The short film “Rose Marie McCoy: It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” took home the top prize in the Arts-Short Form category at the 65th Annual NY EMMY® Awards on October 8.
The 7-minute story, which premiered on NJ PBS in October 2021, was supported in part by an NJCH Incubation Grant. Grant funds enabled filmmaker Susan Wallner of PCK Media to research the life story of Rose Marie McCoy and arrange for filming in Arkansas.
The film tells the story of Rose Marie McCoy, a singer and songwriter who became one of R&B’s most prolific songstresses. While her success as a recording artist was limited, McCoy found fame and longevity as a songwriter, penning more than 800 songs, including many recorded by artists such as Elvis Presley, Ike and Tina Turner, and Aretha Franklin.
She and her husband, James, were residents of Teaneck, NJ, for more than 50 years.
Read more about the award and watch the short film at State of the Arts NJ.