Over 50 years ago, New York State Assemblyman George Michaels cast a single vote that changed the course of American history but destroyed his political career in the process. For the first time, Deciding Vote shares the now-forgotten story of how Michaels defied his conservative and religious constituents by casting the critical tie-breaking vote on a bill which legalized abortion in the state of New York, laying the groundwork for Roe v Wade. The film is a moving tribute to this lost act of political courage.
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"One of the most important films of 2023 and one of the most moving as well." - Unseen Films
"Vital. Eye-opening." - Moveable Fest
"Powerful. Inspiring." - Film Festival Today
About the filmmaker
Jeremy Workman is the director of the documentaries LILY TOPPLES THE WORLD (Discovery), THE WORLD BEFORE YOUR FEET (Greenwich Entertainment / Kino Lorber), MAGICAL UNIVERSE (IFC Films), and WHO IS HENRY JAGLOM? (PBS), among others. Jeremy's documentaries have played atsome of the world’s most prestigiousfilm festivals and been released in theaters and on TV across the globe. His documentary LILY TOPPLES THE WORLD - about acclaimed domino artist Lily Hevesh – won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival. It went on to become a high profile acquisition for Discovery and was released to wide acclaim in theaters and on Discovery+. It is now also available on the new streaming site MAX.
Jeremy’s documentary THE WORLD BEFORE YOUR FEET - about Matt Green’s mission to walk every street of New York City - was released in over 75 US cities during 2018/2019. Executive Produced by Jesse Eisenberg, it currently stands at 100% on RottenTomatoes. Previously, Jeremy's 2014 documentary MAGICAL UNIVERSE - about outsider artist Al Carbee - was released theatrically by IFC Films. the documentary won several film festival awards, was a Los Angeles Times “Critic's Pick” and was featured by The New York Times as "recommended watching" when it debuted on Netflix in 2015.
Additionally, Jeremy is well-known for his editing work, particularly for indie movie trailers. A two-time Emmy award nominee, Jeremy isthe Creative Director of Wheelhouse Creative, a movie trailer company that caters to indie film. In this capacity, Jeremy has edited over 100 movie trailers. Jeremy is currently in post-production on his newest documentary The Secret Mall Apartment.
ROBERT J LYONS is an Emmy-Award nominated producer, who has produced films for ESPN's 30 for 30 series and feature documentaries released theatrically by IFC Films, Cohen Media Group and Netflix. Known primarily for his work in movie marketing as the Executive Director of Wheelhouse Creative, he has overseen marketing campaigns for dozens of films and produced numerous companion pieces and featurettes. A member of the Producer’s Guild, Rob is currently producing an untitled feature documentary about Jule Campbell, the famed mastermind of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, directed by her daughter-in-law Jill Campbell.