Between them, twin sisters Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern have won 16 Emmy Awards producing and directing the Olympic Games for NBC and the Tour de France and Wide World of Sports on ABC. Additionally, they have directed documentary films including “Twice Born-Muhammad Ali” and “Pat XO” part of ESPN’s documentary series Nine for IX that commemorated the 40th anniversary of Title IX.
Now, the award-winning production team that comprise Lookalike Productions, has jumped from sports into the political arena, directing and producing 41On41, which aired Sunday on CNN. This compelling new documentary, 41On41, is about George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States as told by 41 extraordinary storytellers including such sports figures as Coach Mike Krzyewski, Arnold Palmer and Jim Nantz. Others who were interview by Lax and Stern for the 41On41 include President Barrack Obama, President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, Dana Carvey and General Colin Powell.
On interviewing legendary sports figures Coach Mike Krzyewski, Arnold Palmer and Jim Nantz for 41On41
“It was a thrill for us, as athletes and filmmakers, to learn about the president's true passion for sport. Not only was President GeorgeH.W. Bush a great athlete himself, but he befriended some of the greatest sportsmen of this century, including some who appear in 41on41 like Arnold Palmer & Mike Krzyzewski. One of my favorite scenes in the film is when David Demarest tells the story of when the university of Michigan NCAA championship team visited the white house. The president challenges Rumeal Robinson to hit a free throw at a ceremony on a mock basketball court in the Rose Garden. Robinson hits his free throw, no problem, and proceeds to challenge the president to do the same. Basketball was not one of 41's best sports (he favored baseball, soccer, golf, fishing & sky diving), but in one of the most clutch moves of all time, he lofts a shot that surprisingly rolls in. Very fun story.”
“in all my years in sports television I never had the opportunity to meet Coach K. So it was a thrill to interview him. he makes several very pertinent sports analogies about the president and Mrs. Bush being magical teammates in life. And I think that strongly comes across in the film.”
On directing and producing a non-sports film or television production:
“When Nancy and I were approached by mary kate cary from the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation to make this documentary, it was daunting in some ways because of the magnitude of the subject. However, the more we researched and learned about president George H. W. Bush, the more we felt compelled to tell his story. he is truly one of the great Americans, and we respect his decency, his intelligence, his good humor, and simply put, the honest way he has led his life. Telling the story of president bush was a departure of sorts for lookalike productions, but a good story is a good story, and that is our passion -- telling good stories on film.”
“LISA and I have profiled some very famous athletes and movie stars, but there is a different kind of importance when speaking with people like President Clinton, Obama and 43. - Leaders who have literally made a huge impact on the world. Having said that, they are human beings just like all of us and were very nice and respectful. With regard to production, it was the first time in my career that the secret service had to sweep our vehicle - that was a little different!”