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March 15, 2014 @ 9:30 am to approx. 11:30 am



100-year-old Hattie Russ Gold and her sister, 92-year-old Anne Russ Federman, have life stories that hit all the key notes of the New York Jewish immigrant experience: hardwork, humor, romance, and a little tsuris. Hattie and Anne are the surviving daughters of the famed lox and herring emporium on the Lower East Side, Russ & Daughters, which opened its doors in 1914. Produced to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the store, see interviews with prominent enthusiasts of the store including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, chef Mario Batali, New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin, and 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer. Rather than a conventional narrator, the filmmakers bring together six colorful longtime fans of the store, in their 80s and 90s, who sit around a table of fish reading the script in the style of a passover Seder……….Julie Cohen

Writer | Director | Producer: Julie Cohen
Running time: 45 mins.
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: N/R
Official Website and Trailer: http://thesturgeonqueens.com/

FESTIVALS: USA: Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival (Aud Favorite), Tucson Jewish Film Festival, Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, Washington, DC Jewish Film Festival, San Diego Jewish Film Festival (Aud Favorite), Boulder Jewish Film Festival, Houston Jewish Film Festival, Westchester Jewish Film Festival, Allentown Jewish Film Festival, Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival, Detroit


showing with GUS:

Inspired by the true story of director Joe Pomarico and his Grandfather. Gus (Sal Richards) shows how art influences and increases the bond between grandfather and grandson

Written and Directed by:  Joe Pomarico.  Exec Produced and Edited by  Richard D’Angelo… John Rosario – Director of Photography…

Running time:  10 min

AWARDS:  Best Short Film and Audience Choice Award in the Staten Island Film Festival, Best Long Island Short Film in the Long Island International Film Expo. Nominated Best Director:  Joe Pomarico
Nominated Best Actor:  Sal Richards


showing with IN BED AT 10 PM:

Rachel and Motti, both in their seventies, are in bed at 10 PM.   They enjoy each other’s company. And then Motti’s wife calls him.  Twice.  And he has to leave.  Recently he agreed with his wife that if she calls him twice in a row it means it is urgent.  Rachel then realizes that no matter what, she will always be at a lower priority.  Following that, Rachel goes on a trip to find a new partner, someone that will be only hers, someone with whom she can share the rest of her life.

Festivals:  LA Short Fest , Worldwide Short Film Festival, Jerusalem International Film Festival

Director & Producer: Asaph Polonsky
Produced with the help of: MAKOR Foundation for Israeli Films – Supervisor on behalf of Makor Foundation Gideon Ganani

Original Language:  Hebrew
Subtitles:  English
Country:  Israel
Running time:  15 min


March 15, 2014
9:30 am to approx. 11:30 am
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Desert Film Society


Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center
2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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