Magazine November 2, 2009, Issue

The Great Alexander

Detail of a portrait of Alexander Hamilton, by John Trumbull (circa 1805) (Wikimedia Commons)

We are not Hollywood, yet we are dotted with camera crews: TV news vans with pop-up antennas covering celebrity appearances or disasters; movies and TV shows that want “real” urban locations, even though Toronto is cheaper; kids from the New York Film Academy learning to block and frame and focus. Recently I joined all this activity, for the last day of filming a PBS documentary on Alexander Hamilton. I am the writer and host; the director/producer is Michael Pack. The Hamilton film is a very Gotham project: Michael was born in the city but moved away; Hamilton and I were

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