Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New York Jewish Film Festival Spotlight: Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort

The 21st Annual New York Jewish Film Festival, taking place January 11th-26th, is presented by the Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Movies with Abe has the pleasure of offering a look at a number of the films being shown.

Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort
Directed by Caroline Laskow & Ian Rosenberg
Screening January 26th at 3:45pm & 8:30pm

Closing out this year’s New York Jewish Film Festival is this documentary looking at the history and future of the last remaining Jewish Catskills resort. Its storytelling style is similar to what the resort itself offers: a nostalgic return to a former era of much more simplicity. Interviews with wait staff and entertainers that have worked at Kutsher’s for years are among the film’s strongest moments, and a handful of members of the Kutsher family provide great insight into the motivation behind keeping the place up and running, as it always used to be, for so long. Mainly, it’s the perfect film to close this particular film festival, celebrating the history and livelihood of New York Jews.

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