Join us for a special evening celebrating the one and only –
Dr. Ruth Westheimer
A preview screening of Ask Dr. Ruth followed by a conversation with Dr. Ruth herself!
6:00 pm – Pre-screening VIP reception with Dr. Ruth
7:30 pm – Film Screening and Q&A (doors open at 7:00 pm)
- Pre-screening VIP reception with Dr. Ruth at Rothchild’s of Great Neck (6:00 pm)
- Reserved seating for film and Q&A
- Photograph with Dr. Ruth
- Dr. Ruth will be available to sign copies of her book
- Film screening and Q&A with Dr. Ruth
(doors open at 7:00 pm)
This event helps raise funds for the Gold Coast International Film Festival’s year-round programming, including our Youth Film Day and Young Filmmakers Program, free programs to inspire and mentor young filmmakers in grades K- 12.
Ryan White | USA | English | 100 min | Documentary
Don’t let her small stature fool you. Standing at under five feet tall, Dr. Ruth Westheimer is a force. A pioneer in the field of sex therapy, she became a household name in the ’80s and ’90s. At 90 years old, she hasn’t stopped working—and still promises the best sex you’ve ever had if you listen to her.
Filmmaker Ryan White captures Dr. Ruth’s exuberant and snappy personality as she hopscotches from speaking engagements to TV and radio appearances. Her infectious energy is colored with an almost arresting openness that is joyous and nonjudgmental, and the affable rapport between filmmaker and subject is a welcome source of laughter. Alongside her optimism, however, are storybook-like animations that bring Dr. Ruth’s childhood as an orphan of the Holocaust to life. The tragic loss of being separated from her parents and never seeing them again shaped how she would embrace the world. The film is an inspiring and entertaining portrait of a trailblazer that reveals the darkness Dr. Ruth emerged from to bring light to so many people.
(Description adapted from Sundance Film Festival)
A crowd-pleasing documentary that traces the life of America’s favorite diminutive sex therapist from Holocaust survivor to beloved media figure. – Variety