Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.
Director: Katie Halper
2013, 68 min.
As Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck rage against the supposed indoctrination of today’s children by ‘extremist’ liberal institutions, Commie Camp shows what really goes on at one these training camps. Comedian and filmmaker Katie Halper returns to her socialist Jewish summer camp, Camp Kinderland, which, since 1923, has been preaching the gospel of peace and social justice for all. The film follows articulate and hilarious 9 year-olds during a recent summer, as they consider the world, from Harriet Tubman to Hiroshima to water-boarding. The timely film demonstrates respectful and reflective transmission of humane values and rebuts the distortions of the right wing extremists.
Born and raised on the mean streets of New York City’s Upper West Side, Katie Halper is a filmmaker, comedian, writer, blogger, and satirist based in New York.
Wilt Chamberlain: Borscht Belt Bellhop
Directors: Caroline Laskow, Ian Rosenberg
Before his senior year of high school, Wilt Chamberlain took a summer job at Kutsher’s Country Club, a Jewish resort in the Catskills. This short documentary captures a basketball great in a very different era; the Borscht Belt’s Dirty Dancing heyday.