“This was my pandemic project. I was stuck by myself trying to make sense out of this huge life,” he explained. “I was trying to make sense out of it so all the people closest to me — my children, my wife — never heard me shut up about it. And then I realized in zooming with my daughter that…in every relationship there isn’t this one person and one person. There’s this shared space that is the two people together.”
That conversation and epiphany helped guide Hawke’s scope for the six-part documentary, which was produced by CNN Films and is streaming now on HBO Max (which like CNN is owned by Warner Bros. Discovery).
It was directed by Hawke and features narration by George Clooney, Laura Linney and others.
“Well, don’t worry, it’s going to be a long act,” he said, clarifying his comments. “I highly recommend you get your coffee. I’m not going anywhere.”