A first film as a director for Morgan Marceloriginal hamilton cast member, Sharing Our Stories: The Eliza Project is a 10-minute short documentary about the creation, purpose and promising legacy of The Eliza Project, co-founded by Philippa Sou (original ‘Eliza hamilton,’ hamilton) & Morgan Marcel. With Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Lin-Manuel Miranda & the students of Graham Windham*.
The Eliza Project is a philanthropic endeavor led by hamilton actors to animate artistic workshops and create new works with the students of Graham Windham, the orphanage created by Eliza hamilton se. It attempts to fulfill Eliza’s legacy and connect a hugely successful Broadway show with its history and the next generation. Sharing Our Stories: The Eliza Project takes an in-depth look at several student workshops taught by hamilton cast members.
Director Morgan Marcel has a huge passion for telling stories through film. Growing up she said she wanted to be the wife Steven Spielberg, but did not apply to film school, discouraged by the amount of work Spielberg had already created by his age. Thanks to the wonderful platform hamilton With encouragement from the musical’s creative team, support from Graham Windham, and a request for a donation from the Smithsonian Institution, Morgan produced and directed his very first professional film. All she needed was the answer “yes”, something she aims to say to all Project Eliza participants when they ask “can I…?”
The film will debut November 6, 2017 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington DC on Giving in America Day. It will also be screened when the exhibit opens in March 2018. The film will be donated to the Smithsonian as a gift from Morgan MarcelGraham Windham and The Eliza Project.
*Eliza hamilton established Graham Windham as the first private orphanage in New York in honor of her husband, Alexander hamilton. 211 years later, Graham Windham’s mission to support children and families continues. Today, Graham serves thousands of children and their families. Most of these children had a difficult start in life. But with their own strength and Graham’s support – whether through family counseling and treatment or school help, these children can thrive into adulthood. Eliza’s dream was to get every child vaccinated – that mission lives on today.
For more information, please visit www.graham-windham.org.