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Aug
13
Thu
2020
Book Talk with Author Meryl Ain @ Online Special Event
Aug 13 2020 – Aug 13 2021 all-day


SYNOPSIS

With the cloud of the Holocaust still looming over them, twin sisters Brooks and Johanna Lubinski and their parents arrive in the US from a Displaced Persons Camp. In the years after WWII, they experience the difficulties of adjusting to American culture, as well as the burgeoning fear of the Cold War. Years later, the discovery of a former Nazi hiding in their community brings the Holocaust out of the shadows.  As the girls get older, they start to wonder about their parents;’ pasts, and they begin to demand answers. But it soon becomes clear that those memories will be more difficult and painful to uncover than they could have anticipated.  Poignant and haunting, The Takeaway Men explores the impact of immigration, identity, prejudice, secrets, and lies on parents and children in mid-twentieth century America.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meryl Ain is a writer, author, and career educator. Her articles and essays have appeared in Huffington Post, The New York Jewish Week, Kveller, The New York Times, Newsday and other publications. In 2014, she co-authored the award-winning book, The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last, and in 2016, wrote a companion workbook, My Living Memories Project Journal.

The Takeaway Men, her debut novel, is the result of her life-long quest to learn more about the Holocaust, a thirst that was first triggered by reading The Diary of Anne Frank in the sixth grade. She has been reading and writing, researching, and teaching about the Holocaust ever since — as a history teacher, author, school administrator and life-long learner.

Meryl holds degrees from Queens College, Columbia University, and Hofstra University. She lives on Long Island with her husband, Stewart Ain, an award-winning journalist.


About Gold Coast Arts Book Talks

Visit with some fascinating, nationally-known authors and meet them online as they talk about their latest books. Gold Coast Arts will have the author sign copies of their books and even personalize them for those readers who purchase a book from us. A portion of book sales will be used to support the Arts School, which provides art, music, dance, theatre and more to thousands every year.


We need your help now more than ever!  Please consider donating so we can continue to bring our visual and performing arts programs to our community and beyond.

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Sep
1
Tue
2020
Book Talk with Author Joseph Telushkin @ Online Special Event
Sep 1 2020 – Sep 15 2021 all-day

SYNOPSIS

Here are more than 100 of the best Jewish jokes you’ll ever hear, interspersed with perceptive and persuasive insights into what they can tell us about how Jews see themselves, their families, and their friends, and what they think about money, sex, and success. Rabbi Joseph Telushkin is as celebrated for his wit as for his scholarship, and in this immensely entertaining book, he displays both in equal measure. Stimulating, sometimes stinging, and always very, very funny, Jewish Humor offers a classic portrait of the Jewish collective unconscious.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joseph Telushkin, named by Talk magazine as one of the 50 best speakers in the United States, is the prolific and scholarly author of many books that have been hailed by leading figures in politics, religion, ethics, values, social action, and humor, among the topics that he has covered in his writings. He has written for television, including programs for PBS, CNN, ABC TV; as well as film. He appeared in a CNN eight-part documentary on The History of Comedy in America broadcast in early 2017. In that same year, he was the featured speaker before a live audience of 1,800 people speaking on The Best Jewish Jokes and What They Show About the Human Condition.

Rabbi Telushkin was ordained at Yeshiva University in NY and pursued graduate studies in Jewish history at Columbia University. He resides in NYC with his wife, Deborah Menashe Telushkin. They have four children.


About Gold Coast Arts Book Talks

Visit with some fascinating, nationally-known authors and meet them online as they talk about their latest books. Gold Coast Arts will have the author sign copies of their books and even personalize them for those readers who purchase a book from us. A portion of book sales will be used to support the Arts School, which provides art, music, dance, theatre and more to thousands every year.


We need your help now more than ever!  Please consider donating so we can continue to bring our visual and performing arts programs to our community and beyond.

DONATE TO SUPPORT OUR VIRTUAL PROGRAMS
Jun
24
Thu
2021
Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation @ Virtual Screening
Jun 24 – Jul 29 all-day
TRUMAN & TENNESSEE IS A HIT!!  TOP NEW INDEPENDENT FILM IN NYC!

 

OFFICIAL SELECTION :

Telluride Film Festival

Hamptons International Film Festival

NewFest

Seattle International Film Festival

Full Frame

Frameline

The brilliant work, personal struggles, and cultural impact of iconic American writers Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams explodes onto the screen in this innovative dual-portrait documentary.

Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland masterfully collages a wealth of archival material, including dishy talk show appearances with Dick Cavett and David Frost, with clips from some of the duo’s most memorable movie adaptions: A Streetcar Named DesireCat on a Hot Tin RoofThe Glass MenagerieBreakfast at Tiffany’s, and In Cold Blood. Featuring vibrant voiceover work by award-winning actors Jim Parsons (Capote) and Zachary Quinto (Williams), the film is dripping with wit and wisdom.

It is a celebration of both men’s fearless candor and often tumultuous friendship that honors how their identity as gay Southerners informed their timeless artistic achievements and relationships with family, colleagues, confidants, and – most significantly – each other.

