The Mort Skirboll Jewish Film Festival is a highlight of the Cultural Arts Program season. Celebrate Jewish culture and join us for three stand-alone films each month, leading up to our 5-day film festival in March, where we will welcome you to The ORA, Sarasota’s premier event venue.
*Enjoy a reception with a nostalgic spread of classic Jewish delicacies. Q and A with Producer Lex Gillespie following the film*
It was the cradle for comedy – and a place to dine like royalty. With a trove of lost-and-found archival footage and a cast of characters endowed with the gift of gab, “The Catskills” journeys into the storied mountain getaway north of New York City that served as a refuge for Jewish immigrants fleeing poverty as well as a lavish playground for affluent Jewish families. As bungalow colony proprietors, guests, waiters, comedians, hoteliers, and beauticians share colorful tales of Catskill farms, boarding houses, and luxury resorts, they paint a picture of vibrant American Jewish life and culture in the 20th century.