Friday, February 13, 2015
Welcome to Kutsher's, an award-winning film documenting the Borscht Belt experience at the last surviving Catskills hotel, has been shown in limited engagements at Jewish film festivals for the last few years.
Now that Kutsher's has been sold and demolished to make way for a new health resort, the film has been updated to include scenes of its last days.
We have a special fondness for Kutsher's because we delivered seven hours of Jewish humor lectures at the hotel during its last full year of operation in 2013.
The newly updated theatrical release will make its debut in South Florida at the Movies of Delray theatre in Delray Beach, and Movies of Lake Worth on Friday, February 20, and will play there for only one week. Its next showing will be at the Cinemas Palme d'Or in Palm Desert, California on March 6 before its general release to select theatres nationwide.
During the 73-minute-long film, you'll 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, this film provides unprecedented eye-witness documentation of Kutsher's from its 100th anniversary season through the next seven years until the hotel is sold and demolished in 2014. The story of Kutsher’s is uniquely American, unexpectedly moving and a vital chapter – previously unexplored – of the modern Jewish experience.
Ian Rosenberg (director/producer of Welcome to Kutsher's) and Larry Strickler (Activities Director at Kutsher's Country Club for 22 years) will speak to audiences following all Friday & Saturday shows at Movies of Delray.
Here's a short preview of Welcome to Kutsher's. Enjoy!
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO IS NOT VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)