BIG NEWS-- Art house distributor Menemsha Films will release an updated version of WELCOME TO KUTSHER'S: THE LAST CATSKILLS RESORT in theaters and for sale on DVD/download in Winter 2014/Spring 2015! This never before seen film will contain newly discovered archival material as well as the latest information on the sale and demolition of Kutsher's. More details coming soon.   

 

WELCOME TO KUTSHER'S: THE LAST CATSKILLS RESORT

A documentary by Caroline Laskow & Ian Rosenberg

Kutsher's Country Club was the last surviving Jewish resort in the Catskills.  One of the legendary Borscht Belt hotels during its heyday, Kutsher's was 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, an NBA All-Star tradition, 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

World Premiere:     

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

 

Also check out our short documentary--

WILT CHAMBERLAIN: BORSCHT BELT BELLHOP

Directed and Produced by Caroline Laskow & Ian Rosenberg

A 30 for 30 Short Produced by ESPN Films

For more info, and to go to our WILT page, click here.

 

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