Filmmakers

Director, FRANCIS MEGAHY

Veteran documentary director Francis Megahy, who now lives in the US, began his career in British television, as a writer and director, working on documentaries for the BBC and ITV networks. Later he wrote and directed top-rated tv series and tv movies.

Megahy has made more than forty documentaries for British television channels, winning awards for One Pair of Eyes – a comparison between the life of an Oxford-educated Indian journalist and that of an immigrant community in the North of England; Big Fish, Little Fish – a study of corporate mergers and takeovers; and What Shall We Tell the Children – a documentary about sex education, which is in the British National Film Archive.

Megahy has had a lifelong interest in social issues, and many of his films, such as -

  • Death of an Informer, which created the trend for dramatized documentaries and was so explosive that the evening ITN News was moved to accommodate it, told the story of an IRA murder
  • East Side Story, a study of Hispanic life in East Los Angeles
  • The Last Round?, his account of the framing of New Jersey boxer, “Hurricane” Carter for murder, generated a million-plus signature petition to Jimmy Carter asking for his namesake’s release

– have reflected that interest.

In 2001 and 2002 Megahy was a member of the Board of the Open Society Institute Documentary Fund in New York, which helped to create the House of Documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival.

His independent movie THE DISAPPEARANCE of KEVIN JOHNSON – an ironic fictional documentary, about a Hollywood con-man, featuring Pierce Brosnan, James Coburn and Dudley Moore was the opening film at the Slamdance Festival, was shown at the Sedona Festival, Arizona [where it won the Audience Award], the Palm Beach, Boston and Scottsdale Festivals, where it also won the Audience Award.

World rights were acquired by Sony; it received excellent reviews when it opened theatrically in London. SIGHT AND SOUND commented that it had “brilliantly sustained comic interviews ... Orson Welles would surely grunt his approval”

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Producer, SCOTT WOLF

When not being confused with the actor of the same name and birthplace, Scott Wolf has produced feature films, television programs, stage plays and top selling infomercials.

Wolf produced the independent movie THE DISAPPEARANCE of KEVIN JOHNSON – an ironic fictional documentary, about a Hollywood con-man, featuring Pierce Brosnan, James Coburn and Dudley Moore was the opening night film at the Slamdance Festival, Park City, was shown at the Sedona Festival, Arizona [where it won the Audience Award], the Palm Beach, Boston and Scottsdale Festivals, where it also won the Audience Award.

He has produced episodic television for Grenada Television, ITV (UK), Fuji Television and WE: Women’s Entertainment among others. Wolf ‘s Season Three of WE’s hit original series BRIDEZILLAS remains the most watched episodes on the network.

The Best Government Money Can Buy? is Wolf’s first documentary.

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Credits

Written and Directed by Francis Megahy
Producer Scott Wolf
Edited by Autumn Mason
Ed Hajarian
Benjamin Jackendoff
Cinematographer Ed Hajarian
Original Score composed by Kendall Marsh
Sound Mix Mark Kerry
Graphics David Stroner
Andrew Knizek
Research by Heather Downie
Jeremy Wagener
Washington DC Researcher Angelique Glass
Transcriptions Abigail Steinberg
Additional footage Lewis Lowell
Green Cheese Media Group
Web Design Ben Staley
Special thanks to Strobe Talbott, President
Brookings Institution

John E. Thomas, Partner
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey

Fredrick S. Schwartz,
Law Offices of F. S. Schwartz

Mary Prahinski, Director of Development
Georgetown University

Steve Chase, Director of Operations
Goddard Claussen Issue Advocacy

City of Washington DC Film Office

Capitol Hill Club
Stan Lawson, General Manager

Charlie Palmer’s Steak House