recent documentary, “Going, Going, Gone: Youth Sports in Connecticut.”

In an email, she added that one Newman quote that has always struck her was:

"What could be better than to hold your hand out to people who are less fortunate than you are? That’s simply the way I look at it and I live very high on the hog . . . but I think. . . some other responsibility goes along with that.”                                                                  

Produced by CPTV, the 30-minute documentary chronicles the path of the Newman’s Own Foundation food company as it has evolved and provided millions of dollars for a variety of charities across the nation, including many from Connecticut. (Above, a 1989 portrait of Newman by Everett Raymond Kinstler featured in a previous Connecticut magazine story.)

Listen to Faith Middleton's December 10 interview with Chef Michel Nishan, discussing Paul Newman's vision and legacy and food policy in America.

According to a release online at CPTV, the program features the evolution of several nonprofit organizations that have benefited from the generosity of Newman’s Own Foundation, proving that Newman’s legacy lives on today. The stories include those of: Shining Hope for Communities; Wholesome WaveFidelco, and Serious Fun.

“I am honored to be able to show these inspiring stories and to be part of the momentum of spreading Paul Newman’s legacy of giving,” John O’Neill of Kinetic Media, a co-producer and director of the documentary, says in the release.

Jerry Franklin, president and CEO of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, parent company of CPTV, says, “We are proud to showcase the work of Newman’s Own Foundation, which supports so many deserving organizations and people who want to make the world a better place. Having the opportunity to highlight charitable organizations in Connecticut is particularly rewarding.”

The full video of “Give It All Away: Newman’s Own Recipe for Success” can also be viewed online at CPTV.

The writer for the documentary is Rosemary Keogh O’Neill, and co-producer/director credits also go to Katie Warchut of Kinetic Media. The post-producer/editor is Cathy Jackman.

CPTV Documentary Looks at a Connecticut Version of Santa: Paul Newman

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