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Stritch famously guest-starred with Baldwin on "30 Rock," portraying Colleen Donaghy, the indomitable mother of NBC executive Jack Donaghy, played by Baldwin on the series. Baldwin is currently appearing in the Broadway premiere of Lyle Kessler's Orphans.
Stritch recently announced that she would retire from performing, with plans to return to her home state of Michigan. She played to starry crowds last week during her farewell concert Elaine Stritch at the Carlyle: Movin' Over and Out.
Documentary filmmaker Chiemi Karasawa ("Love, Etc"; Emmy-winning "The Betrayal") of Isotope Films is directing the film that began capturing Stritch's public and personal life in February 2011. The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 17-28.
"Alec saw the Indiegogo campaign for the film and contacted me," Karasawa told Playbill.com. "He basically said, 'What do you need? How can I help?' I let him know of our funding gap, and he offered to make an investment and become an executive producer. Having his affiliation with the film on this level is like having a wonderful ambassador – it opens doors. Elaine and I were delighted. It's [like] having a knight in shining armor arrive at the eleventh hour."
Stritch fans can contribute to the film by clicking here. Funding will help complete work on film editing, music and film clip licensing, color correct, audio edit/mix, and mastering.
Here's how the film is billed: "What does it mean to be a performing artist – first, last and always? Broadway legend Elaine Stritch can answer that. At 87, Stritch is still here, dominating the stage in her one woman cabaret act, torturing Alec Baldwin on "30 Rock," giving us her take on aging, her struggle with alcohol and diabetes, and the fear of leaving the follow spot behind. In stolen moments from her corner room at the Carlyle, and on breaks from her tour and work, candid reflections about her life are punctuated with rare archival footage, words from friends and photographs from her personal collection. By turns bold, hilarious and achingly poignant, the journey connects Stritch's present to her past, and an inspiring portrait of a one-of-a-kind survivor emerges."
Elaine Stritch received Tony and Emmy Awards for Elaine Stritch at Liberty, which traces a stellar career, which includes roles in composer-lyricist Sondheim's Company plus The Little Foxes, Bus Stop, A Delicate Balance, Sail Away and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?