Lisa Immordino Vreeland | Documentary | 81 Minutes | USA | $12

Film Forum and the Center for Fiction are teaming up to host a virtual Q&A with Director Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Jim Parsons and Zachary Quinto on June 24 at 7:00pm.  This ZOOM event is FREE to the public.  To RSVP please click HERE


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REVIEWS

“Beautifully constructed… captivating. A wonderfully evocative time capsule and a candid tribute to a pair of artistic legends.”Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

 

“An immersive portrait of literary icons, friends, and rivals…a creative way into the ubiquitous figures.” –Jude Dry, Indiewire

 

“Offers a vivid sketch… like hearing one author in stereo.” – Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

 

“A fascinating account of a loving but troubled relationship…succeeds beautifully in providing a revealing look at their troubled psyches.” –Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

“The two men make for easy and natural stablemates in Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s sympathetic and nicely shaped documentary, which takes their great talents as a given and happily refuses to sensationalize their struggles.” – Todd McCarthy, Deadline Hollywood Daily

 “Vreeland’s editing is so judicious, and her choice of footage so empathetic, that the film frequently bristles with life and occasionally profound sadness.” – Kevin Maher, Times(UK)

Jun
25
Fri
2021
Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide @ Virtual Screening
Jun 25 – Jul 30 all-day

Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide was made over 11 years and features interviews and rare archival footage with Kenny Scharf, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Ed Ruscha, Dennis Hopper, Yoko Ono, Kaws, Marilyn Minter, and Jeffrey Deitch. The documentary shows Scharf’s New York City arrival in the early 1980s where he quickly befriended Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. This trio, amongst the fervent creative bustle of a depressed downtown scene, would soon take the art world by storm. While Basquiat and Haring both died tragically young, Scharf lived through cataclysmic shifts in New York City and the art world. Despite setbacks along the way, Scharf continues to follow his particular high-tone, technicolor artistic vision while growing public and critical appreciation for his earlier work has cemented his place as a pop art icon.

Max Basch, Malia Scharf | Documentary, Art | 77 minutes | USA | $9.99


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REVIEWS:

“The film’s greatest asset is its subject. Scharf is completely open and candid-a perfect vessel for his ultimate (lifelong) democratic message that art belongs to us all.” – Barbara Goslawski, That Shelf

“This is the harrowing, heartbreaking, ultimately affirming story of Kenny Scharf, and I urge you to see it.” – Norman Gidney, Film Threat

“Playfully deconstructs the life and times of a creator who tries to balance their childlike playfulness with the adult responsibilities of the real world.” – Andrew Parker, The Gate

Jul
16
Fri
2021
Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones & D-Man in the Waters @ Virtual Screening
Jul 16 – Aug 16 all-day

“Critic’s Pick! Passionate and moving… an unusually lively documentary experience.” – Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

“Beautifully executed.” – Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

 

Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters brings to life the creative process that culminated in choreographer-dancer-director Bill T. Jones’s tour de force ballet D-Man in the Waters, one of the most important works of art to come out of the AIDS crisis. In 1989, D-Man in the Waters gave physical manifestation to the fear, anger, grief, and hope for salvation that the emerging Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company (both partners at the time) felt as they were embattled by the AIDS epidemic. As a group of young dancers in the present re-interpret the work, they deepen their understanding of its power – exploring what is at stake in their own lives in order to commit and perform it successfully. Through an extraordinary collage of interviews, archival material, and uniquely powerful cinematography, this lyrical documentary uses the story of this iconic dance to illustrate the power of art and the triumph of the human spirit.

Tom Hurwitz, Rosalynde LeBlanc | 2020 | Documentary, Dance | USA | $12, $10 for Gold Coast Arts Film Society Members with discount code.

To view Film Kit, click HERE

WEDNESDAY, JULY 21 at 8pm EST –
A FREE Live Virtual Conversation with Subject Bill T. Jones and Filmmakers Rosalynde LeBlanc & Tom Hurwitz, moderated by Nigel Redden, General Director of the Spoleto Festival USA.  Please RSVP to join this Zoom event, which will enable you to submit questions, in writing, directly to the moderator.  Click HERE to register.

 


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REVIEWS:

“Goes to the very heart of the vital role art plays in our society during times of social crisis.” – Henry Louis Gates Jr.

“This gripping ode to creativity and to the resiliency of the human spirit… is a definitive ‘must-see’ for every dancer.” – Mikhail Baryshnikov

“How the work that was born of… brilliance and grief continues to hold, inspire, and animate current and future artists and audiences.” – Claire Danes

“The depth of this film is enormous. It touches the heart and stimulates the mind. It’s a work of such great feeling, poetic beauty, and relevance in the times through which we are living.” – Andre Gregory

“A fascinatingly up-close look at how a dance piece is made (or re-made), it’s a surprisingly emotional look at how a piece forged amid the pain of one era can speak to later eras.” – Tim Murphy, The Body

Jul
23
Fri
2021
Broken Diamonds @ Virtual Screening
Jul 23 – Aug 27 all-day

Ben Platt stars as Scott, a twenty-something writer who sees his dream of moving to Paris put in jeopardy when he’s forced to temporarily take in his wildly unpredictable, mentally ill sister Cindy who is living with schizophrenia. An emotional dramatic comedy about family, compassion and forgiveness, brought to life via two powerhouse acting performances from Ben Platt and Lola Kirke.

Peter Sattler | Narrative, Drama | 2021 | 90 minutes | USA | $12

TRAILER:


REVIEWS

“If there was any question Ben Platt is the real deal, the Dear Evan Hansen Tony winner and star of Netflix’s quirky The Politician, proves he has the acting chops to stand next to the best of his generation in the new indie dramedy, Broken Diamonds.” – Pete Hammond, Deadline. 

“A topical and emotionally accessible film that should easily connect with sympathetic viewers, particularly those familiar with the debilitating effects of chronic mental health issues.” – Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter

“Broken Diamonds is a beautiful, real, raw, emotional journey. Both Platt and Kirke absolutely shine in their roles, and do a fantastic job of bringing mental illness to the forefront of this film.” – Tessa Smith, Mama’s Geeky