The 21st New York Jewish Film Festival 2012 (NYJFF2012) closing night world premiere documentary of Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resorts, directed by Caroline Laskow and Ian Rosenberg was held at the Walter Reade Theater, Thursday, January 26, 2012. Presented by the Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the sold out world premiere documentary of Kutsher’s Country Club included famed actor and comedian Jerry Stiller, cast members Helen Kutsher, and Celia Duffy. A special Q&A session immediately followed with directors Caroline Laskow and Ian Rosenberg moderated by associate program director Scott Foundas, Film Society of Lincoln Center, and associate curator director, Aviva Weintraub of the New York Jewish Film Festival.
Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resorts, is an extraordinary historical documentary that immerses views in the history of the famous Jewish American vacation resort Kutsher’s, in the Catskills of New York, from 1907 to present day. The film captures Kutsher’s three family generations that brought in top names in entertainment, including stand-up comedy and sports, such as Alan King, Billy Crystal, Jerry Steinfeld, Joan Rivers, JoJo Starbuck, Leon Spinks, Muhammad Ali, Ray Charles, Rocky Marciano, Stiller and Meara, Wilt Chamberlain, and many others. Kutsher’s Resort’s Annual NBA Memorial Basketball Game benefit for Maurice Stokes was a major sell out sports event. Activities at Kutsher’s included Art, Bridge, Bingo, golf, indoor/outdoor pools, ping pong, facial make over spa, lectures on health and nutrition.
In 100 years, millions of people generation after generation have visited and enjoyed Kutsher’s. The Kosher food was elaborate and abundant serving three meals daily including a Chinese and Italian entrée. On Friday night Shabbat candles were lit, the appropriate blessings recited, challah and wine served. Their “Champagne Out” Saturday night dance event became a thriving hotspot throughout the Catskills Resort. Today, Kutsher’s opens each year for their Passover event. You may also enjoy the spirit of Kutsher’s at their modern bistro Kutsher’s Tribeca (http://kutsherstribeca.com), New York.
Welcome to Kutcher’s is indeed a wonderful family film, about a wonderful family getaway.