Our New Documentary--
WILT CHAMBERLAIN: BORSCHT BELT BELLHOP
A Short Film by Caroline Laskow & Ian Rosenberg
Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19, 2013
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WELCOME TO KUTSHER'S: THE LAST CATSKILLS RESORT
A documentary by Caroline Laskow & Ian Rosenberg
Kutsher's Country Club is the last surviving Jewish resort in the Catskills. One of the legendary Borscht Belt hotels during its heyday, Kutsher's has been family-owned and operated for over 100 years. Exploring the full Dirty Dancing-era Catskills experience— and how it changed American pop culture in the comedy, sports and vacation industries— this award-winning documentary captures a last glimpse of a lost world as it disappears before our eyes.
The Catskills resorts were not only a Jewish refuge and family vacation paradise, they also gave birth to American stand-up comedy, the NBA All-Star Game, and all-inclusive resorts. This film brings to life how Kutsher’s thrived at the center of all this growth and excitement. Watch Wilt Chamberlain both playing ball and working as a bellhop at Kutsher’s; Red Auerbach as the Kutsher’s Sports Director; and Kutsher’s Maurice Stokes benefit game create an All-Star basketball tradition. Laugh with appreciation at Freddie Roman as his classic Borscht Belt routine still brings down the house, and wonder in amazement as Andy Kaufman wrestles a female Kutsher’s guest for $50. Marvel at the abundance of hearty kosher feasts where no one can get away with ordering just one main dish, and the non-stop whirl of recreational activities. And as the Catskills decline and the end of an era draws near, witness a final twist: can an indie music festival reinvent Kutsher’s for a new generation? The story of Kutsher’s is uniquely American, unexpectedly moving and a vital chapter – previously unexplored – of the modern Jewish experience.
About the Film:
Directed and Produced by Caroline Laskow & Ian Rosenberg
Edited and Original Music by D.S. Fuller
Capture Format: DV
Screening Formats: DigiBeta, Blu-ray, DVD
Running Time: 73 Minutes
The New York Jewish Film Festival at Lincoln Center
Closing Night Selection, January 26, 2012
WINNER! BEST DOCUMENTARY Audience Award at Miami Jewish Film Festival 2012