A Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, John Block worked as a television documentary and news magazine producer/writer for 30 years, 26 of them at NBC News. Among other honors, he has received two National Emmys, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. Block left NBC six years ago to pursue independent documentary projects – 2 of which appeared on public television. He has also produced and directed documentaries for CNN and Bloomberg Television. Last year, among other projects, he produced and directed Sounding the Alarm, a film about the accelerating growth of autism in America, which is now available on Netflix.
Steve McCarthy is an Emmy Award winning network TV news producer and commercial director. A former staff producer for “60 Minutes” and “Dateline,” he formed McCarthy Productions, Inc in 2001 and produced, photographed and edited projects for “60 Minutes,” “Dateline,” “Charlie Rose,” MSNBC, PBS, BBC America, Reuters, Havas Edge and others. In 2006 he directed and wrote an independent film “Finding Paddy.” McCarthy teaches journalism and documentary production at Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media.
The One That Got Away explores the intertwined forces of home-life and school-life on children. The film traces the trail of a once promising, popular New Jersey student from a troubled background who is now in prison for murder, and a group of middle school teachers who had tried to nurture him and help him thrive.
Middle School social studies teacher Dan Gill has taught for over 40 years in Montclair, New Jersey, but one student still haunts him. Tourrie Moses was a gifted student, always engaged in his work and eager to learn. But as the years went by, Moses became less and less interested in school and spent more time on the streets, until a tragic decision changed his life forever. In The One That Got Away, filmmakers follow Mr. Gill as he reconnects with Moses, illuminating the relationship between the two men and examining the circumstances that lead to and the aftermath of Moses’ fateful actions.
Especially timely and important, the The One That Got Away addresses issues about teaching, familial and communal responsibility, and at-risk children. The hope is that this documentary will spark a national discussion about these issues, and that it will be made available to schools nationwide, along with tailor-made study guides.
Documentary producers John Block and Steve McCarthy, both from Montclair, New Jersey, had long careers in network television, and are National Emmy Award winners.